A Guide to OUAI Scents (and the Inspiration Behind Them)

A Guide to OUAI Scents (and the Inspiration Behind Them)

One spritz of OUAI anything conjures up breathtaking views of a white-sugar sand beach in St. Barth. Call it magic, but the four original OUAI scents were conceived after an arduous process of tweaking and re-tweaking by Jen Atkin and a traditional fine French perfumer.

Though if your tresses have ever had a taste of OUAI, they know that smell isn’t the only star of the show—their fierce functionality is also a headliner. Multi-purpose products with swoon-worthy smell that lend effortless hair anytime, anywhere? For a peek of how that perfection came about, we asked Jen about the inspiration behind the OUAI scents, and compiled a scent guide according to our products. 

What were your sources of inspiration for the OUAI scents? 

I worked really hard crafting the perfect scent, making the heart of rose at the center of each. I was inspired by fine French fragrances (as Paris is one of my favorite cities and where my husband and I had our first date), Hawaii (where I grew up), and the glamorous scents of the Middle East, where I travel frequently. I wanted to create a worldly line, and scent absolutely evokes our sense of memory. 

I’m so shocked that everyone loves the scents as much as I do! So many products I’ve received in hair, bath, body, and hand care either smelled adolescent or too old. I find my favorites and mix them all together. I wanted the line to smell specially curated.

St. Barts- Inspired by our favorite trips to the tropics, this limited edition scent has exotic notes of Orange Oil, Ocean Breeze Accord, Dragonfruit, Sampaguita, Tuberose, and Musk.


Mercer Street – A sheer and airy floral/musky fragrance with notes of Italian Lemon, Turkish Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Iris, Lilly, and White Musk. 

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North Bondi – A beautiful floral fragrance containing notes of Bergamot, Italian Lemon, Rose De Mai, Magnolia, Lily, Blackberry, Violet, Cedar-wood, Amber, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and White Musk. 


Rue St. Honoré – This beautiful floral fragrance contains notes of Violet, Gardenia, Ylang Ylang, and White Musk. 


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Melrose Place – Contains notes of Rose, Bergamot, Lychee, Cedar-wood, and White Musk.


Shibuya - Named after our favorite street crossing in Tokyo, Shibuya is a fresh scent with notes of Mediterranean Citrus, Warm Spices, Rose, Violet, and White Musk.


Dean Street - A citrusy scent with notes of Citrus Fruits, Apricot, Rose, Magnolia, Muguet, Violet, Amber, Liden Blossom, and Musk.



Cape TownA fresh & earthy fragrance with notes of wet grass, ginger and spearmint.

Jasmine Rose - A light yet romantic blend of jasmine and rose that you wont be able to resist.

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