The secret of your favorite scent

The quest to find your new signature scent can feel staggering. “Do you like florals?” “What’s your perfect first date?” “Diamonds or pearls?” The seemingly unrelated questions perfume salespeople pose can leave you sniffing every scent in the store until everything smells like an amalgam of musks, florals, spices and fruits.

So what if we told you there was an easier way to find the best perfume for you — a way that requires you to answer just one question that you’ve answered a billion times before: What’s your sign?

Before you roll your eyes, hear us out. Sure, you may not let your horoscope guide your every move, but it does uncannily sync up with your life more often than you care to admit.

According to perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes, choosing a scent based on your zodiac isn’t all that far-fetched. “Similar personalities gravitate toward the same fragrances on a vibrational level,” says Balahoutis. “It isn’t that cheerful people tend to like one fragrance without fail and that intellectual people prefer another. It

Hair Perfumes for Gorgeous Smelling Strands

Have you heard of hair perfume? It might sound a little, well, extra, but hear us out: In a lot of ways, perfume formulated for hair actually makes more sense than regular perfume. Washing hair infrequently has become trendy, and hair mist is a great way to keep your mane smelling fresh between washes. Also, most hair perfumes actually serve a dual purpose, combining protection, moisture and shine along with their amazing scents. Another bonus? The many inventive fragrances and gorgeous packaging means they’re totally gift-able.

So, if you’re looking to get in on the hair perfume game, read on to discover nine of our favorites. When it really comes down to it, don’t you just love the idea adding an extra punch to your fabulous hair flip?

Come for the beautiful French packaging, stay for the delicious floral scent. Miss Dior Hair Mist also happens to boast amazing staying power, and it’s sure to garner you plenty of compliments.

Oh, and if you’re looking to take your whole-body fragrance game up a notch, it pairs very

Find the fragrance your mom will love

Sure, you love your mom. That’s totally undisputable. But that doesn’t mean that some years Mother’s Day completely escapes your mind and you’re scrambling to find a gift for your mom at the last minute.

Avoid all that stress and be 100 percent prepared this year with a gift your mom is guaranteed to love: a gorgeous perfume. A pretty fragrance is the perfect Mother’s Day gift because scent is so personal. But instead of spending hours at the department store, spritzing test strips with different perfumes and walking out of there smelling like you were way too spray-happy, just check out our Mother’s Day perfume guide.

We’ve got the perfect scent for every mom. Keep reading to see our favorites and then all you have to decide is which one is just right for your mom.

Just the gorgeous flower-adorned bottle alone makes this scent the perfect Mother’s Day gift. This fragrance is ideal for the mother who fully embraces her soft and feminine side. The bright freshness of bergamot oranges with a twist of white

Best Drugstore Shampoos

There are hundreds of shampoos in the drugstore — but how can you tell which one is the best drugstore shampoo? That’s where these reviews from our readers come in. Hair products, shampoo in particular, are of the utmost importance to our TotalBeauty.com readers. This will become clear as you peruse these glowing reviews of the best drugstore shampoo picks.

That’s right, these products are all from the drugstore — and many are under five bucks. After reading this, if you feel compelled to run out and stock up on the best drugstore shampoo from Pantene, Aveeno, Dove and others, do it. You won’t even have to feel guilty.

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.0*
Why it’s great: “I absolutely love this product,” raves one reviewer. “It smells fantastic and is very reasonably priced.” Another reviewer adds that “this shampoo leaves [her] hair clean and feeling healthy.” To sum up: “The scent is amazing” and it’s “a great value.”

This recently-released clean, floral fragrance from everyone’s favorite friend next door has notes of rose water, Amazon lily, and sandalwood. It’s perfect for feminine, nurturing and romantic types.

Gorgeous perfumes to the woman

Mother’s Day gifts are tough. You want to give something that says “thanks for being a great Mom,” without resigning her to the kitchen by giving her a “helpful” cooking appliance, or making her feel old by gifting a knitting or crocheting kit, or proving that you had no time by handing her a Hallmark card that reads like a cheesy novel. Clothes are tricky. Flowers are overdone. Chocolates imply no thought.

Like we said, a gift for the most important woman in your life on a day when you are thanking her for her often-thankless work has got to be good.

Skip to see the new perfect-for-spring-and-summer perfumes (and a couple classics) that will make any mother’s day.

That’s why perfume is the perfect gift for really any woman. It shows thought, effort and taste on your part and if it’s the right perfume for her, she will be forever thankful. Why? Because scent is the strongest link to memory — every time she smells it, she will be reminded of your love and appreciation.

But now that you are hip to the secret of a successful Mother’s Day gift, it’s important to realize that you can’t just pop into any Sephora or

Think of it as investing in a piece of art

A feminine, fresh fragrance housed in a bottle that looks one part vintage cake topper, one part modern elegance and all parts supremely pretty when displayed on your vanity.
Summon spring with a single spritz of this fresh fragrance, containing notes of citrus, magnolia, orange blossom, almond and vanilla.
Guests will never stop wondering what precious thing this futuristic bottle conceals. A spaceship for ants? The secret to life? Nope, just a modern, woody floral perfume with notes of bergamot, plum, patchouli and vanilla.
If Salvador Dali ever got into the perfume business, he might have designed something like this sensuous vanilla fragrance bottle. Each fragrance is “artistically expressed” in one-of-a-kind handcrafted bottles made by renowned glassworkers in Swedish forests — seriously.

If you’re not ready to invest in Dali-esque perfume art, this scent is also available in simple (read: not melting) containers for $195.

Looking for less frou-frou and more feng shui? Try this bergamot concoction, contained within a simple, zenned-out bottle modern art lovers will hoard in their sleek, bamboo bathrooms.
This romantic fragrance, with notes of mandarin, linden blossom, vanilla and musk, promises to remind you of life’s “most magical moments.” A removable ring with the designer’s

Looking for a lighter scent for the season

The season of summer has some of the most distinct smells. The hot, sticky aroma of humidity and fresh cut grass. The sweet, salt water wind at the beach. The pungent, almost bitter fragrance of moist flowers in the garden. Chlorine � sorry, we’re getting carried away. It’s just that summer is known for its fragrance — and when we think fragrance, we think perfume.

Skip to see which new summer perfume you should try now.

This season not only offers up glorious earthy smells, it also brings a fresh crop of designer perfumes that are perfectly lighter and more whimsical than the heavier scents of fall and winter. And just as you swap your wardrobe for lighter clothing when the temperature soars, you should do the same with your perfume.

But finding your new signature summer scent takes work — and you know what they say about summertime being easy living. Who wants to spend precious beach time in Sephora, sniffing the perfumes that line the perimeter of the store? Here’s a little secret: To find a summer scent that speaks to you, choose one that’s similar to the way you like to smell throughout the rest of the year. Scroll through

Scents Better Than a Dozen Roses

Notes of bergamot, white musk and, of course, fresh cut roses set this scent at the top of our signature spring fragrance list. Plus, the bottle itself is pretty enough to leave on display all year long.

The cult Be Delicious line has been a favorite of ours for years. This newest addition to the collection blends grapefruit, apricot and floral rose and jasmine notes for a sultry but sweet feminine scent.

This new scent from D&G combines subtle vanilla, amber and musk notes with grapefruit, peach and Bulgarian rose for a timeless trail of sweetness all day long.

Inspired by the woman who is beautiful but dangerous, this scented moisturizer has top notes of carnation, mint and Turkish rose essences along with hemp leaves and white amber.

Another daring take on rose, this eau de parfum blends cruelty-free musk with notes of black smoky rose and tobacco flower and the scent that lasts for hours.

Infused with pure rosewater and rose petals, this mask tones your skin with a cooling gel formula that leaves your face smooth, hydrated and radiant.

Hydro-distilled rose (aka condensed rose water) makes the combination of notes like marjoram and sandalwood softer and delicately fragrant.

Where Cool Girls Get Their Hair Done

The power of a great haircut or hair color is undeniable — as is the opposite. (Holla if you’ve ever been reduced to tears by a hair disaster!) Which makes choosing the best hair salon a decision that can send you down a Yelp wormhole — especially if you live in the big city. Yes, finding your hair stylist/colorist match in Los Angeles, a city where they’re as plentiful as avocados, is rough. Think: perfect curly haircuts, sunkissed highlights, tousled waves, the latest hairstyles the celebs are wearing … basically, the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of.

So we went on a mission to find the very best salons Los Angeles has to offer, where the aforementioned cool girls of the city get their hair did. Whether you need a slight trim or complete hair makeover, you can’t go wrong with one of these hair salons.

The founders Johnny Ramirezand Anh Co Tran are responsible for some of the most gorgeous styles (you’ve likely double-tapped or pinned quite a few of them). While this definitely isn’t the most affordable salon, the results will have you (and everyone you encounter on the street) like woah.

Neighborhood: Beverly Hills

Vibe: A bit rustic, a bit French

The best shine sprays for hair

Have you decided that your lackluster hair is a lost cause? Well, you might want to rethink that conclusion. The best shine spray or serum can be your first line of defense in the war on dull hair — just ask any hairstylist or beauty salon owner. Whether you’re a curly-haired gal dealing with frizz or a straight-haired chick looking to minimize static, a shine serum can help smooth strands and even treat common hair problems. Above all, they create serious shine.

“This serum tames the frizzies, reduces the time I spend blow-drying and straightening my hair and it smells wonderful,” raves one reader. Another adds that it “shines up and softens her curls … leaving them touchable and silky.” And one reviewer loves it so much that she says she’s gone through five bottles of this “unbelievably fantastic” product.

Reviewers report that their hair feels refreshed after using this drugstore shampoo. “It did an amazing job at adding moisture to my hair and rehydrating it without weighing it down,” says one reviewer. Another adds, “This shampoo … worked absolute miracles for my heat-and-highlight-damaged hair. It provided superior moisturization without an ounce of added weight.”

Why it’s great: “I truly fell in love

The fragrances to help you win in every situation

Want to win friends, gain confidence and bring happiness wherever you go? Science says scent can help you do all that, and more. Aromatherapy seems like a hippy-dippy concept, but research shows scents evoke strong emotional responses — and are the key to setting the tone in an environment. It’s the reason why retailers, hotels and restaurants use smells to attract customers and even boost spending.

While science says that scent has a powerful effect on our mood, can you use it to influence the moods of those around you? Botanical perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes, says yes. “When we reach someone’s senses, we impress something upon them. Whatever we impress upon them then informs what they think of us, and what a person thinks of us definitely drives their behavior toward us,” she explains.

However, Balahoutis warns against overpowering scents. In most scientific experiments, the scent used was subtle. “Never slap someone in the nose with a big, nuclear hit of fragrance,” says Balahoutis. Her trick is to mist hair or clothes with fragrance, which allows a fragrance to linger.

Here, the best scents to get what you want from those around you — without ever saying a word.