16 Best smelling shampoos on the market

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(Grooming Playbook) | 16 Best Smelling Shampoos on the Market.

If you’re anything like us, you want your shampoo to smell absolutely ravishing. Humans spend a lot of time in the shower and the products you use should make you happy. Why settle for dull, boring shampoos when there are extraordinary shampoos out there? If you don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are 16 of the best smelling shampoos on the market.

1. Blu Atlas All Natural Shampoo

(Blu Atlas) | All Natural Shampoo.

Shampoos are supposed to cleanse, hydrate and clarify your hair. They can add shine, volume and even texture to your hair. However, no matter how hard your shampoo is working to cleanse your hair, it should also smell good. Blu Atlas has one of the best smelling shampoos on the market, and you’re going to want to get your hands on this product.

Blu Atlas All Natural Shampoo is a tropical paradise for your hair. This soothing shampoo cleanses away buildup and impurities like oil, dead skin and dirt, and infuses the hair with intense moisture. We love this shampoo because ingredients that smell divine also work to actively cleanse and restore your hair.

Antioxidant-rich jojoba oil, formulated with vitamins E, A and D, mimics your hair’s natural sebum levels, ensuring there is ample moisture and nourishment. Aloe barbadensis leaf, sourced from a succulent plant, hydrates the hair and nourishes it with vital antioxidants and vitamins. Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, derived from coconuts, creates a luxuriant lather. Dispense a quarter-sized amount of the shampoo onto wet hair, thoroughly massage the product through your hair and scalp, and rinse. You’ll enjoy a pleasant fragrance and long-lasting moisture for a full 24 hours.

2. Aveeno Sunflower Oil Blend Shampoo

(Aveeno) | Sunflower Oil Blend Shampoo.

Winter blues got you down? Are you yearning for warm weather, sunshine and all things summer? Yeah, us too. If you live in a cold climate, your hair probably feels the effects of a lack of sunshine, hydration and warmth. Bring the sunshine to your hair with Aveeno Sunflower Oil Blend Shampoo. This is one of the best shampoos for dry and damaged hair – and it doesn’t hurt that it smells like bottled sunshine.

Nourishing oats work to soothe your hair and scalp, exfoliating buildup and impurities. Sunflower oil works by reviving and restoring dry, brittle and heat-damaged hair by infusing your locks with enriching moisture. Aveeno Sunflower Oil Blend Shampoo will leave your hair soft, hydrated, restored and repaired. With notes of sugared peony, creamy vanilla and red currant, this shampoo will become your new favorite scent. This product is free of parabens, dyes and sulfates so you can use this shampoo on any hair type or texture.

3. Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Silicone-Free Purifying Shampoo

(Garnier Fructis) | Pure Clean Silicone-Free Purifying Shampoo.

In today’s global society, it’s important to recognize that our purchasing decisions can have a far-reaching impact. Buying a product from your local grocery store has more of an effect around the globe than you might think. Garnier Fructis considers the global impact when making their products. For example, the bottle containing their Pure Clean Silicone-Free Purifying Shampoo is made from recycled plastic. This shampoo smells great, is highly effective and is easy on your wallet. What’s not to love?

Since 1904, Garnier Fructis has been making hair-care products that people love, and this shampoo is no exception. Aloe extract, vitamin E, vitamin B3 and vitamin B6 cleanse your hair of impurities like oil, dirt and dead skin cells without over-drying. This shampoo also works to restore and repair your hair, strengthening weak or brittle strands. Your hair is guaranteed to look sleeker, shinier, sexier and healthier after just one wash.

Another reason we love this shampoo is that its scent is subtle and not overpowering. Your hair will smell fresh and clean, with hints of aloe and citrus. This product is free of silicones, parabens and animal-derived ingredients or byproducts, and is cruelty-free. Take your hair-care game to the next level with this fresh, subtly scented shampoo.

4. Alba Botanica Body Builder Shampoo Mango

(Alba Botanica) | Body Builder Shampoo Mango.

If you’re anything like us, you love taking long showers and unwinding at the end of the day. The shower is the one place you can be yourself, decompress and sing off-key. Because the shower is such a comforting place, it should contain products that make you happy. We recommend Alba Botanica Body Builder Shampoo Mango. This fruity blend of tropical extracts will have you feeling like you’re sitting on a beach, drinking margaritas and basking in the tropical sun.

Okay, back to reality. We love this shampoo because it cleanses your hair without subjecting you to harmful and irritating ingredients. This natural shampoo is made without parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde or sulfates, meaning your hair won’t feel dry and brittle after washing. Alba Botanica Body Builder Shampoo Mango works by replenishing the hair, removing oil and buildup, adding bounce and volume, increasing shine and providing long-lasting moisture.

Not only will your hair look beach-ready, but, due to extracts of mango and papaya, it will smell like a tropical paradise blend. This product is 100% vegetarian, pH-balanced, cruelty-free and natural. Next time you shower, enjoy your sweet escape to paradise – even if it’s just for a few minutes.

5. Crown Affair The Ritual Shampoo

(Crown Affair) | The Ritual Shampoo.

Are you tired of dull-smelling shampoos whose fragrance only lasts for a minute or two? Crown Affair understands so they crafted The Ritual Shampoo. Luxurious notes of bergamot, yuzu and lemongrass blend to create a memorable fragrance. But that’s not all: This fruity cocktail also intensely cleanses and hydrates the hair.

Tsubaki seed oil infuses the hair with nourishment, shine and hydration, without weighing the hair down. Coconut extract cleanses the hair of oil, dirt and dead skin cells without removing vital moisture. After just one wash, your hair will be sleek, shiny, frizz-free and volumized. This shampoo is suitable for all hair types. Plus, it’s safe for color-treated hair because it’s free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oil and other harmful ingredients. This shampoo is vegan and cruelty-free.

6. Briogeo Superfoods Mango + Cherry Balancing Shampoo

(Briogeo) | Superfoods Mango + Cherry Balancing Shampoo.

Close your eyes and picture the perfect shampoo; a shampoo that smells amazing and intensely cleanses your hair. What you’re envisioning might just be Briogeo Superfoods Mango + Cherry + Balancing Shampoo. This shampoo strikes the perfect balance between an intoxicating scent and a powerful, cleansing formula.

Papaya enzymes help remove excess oil and balance your scalp’s oil production. Mango extract, rich in vitamins C and E, reduces dullness and strengthens the hair, protecting it from damage from pollution, sun and other environmental irritants. Cherry extract, full of antioxidants like vitamin C, helps promote healthy hair – along with Briogeo’s proprietary NOVA complex.

This shampoo works like no other, and it doesn’t hurt that it smells like a tropical fruit smoothie – with notes of mango, papaya and cherry teasing your nose. This product is sulfate-free and formulated with 93% naturally derived ingredients. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free.

7. JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo

(JVN) | Undamage Strengthening Shampoo.

JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo smells absolutely divine, and might become your new favorite product due to the scent alone. Delicious notes of vibrant bergamot, juicy summer fruits, warm woods, cashmere musk and amber swirl together to create an intoxicating aroma you’ll fall in love with.

However, we love JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo for more than just the scent. This shampoo kicks dirt, oil, grime and buildup to the curb without stripping away your hair’s natural moisture. Squalane and hemi-squalane increase the hair’s strength, preventing breakage and brittleness. Ceramides and jojoba esters help restore split ends and fortify the hair against outside irritants. After just a few washes, your hair will look brighter, bolder, thicker, sleeker, shinier and healthier. This shampoo is best suited for medium and thick hair.

The results don’t lie: In a controlled study pitting JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo against a non-conditioning shampoo, JVN visibly reduced split ends by 47%. We promise you’re going to love this vegan and cruelty-free shampoo, so what are you waiting for?

8. Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo

(Moroccanoil) | Hydrating Shampoo.

Remember the days of middle school and junior high, when you’d take a shower after gym class and smell all the fruity, tropical shower products your classmates would use? Now that you’re older, you probably don’t want everyone at your local gym smelling your shampoo because of basic gym etiquette. If you’ve been searching for a product that will cleanse your hair and scalp and smell absolutely delicious, without being overpowering, we have the perfect product for you.

Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo is sexy, rich and soft. Once you smell it, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. This shampoo has hints of argan oil that will leave your hair smelling salon-clean. You know the scent when you walk into a beauty salon? Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo has bottled that scent for your at-home use.

This shampoo is also a powerful cleanser. The aforementioned argan oil helps reduce frizziness, restore elasticity and soften the hair. Algae prevents dryness and infuses the hair with moisture. Vitamin A forms a barrier around the hair, preventing visible signs of aging and damage from outside free radicals. This shampoo will leave your hair quenched, silky and shiny for days to come. This product is free of sulfates, parabens and mineral oil.

9. Playa Every Day Shampoo

(Playa) | Every Day Shampoo.

This daily-use shampoo will have your friends, family and colleagues asking what perfume you’re wearing because it smells that good. Juicy orange blossom, fresh sandalwood, black coconut and Pacific musk will linger in your hair all day long, becoming your new signature scent. This scent is so addicting, you’ll wish you could wear it as a perfume. Playa Every Day Shampoo does more than just make you and your bathroom smell heavenly; it’s also an enriching cleanser.

Coconut water works to hydrate and moisturizes the hair, softening and smoothing strands while you wash. Sugar beet extract helps increase volume, hair growth and strength. Aloe vera enzymes balance the hair’s natural pH levels and retain hydration all day long. Everyone can benefit from this vegan, cruelty-free shampoo, which is suitable for any hair type and texture.

10. Dae Signature Shampoo

(Dae) | Signature Shampoo.

This pretty little pink bottle of Dae Signature Shampoo would look stunning in your shower. If you want a shampoo that cleanses your hair, looks beautiful and smells amazing, you’re going to want to pick this one up. Imagine walking into a luscious botanical garden filled with sweet-smelling flowers.

That’s exactly what you’ll get with Dae Signature Shampoo. Using desert-sourced ingredients, this shampoo nourishes hair with rich moisture and hydration. Hibiscus flower extract cleanses away oil, dirt, grime, dead skin cells and other buildup to help stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth. Aloe leaf juice, infused with vitamins A, C and E, gives the hair an overall healthy and shiny appearance.

False daisy extract helps reduce flakiness and irritation with its antimicrobial properties. We know you’ll fall in love with this vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free shampoo. Plus, Dae Signature Shampoo comes with a pump that makes it easy to dispense the correct amount of product. What’s not to love?

11. The Honest Company Refresh Shampoo + Body Wash Citrus Vanilla

(The Honest Company) | Refresh Shampoo + Body Wash Citrus Vanilla.

Are you tired having to buy products that contain harmful ingredients simply because they’re so effective? The Honest Company feels your pain, which is why they’ve crafted all-natural, non-toxic products that are safe, effective and smell amazing. The Honest Company Refresh Shampoo + Body Wash Citrus Vanilla is so gentle it’s suitable for even babies to use.

You can use this two-in-one formula as both a shampoo and body wash, making your routine much easier. With intense notes of vanilla, coconut and orange, this shampoo will transport you to a tropical getaway.

Even though this shampoo and body wash is tough on dirt, oil and dead skin, it’s gentle on your hair and won’t strip away vital moisture. It’s formulated without parabens, dyes, synthetic fragrances, phthalates or formaldehyde, so you can rest easy knowing you’re only putting the safest ingredients on your body.

12. Nexxus Hydra-Light Shampoo

(Nexxus) | Hydra-Light Shampoo.

You probably remember the first time you went to a hair salon to get a “big kid” haircut. Every salon has a distinct professional smell, and we love how Nexxus managed to bottle that smell in their Hydra-Light Shampoo. Notes of bright florals like rose and jasmine blend with citrus fruits to create a clean, intoxicating scent you’ll love.

Nexxus Hydra-Light Shampoo works overtime to get your hair where it needs to be. Enriching deep-sea minerals work to remove excess oil, buildup, dirt, grime and dead skin from the hair and scalp, leaving your hair clean and healthy. This shampoo also helps restore strength, improve elasticity, increase shine, prevent breakage and hydrate the hair.

This product is best suited for helping control and manage oily hair, but any hair type can benefit from its invigorating properties. Next time you’re in need of a salon-quality shampoo that smells like a golden flower patch, try Nexxus Hydra-Light.

13. Live Clean Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo

(Live Clean) | Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo.

A shampoo that smells great, is good for the body and works well on the hair? Sign us up! It may sound too good to be true, but Live Clean Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo really does it all. This all-natural shampoo, infused with micellar water, gently cleanses the hair of impurities without stripping away vital moisture.

Organic watermelon seed extract, aloe vera and papaya clarify the hair, enhance shine, add volume, reduce frizz and prevent breakage. All of Live Clean’s products are made with 97% naturally derived ingredients and are free of parabens, dyes, silicon, phthalates, phosphates and SLS.

Because Live Clean Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo is good for your body and the environment, works effectively to clean hair and smells amazing, we had to include it as one of the best smelling shampoos on the market.

14. Maui Moisture Lightweight Hydration + Hibiscus Water Shampoo

(Maui Moisture) | Lightweight Hydration + Hibiscus Water Shampoo.

Raise your hand if you would like to pack up your life and live the rest of your days on a tropical island. All right, so not every single one of us can make that dream a reality. But we can all transform our humble shower into an exotic dreamscape with Maui Moisture Lightweight Hydration + Hibiscus Water Shampoo. This shampoo is a tropical wonderland of scent – notes of juicy watermelon, sweet passionfruit and clean hibiscus water blend to create a delicious scent.

Maui Moisture Lightweight Hydration + Hibiscus also refreshes dry, dull hair with nourishing moisture, leaving your hair sleek and healthy. Apply a small amount of product to wet hair, massage gently and rinse, and you’ll be amazed at how radiant and shiny your hair looks. Most shampoos only cleanse your hair, but Maui Moisture Lightweight Hydration + Hibiscus Water Shampoo transforms your hair into a sexy, healthy mane of beautiful locks. And it doesn’t hurt that it smells like paradise on earth!

15. OGX Extra Strength Refreshing Scalp + Teatree Mint Shampoo

(OGX) | Extra Strength Refreshing Scalp + Teatree Mint Shampoo.

If you have never tried a shampoo with tea tree or mint in it, you’re in for a treat. OGX Extra Strength Refreshing Scalp + Teatree Mint Shampoo is the invigorating, soothing, detoxifying product you need in your life right now. This shampoo includes tea tree and mint – a duo of aromas that will relax you after a long day at work.

The thing we love most about this shampoo is that the aromas do more than just smell good. Tea tree is great at removing excess oil, dirt, buildup and dead skin cells, and helps clarify the hair. It also does a great job of stimulating the scalp, promoting growth and strength from the root to the tips.

Peppermint and witch hazel further clean the hair, adding shine, taming frizz, preventing breakage and hydrating. Your scalp will feel thoroughly invigorated and refreshed after washing with this shampoo – and your hair will smell like an aromatherapy spa. This product is free of sulfates and parabens, making it suitable for all hair types and textures.

16. Andalou Naturals Lavender and Biotin Shampoo

(Andalou Naturals) | Lavender and Biotin Shampoo.

Lavender is one of the most effective ingredients in grooming products. It smells divine and works wonders on your skin and hair. Lavender is a natural ingredient that can calm you down and soothe you after a long, exhausting day. And what better way to unwind than by taking a long, warm shower? Andalou Naturals Lavender and Biotin Shampoo has everything going for it – looks, scent and effectiveness. This shampoo will infuse your shower with aromatic notes of lavender, apple and rose to help you destress.

Andalou Naturals Lavender and Biotin Shampoo is one of our favorite shampoos to use for thin, dull hair. The lavender and biotin work to add volume, strengthen brittle strands, prevent breakage, heal split ends and add moisture for protection against environmental irritants and pollutants. Bioactive stem cells from argan nuts, hemp, Swiss alpine rose, grapes and heirloom apples support the scalp and restore your hair’s natural shine.

Because Andalou Naturals cares about what they put into their products, this shampoo is 100% GMO-free. Go ahead: Light a candle, turn on some music and hop into your shower for some personal TLC.


Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Sulfate Free Shampoo

(Love Beauty and Planet) | Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Sulfate Free Shampoo.

We just could not resist adding a couple more of our favorite shampoos on the market to this list, which is why we’ve included Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Sulfate Free Shampoo. If you’re a coconut hater, we guarantee this shampoo will change your mind. This shampoo is scented with a smooth blend of coconut that is not overpowering. If you’re the kind of person who likes subtle scents, this shampoo has the perfect scent for you.

Coconut is a fantastic moisturizer, adding vital hydration back to thirsty locks. Ylang-ylang flower oil adds sleekness and shine to the hair, taming frizz and reducing flyaways. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, plant-based, paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free and dye-free, meaning this shampoo is good for both you and the environment.

Project Beauty Hairgurt Strawberry Banana Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo

(Project Beauty) | Hairgurt Strawberry Banana Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo.

Let’s be real – we’ve all eaten something so good we wished we could bathe in it. Even though you shouldn’t bathe in your favorite foods, Project Beauty Hairgurt Strawberry Banana Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo is the next best thing. Scented with notes of juicy strawberries and bananas, your hair will smell so good you’ll stop passersby in their tracks. We love fruity shampoos because they leave your hair with a light, airy scent that isn’t too overpowering.

This shampoo is also insanely moisturizing and nourishing. This product will tame even your wildest, frizziest curls by adding sleek moisture to the hair – calming flyaways and preventing breakage. This shampoo is designed to fight against damage from color treatments, sun and UV rays, bleach, environmental pollution and other daily irritants. Protein from yogurt helps nourish the hair, quinoa restores the hair from the roots out, hazel seed oil quenches the hair’s thirst, macadamia seed oil adds shine and softens the hair and mango seed oil repairs brittle hair.

If that fruit salad of ingredients isn’t enough for you, pomegranate oil, raspberry oil and murumuru protect the hair against breakage and add radiance where needed. We think your shampoo should work hard for you, and Project Beauty Hairgurt Strawberry Banana Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo fits the delicious bill.