The other day I was headed to a meeting and stepped into the elevator only to be met with a smack in the nose of too much cologne. Goodness gracious – it about made me lose my lunch. And I was trapped – as the doors were closing, I started having flashbacks of my own personal run in with the perfume bottle.
Back in the day I was a huge fan (to say the least) of the wildly popular Lauren perfume (yes, I’m dating myself).
If you ever were a fan… you may remember a little squirt went a L-O-N-G way!!! It was pretty strong stuff. I’ll never forget going to school one day and a friend met me around the corner and said, “I knew you were here… I could smell you.” Yikes! That was my first experience with perfume overload.
Don’t even think about trying to cover up repugnant smells with perfume or cologne. The chemicals never compliment one another and always end up making the situation worse. If camo is necessary – grab the febreeze!
Know your limits
Fragrance and adult beverages have a lot in common. A little of either can make you feel a bit more confident. A lot, and you end up being the person everyone wants to avoid. Personal fragrance needs to be subtle. Especially when many people converge in the same area…too many scents in the same room can be overpowering.
Ironically, perfume is supposed to make you more appealing. If you’re overdoing it so much it is making others ill, causing nausea, or even triggering a migraine – well then it’s failing miserably for its intended purpose.
As a general rule, others should only be able to smell you when they step inside your own personal ‘scent circle’, about arm’s length away. A tip for removing too much perfume from your skin if you do over douse … rubbing alcohol, it works like a charm!