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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 polled friends, family, coworkers and the internet to come up with this roundup of the best-smelling shampoos on shower shelves. 

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Paul Mitchell

1. Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Three

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 minty, summery scent delights us just as much during the 50th wash as it does the first.

Buy It ($10)

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2. Klorane Shampoo With Peony Sensitive Scalp

Like its name suggests, Klorane's shampoo is made with—and thus, smells like—peonies. Fresh, bright and lovely.

Now available at the recently relaunched Dermstore site, where there's a new focus on skincare education and high quality beauty products.

Buy It ($20)

3. Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo

Here's what you need to know: Of the 345 reviews on Ulta, a whopping 263 called out its amazing scent (which is like a blend of herbs, FYI).

Buy It ($11)

4. Ouai Smooth Shampoo

This cult-favorite formula (from Kardashian-stylist Jen Atkin) has a devoted following for a reason: It smoothes and controls frizz, all while effervescing a floral and musky scent that seems more like a fancy perfume.

Buy It ($52)

5. R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo

Speaking of sexy scents, this thickening shampoo smells warm and romantic with hints of cardamom, pineapple, citrus, lavender and bamboo. Mmm...complicated.

Buy It ($24)


6. Garnier Full & Plush Shampoo

Get ready: This pomegranate-infused formula is the best way possible. Even after three days without shampooing, our hair always stays fresh and fruity.

Buy It ($4)


7. Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo

If you prefer something gentler, this cleanser makes hair feel next-level soft while smelling practically edible (coconut oil and wheat are main ingredients).

Buy It ($20)

8. Mermaid Hair Shampoo

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.  

Buy It ($26)

9. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo

The official name of this scent is Yuzu Calm, but to us, it's just a lightly floral, subtly citrus blend of wonderfulness.

Buy It ($58)


10. Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo

Don't worry: You won't get a whiff of apple cider vinegar. Instead, you'll shower yourself in green apples, and we think you might kinda love it.

Buy It ($16)

11. Kérastase Bain Chronologiste

What does this smell like? The long answer is it's a little like a masculine cologne, with a sophisticated scent that lingers. The short answer? Luxury.

Buy It ($35)

12. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo

At the end of the day, though, it's hard to beat a $3 bottle of tried-and-true Herbal Essences.

Buy It ($13)

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