Top 5 of the week: Various things that smell nice

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I try not to wash my (very dry) hair too often, but I hate the—let’s call it earthy—smell of hair head, if you know what I mean, and I fear dry shampoo because it can make your hair fall out. So I went crazy one day and bought this hair mist in my favorite scent, Portrait of a Lady. It’s a subtler version of the original perfume, and never overpowers. I can in no way justify the purchase of another bottle (I just recently ran out) but I feel like—knowing me as I do—I’ll probably go for it anyway, eventually.

Of course I’m also intrigued by Brazilian Crush hair and body mist by Sol de Janeiro, because it smells just like their awesome Bum Bum Cream. And it is—comparatively speaking—a bargain.

These body wipes seem like the perfect solution to a new problem of mine: the fact that I’m all gross and sweaty after arriving at my destination if I traveled there by bike. They smell of peppermint and citrus, which sounds about as refreshing as it gets.

I’ve been in love with Fornasetti candles for a while now, and not just because of how gorgeous they are: some of them are scented in a fragrance they call Otto, which smells fabulously of thyme, lavender, and cedarwood, among other things. These days I burn their incense because it’s more economical (again, comparatively), but the last candle I bought was this one.

I rent a car every summer, and this year, for some reason, it smells a lot more like dog than other years. So I have been sorely tempted to go for this Diptique perfumed oval in their 34 scent (which is kind of floral and woody at the same time, but in a way that is excellent even if you typically hate florals) and hang it from the rearview mirror.

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13 Thoughts on Top 5 of the week: Various things that smell nice
    Laura
    24 Aug 2018
    10:26am

    I recently bought those shower sheets. Work great and smell amazing.
    I’ve been trying to fit workouts into my work day at the gym in my building – and these perfectly freshen you up.

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    Colleen
    22 Aug 2018
    8:23am

    Kim, you would love the “34” scented wax oval! I got one two years ago for my closet and it’s still hoing strong. My husband loves it too…worth every penny!

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      Colleen
      22 Aug 2018
      8:50am

      Haha! Going, not hoing!

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    Heather
    22 Aug 2018
    9:39am

    Do not put the Diptyque oval in your car!!!!! I, too, was looking for a “classy” car deodorizer, but googling around a bit on the Diptyque you find many a story of how the wax in the middle instantly melts in a hot car and drips everywhere in a heinous (if beautiful-smelling) mess. Seems like a solution for closets only, IMHO.

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      Becky
      22 Aug 2018
      9:50am

      I was just going to say this — wax left in a car, anytime but winter = bad idea. Especially in a rented car.

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      Christine W
      22 Aug 2018
      1:41pm

      I came here to ask whether that would happen!

      I like to spray cotton balls with organic room freshener and stash them in the ashtray.

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    c.w.
    22 Aug 2018
    10:21am

    When I wake up in the morning and my hair smells too…earthy…and it isn’t my shampoo day, I “wash” it with conditioner. Doesn’t dry out my hair because, conditioner, and my hair/head smells nice. My hair stylist taught me this trick. (I just used the word, “hair,” four times in a tiny paragraph and didn’t go back to edit it because I’m going through one of my insomnia periods and I’m just too effing tired)

    I LOVE that Fornasetti candle because it looks so Joan of Arc without being obnoxiously so.

    And ditto on all the advice about anything even slightly waxy and summer and a car.

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      Y.k.
      22 Aug 2018
      10:16pm

      I hear you c.w. -how about a post on insomnia kimfrance? 😄

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      Mamavalveeta03
      22 Aug 2018
      11:33pm

      Don’t worry – as GOACA’s, we totally understand. Besides, you could’ve said mane, locks, tresses, follicles, and it wouldn’t have changed a thing! (Except that you would’ve been more tired. 😉)

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    c.w.
    22 Aug 2018
    10:23am

    A lavender scented dryer sheet works well as a car deodorizer in the summer––i.e. Meyer’s Clean Day.

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    Mary
    22 Aug 2018
    11:14am

    I have fine oily air and do my very best not to wash it every day but it’s tough. I have tried dry shampoo and everyone and their dog suggest it all the time but I hate it. It weighs my hair down and feels yucky.

    Now I’ve got an even better reason to avoid it! I didn’t know if makes your hair fall out.

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    joannawnyc
    22 Aug 2018
    1:49pm

    My hair’s not dry, exactly, but it is curly, and does better if not shampooed every day. I do find rinsing with water and scrubbing with my fingers helps, and also spraying it with water scented with a few drops of essential oil. I would be careful of hair perfume if you’re worried about dryness, because scent often contain alcohol, which is of course also drying. Really the best thing is to use a “no poo”/”co wash” cleanser, like Deva Curl or HairStory (or I’m sure there are many others) since they are designed to deal with the “my hair doesn’t smell totally clean” issue without drying things out.

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    EW
    22 Aug 2018
    1:50pm

    Oribe makes a scented hair refresher that smells super nice – probably more cost favorable than PoL, although it is *hard* to resist Dominique Ropion!

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