Five Favorite Fragranced Functional Products!

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!

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28 thoughts on “Five Favorite Fragranced Functional Products!

  1. This is a wonderful topic. Hard though it is to choose favourites, this selection makes me happy to come home to;
    Daylesford Organics Tomato Vine Candle
    Lush American Dream hair conditioner
    Ambre Solaire sun cream with Monoi (this has me dipping my head into my tee shirt many times a day!)
    Dior Monoi sun spray
    Neals Yard Organics Remedies Rosewater toner
    Johnson’s Baby Powder

    1. Oh, I love that Johnson and Johnson almond smell. It was a very sad day when I had to stop using their baby shampoo (the American version still contains formaldehyde).

  2. I really like the scent of a lot of Clarins’ products. Mult-active Day and Night both smell fabulous. I also love the smell of their Orange Extract Exfoliator. I love moisturizers/cleansers and scent can really be a dealbreaker in that department…

    That Philosophy Senorita Margarita looks tempting.

  3. My current favorite is Australian Gold Moisture Lock Tan Extender Lotion. Since I don’t tan, I can’t speak to the effectiveness of the “Extender” description, but it is super moisturizing and smells delicious–just a light coconut scent, perfect under EL Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent.

  4. Lush The Olive branch shower gel. Just lovely. Also Clarins Bath gel – the yellow coloured one is superb. – a citrusy herby medicinal slap in the face (in a good way). Think it is called Tonique – and how. And the scrub is to die for. Of ordinary household products I love the smell of Mr Sheen furniture polish.

    1. Clarins is getting a lot of love today! The Olive Branch is actually my least favorite Lush shower gel, but that is because I am a weirdo who doesn’t like olive oil.

  5. Not exactly bath or body related, but my fav functional product is ecover laundry liquid.
    Delurked to say that and, if you haven’t sorted the eczema already, try Cetaphil cream ( not the lotion). Works wonders.

  6. ||: I will only choose one Lush product :||

    1) Retread Conditioner by Lush (I love the melony/yogurty goodness…sadly it is too rich for me hair. Closely followed by Soak ‘N Float shampoo bar and Friends With Benefits Massage Bar.)

    2) Aveda Rosemary and Mint Body Wash & Lotion (I buy a set of this every time we move to a new apartment, it’ gotten to be almost ceremonial.)

    3) The old school…from the early ’90’s Salon Selective Hairspray (aerosol apple-y goodness)

    4) OLD SCHOOL (Ok…1997-ish) Bath and Body Works Sugar Plum Shower Gel.

    5) I love the smell of Lemon Pledge. Polishing wooden furniture is my favorite household cleaning thing…

    1. Well, to my delight, you chose one of the few Lush products I’ve never tried! I’ll have to give Retread a shot, as my hair is pretty dry from many years of coloring.

      Wish I’d been around for that Sugar Plum shower gel!! B&BW used to have some really quality scents. I wish they would veer from the fruity-floral path that they’ve been following lately.

      1. It’s super thick! I went through at tub of that first, then a big bottle of American Cream and now I’m on my 2nd bottle of Veganese (which smells like Mermaids…ok, I really don’t know what Mermaids smell like, but I’m using my imagination, here), coupled with Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo.

        I love the way is smells so, but after one pot my hair was in so much better condition that it was simply too much.

  7. 1) I got a sample of that Lush Grass shower gel, and it was AWESOME. I’d forgotten about that. 2) Aveda is a bit spendy for me, but if I won the lottery, I’d be loading up on their Rosemary and Mint conditioner. 3) There’s a local company called “Rocky Mountain Soap” based in Canmore (it’s right beside Banff, just so you know) and pretty much everything they make is soooo faboo. Their stores have *major* sillage, but unlike walking past a BBW or Yankee Candle….. that smell draws you in.

    1. Aveda does charge awfully high for their hair products! I must be the one person on the planet who actually doesn’t care for their Rosemary and Mint, but I do really like their chamomile-scented stuff.

  8. I used to love the smell of Revlon Flex shampoo. Today, it’s all about The Body Shop’s Satsuma products. One of my sisters shampoos with some sort of Aveda product that smells lovely on her hair.

    1. I loved Flex, but my high school boyfriend was gaga for it! That is the one in the red and black bottle, right?

      1. Hey Nat – not the one I used to use (but this was YEARS ago ) it was a clearish bottle with green writing (I think – I had to google images to check on my blurry memory)

      2. This Flex was clearly a love potion! I dated someone briefly who liked the smell of one of my Kerastase styling products (this was before I stopped drying my hair more than once a year).

  9. Nice post!
    I have given up on philosophy products (they’re so drying, end of statement), and am using mostly glycerin soaps now, but Kings & Queens Caspar & Myrrh shower gel has been my pleasure of the winter (this winter of discovering amber and similar cozy scents.) And I am a devoted user of Wen for my hair and the winter’s Vanilla Mint “flavor”/scent was AWESOME.

    I also really love the smell of method laundry detergent; my bathroom usually smells like that. And Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap in Lemon Verbena. That’s my kitchen. 🙂

    1. That Myrrh shower gel sounds awesome! And you’re wise to be using more moisturizing soaps. It’s so hard for me to give up my beloved Señorita Margarita, but I concede that it’s probably not helping my skin much.

  10. Thank you, Ari! Glad that you liked the post.
    I love the scent of the original Downy fabric softener, it just seems so tender and cozy. Also, I like the scent of olive oil based soap. Roger & Gallet Linden soap is fabulous–it really smells like honey. And Nivea handcream! It smells so good, I want it as a perfume.

    By the way, my cousin sends me some Israeli products made with the Dead Sea salts, and they have a distinct sulfuric scent. When I found DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask, the smell seemed strangely familiar. Now, I know why!

    1. Ah-ah-ah, I wouldn’t be too sure about those Israeli products. The Dead Sea is highly protected (as you may know, Israel has a severe water problem, and the Dead Sea shrinks inches every year from lack of rain), so it’s very unlikely that any beauty company (even Ahava) would be allowed to harvest materials from it to use in products. I have no doubt that your Israeli products contain sulfur from SOMEWHERE, but it ain’t the Dead Sea! 😉

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