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The Story Behind the Prose Fragrance Collection

June 14, 2018

1 Min read

We believe hair care should not only meet all of your hair needs (like heat protection) and goals (like volume or shine), but it should also adapt to your preferences. Whether that be vegan, gluten-free, silicone-free, right down to the scent. That’s why we developed a collection of seven hair fragrances to meet the needs of all olfactory preferences and hair types. Beyond our original seven, we’ve also created seasonal fragrances including last year’s summer scent Corsica (which you loved so much it’s now permanent!) and our current fall fragrance Arcadia.

Our exclusive collection

Prose now has a collection of eight core fragrances along with our current seasonal, winter fragrance, Candela. Our fragrances cover all of the bases and range wide enough to meet all preferences—from floral to fruity to botanical to woody. Our Signature scent is a universal fragrance and is particularly special for Prose Co-Founder, Paul Michaux who says the scent was inspired by his sister Victoria, “It’s a combination of all of the different products she uses, from her lotions to her hair care to perfume.” Here are a breakdown of the final notes:

Signature: Floral + Powdery (Violet Leaf, Peony & Blue Iris)

Botanica: Herbal + Aromatic (Eucalyptus, Lavender and Rosemary)

Perle: Powdery + Musky (Bergamot, White Lilac & Musk)

Prelude: Floral + Cool (Rose, Black Currant & Musk)

Corsica: Fresh + Cool (Anjou Pear, Peony & Cedar Wood)

Arcadia (limited edition!): Citrusy + Woodsy (Grapefruit, Lemon, Basil, Mint & Cedar)

Master perfumers

For us, your hair care’s fragrance goes beyond that of just a traditional scent. That’s why we enlisted the expertise of renowned French nose Karine Dubreuil-Sereni whose portfolio includes fragrances for Guerlain, L’Occitane and Jo Malone to develop our original seven scents. Born in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, developing premium fragrances was in her blood. She studied at the school of Roure (now, Givaudan) but she’ll tell you that her appreciation for beautiful scents began much earlier. She forged her olfactory heritage in the gardens of her grandmothers, which blossomed and grew all kinds of fragrant plants—like roses, jasmine, and daffodils—but also the fragrances of Italy, like the aromas of coffee and of Mediterranean cuisine.

To develop our extremely popular summer-turned-permanent fragrance, Corsica, we enlisted a new nose in Cecile Hua. She also boasts an impressive resume as she’s been in the perfuming industry for over twenty years. For fifteen of those years she worked in fine fragrance and then branched out into hair care five years ago and continues to work in both industries today. She grew up in an artistic, supportive and multi-cultural family in Marseille, France where she mapped her childhood out by olfactive sensations. Cecile loved the process of developing the salty, summery scent that is Corsica as it was a call back to her youth growing up by the sea

A haute couture experience

A perfumer with Karine Dubreuil-Sereni’s background is not easily convinced to create a fragrance collection for a hair care brand, that is, until she understood the passion behind the request. “I caught the fragrance bug early on,” says Michaux who also spent some time working at Parfums Christian Dior. “I have a strong olfactory memory. A scent can bring me back to early childhood days in no time.” After one meeting with Michaux, Dubreuil-Sereni was sold. “I developed these fragrances in the same way I would for a luxury perfume, not the way you might for a personal care brand,” she says. “We used concentrations for high end perfumes without holding back on the best quality raw materials.” They also didn’t go into the project with any predefined notes, but worked on them together after having thought about the story they would tell for Prose.

Together with Michaux, she reflected on the themes the notes would center around and on the ingredients most suitable for different hair types. Then, they discussed the emotional aspect, like the moods they would insight from the Prose experience.

This is only the beginning

Eight fragrances is a great start, but the Prose dedication to co-creation means it will some day expand to more. “There are so many things we can do,” says Michaux. “Fragrance is so personal, just like Prose. We are excited to see how far we can take it.”


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*Some of the fragrances mentioned in this article may no longer be available due to our ongoing process to make upgrades to our fragrances based on the feedback of our community.*



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  1. Hi!

    Are the fragrances all NATURAL? I am p
    trying to avoid PERFUMES and more chemical based fragrances for health reasons and because I am currently pregnant.


    1. Hi Clair and congrats on your pregnancy! We offer two 100% natural fragrances, “Napoli ” and “Botanica”. Our other fragrances do currently include synthetic ingredients. If you are interested in 100% natural fragrace, we recommend choosing Napoli or Botanica or opting for fragrance-free.

    1. Hi Mellz! Yes, all of our fragrances are non-toxic. If you are concerned about your fragrance being 100% natural, I recommend choosing “Napoli” or “Botanica” when completing your consultation. You could also opt for the fragrance-free option!

  2. 1. Do you plan on incorporating these scents into any hair perfumes/the hair oils? I love the scent so much I wish it lasted and held in my hair longer!

    2. Do you have any samples of the scents? I lucked out when i chose isaphan and I love it, but I get pretty sensitive to perfumes and don’t want to order a whole bottle in trying a new scent only to not like it.

    1. Hi Victoria! So thrilled to hear that you’re loving your Ispahan fragrance! We can’t share specifics about any upcoming launches, but our R&D team is constantly working on new and exciting projects, so stay tuned! And we don’t currently have samples of the scents available, but the desire for such has been brought to our attention a few times, so we are currently working on a solution. It’s a great point that you bring up! Hope you keep on enjoying your fragrance and your Prose!

      1. I would Also love to have my delicious elixir scent in a mist… or perfume… or lotion! It is heavenly. I am obsessed.

        It’s only been two washes, but I already see a difference in my hair. I just love everything about this kit. I just need more of the Elixir scent!!

        1. Hi Laura! So happy to hear that you’re loving your Prose, particularly your scent! I’ll definitely pass your ideas on to the team, they’re great!

  3. I agree with Victoria!I love the scent of Elixir. I would happily even use it as a perfume. It lasts a long time and I would love to have even more of it. Perfume, lotion, hair oil, mist, soap…I’d love to layer it. It makes me smile whenever I smell it.

    1. Hi Anne! All you have to do is log into your Prose account, go through your consultation again and update your scent. Thanks for reaching out!

  4. I agree that if you could make a spray of our favorite scent!! That would be awEsomE. I also think it would be nice if you could send scented paper Swatches eventually so we could pick out our Perfect scent. Just an idea! I just ordered mine from you and cant wait to try Your specialized formula made just for my hair. The humiDity in Saint Petersburg,Fl alwaYs swElls up my hair and gets it frizzy. Even aFter i straigHt iron it. I like my hair to be slick and straight with some volume and shine. So excited and can’t wait to put your pRoduct to the test:)

    1. That is a great idea! We are sharing it back with our team. Let us know how you liked your Prose products 🙂

      -Keely, Prose Community Manager

  5. I love the fruitissime scent and would love it as a hair/Body mist as well.

    Agree with everyone else that while i lucked out i enjoyed the scent ai chose, I hesitate to purchase a full bottle not knowing if i would enjoy the scent.

    1. Hi Christine! If you’re not in love with your Prose products or the scent, we do offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee within 30 days of delivery. This means that you can either receive a full refund for your products or receive adjusted formulas featuring a new fragrance.

      -Keely, Prose Community Manager

  6. What Factors are considered when RECOMMENDING a fraGrancE? Are these the ones thAt say recommended at the top? I didn’t even REALIZE tHis was a thing until my re-ordeR! my biggEst thing is i Need my shampoo to be gluten fRee. It would be awesome if y’all listed what each scent was best for in iTs desCription. Thanks!

  7. I’ve used Prose only once, and I love the Fragrance so much, i had to search your site to find out what the notes are.

    Also, i’m celiac. haircare with gluten gives me a rash. I’m so excited to have high quality products which smell wonderful, anD I don’t have to worry about skin reactions. Thank you.

  8. Hello Prose. I have a question about the Napoli Fragrance. Are the essential oils in the fragrance cold pressed, or are they steam distilled essential oils?

    1. Great question, Tiff! Our essential oils are water-steam distilled for Napoli and Botanica. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

  9. I would also greatly appreciate the ability sample. I’m extremely allergic to certain fragrances, and honestly not being able to smell them first is the only thing keeping me from trying your product!

    1. Thanks so much for letting us know that you’d like the ability to sample your custom formulas, Sky! While we’re not currently able to do this, we completely understand how important fragrance can be to how you experience your haircare. To check out more about our fragrance portfolio, head here:

      If you have any questions, just let us know!

    1. Hi Linda, we’re glad you’re loving Arcadia! Sadly, it is a limed-edition fragrance but we will let our team know you’re interested in seeing it come back!

      -Keely, Prose Community Manager

  10. Hi Prose,

    It’s been a while since I last ordered and I can’t seem to find the signature scent anymore as an option. Has this scent been discontinued, or is it just temporarily unavailable?

    1. Hi there, we still offer our Signature scent! Do you mind contacting us so we can look into your account to see why it’s not showing up? Thanks 🙂

      -Keely, Prose Community Manager

  11. Please bring back Arcardia in your regular scent rotation! I have been trying the others but they make me feel like I’m wearing candy or medicine. It’s also the only scent my family doesn’t gag for when I use it.

  12. I really loved Rituel. I’m holding off on ordering until it is available again. My daughter also loves that fragrance.

    1. Hi Wendy, we’re glad to hear you’re loving Rituel. We don’t have any plans to bring it back at this time but we will let the team know you’re interested in seeing it return.

      -Keely, Prose SEO & Community Manager

  13. Ispahan has been discontinued for a while. I’ve tried all the other options and I do not like them at all. Any plans to bring Ispahan back?

    1. Hi Anne, we don’t have any plans to bring Ispahan back at the moment but we’ll share your interest with our team!

      -Keely, Prose Senior Manager of Social Media + Community

  14. Was so sad to see the Palma fragrance discontinued! I loved it so much and got compliments on the scent frequently! Consider this a vote to bring it back ☺️

    1. Hi Jamie! Yes, it was such a great fragrance! We will share your vote with our team.

      -Celeste, Community Associate at Prose

  15. I also wanted to vote to bring back the ispahan fragrance. I was disappointed when that fragrance was discontinued and no one informed me- they just started sending something else that I never ordered- so I cancelled my subscription. Would be interested to renew if you ever bring it back. Thanks for considering it!

    1. Hi Amanda!We truly can’t apologize enough for the disappointment this has caused! We know it’s hard to let go of a fragrance that you loved, but please rest assured that our team is hard at work on some new fragrances that will be in similar olfactory territories.