Do You Smell A Hair Product

Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by Lilmama1011, Nov 17, 2015.

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do you smell hair products before considering purchasing it?

  1. smell hair products first

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  2. read ingredients first

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  3. you just pick it up because people are raving about it, don't matter the fragrance or ingredients

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  1. Lilmama1011

    Lilmama1011 Well-Known Member

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    Before reading the ingredients? Or just go based on ingredients?
     
  2. DarkJoy

    DarkJoy Bent. Not Broken.

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    Depends. These days a lot of the bottles and tubs are sealed so its impossible to go by anything but the ingredients. My instinct is to read first then try and smell it.
     
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    I just read the ingredients. I haven't used a product that worked well but smelled so strong I couldn't use it.
     
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    I just read the ingredients. Smell isn't usually an issue for me. I don't need it to smell great. The only products I've ever used that I didn't care for the smell was Burt Bees. And if they had worked great I still would have purchased them. I care more about how they work than how they smell.
     
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  5. IDareT'sHair

    IDareT'sHair Not Hittin' Paynah

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    I read the Ingredients First. I know there are certain irritants I need to avoid.

    I order a lot of products from on-line Handmade/Natural Vendors.

    Most of the time other Posters who have purchased the item(s) will let you know how it smells.

    So no worries there.

    Scents are 'usually' not a deal breaker (for me) unless something is funky like Neem or too floral - hate floral.:barf:
     
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    It depends on the product. If it's something I can wash out, scent doesn't matter. If it's a moisturizer, oil, leave-in conditioner, heat protectant etc. I'm smelling it first then read the ingredient list after.
     
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    I just go by ingredients, don't care about fragrance. I'm very weary of fragrance/parfum though, and wouldn't consider a product if it's too high in the list. A lot times one sees a product advertising something fancy on the front, and when looking at the ingredients fragrance is higher in the list than the fancy ingredient. :ohwell: No thanks. I prefer products to be fragrance-free, but those are too often hard to find.
     
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  8. MileHighDiva

    MileHighDiva A+ Hair Care Queen

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    Both, I have a sensitive nose. You'll notice my most frequently asked question is "How does it smell?" If it's OTG, I'll open it and smell it too make sure it's agreeable to my nose. Also, when I'm looking at the ingredients I look for things, I know I don't like the smell of. For example, Melissa, which has a minty type smell.
     
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    It HAS to smell good AND have great ingredients. I will open up a bottle or container in a heartbeat to sniff it out.
     
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    For me I only care about the way products that I leave in my hair smell. If I'm going to wash it out, it doesn't really matter
     
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    B_Phlyy Pineapple Eating Unicorn

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    I had to think about this (pj problems). I usually read the ingredients and then smell the products. I have to be honest though and say smell is pretty important to me. I will put a product that has good ingredients back if it smells bad. And I have overlooked "bad" ingredients for a great scent.

    I will not have funky hair. I just can't do it.

    ETA: Even though scent is important to me, I will not continuously use a product that is damamging my hair just because it smells good.
     
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    I have a very sensitive nose, so I have to smell first, or at least read reviews or check the ingredients for any flags. Like when I bought the Cantu curling cream and DC. Big mistake. Every time I got a whiff I felt nauseous and those scents linger in your hair even after rinsing so I'd get sinus headaches and faint bouts of nausea through the day. I still can't stand the scent of it.
     
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    I need to be more selective about my purchases. I bought almost the full shea moisture jbco line and I can't use them layered because the horrid licorice smell is so strong.
     
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    I smell the products and read ingredients too. I'm not picky with ingredients, but my products have to smell good.
     
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    Since 99% of my products are from handmade online vendors, the ingredient list is the primary tool used prior to purchase. I always avoid products that are advertised as having certain aromas, such as pumpkin and cinnamon. I've only encountered two instances of disgustingly nasty smelling products, and the worst was AO White Camellia.
     
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    I might use a product with "bad" ingredients. But I would not use a product with an overpowering scent.

    @imaginary reminded me with Cantu. The scent is just sooooooo strong. and it really aint that nice to be smelling so strong.
     
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    For me it depends on reviews...not necessarily the ones on this board. Ingredients and the smell doesn't matter to me. I'm really just looking for products that work for my hair....I've noticed my hair grows and retains length regardless as long as I wash and dc, so I'm not on it how I used to be.
     
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    Ingredients first and foremost second is the smell. I love all things citrus!
    But scent is not a deal breaker unless it is just dreadful
     
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    Ingredients come first for me, then fragrance. My natural hair is selective with products it responds well to so I don't use many. For example, I wish I could find more lovely smelling leave-in products that don't contain glycerin. There seems to be so little choice, I find that I don't even check for 'new-to-me' products anymore.
     
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    Ingredients first but Im still hooked on bakery/dessert scents (butter cream, chocolate, vanilla, coffee etc) so I actually have bakery scent oils that I put in products lol
     
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    yes i do...

    if it is too perfumey..it irritates my scalp.

    Creme of Nature Argan Oil Line bothers my scalp as well as One N Only line from Sally's

    the product can have some fragrance...but too much...nope
     

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