dislike the scent of most black hair products

maybe its just me but i noticed alot of "black" hair products smell horrible i dont know it its the ingredients of if they dont care to add good fragranceds to the products.
pink lotion has to be the worst smell of them all

why dont they make better scents

i buy alot of my hair products based on smell (i love how coconut oil smells, garnier frutis products)
i know it doesnt make them any better
but i just like my hair to smell good like flowers not motor oil.

i buy what ever works for my hair but if it smells
i can't use it.
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Products: garnier frutis sleek and shine leave in coditioner, coconut oil, shea butter, IC styling gel, aloe vera gel,Tresemme straightening gel, IC heat protetor serum.
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Interesting observation. If you're talking about BSS (black beauty supply) products, then yes they tend to smell like fruity gasoline. The more "general" products for normal hair tend to have a lighter more floral smell or just a hint of fragrance. I remember my grade school days when I would use pink lotion, re-dampen my hair, and then slather on brown pro-style gel for the slick look. In fact, lots of girls would do it b/c the slick look was in. The scent was reminiscent of burning rubber on wet carpet *pouring some liquor for the virgin noses I encountered*. I have to be honest, I was under the impression that black hair needed oil to be moisturized and that all products with oil had that "oil" smell. Now that I'm natural, I realize that many of those products had synthetic "non-oil" frangrances. I'm not sure if this would have happened had I been relaxed, but the world of natural hair products helped me realize that just like my body, my hair could smell fresh too. My perfume doesn't have to smell like summer floral, while my hair smells like kitchen grease. I also don't have to be suspicious of products that smell like anything but "oil".

I think a lot of the natural hair companies realize that women are sensory and want their hair to smell good. Many of these companies are also making their products from scratch so they don't have access to the popular synthetic fragrances that are present in the BSS products. They use more essential oils or special blends to fragrance. All I can say is thank goodness!
Honestly, the fragrance of a product can distract from its effectiveness at times, but it is still an important factor.
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all crap that is mass marketed smells like garbage...well most of it anyway. don't expect to pay $5 for something and expect it to smell like exotic, rare passionfruit from the high mountains of weekeehana. (okay i made that up lol) but you get my point. and i noticed for ALL products, not just ones geared towards african americans.
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Heyyy i like some of that fruity crap, although i do not use any of it anymore. But that JAM smells good to me Also this clear gel that smelt like pineapples
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maybe its just me but i noticed alot of "black" hair products smell horrible i dont know it its the ingredients of if they dont care to add good fragranceds to the products.
pink lotion has to be the worst smell of them all

why dont they make better scents

i buy alot of my hair products based on smell (i love how coconut oil smells, garnier frutis products)
i know it doesnt make them any better
but i just like my hair to smell good like flowers not motor oil.

i buy what ever works for my hair but if it smells
i can't use it.
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i am ambivalent to the smell...i gues becuase i never really used them that much..
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i must be sensitive to smells
i cant stand stanky hair

even when i was little i used to hide the pink lotion
from my mom when she wanted to do my hair.
i even got to the point where i wouldnt put anything in my hair, and my mom would warn me your hair is going to dry out. but i preferred dry hair to greasy stinky hair.

now that im older i use natural products for moisture and combine them with fragrant products like treseme, or garnier, and ive found that this combo works rather nicely.
hair type: 3c
my hair is puffy, curly kinky, wavy, straight all at once
Products: garnier frutis sleek and shine leave in coditioner, coconut oil, shea butter, IC styling gel, aloe vera gel,Tresemme straightening gel, IC heat protetor serum.
favorite styles:wash and goes, twist/knot outs, sleek and straight,and curlie fros bc they make me look taller
It's not just black hair products. I find most scented products to be way too strong, and not just the cheap drugstore ones. Sometimes I think people don't have any smell sensors left.
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It's not just black hair products. I find most scented products to be way too strong, and not just the cheap drugstore ones. Sometimes I think people don't have any smell sensors left.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
thats exactly what i was about to say!
i hate the smell of most products and if im not totally offended by the smell, then its too strong for my liking. i think more companies should make unscented products. my nose cant take it.
Im still trying to figure out how some people actually enjoy the smell of Cantu Shea butter leave-in. I think it smells like fish while other people say it reminds them of coconuts.
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A big mmhmm, y'all. I have renamed the Pink Oil Moisturizer, Stink Oil Moisturizer, because it STINKS so much!!
i must be sensitive to smells
i cant stand stanky hair

even when i was little i used to hide the pink lotion
from my mom when she wanted to do my hair.
i even got to the point where i wouldnt put anything in my hair, and my mom would warn me your hair is going to dry out. but i preferred dry hair to greasy stinky hair.

now that im older i use natural products for moisture and combine them with fragrant products like treseme, or garnier, and ive found that this combo works rather nicely.
Originally Posted by squirrely_curly

yeah i think you have to get the right products. i know what you mean by "black hair products" but products for natural kinky hair are for black people too.

garnier fructis smells okay to me but i dot want to dry my hair out. im the opposite i guess. i like my hair to smell good but not like flowers. i love nature but i dont want my hair smelling like grass lol i love coconut scent. i have yet to use coconut oil but im planning to. my friend has a jar and i can literally just sit there and sniff all day lol

i actually didnt mind pink lotion haha

lustrasilk right on curl activator moisturizer (a black product) smells really good. i used it way back before i got rid of products with silicones in them. i have some right here. i cant explain what it smells like but i think of the words "baby soft." my friends at school loved the smell of my hair everyday when i used it.

cantu shea butter leave in is another black product that i dont think smells too bad.

im more of a warm-scent type of person. i guess thats a good way to describe it idk. peppermint, vanilla!!!, coconut, etc. actually my favorite fragrance is princess by vera wang. that is heaven on earth to me.

my daily combo right now is giovanni direct leave in and qhemet biologics amla and olive heavy cream (or miss jessies curly buttercreme). love the scent combo. also love the scent of devacare one condition. its lovely.

overall i think all natural products tend to smell much better than any products geared to any race.
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I don't really care about scents. As long as the product works and the scent doesn't stay around for days then I'm good.
It's not only 'black hair care products'. Lots of products stink despite who they are marketed towards.
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Im still trying to figure out how some people actually enjoy the smell of Cantu Shea butter leave-in. I think it smells like fish while other people say it reminds them of coconuts.
Originally Posted by Stephanie198907

its okay in moderation!
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Yeah I know what you mean, all those products you can find in the "ethnic hair care" section in Wal mart disgust me. I just used African Pride Braid Sheen Spray, I was desperate for a leave in, didn't even realize we had it. Guess it was left over from the days before I started paying attention to ingredients.

First there was the smell. Hard to describe but basically start with a base of gasoline, then add a fine layer of BO like someone who hasn't bathed in a few weeks but wait! They think if they douse themselves in enough Curious by Britney Spears no one will notice. The result is a fabulous aroma of gasoline soaked cornchips wrapped in flowers.

I mean there are definitely scents in products marketed towards everyone, not just Black people, that just isn't my preference. Everyone's sense of smell is different. BUT I don't know even one Black hair care product that doesn't make me want to gag so I do think on average they are worse. And I think it's the cover up not BO, but the dangerous ingredients in them. Our smell is a first defense and we don't give it enough credit. Our nose knows when something is wrong. I should have paid attention to my nose becuase I used the braid spray anyway and almost immediately my hair felt like wire it went so dry. And then the itching and outright burning of my scalp started.

And before that tried Soft Sheen Carson dandruff solutions shampoo and conditioner. I used it twice and while I am more allergic than some I don't think it's right for your your face and head to feel like it's on fire and get a red rash after using a product. Not surprising has a pretty high hazard level:
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/pro...prod_id=161097 Unfortunately not everyone has a system has sensitive as mine so it doesn't mean these products aren't doing them harm just becuase you don't break out immediately but that it will build up cumulatively.


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I agree that most products in the drug store, whether they're for black hair or not, smell like squirrel musk. I think that's why I've gotten to the point where most all of my products are all natural and have to be ordered. Not only do they not have bad stuff in them, they usually have a strong, yet good smell to them.
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Im still trying to figure out how some people actually enjoy the smell of Cantu Shea butter leave-in. I think it smells like fish while other people say it reminds them of coconuts.
Originally Posted by Stephanie198907
Yes, yes, yes! I loved the results, but couldn't tolerate the fragrance.
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yes, I agree. But what has got me really upset is the smell of Keracare Essential oils. Every time I use it on my hair it smells so off. I literally hate the stuff. I have 2 bottles left over from my relaxed days, plus one full bottle of keracare leave in and one jar of keracare conditioning headdress. Anything from keracare has a really awful scent to it. The smell is just too strong and lingers for days.

I cant use them at all. Why do these products smell so awful.

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i do not like the smell of most mainstream commercial, black, or so-called natural hair products.

the mainstream products (garnier, vo5, suave, pantene) seem to all use the same fragrance bank for their products because some of the aromas smell quite similar: stinky, cloying, sweet, fruity perfume.

i think that whoever makes black haircare products thinks that we all enjoy the smell of coconuts, cocoa butter, and watermelony-jollyranchy-candy-like fragrances, because that's what most of the products smell like. again, cloying and nauseating.

my sense of smell became heightened during my first pregnancy and never went away.

natural products like avalon, giovanni, aubrey, alba, jasons, are either too herbal (even for me), too citrusy, fruity, or a sickly-nebulous scent that can't be pinpointed that makes me want to retch.

the best-smelling shampoo i've ever used was aubrey organics rosa mosqueta. it has an herbal, green, fresh aroma that only faintly lingered in my hair after rinsing. however it contains lavender and i don't use products with lavender any longer.

so what does rainshower cleanse her hair with, you ask?

these days, a very diluted acv rinse (one-quarter teaspoon vinegar to one cup water. massage it into my scalp really well working up sweat, sebum, lint, and squeezing it into my hair. rinse well. when i don't feel like doing a marshmallow detangling rinse, i use john masters rosemary mint detangling conditioner. it's the perfect consistency for my hair because of its thin consistency. it rinses really easily from my hair, leaving it smelling fresh, but not like double mint gum. followed with a little almond oil on my ends and i'm good for a few days before having to cleanse my hair again.
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