Scent Sensitivity

I have a hyper-sensitive sense of smell. I love the smell of lilac as the evening breeze brings it through my windows from the neighbor’s yard. I love the smell of coffee in the morning. I love the smell of wet pavement. I love the smell of a roast cooking all day in the crock pot as much as I love eating it! What I don’t love are strong perfumes. They give me a headache.

I wonder if people who bathe in perfume have a hypo-sensitive sense of smell. I understand we all like different fragrances. That’s fine. But how do you know how much is enough and how much is too much? I know I’d be too afraid to hurt someone’s feelings by mentioning that they might want to try 2 or 7 less sprays before leaving the house. Before you get all self-conscious, this post was not sparked by anyone I know personally. 😀 It’s just something I notice when out and about. There are some that I really want to ask what fragrance they’re wearing because it’s amazing, and there are others I want to get as far away from as possible!

Though I have in the past, I generally don’t wear perfume myself. A big reason for that is because I can’t find one soft enough that I like. The last time I wore perfume it was Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Lovely”. It truly is lovely with almost a powdery scent. Very clean and fresh. Usually what you smell on me is my shampoo (currently BioSilk) and my Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar lotion and fragrance mist (not a perfume).

I remember when Georgio was a popular perfume as well as it’s imposter, Primo. Gag-io! I hated that perfume. In high school I wore Jovan Musk. I know that’s something you either love or hate. I wouldn’t wear it today but when I smell it on someone, it reminds me of my teen years. Then I graduated to Liz Claiborne. From there, I ventured into Lauren and Halston. I think that pretty much ended my perfume days until Lovely came along as a last-minute, near-the-checkout impulse buy at Ulta one day.

I never really thought about it, but I rarely put perfume on more than four pulse points when I wore it. Usually, it just went on my wrists. It doesn’t need to be head-to-toe. 🙂 Think twice before that final spray next time. Less really can be more!

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