Fixing perfume overload

Friday, 12 October 2012

Fixing perfume overloadIt’s not the end of the world; you don’t need to take another shower, and stop scrubbing your wrists already! Alllure magazine has a great tip if you’ve accidentally applied too much perfume.

One perk of my job: testing fragrances. One downside of my job: testing fragrances.

You know exactly what I’m talking about. A perfume smells amazing in the bottle but disappointingly gross on your skin. Or it smells incredible on your skin, so you get a little trigger-happy – and turn into a stink bomb. You can scrub with soap and water all you like, but the scent lingers.

That’s why I was excited to pick up this tip from Glen Anderson, executive director of innovation at Avon. The best way to neutralize perfume isn’t scrubbing with soap or water or masking it with another scent, he says – it’s with alcohol.

‘Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and dab it on wherever you have sprayed too much perfume,’ says Anderson. ‘It will quickly dilute the scent.’

Try it, and those around you will thank you.

Written by Elizabeth Siegel, this article originally appeared in Allure.
Image: Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. ricebunny

    Great tip! This always happens to me

    5 years ago •

  1. Cindy Ross

    Will spread this tip I know a few people who could use it.

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Wow I’ll definitely try this one.

    5 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I have a friend who bathes in perfume!!!!! She overloads it every time and doesn’t even recognise it. I’ve told her to go easy on it and she says she had… but nope!!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Yay! I hate it when that happens. So glad to have a quick fix now. :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Awesome tip. I think we’ve all overdone it on some occasion.

    5 years ago •

  1. mel

    Good tip!
    Would have come in handy when I tried scrubbing off Angel with soap. ;)

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Awesome!….who would have thought…

    5 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    Great tip!! Thanks. Will remember this one!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Hehehe… I used to work with girl that almost killed me with her perfumes. Wish she knew this trick.

    5 years ago •

  1. beautilicious

    i hate ppl who over spray themselves… good tip

    5 years ago •

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