Why Is This Garnier Shampoo So Stinky?

What is this fell odor wafting out our Garnier shampoo bottle? Garnier products are great, especially the gel (oh my gawd, yes!), so we were surprised to open it this morning, having previously used it with no smelly problem at all–and gag.

Lest it make us go all Medusa, we’re afraid to put this shampoo in our hair. It smells like it’s rotting. Maybe the “active fruit concentrate” became “active.”

The bottle is kinda old, maybe even around a year. There’s about an inch of “poo” left. We inherited it from a former roommate in the mix of moving and she was not one famed for her ritual cleansing.

Still, we’ve never heard of shampoo going bad. We should plant it in the garden. Perhaps next spring, buds of hotel mini bottles will blossom.


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  1. Melsky says:

    Maybe your old roomate put something else in the bottle.

  2. Ben Popken says:

    Andrew writes:

    “Products with natural ingredients do actually go bad – mostly within a year or two. In fact, Aveda has a little icon on the back of all their products, letting you know how long you can use the product after it’s been opened.”

  3. Joel Johnson says:

    Man, they do make great hair jelly. I knew I hired you for a reason, Popken!

  4. mark duffy says:

    How many kickback greenbacks did you get for this Popken?

  5. Ben Popken says:

    Twelve dollars.

  6. matto says:

    Have you left any rugby players unattended in your bathroom recently?

  7. Bubba Barney says:

    It’s prolly fungus.

  8. Transuranic says:

    Whoa, what’s with the rugby players? The ones I shower with never aim for any BOTTLE, OK. And so many pints of brews in their system means none of that can be considered natural ingredients…

  9. markgm says:

    Woah, I had the same issue with a bottle of their shampoo, it reaks. I’m glad to know it’s not just me who noticed this.