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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

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.

Paul Mitchell ($10)

best smelling shampoo klorane

Klorane Shampoo With Peony

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

Klorane ($20)

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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).

Matrix ($11)

best smelling shampoo ouai

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.  

Ouai ($28)

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R+Co Dallas Thickening Shampoo

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

R+Co ($24)

best smelling shampoo garnier

Garnier Full & Plush 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. 

Garnier ($4)

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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).

Kiehl's ($19)

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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.  

Mermaid Hair ($26)

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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.   

Shu Uemura ($57)

best smelling shampoo fekkai

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.

Fekkai ($20)

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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. 

Kérastase ($47)

best smelling shampoo herbal essences

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.

Herbal Essences ($3)

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