4 Weird-Smelling Products That Are Actually Awesome

Don’t judge them by their odour

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, $248.
15 Jun 2016

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, $248.

Smells like: Some say they smell a meat-like odour, others say a synthetic, pungent scent.
What it does: With its potent combi of vitamin C and E plus ferulic acid, this serum shields skin from free radical damage. Long term use promises to lead to glowy skin that's healthier than ever before. The smell comes from the chemical mix of the antioxidant ingredients and the fact that the brand doesn't include any fragrances in the formulation.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, from $99 for 75ml.
15 Jun 2016

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, from $99 for 75ml.

Smells like: A sour, fermented liquid.
What it does: The star ingredient, pitera, a liquid that's formed during sake fermentation process, is in fact the cause of that fermented smell. This extract is a blend of vitamins, amino acids and minerals, which help to moisturise and rejuvenate the skin so that it is supple, smooth and luminous.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme, $50.
15 Jun 2016

Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme, $50.

Smells like: A mix of raw herbs with woody notes.
What it does: This styling cream has certified organic cupuaçu and shea butters to smooth hair and leave it looking beautifully sleek. It also humidity-proofs strands so they stay frizz-free all day.

Yves Rocher Purifying Shampoo, $17.
15 Jun 2016

Yves Rocher Purifying Shampoo, $17.

Smells like: A very raw, herbal, green salad.
What it does: It deep cleanses hair and scalp thoroughly yet gently. The smell comes from the botanical ingredients which are evidently great for oily or over-processed hair.

You know how food that tastes bad can often be good for you? Well, you can sort of apply that to beauty products too. While it’s easy to be put off when our noses detect something that smells bad, it can sometimes be worth your while to get up close and personal with it.

Like these stinky but effective products in the gallery above. They may not be the most easy to take in the olfactory sense, but wait till you see what they can do for your skin and hair!

Click through now for a smell-less introduction.

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