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Friday, October 24, 2014

Stretching my perfume

Have you ever had a bottle of perfume that you liked, but came off way too strong when applied?

I have this lovely tiny bottle of perfume (real perfume, oil-based stuff) that friends gave to me for my birthday.

I do like this perfume, but the fragrance is a bit heavy. Well, I came up with a solution that works for me, and allows me to still wear this perfume, without asphyxiating an elevator full of people. In fact, I have this theory on how much perfume one should wear. If you can smell it a foot away from me, then I have too much on. Only someone whose nose is pressed against my neck should be able to smell it.

My solution -- I put 1 drop of perfume into a small glass dish, then added about 1/4 teaspoon of vegetable oil (yep, ordinary vegetable oil). I stir this up with a toothpick. I apply 1 dab, and that's it. I'm putting on a fraction of the perfume that I would have used, had I just used the cap as an applicator. The fragrance wanes after about 6 hours, so I can add another dab then, if I want.

This seems to be working really well for me. A small dish of my oil and perfume mix lasts for about a week. At this rate, my tiny bottle of perfume will still be in use for the next few years.


  1. Thank you for only using a bit of perfume. I like the idea that only someone who is very close to you can smell it. I know more than one person who is allergic to perfumes. I just get a scratchy throat. However, I think we could all do well around you and appreciate your delicate smell.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      I can appreciate yours and others' reactions to perfumes. I actually get a headache if my own perfume is too strong on myself. So, I just don't think the whole room should have to smell my perfume. Really, you would have to be standing **uncomfortably** close to me to smell it, and that's the way I think perfume should be used. Remember the 80s, when hair was big, but perfume smell was bigger? I lived in a headache for that whole decade!


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