This Fragrance Smells Like Hairspray (That’s a Good Thing)

After years as a beauty editor, I’ve developed what
I call New Product Fatigue.
These days, when I try and
like something, chances are I will commit to buying it again and
again until someone (somehow) manages to convince me to do
something else. I’ve used the same mascara (Maybelline Lash
), CC cream (Clinique Moisture
), and brow product (Benefit Brow Zing)
every day for about three years. As for my hair: Since I discovered
Ouai in December 2017, I haven’t used anything

texturizing hair spray
is—and I cannot stress this
enough—my all-time favorite hair product. It’s a hairspray and
dry shampoo hybrid that adds a perfectly effortless touch to my
otherwise limp and always-too-silky hair. But what I love most
about the spray is the smell. Oh, the smell. Like Ouai’s dry shampoo
and leave-in
, both of which I also adore and use regularly,
it’s a delight to my scalp and nostrils.

Until this week, I would have found it hard to describe exactly
what Ouai products smell like—they’re soft without being
overwhelmingly musky, and fresh without any hint of sterile
citrus—but now, I have my answer. An exact scent recipe. Joy in a

Ouai’s two
, North Bondi and
, were first released in 2017. They sold out in a week. In
2018, they sold out in a few days. In 2019 (today to be exact)
they’re re-releasing the scents and hoo boy am I excited, because
North Bondi smells exactly like my favorite Ouai hair products.

is technically a “fresh floral” fragrance with
jasmine, violet, and a super delicate touch of rose, but it’s
more interesting than your standard flowery scent. Since getting
it, I’ve realized what I’ve long loved about the Ouai smell is
the undertones of patchouli and sandalwood, which play into my love
for natural woody fragrances. The top notes, which you first smell
when you spray, are lighter and fruitier with Italian lemon and
apple blossom. Basically, it’s the perfect blend.

As someone who’s lived in Sydney’s North Bondi, in an
apartment I regularly wonder why I ever left, I wouldn’t say the
fragrance smells exactly like the place, but I get what they’re
going for. When I smell it I think of walking from a café back to
my apartment with a fresh juice, passing a waft of incense dancing
out of an open window.

To me, there’s no better compliment than, “Your hair smells
so good.” Now that I can smell like my hair and my old home, and
all is right in the world.

Now, a List of Other Things That Need to Be Made Into Perfume

Freshly chopped ginger

The top of my niece’s head

Mojitos with extra muddled mint

The lilac tree in my nan’s backyard

Neutrogena sunscreen

Cracking beach bonfires

Fresh-out-of-the-box Apple products

Sticky eucalyptus leaves

Burned out matches

Christmas morning

What other amazing-smelling things do you wish were made into
fragrance? Do you have a beauty product you use just for the

Feature photo courtesy of Ouai. 

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This Fragrance Smells Like Hairspray (That’s a Good Thing)