Perfume users’ anonymous

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Perfume users' anonymousBeautyHeaven lists the signs that you’re using overusing perfume. And then how to treat your addiction…

Chronic perfume overuse is a serious illness. Thankfully though, there is treatment available. Read on to find out if you may be affected.

Signs & symptoms of perfume over-use

You spray your perfume a minimum of 10 times at each use.
People on the street often cough when you pass them.
Friends have been known to use clothes-pegs on their noses in your presence.
People usually sit a minimum of three feet away from you when in enclosed spaces.
People generally say ‘what’s that smell?’ when you hop into an elevator.
Even after washing your clothes, you can usually still smell the strong odour of perfume on them.
You go through a minimum of ten bottles of perfume a year.

If you can identify with three or more of the above mentioned symptoms then you may be a perfume over-user. The first step to treating your addiction is admitting you have a problem. The second step is slowly cutting back to avoid that strong smell.

Curbing your perfume over-use

Stick to one to two sprays per use.
Opt for the ‘walk-through’ technique: spray a single pump of your perfume directly in front of you then walk through the mist. The scent will be all-over, however it will be very subtle.
Avoid doubling or even tripling up on perfumed products: if you use a perfume daily, you don’t also need to use a perfumed deodorant and a perfumed body wash – one scented product is enough.
Ask your closest friend to politely inform you when you’ve gone OTT with the perfume pump so you can identify when you’re most strong smelling.
Swap to a solid perfume and just dab on wrists and behind ears for a much lighter scent.

This article originally appeared on BeautyHeaven.


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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. Sue1N

    Wow is there really women that goes through 10 bottles of perfume a year? A pricey addiction ;-).

    5 years ago •

  1. Tundee

    Lol there’s this lady at work who sprays all the time infact two ladies… I didn’t think it could be an addication. The one sprays everytime she goes to the change room and the other one, everytime she’s has a smoke. And the combination of the cigarette smell and perfume are just not pleasing. Eish I must share this article on my facebook wall

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Thanks for this! I know a couple of people guilty of this, sometimes their smell lingers even after theyve left the house

    6 years ago •

  1. Des

    Didn’t even know they could classify this as an illness.

    6 years ago •

  1. Knight

    Interesting points – I think I have had a tendency for over-doing the perfume sprays :/ so will be cutting back!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Lovely picture for this article. So spring like

    6 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    I like spraying 1 or 2 sprays when I leave the house and that is why I invest in good perfumes because that is all you need for the fragrance to last all day.

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Thanx for the tips on how to curb perfume over use m shure it will help someone with a problem of perfume over use

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Most times the offenders themselves are unaware that they have used too much perfume!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    You get used to the scent of your own perfume, so it may not smell so strong to you, but to everyone else who arent accustomed to it, it may be OTT

    6 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I think im guilty of over using perfume :-( I touch up my perfume all the time.

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Thank goodness for this article… have shared it to my friends…hopefully one will get the hint…or not.. oh well *sigh*

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    wow…minimum of 10 bottles a year…luckily dont know anyone in that line.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    lol! Luckily i don’t fall in this category albeit my perfume addiction!

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Hehe I love using perfume everyday, but only behind the ears and the wrists. And if my husband says oh boy, I know it does not smell good. ;)

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    LOL thank goodness I am not guilty of this

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Going through a minimum of 10 bottles a year is lot.

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Thank God, am not guilty of anyone of the crime :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Whoa that’s really over doing it!Great tips!

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Everything in limits… Smell divine and just don’t over do it…

    6 years ago •

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