One of the funnest things about natural hair is the way products smell — honey, pomegranate, lavender, mango — there are ALL kinds of scents going on. This question is kind of just for fun… But today we want to know; Which natural hair product is your favorite in terms of scent?

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I gravitate to anything that has a long herbal ingredient section in its list of ingredients, and if it smells good, even better. That’s how I decided to try Nature’s Gate Daily Herbal conditioner. To me it has a rather exotic smell, and I like it as much for the scent as for the slip. When I made a moisturizing spritz last year during the summer, I used this conditioner as one of the ingredients purely for the scent. Mmmmmm, wonderful :-)!

Bonnie B

I like blended Beauty Curyl Styling butter. And Miss Jessie’s baby butter

And something about the mixture of rosemary and lavender get me going. That :herbaly” smell



Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus line
I also mix some of my own products too and one of the EOs I love is lemongrass. Yummy goodness!


I cosign. Shea Moisture products smell great. I’m now using the moisture retention shampoo and the curl enhancing smoothie.


I actually have a few hair stalkers- they follow the delicious scent of my hair.

The Curls Creme Brule leave-in and shea moisture’s coconut and hibiscus line are the most popular.

I also get a lot of compliments on my Healthy Sexy Hair Pumpkin leave-in, but it makes my hair crunchy.

I want to get some of this burnt sugar stuff people have been talking about.

And I did love the smell of Carol Daughters Black Vanilla Spray, but it did nothing. I put a few drops of vanilla extract and honey in my water spritz and that’s close enough for me.


Hi, Jade! *waves*


Hi Efe! 🙂


I have to say my favorite is brown water in a bottle, aka Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Leave In Conditioner. Once I accepted the fact that it does absolutely nothing for my hair, I just started using it for what I call puff perfume. I mist my twistouts and wash n go’s before I leave the house and I am always complimented on the scent. My boyfriend even commented that the smell helps him sleep, its like hairomatherapy! (cuz it dang sho aint a conditioner. lol)


LOLOL!! I think I’m gonna have to borrow that one “brown water in a bottle”. It doesn’t do anything for my hair either, except make it smell nice. I have the Tui leave in…


I must say, Darcys Botanicals Natural Coils Curling Jelly,
and the Oyin Handmade Whipped pudding,
Then Herbal Essences Hello Hydration,
THEN plain old coconut oil. Im a smeller lol.


Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding FOR THE WIN!!! Smells like gingerbread (to me)… makes me amazingly hungry though 🙁

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BLT blacklovedandtransitioning

Hello hydration! =] and carols daughter leave in black vanilla


I make and mix most of my products, but I love lavandar.

Emma I hear you. Some people are really sensitive to scents and fragrance oils. One natural hair company that shall remain nameless had the most terrible, smokey, corner store incense smells to their products. The products weren’t bad, but the scents were so strong they were obviously using inexpensive fragrance additives. Those can be irritating for us with sensitive skin, allergies, and noses! I vote for Oyin because to me they have pleasant, but very mild scents. Personally I don’t want to smell my hair all day. That would bother me. Oyin is pleasant to put on, but the fragrance… Read more »

well…i know Carol’s Daughter products stink to me. lol


Have to agree with you here. It definitely has an earthy waxy smell


Bee Mine: bee loved hair & scalp moisturizer
Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia in pomergrante & guava scent
Trader Joe’s Nurish Spa Conditioner


I mixed water, vegetable oil and vanilla extract in a spray bottle. It’s my homemade moisturizer/refresher. Smells yummy.


Ohh I forgot one. My friend uses Curls Creme Brule and it smells like heaven! *swoons*


My fave smells are EVCO and my shea butter/aloe vera gel/honey mix. Sometimes, I smell them for fun. 🙂


Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie didn’t really work for me, but it smells amazing!


I like Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in I love vanilla.


Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries, hands down. If all my hair products smelled like this, I wouldn’t complain.

Ashley Machelle at UIS



I really like that smell too. Reminds me of Fruity Pebbles 🙂
I don’t like the products though


YESSSSSSSS! coco lime EVERYTHING! hair milk, hair butter, LOVE!


I actually don’t like scents. I use scent free hand wash, body wash, clothes detergent, dryer sheets…scent free as much as I can!

so one day I hope that there is a scent-free hair line. idk If i’m a loner on this point, but I like to be odorless. however I like others to smell delicious! lol


I think you mean fragrance free?
everything has a scent, i doubt you can avoid that.


yeah that’s what i meant. well, to be specific, low low level of fragrance or none added.


Or you can try making your own stuff using all natural products. Shea butter, aloe gel, sweet almond oil, vegetable glycerin and castor oil. All great natural products for hair with little to no scent at all. I have bad allergies so that’s what I do, and if I want scent, a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oils do it for me.


Try raw shea butter, very little to no scent. And that can be used as your moisturizer and hair butter.


(Six year old voice)Cantu shea butter ah-duh!


um, welll I don’t use those products but thanks. :-/


Coconut oil. Just plain ‘ol coconut oil– extra virgin, if you wanna get fancy. Makes my mouth water every time.

vonnie curls milkshake! so yummmmmy, smells like coconut cookies or something


Hands down, Oyin Handmade, especially the Burnt Sugar Pomade, Whipped Pudding, Honey Hemp Conditioner, and Greg Juice (which I prefer over Juices and Berries, although neither smells bad).

As far as things I can buy out the grocery store, coconut oil is the clear winner.


Coconut! I’m obsessed with the scent.


I love the smell of coconuts too! 🙂




Me four! From hair products to body products. I’m all about it!


Me five!!

Bitty Boss

Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (formerly Hair Milk) in Coco Mango. The smell is h e a v e n l y.


I agree that the SheaMoisture products smell good. Same with MyHoneyChild products, Fleurtzy’s Healthy Hair Butter, and Dr. Wood’s Shea Vision Liquid Black Soap.


Just one?! lol Bee Mine Products smell amazing. I also love the smell of Kinky Curly Curling Custard, oh I CAN’T forget Curls products. Just to name a few. 🙂


i have to say SheaMoisture smells good, much better then it actually worked for me. Donna Marie products smell like cakey goodness. and anything labelled Cocoa Mango (i’m looking at you, Oyin) is a winner in my book.

naija loves bglh

same here too! shea moisture smelt 10x better than it worked 4 me


lol! 😀


Shea Moisture Products & Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter in Coconut (the only Bee Mine product I have … but I LOVE IT!)