Does the smell of the shampoo change your decision?

@mermaidivy (15404)
United States
July 23, 2009 12:03pm CST
of buying them? When you buy soap, shampoo and hair conditioner at the store, what makes you wnat to buy the one? The smell? or what it says on the package? When I buy shampoo and stuff, I always like to smell it before I put in in the cart, the smell is the most important thing to me, second is the effect that it says on the bottle but most likely they are the same so I don't particularly think what it says is true. For example, I dont feel using the "shiny balck one" really makes my hair shiny and black. So what's your prefernece when you come to buying shampoo and stuff?
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• United States
23 Jul 09
I am very familiar with this phenomenon LOL I work in a store and am in charge of the health and beauty section, so i am responsible for ordering and stocking all of the shampoos, conditioners, soaps and body washes (along with medicines, an all other health and beauty supplies). About once a year all the new product lines come out and we start getting all the new scents and types of body washes and shampoos and such, and i have to stop and smell them all! Working in this section of the store and around these products all the time causes me to have/want to try all the new products that come out, and the ones that smell the yummiest are always the most tempting! I am not loyal to any one brand of shampoo or body wash or such, but through trial and error i have found the brands/types that work the best for me personally. So when i am shopping for such products i tend to head for those specific brands, then start with the sniff test and pick the ones that are the most appealing to me. Though i find that most of these products smell wonderful while you are using them, and the scent may remain on your hair or skin for a short while after showering/bathing, all the scents seem to fade away with in a short period of time. Either that, or i just get used to te smell on myelf and cannot tll that it is there anymore!
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
23 Jul 09
You are right, the yummier the scent the better. Just before I said the purpose is the main thing I look for, you know what the shampoo is supposed to do and then the price. But if there is a shampoo that smells really really good and it's only a few cents more I pick the better smelling shampoo all the time over the one that is just a few cents less. Even though I'm on a very tight budget I still like to use a shampoo and soap that smells really good.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I like the scent that reamin on the hair and body... smell good!
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@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
23 Jul 09
I don't really care anymore as to what the packaging says. I guess before I didn't care too much. I was more for the smell of things really rather then the what it says. Packaging can lie. There are so many different things out in the market that hardly work for people, that really all that should matter is keeping it clean. I don't do anything with my hair except run a brush through it, and wash it of course. I don't put any chemicals in it, other then the shampoo. Though I used to dye my hair and a few times in the past I would let someone do my hair, by using products that were used to style hair.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
23 Jul 09
Yes, that's what I think too!
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@CJay77 (4438)
• Australia
23 Jul 09
I like when it smells good and if I would buy it for the first time I probably go for the smell and what it says in the packaging. But I normally buy those one that I have used already that it's seems to work on my skin or hair and try new one when some friends and family recommended the product.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
23 Jul 09
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• United States
23 Jul 09
The smell influences me. I really only use one type now. But a while back I smelled this shampoo that smelled SOOO good, so I bought it. It makes my hair smell like a wet dog. It's so disgusting. So, I am going back to my old shampoo that smells nasty in the bottle, but once its on my hair, I get compliments for how good it smells. It will be a while before I buy something that smells good in the bottle!
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
23 Jul 09
Good smell shampoo always makes me want to buy it! :-)
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@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
i read the package then if i like what i am reading, i try to smell it and if i get satisfied, and its new i would definitely try it and buy the small one. but even if i like what i read in the package and dont like the smell i will not buy it. and if i like the smell but dont like what i read, i dont buy it too.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
23 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
23 Jul 09
The smell does effect my decision in buying shampoos and soaps. I look for products that say "unscented". Many scents are an irritant to me and cause me to have a headache, so I steer clear of perfumy smells. With soaps I also looks for ones that say "sensitive skin" or "hypoallergenic". Three people in my family have eczema so we look for mild soaps. This is increasingly hard to find.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
23 Jul 09
So you can only use the plain on smell type?
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Either unscented or a mild scent is all I can use. Sometimes the smells from my daughters bathroom are too strong for me. Fortunately we don't have to share.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I think the smell is the most important factor for me. All shampoos pretty much do the same job. I switch around a lot. If I don't like the smell then It is just going to bother me so yes...it's real important as far as i'm concerned.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
27 Jul 09
Yea... the smell really influences my decision of buying it or not.
@metschica25 (5405)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Hello, It matters to a point for me on what the shampoo smells like . I want something that I can smell thru out my day , or even a light scent you know, and well most times I end up smelling like a hair saloon after the wash , blow dry , and flat iron LOL. Now I try and let my hair dry natural , and then put a frizz cream on it and it smells better. I like things that smell like flowers, girlie . I use coconut , but after everything was said and done kinda smelled like a wet dog . I wanna try that wen.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
27 Jul 09
hahahahahahha that's funny that you say coconut flavor smells like a wet dog! :-p :-p I never tried that flavor though. You make me want to see if it really smells like wet dog hehehehe
• United States
24 Jul 09
When it comes to shampoo, I am not picky much. I never dye or do anything with chemical to my hair, so they are very healthy. I can use any shampoo that I can find. If the smell is very terrible, I prefer not to use it. Otherwise, every shampoo is fine with me and my hair.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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@Bethany1202 (3431)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Well, I only buy products that are not tested on animals, and I try to buy the less expensive brands, but I will not buy something unless it has a pleasant scent. I love my hair to smell good, and I also prefer natural products.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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• Malaysia
24 Jul 09
For sure I will usually spend some time to read the facts and find the one that I think is suitable for my hair type. Of course the smell is another reason for me to buy a particular shampoo and it must comes with hair conditioner, either separately or 2-in-1.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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@submerryn (1304)
• Malaysia
24 Jul 09
Of course! I purchase shampoos solely based on what they smells like! I dont care if they have yogurt to make your hair extra shiny or healthy, or tea oil to make it whatever, they often doesnt make any difference though. But the fragrant, that is one really important factor as choose the wrong smell and you'll be 'killing' some people with a turn of your head! Choose the right one, you'll have 'bees' lining up behind you following you where ever you go..
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
hahaha
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• India
24 Jul 09
I always use the Garnier range of shampoos.I only like this brand.Have a good day
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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@hireshd (492)
• India
24 Jul 09
Yes the smell of the shampoo does influence my decision about the shampoo.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
yes it does.
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@LiveLove (445)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I actually look at ingredients and user reviews for shampoos and what not. I try to go all natural but the price can be expensive [$18 for one bottle :(]. I find that sulfates, cones, and some other chemical ingredients can cause the hair to dry out and become a disaster. But once I do find a brand that passes the ingredients tastes, then it dwindles down to smell. Mango anything and I'm buying.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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@paoxav (1382)
• Philippines
24 Jul 09
Nope.. I dont mind.. As long as it is a genuine shampoo and passed the health department that it's safe to use, I'm using it..
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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@Elixiress (3887)
24 Jul 09
I tend to buy a shampoo based on reviews and recommendations, because all the packaging is going to say that this shampoo is the best, because if they said "I am not as good as other brands" no one would buy it. As for the smell, it is not a deciding factor on purchasing the shampoo, but it is a factor in repurchasing the shampoo. If it has no smell or a nice smell then I will buy it again, but if it has a nasty smell that lingers for a days after you have washed your hair then I will not buy it again.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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@Elaine77 (315)
• China
24 Jul 09
hi there To those soap, shampoo and hair conditioner at the same price level, I certainly prefer those with good smell, and of couse, other function are important, too. what it say on its package can be mislead.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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• Malaysia
24 Jul 09
When I'm choosing those stuff, I will smell on it 1st, then will take a look the functionality of that model. If either one not suit for me, I won't choose it. I do not like those over heavy smell stuff.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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• India
24 Jul 09
Well, not only shampoo, but all cosmetic products of mine are decided by the smell they emanate! Usually, I go for herbal products (though I am not sure what extra good they do me) and the smell is the primary factor to me. like an excited child, I open the caps of the bottles and deeply inhale the heavenly smells of fresh strawberry or orange or lime or grape…and then comes the colour of course! I recently bought a grape face wash and its exactly the colour of crushed grapes and similar smelling…its my most prized possession right now! As for shampoo, I also bought coconut milk shampoo and the smell was just like coconut milk.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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