Product Review: Gorilla Snot Galan Gel


Moco de Gorila Gorilla Snot Gel (Galan) is the full name of this product. I was in the market for edge control that would lay my edges so much that even Bey would not be able to snatch ’em. That was when one of you beautiful women recommended Gorilla Snot Gel to me here. I was skeptical. Gorilla snot? Really? Who names a product ‘Gorilla Snot’? I will admit I immediately judged this product by its name and made no conscious effort to find it. However, I ran into it on the shelves of Target one day and the rest, as they say, is history.


Water, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), alcohol, PEG-150, sorbitol, hydroxyethylcellulose, triethanolamine, carbomer, cyamopsis, tetragonoloba (guar) gum, fragrance, blue 1, green 8, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone.

First Impressions

Like I said, the name caused me to raise my eyebrows. However, the packaging piqued my interest. Looking at the casing and the product design, I did not think that this was something I would want in my hair. Again, this was me judging by the cover. BUT, did you see that ingredient list? I have to say, honestly, that was the selling point for me. Water as ingredient number 1? Yes, please!

This Gorilla Snot Galan Gel promises to give looks that will withstand all weather conditions and any activity. It also claims to be residue-free and nourishing for the hair because of its natural ingredients.

As far as natural ingredients go, the only one that I can confirm is water. The other ingredients are derivatives of naturally occurring ingredients. So I would definitely take the “natural” ingredients claim with a pinch of salt.

The colour of this product definitely lives up to its name – gorilla snot. The texture also makes me think of yes, gorilla snot. It is not too thick or gooey but has a consistency that I would describe as being in between those two – thick and gooey. It feels almost like diluted hard gel. If you can imagine taking the hard gel that we used as children to slick back our hair for christmas and mixing that completely with warm water, that is the consistency you get with this product.


It took a couple of errors for me to figure out but this is definitely one of those products where dime size goes a long way. So, use sparingly.

Using Gorilla Snot Gel

From my experience, this product can be used to bring definition to your twists outs, braid outs, and bantu knot outs. To do this, a pearl size amount of the product should be applied to small sections of hair before twisting, braiding or knotting. The other use I have found for this product is as an edge control. Again, in small amounts this product works very well as an edge control. True to claim, even when too much product is applied, there is no residue at all. None! The effect of using too much product is usually wet and sticky hair and takes too long to dry. Most likely won’t dry overnight.

Now, Gorilla Snot comes in other hold strengths. I imagine these hold strengths have their different uses. For me, however, the Galan is best for style definition.

Will I Repurchase?


Where to Find?

USA: It can be found on Target for $2.99 here and on Amazon here for $4.95.

Nigeria: The Gorilla Snot gel in Punk Hold (11.9 oz) can be found on Naija Naturals here for 5,500. The Punk Hold (2.99 oz) can also be found on Olori here for 1,200.

Have you used this product? Where did you buy from? What are your thoughts on the product? Share with us!




11 Replies to “Product Review: Gorilla Snot Galan Gel”

  1. hi, I am desperately looking for this Snot Gel, I have 4c natural hair and I am in need to lay my edges and I have heard this snot gel is the best. I am from South Africa in Cape Town. Do you know of agents that sell this product here. Thank You

    1. Hi Nomfusi! We aren’t in SA, so we are sorry we can’t help with this.
      I did ask in a facebook group (South African Naturals) and the people that commented said they have not seen it anywhere, online or in store.
      Sorry about that. Is Ecostyler available? Have you ever tried it on your edges?

  2. I must be really weird cos I love how gross this is! From the first time I saw it on some blog I thought it was hilarious. I think it’s stuff this weird that really work, and they gain a serious cult following. I’d totally put some gorilla snot in my hair if I was feeling wreckless about ingredients

  3. I would love to get my hands on this product to feel it and see if it has the consistency of real phlegm. Yes I’m weird that way.

  4. Check it out in Allure Beauty Store at Pentagon plaza 23,opebi road ikeja, or 3, Ribadu road off awolowo road, ikoyi, Lagos. They are natural hair lovers #Lets grow the hair#

  5. Hello Mee Mee,
    I saw this product on Instagram and I immediately hated had lovely reviews but I don’t think I can get past the name and packaging.. yucky…maybe after a very long time..and pictures please

  6. Hello Mee Mee,
    I saw this product on Instagram and I immediately hated had lovely reviews but I don’t think I can get past the name packaging and every other thing.. I almost threw up the first time I saw it.Hopefully I’ll get past it

  7. Hi Mee Mee,

    Excellent review, I’ve heard quite a bit of hype about this product.

    But why did they have to make it the exact colour and consistency of actual phlegm? Why oh why? My tummy turned at the sight of the second photograph, I’m squeamish like that. Lol 🙂

    1. LOL why oh why indeed, right? Talk about taking it too far. I imagine that if they had done some market research, they may have decided against it because, camman! It does look gross. But hey, it does the job once you get past the look (and feel).

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