Why You Don’t Need Perfume to Smell Intoxicating

From luxe citrus hand soap to amber-infused hair elixirs, there’s a whole vanity (and shower) full of ways to smell amazing without spritzing on a traditional scent. To help you find an unexpected new favorite, we asked Birchbox staffers to share their favorite non-perfume products. Here’s what passed the sniff test:

(MALIN+GOETZ) peppermint body scrub

Walking up in the morning all revved up and ready-to-go is no easy feat. Director of Editorial Operations Bene Cipolla relies on this peppy exfoliator to rise and shine: “I love minty scents in the morning,” she says. “They get me energized to face the day ahead.”

Davines NouNou Kit

This nourishing trio only helps balance out oil levels and prevent breakage, it also has the added benefit of making your strands smell lovely. “The scent reminds me of a reinvigorating cup of warm chai,” says Brand Campaign Strategy Associate Jennie Wong.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream

The grape-derived ingredients that make this cream so effective at fighting signs of aging and keeping skin firm, bright, and hydrated also give off a desirable scent—especially if you’re a vino lover like our Operations Associate Audrey Van Roosen: “It smells like wine,” she says. “Delicious wine that I’m more than happy to slather all over my face.”

Miss Jessie's® Original Leave-In Condish

In addition to taming her unruly ringlets, Discovery Specialist Sarah York credits Miss Jessie’s luxe conditioner with infusing her strands with a fresh scent. “It makes me think of clean laundry and sheets,” she says.

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo & Conditioner

Beyond giving your hair some megawatt shine, Associate Editor (and Fekkai fan girl) Maura Lynch says this olive oil-infused duo “smells so fresh and oddly nostalgic. My boyfriend always asks me if I'm wearing new perfume whenever I wash my hair with it.”

ERNEST SUPPLIES Soap-Free Gel Face Wash

This non-drying formula unclogs pores, moisturizes and boasts a fresh yet manly combination of lemon, lavender, and eucalyptus notes. “It’s a fantastic, clean, and subtle scent! “ says Technical Product Manager Philippe Dubost.

Liz Earle Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic Spritzer

A key ingredient in this toner, rosemary reduces sebum production (see ya, excess oil) and leaves a fresh botanical aroma in its wake. “It's so calming, and is the perfect scent to smell before bedtime,” says Social Media Associate Vanessa Buenger.

Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo

The addictive scent Beauty Protector products are known for is in full effect in this nourishing shampoo that’s packed with vitamins and a delicate freesia scent. Of its revitalizing floral aroma, Sales Manager Brittany Sheehan says simply, “It’s a longtime staffer fave.”

TOCCA Bagno Profumato-Body Wash in Bianca

Warning: Using this plush body wash, which blends bergamot, lavender, green tea, and rose notes, may cause you to buy the rest of the line. “After trying the perfume, I purchased the Bianca-scented body wash, lotion, and hand cream!” says Brand Campaign Analytics Associate, Alexandra Marolda.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Simultaneously give your hair that supermodel tousled look and get transported to a tropical island with this spray’s mix of vanilla, almond, and musk. “My husband jokingly refers to it as the, ‘Take us to the beach' spray!” says Junior Accountant Laurie Moyer.

Do you have a favorite product with a to-die-for scent? Do tell!

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