My husband loves perfumes, and has given me a few over the years, but they sit in my bathroom cabinet collecting dust, along with several underarm deodorants of various scents that I’ve rejected.
I have just never found the scent of perfumes appealing. In fact, when I put them on I feel like I’m breathing horrible fumes. Sometimes they even make me cough. Very foul smelling fumes. It doesn’t matter how expensive the perfume is, or even if I like the smell from the bottle, once I put it on my body some kind of chemical reaction seems to occur. Actually, I’m not quite sure if that is the case, but that is my guess. Other people, however, have vastly different experiences. I’m not sure why.
I remember a long while ago I used to buy unscented underarm deodorant. It worked well and I felt fresh and sweat free, but nowadays the unscented variety seems to be absent from the grocery store shelves. It’s all “Spring fresh”, “Cool cucumber”, “Lavender” or similar. There are even some called clinical strength, that also smell unbearably toxic to me. I obviously must wear underarm deodorant, so I pick the lesser of the evils. I use it sparingly. If I use too much, even that scent bothers me. I wonder sometimes if it is just me being bothered by it, or if others smell what I smell.
My skin is also rather sensitive. I tend to use mild soaps. Their scents are also mild and fresh smelling to me, and they don’t bother my skin. When I moisturize, shampoo, condition and style my hair, I also use the mildest smelling or fragrance free or other dermatologist recommended products.
I don’t seem to have quite as much of an issue with the fragrances in clothes detergents or clothes softeners, unless they are highly perfumed. Honestly, I prefer hanging my clothes out on a clothes line outside (the best scent in my opinion), but I’m not permitted by my homeowner’s association.
We each have our own natural scent and these scents can vary at certain times. For example, according to an article by DNES it can vary when women are ovulating. During this period, men’s testosterone levels rise, increasing their sexual interest. In other words, a woman’s natural scent can be the most appealing. Other factors that affect a person’s natural scent could be lifestyle choices, genetic makeup, and diet. Masking those scents with perfumes, or otherwise, is everyone’s choice. I happen to have a strong preference for the natural scent of the animal I am.