We’ve all been there before. We’re curious to try a new fragrance after smelling its gorgeous scent on our friend, or the SA at a counter sprays their latest perfume on a card, hands it to us and we breathe in its wonderful scent, or simply read about it online and think the notes of the scent were interesting and to our tastes. But the moment we spray it on our skin, we realize we made a mistake.
On us, the fragrance stinks. Really bad! We can’t really go around smelling that awful and water and soap aren’t enough to remove the horrible smell, so what’s a girl to do? Well, I’ve tried several things in the past and here’s what worked for me. Of course some fragrances are easier to remove than others so you might have to experiment with the following methods to find the one that works best for you.
1. Wipe it off with alcohol
Probably the most well-known method to remove fragrance but to be used with caution as alcohol can be drying and irritating to the skin. In addition, it doesn’t remove very strong scents well. Still, it’s worth a shot. Simply soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol (witch hazel or unflavoured wodka will do the trick too), place it on the point of your skin where you applied the fragrance and wipe off.
2. Deodorant and laundry detergent
Yes, you read that right. This is a tip I’ve picked up from Robin of Now Smell This and it works really well. First, take an unscented deodorant and apply it on your skin where your previously sprayed the perfume. Wait a few minutes and than wash it off with a fragrance-free heavy-duty laundry detergent like Tide Free.
3. Make a paste with baking soda
Another inexpensive way to get rid of fragrance is by creating a paste with baking soda and warm water. Remember to use equal parts of both ingredients (half a cup of each is usually enough). Once ready, rub the paste on your skin, wait about ten minutes and then rinse off with warm (not hot) water.
4. White vinegar and olive oil
Another DIY recipe with ingredients found in your kitchen. This time, mix white vinegar with olive oil, rub it on your skin and wait 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and then clean skin with soap and water.
Do you know of any other way to remove perfume from your skin?
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