Have you heard of hair perfume? It might sound a little, well, extra, but hear us out: In a lot of ways, perfume formulated for hair actually makes more sense than regular perfume. Washing hair infrequently has become trendy, and hair mist is a great way to keep your mane smelling fresh between washes. Also, most hair perfumes actually serve a dual purpose, combining protection, moisture and shine along with their amazing scents. Another bonus? The many inventive fragrances and gorgeous packaging means they’re totally gift-able.
So, if you’re looking to get in on the hair perfume game, read on to discover nine of our favorites. When it really comes down to it, don’t you just love the idea adding an extra punch to your fabulous hair flip?
Come for the beautiful French packaging, stay for the delicious floral scent. Miss Dior Hair Mist also happens to boast amazing staying power, and it’s sure to garner you plenty of compliments.
Oh, and if you’re looking to take your whole-body fragrance game up a notch, it pairs very well with Dior Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, $78.
Sure, you love your mom. That’s totally undisputable. But that doesn’t mean that some years Mother’s Day completely escapes your mind and you’re scrambling to find a gift for your mom at the last minute.
Avoid all that stress and be 100 percent prepared this year with a gift your mom is guaranteed to love: a gorgeous perfume. A pretty fragrance is the perfect Mother’s Day gift because scent is so personal. But instead of spending hours at the department store, spritzing test strips with different perfumes and walking out of there smelling like you were way too spray-happy, just check out our Mother’s Day perfume guide.
We’ve got the perfect scent for every mom. Keep reading to see our favorites and then all you have to decide is which one is just right for your mom.
Just the gorgeous flower-adorned bottle alone makes this scent the perfect Mother’s Day gift. This fragrance is ideal for the mother who fully embraces her soft and feminine side. The bright freshness of bergamot oranges with a twist of white alba truffle is as pretty as it is unique.
The quest to find your new signature scent can feel staggering. “Do you like florals?” “What’s your perfect first date?” “Diamonds or pearls?” The seemingly unrelated questions perfume salespeople pose can leave you sniffing every scent in the store until everything smells like an amalgam of musks, florals, spices and fruits.
So what if we told you there was an easier way to find the best perfume for you — a way that requires you to answer just one question that you’ve answered a billion times before: What’s your sign?
Before you roll your eyes, hear us out. Sure, you may not let your horoscope guide your every move, but it does uncannily sync up with your life more often than you care to admit.
According to perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes, choosing a scent based on your zodiac isn’t all that far-fetched. “Similar personalities gravitate toward the same fragrances on a vibrational level,” says Balahoutis. “It isn’t that cheerful people tend to like one fragrance without fail and that intellectual people prefer another. It often has to do with two things aligning.
The power of a great haircut or hair color is undeniable — as is the opposite. (Holla if you’ve ever been reduced to tears by a hair disaster!) Which makes choosing the best hair salon a decision that can send you down a Yelp wormhole — especially if you live in the big city. Yes, finding your hair stylist/colorist match in Los Angeles, a city where they’re as plentiful as avocados, is rough. Think: perfect curly haircuts, sunkissed highlights, tousled waves, the latest hairstyles the celebs are wearing … basically, the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of.
So we went on a mission to find the very best salons Los Angeles has to offer, where the aforementioned cool girls of the city get their hair did. Whether you need a slight trim or complete hair makeover, you can’t go wrong with one of these hair salons.
The founders Johnny Ramirezand Anh Co Tran are responsible for some of the most gorgeous styles (you’ve likely double-tapped or pinned quite a few of them). While this definitely isn’t the most affordable salon, the results will have you (and everyone you encounter on the street) like woah.
Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
Vibe: A bit rustic, a bit French
Semi-permanent hair color is the unsung hero of the drugstore hair-care aisle. It’s the perfect solution for those who want to test the waters of a color change, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars and hours in the salon chair to do it. Unlike permanent hair color, which can last for a few weeks (sometimes even months), semi-permanent hair color lets you take a subtle new shade for a spin without the commitment.
But when it comes to selecting the best semi-permanent hair color for your strands, it’s good to know what it can (and can’t) do for you. Here’s a primer on the two types of temporary at-home hair dye:
Semi-Permanent Hair Color: If you want to add a gloss finish to your hair color or brighten up a dull ‘do with some shine and light pigment, semi-permanent hair color is your best bet. “This type of hair dye is used to deposit color at your level or darker,” says George Papanikolas, Matrix SoColor celebrity colorist . “It doesn’t have the ability to lighten hair, but semi-permanent hair color is great for covering or blending grays.” If you’re looking to go from brunette to blonde, a semi-permanent hair dye
A quality deep conditioner can make all the difference for ladies with natural hair. Hitting your strands with a rich dose of moisture once a week or so can help nourish, strengthen and moisturize, repairing any damage from heat styling or the elements. The best deep conditioners for natural hair can also help enhance curls, increase shine and protect hair from future damage, keeping it healthier (and prettier) for longer.
There are a few things to look for in a deep conditioner for natural hair. Since natural hair tends to be coarser and more prone to frizz, you want to keep an eye out for hydrating ingredients that will penetrate your strands without weighing them down. These might include shea butter, coconut oil, raw honey and aloe vera. Some formulas become even more effective when heat is applied, which is perfect for safe heat styling.
In the end, the best deep conditioners for natural hair make your hair the best version of itself it can possibly be — that being soft, healthy and defined.
So where does one look to find the best deep conditioner for natural hair? Right here. We consulted our TotalBeauty.com readers’ unbiased reviews to compile this list of the
There are hundreds of shampoos in the drugstore — but how can you tell which one is the best drugstore shampoo? That’s where these reviews from our readers come in. Hair products, shampoo in particular, are of the utmost importance to our TotalBeauty.com readers. This will become clear as you peruse these glowing reviews of the best drugstore shampoo picks.
That’s right, these products are all from the drugstore — and many are under five bucks. After reading this, if you feel compelled to run out and stock up on the best drugstore shampoo from Pantene, Aveeno, Dove and others, do it. You won’t even have to feel guilty.
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.0*
Why it’s great: “I absolutely love this product,” raves one reviewer. “It smells fantastic and is very reasonably priced.” Another reviewer adds that “this shampoo leaves [her] hair clean and feeling healthy.” To sum up: “The scent is amazing” and it’s “a great value.”
This recently-released clean, floral fragrance from everyone’s favorite friend next door has notes of rose water, Amazon lily, and sandalwood. It’s perfect for feminine, nurturing and romantic types.
Mother’s Day gifts are tough. You want to give something that says “thanks for being a great Mom,” without resigning her to the kitchen by giving her a “helpful” cooking appliance, or making her feel old by gifting a knitting or crocheting kit, or proving that you had no time by handing her a Hallmark card that reads like a cheesy novel. Clothes are tricky. Flowers are overdone. Chocolates imply no thought.
Like we said, a gift for the most important woman in your life on a day when you are thanking her for her often-thankless work has got to be good.
Skip to see the new perfect-for-spring-and-summer perfumes (and a couple classics) that will make any mother’s day.
That’s why perfume is the perfect gift for really any woman. It shows thought, effort and taste on your part and if it’s the right perfume for her, she will be forever thankful. Why? Because scent is the strongest link to memory — every time she smells it, she will be reminded of your love and appreciation.
But now that you are hip to the secret of a successful Mother’s Day gift, it’s important to realize that you can’t just pop into any Sephora or
The season of summer has some of the most distinct smells. The hot, sticky aroma of humidity and fresh cut grass. The sweet, salt water wind at the beach. The pungent, almost bitter fragrance of moist flowers in the garden. Chlorine � sorry, we’re getting carried away. It’s just that summer is known for its fragrance — and when we think fragrance, we think perfume.
Skip to see which new summer perfume you should try now.
This season not only offers up glorious earthy smells, it also brings a fresh crop of designer perfumes that are perfectly lighter and more whimsical than the heavier scents of fall and winter. And just as you swap your wardrobe for lighter clothing when the temperature soars, you should do the same with your perfume.
But finding your new signature summer scent takes work — and you know what they say about summertime being easy living. Who wants to spend precious beach time in Sephora, sniffing the perfumes that line the perimeter of the store? Here’s a little secret: To find a summer scent that speaks to you, choose one that’s similar to the way you like to smell throughout the rest of the year. Scroll through
When you ask a woman — especially a beauty editor — for her favorite perfume, you expect to hear names like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Chloé — not Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton.
It’s not that we have anything against these celebs, but there’s something so cheese-tastic about buying and wearing a fragrance that has a celebrity’s face plastered all over it. And yet, the celebrity fragrance industry is booming.
Elizabeth Taylor was the first to cash in with her celebrity perfume, and since then the fragrance industry has become a major revenue source for Hollywood. Take Paris Hilton. She’s made $1.5 billion dollars from her perfume collection so far, and she’s coming out with fragrance No. 15 this summer. Clearly there’s a market for the products, but who arethe women shelling out their hard earned cash for these celebrity fragrances?
Skip ahead to see the 11 celebrity fragrances we’re embarrassed to love.
Now, before you start raising those eyebrows, hear us out. While we may not proudly display these celeb fragrances on our vanities, the truth is that a handful of these perfumes actually smell good. Sure, you could argue that some of these celebrities don’t have any business
Take a deep, deep breath in through your nose. Smell that? That’s the scent of summer.
Come May, the aromas in the air start to change distinctly. There’s the classic summer scent cocktail of sunscreen, sand, and salt water. And then there’s the smell of savory barbeque chicken and juicy watermelon at a family picnic. Or sprinklers and cut grass. Fresh mint from the herb garden. Chlorine wafting up from your pool. You get the drift. There’s a whole buncha smells going on, and our olfactory senses are in overdrive this time of year.
So, when new summer fragrances started landing on our desks, we couldn’t wait to spritz ’em on our pulse points. And while it’s not possible to bottle summer, these scents come pretty close.
Which is why we’ve gone and rounded up the freshest of the bunch. The only problem? There’s no scratch n’ sniff option on the Internet. (But how awesome would it be if there were!? C’mon technology, make it happen!) So it’s our job to describe these scents as distinctly and viscerally as possible.
Instead of using common perfume descriptors that don’t really tell us much — words like “sensual,” “refined,” or “romantic” — we’ve come up with
Have you noticed that when you read about the new fall 2012 fragrances like, say, Marc Jacobs’ “Dot,” that words like “playful,” “lovely,” and “fresh” always pop up in the description? And aren’t vague, fluffy, marketing phrases like that completely annoying? What do they tell you about how the fragrance really smells? Nothing. And that’swhat we want to know.
Look, we get it: writing a fragrance review is hard. Really hard. One woman can smell roses while the next gal gets candy. But honestly, raise your hand if you can summon to mind what “top notes of bergamot” or “a blend of melons” mean or what they smell like?
Luckily, we’re always up for a challenge. Last week we conducted an office-wide sniff-test of all the new fall 2012 fragrances. The goal: To choose the top 10 and include real reviews. The kind that go beyond boring catch phrases like “sexy” or “warm” and truly capture the emotion or memory evoked by each scent for each tester.
“It smells hot and sweet, like candy melting on the dashboard of your car.” — Emily Popp, Assistant Editor
“It reminds me of a Blow Pop, especially that moment when you reach the bubblegum center.” — Paola
How much do you love your home state? Enough to pick a fragrance based on the state flower? We’ve got warm weather on the brain and we’re looking for any excuse to lay eyes on bundles of flowers. So, we scoured a full set of encyclopedias (kidding! we used the interwebs!) to find the 50 state flowers and selected a gorgeous group of fragrances featuring those floral notes. One confession: a few state flowers are either poisonous or not exactly fragrant (sorry, Indian Paintbrush flower states), so we subbed state trees with matching scents. What are you waiting for? Click through to find your state flower … in a perfume!
State Flower: Camellia
Fragrance: Avon Instinct, $25 for 1.7oz
Selected as Alabama’s state flower in 1959, the camellia is the middle note in this light, clean fragrance.
State Flower: Forget-Me-Not
Fragrance: Library of Flowers Forget Me Not, $54 for 1.7oz
It may not contain actual forget-me-nots, but Library of Flowers kept the blue color so unique to the Alpine forget-me-nots that grow on the rocky mountains of Alaska.
State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Fragrance: Ralph Lauren Pure Turquoise, $55.99 for 4.2oz
Pure Turquoise contains night blooming cactus flowers similar to the ones found on Arizona’s Saguaro
If you’re not ready to invest in Dali-esque perfume art, this scent is also available in simple (read: not melting) containers for $195.
We’ve been drowning in new fragrances this summer. It’s not a bad problem to have, but when your office starts to smell like a department store beauty floor, it’s time to do some heavy editing. We’ve narrowed down the long list of summer fragrances to the top 12 biggest launches of the season — the ones any fragrance junkie should be required to try.
From subtle splashes to floral explosions, they run the gamut, and we geeked out on the clever branding and bottling. Ever think you’d see luxury French design house Hèrmes in the same lineup with Justin Bieber’s eau de teen dream? Oh yes we did.
Launch date: July 7 exclusively at Sephora; September everywhere else
As the name suggests, this fragrance is sweet, but it’s not a sugar bomb. The honey notes are balanced out with rich woods and zesty mandarin, and it’s got a splash of fruit punch for good measure. The designer is calling this the little sister toMarc Jacobs Dot.
You know the fresh, watery blast you get when you bite into a really crisp apple? That’s the sensation of See by Chloe: a bright blend of apple, apple blossom, jasmine and ylang ylang. If you like
Notes of bergamot, white musk and, of course, fresh cut roses set this scent at the top of our signature spring fragrance list. Plus, the bottle itself is pretty enough to leave on display all year long.
The cult Be Delicious line has been a favorite of ours for years. This newest addition to the collection blends grapefruit, apricot and floral rose and jasmine notes for a sultry but sweet feminine scent.
This new scent from D&G combines subtle vanilla, amber and musk notes with grapefruit, peach and Bulgarian rose for a timeless trail of sweetness all day long.
Inspired by the woman who is beautiful but dangerous, this scented moisturizer has top notes of carnation, mint and Turkish rose essences along with hemp leaves and white amber.
Another daring take on rose, this eau de parfum blends cruelty-free musk with notes of black smoky rose and tobacco flower and the scent that lasts for hours.
Infused with pure rosewater and rose petals, this mask tones your skin with a cooling gel formula that leaves your face smooth, hydrated and radiant.
Hydro-distilled rose (aka condensed rose water) makes the combination of notes like marjoram and sandalwood softer and delicately fragrant.
At least 1,000 new fragrances will come out this year. (To put that number into perspective, only 76 new scents were released in 1991.) With so many fragrances to choose from, you’d think that finding your ideal scent would be easier. But how many times have you smelled a perfume and wished it were a hint sweeter or a little lighter? Instead of sniffing thousands of scents in search of the perfect one (which sounds like a major headache — literally!), wouldn’t it be great if you knew how to wear the perfume you already have —better?
That’s where layering fragrances comes in. In this case, we’re not talking about mixing two perfumes, which experts say can be extremely tricky even for a trained nose. Instead, it’s about incorporating the right scents into other aspects of your beauty routine to make your perfume work better for you. “Ideally, layering is about choosing a body wash and lotion that will help extend your scent throughout the day,” says Franco Wright, co-owner of the Scent Bar in Los Angeles.
Not only can you make your fragrance last longer, but there are also tricks to change your scent for different seasons or wear it in
Want to win friends, gain confidence and bring happiness wherever you go? Science says scent can help you do all that, and more. Aromatherapy seems like a hippy-dippy concept, but research shows scents evoke strong emotional responses — and are the key to setting the tone in an environment. It’s the reason why retailers, hotels and restaurants use smells to attract customers and even boost spending.
While science says that scent has a powerful effect on our mood, can you use it to influence the moods of those around you? Botanical perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes, says yes. “When we reach someone’s senses, we impress something upon them. Whatever we impress upon them then informs what they think of us, and what a person thinks of us definitely drives their behavior toward us,” she explains.
However, Balahoutis warns against overpowering scents. In most scientific experiments, the scent used was subtle. “Never slap someone in the nose with a big, nuclear hit of fragrance,” says Balahoutis. Her trick is to mist hair or clothes with fragrance, which allows a fragrance to linger.
Here, the best scents to get what you want from those around you — without ever saying a word.
Fragrance jewelry has been around since the Egyptian times when people wore tiny bottles or scented amulets around their necks. But that doesn’t mean these baubles were pretty — they were more function than form.
The newest generation of fragrance jewelry, however, isn’t just scented — it’s also incredibly chic looking. And there’s modern technology that makes the scent last longer than ever before — so you can wear your fragrance jewelry for years to come.
Some of these pieces use scented beads trapped inside jewelry diffusers while others infuse the pieces themselves with the fragrance. And some contain solid perfume locked inside a ring or pendant. Regardless of the method, each piece is special — and the perfect addition to any fragrance (or jewelry) lover’s collection.
The Chicest Leather BraceletSometimes the simplest jewelry is the most glamorous — and that definitely applies to the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Perfumed Leather Bracelet in Apom, $225. Each bracelet is made by hand and scented with a technique used for perfumed leather gloves in the 18th century — it’s soaked in essential oils and then dried in the open air. The orange flower and cedar wood scent lasts an incredibly long time, and it comes
Have you decided that your lackluster hair is a lost cause? Well, you might want to rethink that conclusion. The best shine spray or serum can be your first line of defense in the war on dull hair — just ask any hairstylist or beauty salon owner. Whether you’re a curly-haired gal dealing with frizz or a straight-haired chick looking to minimize static, a shine serum can help smooth strands and even treat common hair problems. Above all, they create serious shine.
“This serum tames the frizzies, reduces the time I spend blow-drying and straightening my hair and it smells wonderful,” raves one reader. Another adds that it “shines up and softens her curls … leaving them touchable and silky.” And one reviewer loves it so much that she says she’s gone through five bottles of this “unbelievably fantastic” product.
Reviewers report that their hair feels refreshed after using this drugstore shampoo. “It did an amazing job at adding moisture to my hair and rehydrating it without weighing it down,” says one reviewer. Another adds, “This shampoo … worked absolute miracles for my heat-and-highlight-damaged hair. It provided superior moisturization without an ounce of added weight.”
Why it’s great: “I truly fell in love