Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Product Review: Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo & Conditioner


Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo

The claim: Luxurious lather soothes dry, chemically processed hair. Cleanses gently for manageable smoothness. Calms unruly hair to alleviate frizz.

Ingredients: Aqua ((purified water)), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemay) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Valencia Orange) Extract (*), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Extract (*), Cymbopogon Schoeanthus (Lemongrass) Extract (*), Ginkgo Biloba Extract (*), Echinacea Angustifolia Extract (*), Salix Alba (Willow Bark) (*), Marcocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract (*), Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extact (*), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (*), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract (*), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract (*), Sodium C14 16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Amodimethicone, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Decyl Glucoside, Ethylhexyglycerin, Disteareth 75 IPDI, C11 15 Pareth 7, Citric Acid, C12 16 Pareth 9, Glycerin, Trideceth 12, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance with Essential Oils

Price: $7.99 8.5oz (I purchased these from RiteAid for Buy One, Get One free)

Review: This shampoo worked up a nice lather and cleansed A's scalp very well. It has a nice, light smell. It didn't "wow" me but no shampoo really does. I think I will repurchase if I can find it on sale again.

Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner

The claim: Infuses deep moisture for manageable smoothness. Detangles while protecting against split ends. Calms unruly hair to alleviate frizz. Increases shine while smoothing dry or damaged hair.

Ingredients: Aqua (Purifed) Water, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Oil, Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Oil, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis Flower) Oil, Clary (Salvia Sclarea), Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Fargara), Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Oil, Mallow (Malya Sylvestris), Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense) Oil, Soybean Protein (Glycine Soja), Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Stearalkonium Chloride, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trace Minerals, Citric Acid (Corn), Sodium Hydromethylglycinate, Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived)

Price: $7.99 8.5oz (Once again, I bought this BOGO)

Review: After easily rinsing out Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo I loaded A's hair up with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner. When I say loaded, I mean loaded! I think I used half of the bottle. This conditioner is very thick. In my opinion, it didn't have the best slip but overall it was a nice conditioner. I left this in A's hair for about 20-30 minutes with a plastic cap, added a little more water on her hair and began the detangling process. Detangling could have been easier, I think I should have added some virgin coconut oil. I was really impressed with how A's hair looked the next day though. In their claim, they say: "Calms unruly hair to alleviate frizz. Increases shine while smoothing dry or damaged hair." and I have to agree. A's hair was soft, shiney, and had very little frizz. Her curls really popped. I think this is best used as a deep conditioner. Since I used so much of it, I will only buy this if I can catch it on sale again.

I put about a quarter size amount of Giovanni Direct Leave-in in her hair, and the picture posted above shows what her hair looked like on Day 2 after I put it in pigtails.

Overall, I think the Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo & Conditioner are good products. You can purchase these at any drugstore such as Riteaid, Walgreens, etc. You can also find them at stores like Ulta, Target, & Walmart. Browse around and look at weekly ads first, you may be able to find a great deal.


  1. You can also find Giovanni in the LARGE bottles at TJMaxx & Marshall's

  2. You must have been reading my mind. I was on the Internet today trying to read more info on these exact ones. A's hair is cute and she takes some pretty pictures. The second pic had me laughing.

    @Kq...thanks for that info.

  3. Just bought the conditioner. With your review, I gained a new excitement to use it.

  4. I use the conditioner from time to time. I didn't have the best results with the leave in, but the conditioner is good for when I am between online orders.

  5. I just tried the Smooth As Silk conditioner too; it really does do what it claims. I got it for BOGO at Rite Aid as well (they were having such a good sale on their hair products 2 weeks ago, I bought so much conditioner!)

    And A's hair is cute as always!

  6. I've used both on my daughter's hair and I like. I found them both at Walgreen's in the clearance section for $2. I was so excited!

  7. WalkingInDestiny@curlynikki.comApril 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Currently, i am using thsi Giovanni line too. I agree I have yet to try a moisturizing shampoo, I love, I you come across one let me know. Thanks

  8. I found some of this at Wal-mart for $4!!!! I only bought 3 bottles though, b/c I might not like it...ever since they changed formulas, I haven't liked the Giovanni Direct Leave in...but we'll see about this Condish

    I like the 50/50 shampoo for clarifying

  9. You can buy Giovanni Smooth as silk, and Giovanni Direct Leave-in in bulk for half price @ I got a gallon of the smooth as silk for $34.99, and a liter of the direct leave-in for $12.99.

  10. i went to walgreens and marshalls today looking for it and couldnt find it i was mad

  11. i purchased some of the Giovanni Direct leave in conditioner to trial but i was actually dissapointed with the results.. i followed the instructions as per the bottle mind you i used it soley by itself.. but it left Amirahs hair with a straw like texture and slightly flaky residue afterwards.. i deffinatley wouldn't purchase it again.. just my opinion anyway.. and i know not everything works the same on everyone's hair...


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