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Does Perfume Smell Different On Everyone?

Have you ever noticed that the same perfume can smell different on different people?

Maybe you tried a perfume that you loved on a friend, but when you wore it yourself, it didn’t smell the same. Or, … maybe you noticed that your favourite perfume seems to smell different from one day to the next or when you are away on holiday.

What have you experienced? Does perfume smell different on everyone and have your favourites changed over time?

In this article we present probable reasons and offer a few solutions.

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Why Does Perfume Smell Different On Everyone?

There are numerous reasons why perfume may smell different on another person and on you.

Here are some of the most common factors:

  • Skin type: The pH balance of your skin can affect how a perfume smells. For example, people with dry skin tend to smell perfumes more strongly than people with oily skin.
  • Body chemistry and skin micro-flora: The chemicals in your body and the skin micro-flora can also interact with the material in a perfume, creating different scent profiles. This is why some people find that certain perfumes make them smell “like themselves” while others don’t.
  • Diet: What you eat can also affect how a perfume smells on you. For example, eating spicy foods can make your skin more acidic, which can change the way a perfume smells. Equally, some food ingredients affect the scent of your skin, e.g. garlic and spices.
  • Hormones: Your hormone levels can also affect how a perfume smells on you. For example, women’s perfumes may smell different during different phases of their menstrual cycle.
  • Environment: The environment you are in can also affect how a perfume smells. For example, perfume will smell different in a hot, humid environment than in a cold, dry environment.
  • Safety & Ethics: Today, it is no longer acceptable to use animal derived ingredients. Equally, a large variety of fragrance ingredients have been found to be skin irritants or sensitisers. Other ingredients are not bio-degradable. The fragrance industry and its governing body, IFRA, continuously research and review the ingredients used in perfume. This requires perfume houses to rework existing perfumes to comply with the most modern safety and environmental standards.
  • Cost: Perfume is a luxury good. Their marketing activities and retail outlets are expensive, creating cost pressures on manufacturers to stay commercially viable. This incentivises to reduce costs, which may lead to a reduction in the fragrance oil concentration in the perfume you love and have come to know well.
  • Naturals: natural perfume ingredients change from crop to crop and are more likely to react and change on your skin.

If you are wondering why your perfume smells different than it used to, it is likely due to one of these factors.

If you are not sure what is causing your perfume to smell differently, you can try experimenting to see what may be the cause. We encourage to discuss with your friends & family: Does Perfume Smell Different On Everyone? What is their experience? Have they perhaps found another reason why?

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Different Approaches

Having said all of this, major prestige perfume brands like Chanel, Dior, Gucci, etc work very hard to ensure their perfumes smell the same on everyone because what is the point of buying Chanel No.5, if it doesn’t smell like Chanel No.5 on you.

Here at Pairfum London, we embrace a different approach: we develop our niche perfumes to smell different on everyone! This creates a personal perfume that is unique to you and an aura that impossible to copy. The compliments you receive will be uniquely you.

In other words, it creates a beautiful choice of perfume types for you:

  • fragrances from prestige brands, like Chanel No 5, for special occasions, e.g. the opera, and
  • a natural niche perfume, like Pairfum London, to allow the unique in you to flourish.

Tips From A Perfumer

Here are some fragrance tips to make your perfume smell its best on you:

  • Apply it to clean, dry skin. This will help the perfume to absorb evenly and last longer.
  • Apply it to pulse points. In these areas of your body, the blood vessels are closer to the skin, making your skin slightly warmer. This will help to amplify the scent of you perfume.
  • Avoid applying it to your clothes. Perfume can stain your clothes and equally hook into the fabrics to last longer but smell weaker.
  • Reapply it throughout the day. Your perfume will naturally fade over time and we advise that you re-apply it every few hours to keep it smelling fresh and true to its scent.

If you not happy with the way your perfume smells on you, you may want to try a different one.

There are the two different approaches we mentioned above and many different perfumes on the market, offering you a fantastic choice to experiment and find the one (or many) that you love and that smells great on you.

In this context, you should explore fragrances from olfactive families you have never tried before. Many perfume houses offer ‘Fragrance Libraries’ to introduce you to the types of notes that you may not immediately try when you are in a perfumery. Embrace and enjoy the motto: Who dares wins!

Here at Pairfum London, we offer the Perfume Experience Box, a fragrance library with 12 x Eau de Parfum Intense in combination with paper smelling strips. This allows you to really experience 12 x new perfumes in the comfort of your own, scent-neutral home and to live with & wear each perfume for approx 2 weeks.

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Additional Questions

Here are some additional answers to frequently asked questions about perfume:

  • Q: Why can’t I smell my perfume after a while? A: This is a common phenomenon called olfactory fatigue. It happens when your nose gets used to a smell and stops detecting it as strongly. You may still be able to smell your perfume on other people, but you won’t be able to smell it on yourself as much.
  • Q: Why does my perfume smell stronger on some people than on others? A: This is usually due to skin type. People with dry skin tend to smell perfumes more strongly than people with oily skin.
  • Q: Why does my perfume smell different in different environments? A: The temperature and humidity of the environment can affect how a perfume smells. For example, perfume will smell different in a hot, humid environment than in a cold, dry environment.

We hope this article has answered your questions about “why does perfume smell different on everyone”. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask us.

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