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Perfume Myths: Debunked

Posted by: Perfumeaddict, on: Friday, 14 March 2014

There are plenty of scuttlebutts that circulate many topics, and perfumes are certainly not some golden exception. From outdated practices to common misconceptions, you’d be surprised just how many people get it wrong when it comes to perfume. If you’re one of those who are getting tired of being told off for using your perfume the “wrong” way, or if you’re simply curious, then you’re in luck! Here are five myths about perfumes that we intend to debunk. Let’s get started.

Myth #1:

“Don’t spray perfume on your skin! Just spray it mid-air and walk through it.”


The funny thing is, this was actually a pretty good advice a few years ago. Back then, factories made perfumes so strong that it only made sense that this myth was put into practice. However, you don’t really need to fret about this now, because modern formulations for perfumes have become quite mild in comparison. Nowadays, spraying your perfume into the air is actually just a fancy way to waste it.

Plus, if you want to know just how strong your perfume is, you could always do a test spritz. There’s no harm in that.

Myth #2:

“Perfumes don’t ever go bad!”


Just because you can’t eat perfume, it doesn’t mean that it can’t ever go bad!

... Okay. Technically, you can. But, needless to say, that’s a pretty bad idea.

Again, this myth isn’t completely baseless: perfumes and colognes have high alcohol contents, making their shelf lives pretty long. Over the years, however, perfumes do lose their originally intended scents, and eventually, they begin to smell pretty unpleasant. If you haven’t used up your perfume by then, I suggest that you keep your perfumes stored in a cool, dark place. Heat, moisture and light break the formulations in perfumes faster, especially if they’re kept in light-coloured packaging.

Myth #3:

“Spray it on your wrists and rub them together. That way, the scent becomes better!”


Surprised? So am I. For as long as I can remember, even my mother tells me to do this every time I use perfume. It never made sense to me. But… a mother knows best, right?

The truth of the matter is that the friction caused by rubbing your wrists together tampers with both your body’s oils and the perfume itself. Rubbing them causes the overall scent to change, but it also breaks down its essential oils. This means that your perfume actually lasts a lot less long than if you just spray it on.

Myth #4:

“If you’ve got sensitive skin, then use natural perfumes.”


While it seems like a pretty sensible argument, this is still actually a bad idea. Natural materials for perfumes are way more complicated, and they’re more likely to have potential allergens. On the flipside, the perfume industry places plenty of restrictions on commercial perfumes. This means that they also keep an eye on the stuff that could make your skin break out, and limit them as much as possible.

If you’re one of those really unlucky people whose skin reacts negatively to perfume, then a simple solution would be to spray it on your clothes instead of your skin.

Myth #5:

“This perfume’s pretty expensive. This must mean that it’s better!”


Despite my earlier remarks, perfume is actually like food in that it can be both brilliant and cheap. A lot of people in the perfume industry simply base the price of their products depending on the materials used for it or sometimes this is simply a marketing strategy. This means that if that particular bottle you’re eyeing has a glaring price tag, chances are it probably just contains some rare, high-tech raw material. This doesn’t automatically mean, however, that its fragrance would be better. You don’t have to empty your wallet just to smell great. There are plenty of variations out there when it comes to scents. Look hard enough, and I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for at just the right price.

This article and our journey through the myths end here. Now get out there and impress your friends with your newfound knowledge. I’m sure some of them will definitely thank you for it.

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