#TBT: Herbal Essences

#TBT: Herbal Essences

OHH, yes! Yes! YES!! Who can forget this throwback Herbal Essences’ commercial’s tagline that erred on the side of awkward when the fake orgasm emanated through the TV… and your entire family was there watching along with you.

While that advertisement was certainly memorable, the product featured is as well. If there is a smell most closely associated with my pre-teen/teenage years, Herbal Essences is it. The shampoo was, in a word, intoxicating. Sweet and floral, it lingered in your locks long after your shower was finished. Although deliciously fragrant, Herbal Essences probably isn’t the best cleansing option if you are seeking seriously luscious and healthy locks. Lucky for us, advanced formulas, many of them sulfate-free, have hit the market and many of the options smell equally as delicious as HE.

Here are a roundup of a few of our current favorite, highly fragrant shampoos and conditioners:

If you’ve ever visited one of Drybar’s many locations, you know about the signature, faintly vanilla smell. Drybar Sake Bomb Shampoo ($23) is super hydrating and makes your bathroom almost as deliciously fragrant as the salon does.

Plain and simple, OGX Renewing Moroccan Oil Argan Shampoo ($8) smells awesome. And for eight bucks, it’s a total steal considering its effectiveness at cleaning but not stripping our strands.

We raved about this line here. In addition to creating shiny, bouncy hair, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo ($24) has a wonderfully clean scent with a lingering hint of grapefruit.

If you gravitate towards scents that are a bit unique and unexpected, look no farther than Davines Oi Shampoo ($26). It will give your hair both shine and volume while leaving behind a delicious, somewhat musky aroma that you can’t quite identify but will love none-the-less.

For us gals that spend a fortune on perfecting our hair color, gentle shampoo vital to maintaining the health of our strands. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre Shampoo ($60) is definitely pricey, but our highlights deserve the best. This concoction features rose of Japan, which nourishes your hair while leaving behind the powerful fragrance of a beautiful floral arrangement.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar



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