The 14 Best-Smelling Shampoos That’ll Make You Never Want to Leave the Shower


wu meijie Date:2021-09-14 15:03:58
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We know we’re not supposed to wash our hair every day, but it’s hard not to when some shampoos smell, like, incredible. And since aromatherapy is practically a tenant of self-care, we rounded up the best-smelling drugstore and luxury shampoos on our shower shelves right now. From floral-scented formulas (ahem, Klorane Sensitive Scalp Shampoo) to fresh and fruity-smelling formulas (including our fav No.1 Mermaid Shampoo, of course), these 14 hair cleansers not only smell edible, but they’re also great for most hair types.

 

1. PAUL MITCHELL CLARIFYING SHAMPOO TWO

Most Energizing Scent

 

Let’s start things off with a little nostalgia. As youths, this Paul Mitchell formula got the chlorine out of our hair post-swim. As adults, the energizing lemon scent delights us just as much during the 50th wash as it does the first. The vegan and color-safe formula aims to minimize oil production so that hair isn’t as oily over time.

 

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2. KLORANE SHAMPOO WITH PEONY SENSITIVE SCALP

Best Flower Scent

 

Like its name suggests, this shampoo is made with—and thus, smells like—peonies. Fresh, bright and lovely. Plus, the pH-balanced formula helps soothe irritated and sensitive scalps.

 

3. BIOLAGE HYDRASOURCE SHAMPOO

Best-Blended Scent

 

Here’s what you need to know: Of the 582 reviews , a whopping 335 called out its amazing smell (which is like a blend of herbs, FYI). Oh, and btw, the aloe vera-based formula leaves hair looking and feeling silky and moisturized.

 

4. OUAI FINE SHAMPOO

Best Overall

 

This cult-favorite formula has a devoted following for a reason: It turns hair volume all the way up while also effervescing a fruity, floral and musky scent that seems more like a fancy perfume. Plus, it’s packed with biotin, keratin and nourishing chia seed oil to help address hair damage and dryness.

 

5. R+CO DALLAS BIOTIN THICKENING SHAMPOO

Sexiest Spring Scent

 

Speaking of sexy scents, this thickening shampoo smells warm and romantic with hints of cardamom, pineapple, citrus, lavender and bamboo. It’s also infused with coconut oil and saw palmetto berry extract, which intends to promote overall scalp health.

 

6. GARNIER FULL & PLUSH SHAMPOO

Best-Smelling Affordable Shampoo

 

Get ready: This pomegranate-infused formula is strong…in the best way possible. Even after three days without shampooing, our hair always stays fresh and fruity. Oh, and did we mention the lightweight formula also adds volume and plushness to hair?

 

7. KIEHL’S AMINO ACID SHAMPOO

Most Subtle Scent

 

If you prefer something gentler, this cleanser makes hair feel next-level soft while smelling practically edible (coconut oil and wheat are main ingredients). Plus, the formula keeps all hair types in mind.

 

8. NO1 MERMAID HAIR SHAMPOO

Most Unique Scent

 

This brand is focused primarily on perfume, so you know the scents have to be good. The verdict on the shampoo? It’s a combination of fresh orange blossom and coconut and reminds us of a day at the beach. The formula also uses quinoa protein and sea kelp ingredients to provide deep hydration to hair.

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