Our brand-new FiFi winner Victoria Frolova just wrote the coolest article on functional perfumery for Bois de Jasmin! So “functional perfumery” refers to the fragrances in functional products, like soaps, hair products, and laundry detergents. In her post, Victoria points out that although functional perfumery might seem trivial when compared to “real” perfumery, limited budgets and restrictions on materials can actually make it extremely challenging to create great functional fragrances. So in honor of Victoria and her freaking FiFi award, today I’m going to talk about my five favorite fragranced functional products! (I AM THE ALLITERATION MASTER. ALL SHALL BOW BEFORE ME!)
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave-in Conditioner
So every once in a while, my cat tries to eat my hair. The interwebz assures me that this is a fairly normal practice, so while I was a little weirded out at first, now I pretty much just go with it. But the hair-chewing becomes a serious problem whenever I use the Black Vanilla line. And I can hardly blame her! This line smells amazing. Like vanilla extract, with no added sweetness.
Lush Grass Shower Gel
It smells like grass. It actually smells like grass. I don’t really know what else to say here.
DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask
Okay, I know this one is really weird. But thanks to happy childhood memories of Israel’s mineral baths, I have always loved the smell of sulfur. This mask really is very good for acne (although I haven’t used it since my skin decided to switch from acne mode to “worst case of eczema ever” mode), but I truthfully bought it mostly for that glorious sulfur smell.
California Baby Calendula Cream
Speaking of the worst case of eczema ever, two years ago I attempted to soothe my skin by switching to products intended for babies. I reasoned that these products would probably be gentler. This Calendula cream didn’t particularly help with my eczema, but I keep it around because it smells like it was infused with some herbes de Provence. Om nom lavender-thyme nomz.
Philosophy 3-in-1 Señorita Margarita
First, although Philosophy claims that their 3-in-1s can serve as a shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, I do not recommend using this as a shampoo. It will dry the holy hell out of your hair. When used for its other two purposes, however, it will fill your bathtub with sour, salty bliss. No real margarita has ever measured up to the deliciousness of Señorita Margarita.
What are your favorite fragranced functional products? Please share them with us in the comments!