One of the reasons people love perfume so much is because of how unique it can truly be. In the same way that make-up products are influenced by skin tone or texture, perfume is impacted by a range of factors linked to our bodies. Fragrance isn’t just a beauty product, it’s also a science. Keep reading to find out why perfume smells different on everyone, and how to find the perfect scent for you.
Everyone’s Skin Is Completely Unique
No matter who you are or where you come from, your skin and the way it’s made up will be entirely unique to you. Our DNA is what makes us ‘individual’ – unlike anyone else we come into contact with. When you smell a perfume you own on someone else and wonder why it doesn’t smell as good on you, your biological makeup could be the culprit!
There’s a range of factors related to the skin which impact the way we experience scent. Here are just three of them:
❖ Skin pH
If you’re having déjà vu and suddenly feel like you’ve heard this before, let us take you back to your high school chemistry lessons. The pH scale is used to measure acidity or basicity of a solution, and even your skin has a pH. Everyone’s pH level is slightly different, and that causes a different chemical reaction with the perfume we put on our skin.
Your body chemistry, also known as your personal scent (or ‘eau de me’ as we like to call it!), is heavily impacted by your diet. Your diet can influence your natural pH levels, as well as how much you sweat, meaning it has a large role to play in how perfumes react to your skin. If you eat a balanced diet, yet you’re enjoying a perfume on someone who lives off a rigid fast-food schedule, it’s unlikely it’ll smell the same on you.
❖ Skin Condition
The condition of your skin holds strong influence over the way a perfume smells, mostly due to how it reacts with surface oil on the body. Perfume is designed to draw into oil, so if you’ve got oilier skin, certain notes of the fragrance will be strengthened. If you’ve got very dry skin, perfume may smell slightly less strong on you unless you regularly moisturise using body oil.
The Clothes We Wear Impact Our Scent
Perfume doesn’t just react with the skin – it reacts with the fabric of the clothes we wear too. Just like the body, fabrics are made up of different chemicals or qualities that work with perfume ingredients to create a unique scent for every person.
Suede, satin and leather are a notoriously bad combination. On top of damaging the fabric itself, alcohol-based perfumes can also react badly with the chemical makeup of these materials and negatively impact your fragrance.
Another reason why our clothing makes perfume smell different is our body heat. Our clothes absorb the heat we expel from our bodies, and when perfume is added into the mix, the scent produced can vary enormously with differing temperatures.
Perfume Smells Different For Everyone
By this point, you’re probably already a little mind-blown when it comes to the science behind perfume. Luckily for you, it doesn’t stop there!
Did you know that no two people experience smells in the same way?
A recent study found that, thanks to a range of factors – including both genetics and brain coding – everyone’s experience of a scent could be entirely different. For example, one person could pick up on the strong floral notes of a perfume, while the next person may only be able to detect vanilla.
It’s a mind boggling science, but one that certainly explains why you think your perfume smells different to how someone else is describing it.
How Do I Choose The Right Perfume For Me?
There are thousands of perfumes out there to choose from. But now we know that everyone reacts to them differently, you might be wondering how to find the perfect scent for you.
Considering what we’ve learnt, here are some key tips:
- Focus on the notes that you love the most
- Try a tester and use for a few days to let your body adapt
- Always try a scent yourself rather than basing a purchase on someone else’s
- Find a concentration or formula that works with your skin type
- Experiment and have fun — perfume has the power to transform your day!
So, that’s why perfume smells differently on everyone! Perfecting your signature scent is quite the science, but it’s one of the things that makes the world of fragrance so exciting.
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