(rant) does your have the pleasing smell of shampoo?


The best smelling shampoo in the WORLD was some Revlon that they haven't made in ages. It was in big black bottles and I think it had "outrageous" in the name. Anyone remember that? They also made some "hair freshening" sprays - or something like that? I think one was hot and one was cold?
Originally Posted by CGNYC
Good god, girl, if you figure this one out, I will pay you! From time to time I try to figure out what it was because it was my holy grail in the early 90's. It smelled so good and all I can frickin' remember is the black bottle and, I think, rounded top.

I also used a hair freshener. It was a clear bottle and the liquid was yellow...it worked great at covering up smokey bar smell (hey, it was college and sometimes I just rolled out of bed and went to class).

ETA: I found it. It was called Outrageous, just as you remembered. I used the red and black bottle. Great stuff.

Originally Posted by medussa
LOL, this takes me back to middle school... i remember using that shampoo/conditioner too. so funny that you brought it up. i don't remember what it smelled like though.

i always think my hair smells like the last thing i put on it, which lately has been la looks curl gel. so that's not too bad.
Frau, I think Suave conditioners are CG-approved. The Ocean Breeze and Waterfall Mist scents are absolutely heavenly and are fresh and clean without being overpowering. My son (black) and my SO (white) both use these. Interestingly, though, because my son has that "black man scent" I've talked about here before, his hair only holds the scent for a brief time before his own scent takes over, but my SO's hair holds the aroma all day and night and into the next day. Of course, my son wears his hair very short, so there is almost no hair between your nose and his scalp.

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My hair often smells of coconut oil, which I hate. It's not a nice coconutty smell, but an oily old yuk smell. I'd love to have nice smelling hair.
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My personal theory is that a lot of Black hair care products are filled with cheap and even hazardous ingredients so they have to put in overpowering fragrances to cover the smell of these nasty ingredients.

Or the fragrances themselves are cheap.

If you are talking about the kind of products found in Wal Mart's "ethnic hair" aisle, I can't stand the smell of any of them either, I can't even describe that atrociousness. It's often gasoline soaked corn chips. I wouldn't even say coconut, I like the smell of coconut.

My hair probably currently smells like tea tree oil since I am in box braids and braiding with a mixture of shealoe I made. I only added 10 drops of tea tree and it completely overpowered teh mixture. I don't mind it, my hair smells much better now that I am natural and I am actually washing it and taking care of my scalp.

And since I make a lot of my products I can choose the scent.


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Last edited by KinkyKeeper; 08-22-2009 at 12:31 PM.
mine smells like the pleasing scent of elucence mb conditioner. my SO often says, "wow your hair smells good!" even though we use the same stuff.
Originally Posted by subbrock

guano - do u have to buy this online? I've been wanting to try this condish out.
Originally Posted by Josephine
now i have to buy it online, but i used to get it from columbia beauty supply.
What are you talking about?!

I have Komaza Care Coconut Pudding & it smells so good I'm tempted to taste it.

There's Karen's Body Beautiful products you can choose the scent of. Mine is Coco Mango.

Afro Veda's butters are delicious smelling.

I forgot about Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme!
Originally Posted by lazy loops
let me change what i mean in my original post so that this doesn't turn into a racial thread. here goes:
products that target straight hair or curly hair tend to have clean fresh scents where products that target kinky/nappy textures tend to smell like the above.
I wonder if it's because they're for natural hair textures so they're using natural ingredients. It seems like those things go together.

I find that I don't really like the smell of more natural products even though I'd like to use more natural products. Like, I want to like Lush but it all smells like dirty hippie to me.
My son (black) and my SO (white) both use these. Interestingly, though, because my son has that "black man scent" I've talked about here before, his hair only holds the scent for a brief time before his own scent takes over, but my SO's hair holds the aroma all day and night and into the next day.
Originally Posted by ~Ghost Poster~
This is me too. I find that the heavier fruit flavors work better with my natural scent than "ocean breeze" or "lavender". I like those scents but it dissipates very quickly. I find the coconut or vanilla type scents last longer. It smells my kind of clean...or at least I hope it does.
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What are you talking about?!

I have Komaza Care Coconut Pudding & it smells so good I'm tempted to taste it.

There's Karen's Body Beautiful products you can choose the scent of. Mine is Coco Mango.

Afro Veda's butters are delicious smelling.

I forgot about Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme!
Originally Posted by lazy loops
let me change what i mean in my original post so that this doesn't turn into a racial thread. here goes:
products that target straight hair or curly hair tend to have clean fresh scents where products that target kinky/nappy textures tend to smell like the above.
Originally Posted by frau

Oh you meant like the higher end products. Well in a practical sense, IME kinky textured hair does like heavier ingredients to keep it conditioned becuase the hair tends to be more porous than straight or looser curls. So that would account for why there are more butters/oils in nappy hair products. And unfortunately the scent that comes with heavier products are more often to be..uh heavy.

Why chocolate and coconut? That is odd, why not more flowery like instant conditioners have. Well the chocolate IMO comes from crafty marketing skills, subtley marketing towards darker skinned people. For instance as someone interested in advertising I notice product marketed towards Blacks are packaged in brown packaging, products marketed towards Whites are packaged in lighter packaging:





So like shea butter (from Africa) chocolate could be subtle ingredient ploy to attract Black people. And as for the rest of the ingredients I imagine they have done some type of research on test groups to find out which types of people like which scents. These companies know what they are doing. I notice they have recently played on the fact that a lot of people are wanting to go natural by saying products that are not natural are natural and putting flowers and plants all over their products. I also notice a lot of products marketed towards Black people have purple on them, perhaps they did some kind of research that says Black people like purple?


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kinkykeeper, lol at your original post. you are so right, those cheapie afro-products that are "segregated" from the rest of the hair care products smell the worst (not pantene it smells nice). i don't even buy products made by dark and lovely or ultra sheen-none of that stuff.

in regards to those products-i even made a scenario in my head that the makers of these afro-products were too cheap to buy the better scents from fragrance companies like givaudan for example or they just didn't think it was important to formulate pleasing scents on their own.

the more high end online products, yes, they are by far nutty smells. some products smell awful. i won't name names but one maker has the best product but the smell is nothing short of stinky. i mean, horrible. anyway, i'm just hoping someone can make a moisturing shampoo or conditioner that doesn't smell like coconut or shea or chocolate or butter. damn!

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The best smelling shampoo in the WORLD was some Revlon that they haven't made in ages. It was in big black bottles and I think it had "outrageous" in the name.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
Man, that was a serious flashback.

whoa.
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kinkykeeper, lol at your original post. you are so right, those cheapie afro-products that are "segregated" from the rest of the hair care products smell the worst (not pantene it smells nice). i don't even buy products made by dark and lovely or ultra sheen-none of that stuff.

in regards to those products-i even made a scenario in my head that the makers of these afro-products were too cheap to buy the better scents from fragrance companies like givaudan for example or they just didn't think it was important to formulate pleasing scents on their own.

the more high end online products, yes, they are by far nutty smells. some products smell awful. i won't name names but one maker has the best product but the smell is nothing short of stinky. i mean, horrible. anyway, i'm just hoping someone can make a moisturing shampoo or conditioner that doesn't smell like coconut or shea or chocolate or butter. damn!
Originally Posted by frau
LOL, I just came back from Walgreens, and just for ****s and giggles, I stopped by the segregated "ethnic" hair products section to smell all the products, and they all still had that heavy, oily, buttery stench. And, the segretated Pantene, was actually one of the worst. Blech. I hate what they've done to the entire Pantene line. Who wants to smell like a rotting fruit salad???? I cannot STAND that nauseating fruity stench trend in hair products these days. I wish we would hurry along to the next fragrance trend.

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frau,

you are going to have to name some products.

Kenra moisture conditioner is not marketed to kinky hair, and it has a coconut fragrance.
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I get a lot of compliments on my hair when I use Jessicurl products with the island fantasy scent.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
That is a great scent. Overall, Jessicurl products smell great and perform well.

I also like Suave conditioner scents, and some VO5.

Elucence mb smells like peach (not bad at all). Myhoneychild products always smelled good to me when I was using them. Ditto blended beauty. All of these lines perform well and smell good.

The old herbal essence line was my favorite; the new line is gagworthy as someone mentioned, full of silicones (yuk).
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To this day I can't stand the smell of bergamot because so many black products used it. That, lanonlin and petroleum gelly, mineral oil. They all have a heavy smell. Also since many black women didn't wash their hair often, what you were smelling was mixed in with and designed to mask the smell of sweat.

I love the way my hair smells these days, I can barely smell it and after it dries I don't smell it at all. I don't use heavy fragranced products or products with chemically created fragrances because I can't stand smelling my hair and they are irritating.
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LOL, I just came back from Walgreens, and just for ****s and giggles, I stopped by the segregated "ethnic" hair products section to smell all the products, and they all still had that heavy, oily, buttery stench. And, the segretated Pantene, was actually one of the worst. Blech. I hate what they've done to the entire Pantene line. Who wants to smell like a rotting fruit salad???? I cannot STAND that nauseating fruity stench trend in hair products these days. I wish we would hurry along to the next fragrance trend.
Originally Posted by ~Ghost Poster~
i can't use drugstore products or most natural products due the scents...all of them are too strong...too fruity and too perfumey. pantene, yes is one of the worse. herbal essence..blah. lorel...blah. even the suave and the V05 eventually because too fragrant for me. blah.

my preference is unscented. or such as KCCC where the scent is light and fades very quickly. i would rather pay a bit more for fragrance free products that work. thankfully, most of my products are fragrance free.
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Last edited by Windflower; 08-22-2009 at 01:53 PM.

LOL, I just came back from Walgreens, and just for ****s and giggles, I stopped by the segregated "ethnic" hair products section to smell all the products, and they all still had that heavy, oily, buttery stench. And, the segretated Pantene, was actually one of the worst. Blech. I hate what they've done to the entire Pantene line. Who wants to smell like a rotting fruit salad???? I cannot STAND that nauseating fruity stench trend in hair products these days. I wish we would hurry along to the next fragrance trend.
Originally Posted by ~Ghost Poster~
i can't use drugstore products or most natural products due the scents...all of them are too strong...too fruity and too perfumey. pantene, yes is one of the worse. herbal essence..blah. lorel...blah. my preference is unscented. or such as KCCC where the scent is light and fades very quickly.
Originally Posted by Windflower
See, I, too, thought KCCC faded, but my son and bf will come up and stick their noses into my hair and tell me how good my hair always smells. They say it smells like vanilla or kind of coconutty.

For those who think their hair doesn't smell at all...maybe I have a sensitive nose, but in close quarters, like when I used to use public transportation or in a shuttle van, I could always smell peoples' hair and could tell IMMEDIATELY the ones who didn't wash their hair often--I'm talking about just sitting in the seat behind them. For someone with a sensitive nose, sitting in a van full of people like that on a humid, rainy day was absolutely torturous!

Hair aroma has always been a big issue for me due to being that black girl with the oily, smelly hair in my childhood.

SBB--yes, bergamot! Ack! My mom used to press my hair with some blue grease, and that was the fragrance ingredient or name of it or something. We used Vaseline often in a pinch. Blech to all of that crap.

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Cowash-V05 Extra Body
L'oreal EP Moisture-Rinse-out
JFLVM
BRHG mix w/
KCCC/KCKT (winter)
Clean-smelling-hair freak washes EOD; dry w/bowl diffuser
Cassia+henna+grays=Gold-red hilites
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