Garnier Intensive 7 Days Soothing Hydrating Lotion with Sweet Almond Oil - review


My husband bought this for himself and I've been trialling it over the past couple of weeks, having finished the body cream I was using.

It's a bit of an odd product because it's somehow greasy but non-moisturising at the same time (at least on my skin), and I've only been using it to help him finish off the bottle so he can find another cream: he thinks this one's ok, but it's not his favourite and he's ready to move on to something else. After having tried it myself, I don't blame him.

Garnier claims/product details:
  • Long-lasting nourishment for up to 7 days
  • For normal to dry skin 
  • Contains L-Bifidus, a moisture nourishing anti-evaporation active (inspired by probiotics found in yoghurt: studies have revealed its capability to reinforce the skin's natural protective barrier, to help create an anti-evaporation effect and maintain long-lasting hydration)
  • Sweet almond oil helps soften and nourish skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Balanced to the pH of your skin and formulated to help minimise the feeling of discomfort when skin becomes dry
  • Sensitive skin feels hydrated for up to 7 days after last application
  • Immediately: skin feels soft, smooth and protected from dryness
  • RRP $6.95 for 400ml, but do shop around


The online reviews vary for this product: some rave about it while others (like myself) think it's nothing special. I haven't seen a single person agree with the 7 day claim and many people question it (I do too).

As a moisturiser this is too light for me - I guess that's why it's called a lotion rather than a cream - and my skin doesn't feel nourished after use. Yes I prefer heavier creams but I don't think this one does a particularly good job so I don't think I would like it even if my preference weren't for heavier products.

The main reason why I don't like it is because it seems to sit on the surface of my skin, rather than being absorbed - so I have to work really hard to rub it in and remove the white streaks it leaves, but even then I still feel it sitting on top of my skin, rather than sinking in. Therefore it's an odd one because it manages to not be hydrating while at the same time leaving a greasy residue on my skin that lasts for ages. This is particularly annoying because the residue hangs around on my hands and I need to wash them because they feel slick and yuck, and then use a different cream so they aren't dry after being washed.

The smell is a little strange - for some reason I smell banana, even though it's not banana-scented - although it's not strong so it doesn't bother me that much, but at the same time I prefer moisturisers that either smell delicious or don't smell at all.

My husband (being the one who bought it) doesn't mind this but he wouldn't buy it again because he prefers other creams. I guess what's good about it is that it's quite cheap and there's a lot of product. We got this on special for $3 and it's lasted for ages, so it's a good one if you're on a budget.

One thing to note is that it contains both mineral oil and palm oil, so do be aware of that if you don't like using products that contain those ingredients.

Low marks from me I'm afraid.

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