Is it harmful to apply perfume on skin?

Once you get compliments from your favorite perfume, it is difficult to step out without wearing one. Probably your overly careful colleague told you that perfumes were actually harmful for your skin. Does that bother you and make you rethink your decision to wear a perfume?

We can understand.

There are so many rumors surrounding the usage of perfumes and whether or not they’re actually safe for your skin. Sometimes, these myths are so widely spread that it is difficult to understand the reality.

To begin with, perfumes are 100% safe for your skin. Period!

However, there are some mistakes one can do while applying perfume that may potentially damage their skin. There is a right way for doing anything. For perfumes included, there are some to-dos that you must ensure before applying them. These to-dos will help you follow the right way to apply perfume and prevent any potential damage wearing perfume can cause.

  1. Apply on pulse points


A perfume is nothing but a mixture of oils and alcohol. A bottle of perfume contains fragrance oils that are either chemically formulated or naturally sourced. These oils are then diluted with alcohol that is medical grade and certified 100% safe on skin. The actual perfume is found in the oils. The function of alcohol is to preserve these oils and help in projection and sillage.

Inherently, perfumes are made for your skin. They are dermatologically tested and clinically certified well before production. Trust us, no company wants to trap themselves in over-prolonged legal suits. However, one can go wrong when choosing the right area on their skin to apply perfumes. Remember that alcohol can be dangerous if used on sensitive areas of your skin. Also, alcohol evaporates. If you are going to spray perfume in your armpits right after a warm shower, you are not going to leave any room for the alcohol to evaporate. Most likely, you will end up bruising the sensitive skin of your under-arm.

So, should you stop wearing perfume altogether? No! Perfume is meant to be worn on the pulse points on your body. A pulse point is an area on your skin with most/constant blood flow. This means that the area is hotter than other areas on your skin. More heat means more evaporation. This way, the alcohol will evaporate faster and also help project your perfume creating a fragrant bubble of scent around you.

Wrist, both sides of your neck, behind the top of ears, inside the elbows, behind your knees are some of the major pulse points on your body to start with.

  1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!


Alcohol is drying and can cause allergy, rashes or redness. If you have sensitive skin, chances are you will experience these symptoms from the first application of perfume. If you have normal skin, you might take some more time. The obvious solution is moisturizing your skin.

We recommend that you use a non-scented, high-quality moisturizer on your skin, especially where you intend to spray your perfume. Apply moisturizer, wait for a couple minutes and spritz away. In fact, your perfume will blend well with the oils in your moisturizer and last much longer. If you still paranoid about using perfume on your skin, use it on your hair. Not the scalp, hair!

  1. Do not rub


We all have an unconscious habit while applying fragrances. We spray and then rub our wrists together trying to somehow ‘boost’ the effectiveness of the perfume. The friction caused due to rubbing only damages the fragrance molecules and damages the scent profile of your perfume. Most likely, your perfume will fade away even before you know it.

More importantly, rubbing alcohol harshly on your skin can also cause bruising and tenderness. Alcohol is a volatile chemical that will evaporate on its own. Spray your perfume and leave it alone.

  1. Store your perfumes well


You might not have guessed it, but your perfume can actually get bad. The top reason behind perfumes going bad is the way they are stored. Never store your perfumes in hot and humid conditions such as directly in sunlight or on your shower counter. Store them in a cool and dark place.

Spoilt perfume can contain harmful chemicals that can damage your skin. Also, try to finish your bottle within three years from the date of purchase.


Overall, just remember to moisturize your skin and apply perfume on pulse points. Once you do this, there is really not much to worry about. Perfumes are inherently developed to suit the most sensitive of skins. However, if you are allergic to perfumes or some ingredients used in that bottle, read the ingredients carefully and stay away. Do not be paranoid to use perfumes because they are an integral part of your personality.

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