Body Chemistry and Fragrance

Have you ever noticed that one perfume can smell completely different from one person to the next? You may have loved the scent on a friend but then hated it when you wore it yourself. This is because of your body chemistry.


What affects perfume?


Fragrance works differently on each type of skin; dry, normal, or oily. Dry skin makes it tough for fragrance molecules to adhere to since it is rough, has low elasticity, and has nearly invisible pores. Normal skin makes it easier for perfume to last on the skin since it has more oil content, barely invisible pores, and few imperfections. The best type of skin for fragrance is oily. Oily skin allows the fragrance molecules to blend with the oil from the skin causes a long-lasting scent.


Also known as the “sex scent,” are chemicals that are secreted from the body that act like hormones outside of the body to attract members of the same species. Basically, your natural scent that is unique to you. Depending on your pheromones, a fragrance can either be compatible or incompatible. This is a main factor in the difference in smell of a fragrance on one person to the next.


Perspiration depends on physical activity, race, diet, and climate. When sweat mixes with a fragrance, the scent can either intensify or dissipate depending on the type of fragrance and the person's body chemistry. Certain scents like citrus and grass, typically mix well with sweat and will intensify while still smelling good. Musky scents will also intensify but usually cause a bad smell. Living in a warmer climate can cause fragrance to dissipate, but also cause people to sweat more leading to the conclusions above.


Your skin secretes everything. So what you eat greatly affects what you smell like. Someone with a balanced diet of meat, veggies, and fruits will have a much different body chemistry than someone who eats fast food every week. Vegans and vegetarians have a different scent compared to those who do eat meat and dairy. Even someone that eats spicy food compared to a bland diet smell different. Medications can have this effect too. What you eat helps determine what your pheromones smell like which then reacts with fragrance in a  positive or negative way.


How do you find the right perfume? There’s no quick and easy answer. The best way is to first spray it in the air or on a tester, see if you like the top notes. If yes, spray it on your wrist and check the scent after 20 minutes to see what you think of the middle notes. Good? Smell again after a couple of hours to check the base notes. If it passes all three checks, you’re good to go!

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