Question: I don’t like perfume; what are some good alternatives?
Answer: Everyone loves to smell good, but not everyone loves to wear perfume. There are a lot of reasons why people choose to lay off of the strong scents. Some are allergic to certain fragrances or get headaches from strong smells, while others simply find bold odors overpowering. Besides, big name perfume brands can cost a pretty penny. Whatever your reason is for not including perfume in your beauty regime, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of alternatives available that will leave you smelling just as lovely.
Essential oils are a great, natural option because they’re free of the toxins and chemicals found in most perfumes. Jasmine, patchouli, lavender, vanilla—there are a number of aromas to choose from. Dab on a tiny amount on your pulse points or where you would normally spray on fragrance for a pure scent that will linger all day. Plus, you can mix and match your favorites for a blend that’s uniquely you.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to scented lotions. You can find all sorts of lotions, creams, and body butters that smell just like your favorite perfume. Layer some on after the shower and you’ll smell sweet the whole day. Victoria’s Secret is a powerhouse for lovely-smelling beauty products and will make it hard for you to choose just one. In case you need a boost, buy a matching hand cream so you can reapply your most loved scent. The bonus? You’ll have soft, supple, and moisturized skin!
Prefer body oils to lotions? Well, you’re in luck because some of these multipurpose oils smell divine. You’ll have to experiment with different brands, as each one has their own distinct profile. However, all body oils are luxurious in feel and lighter, more organic in scent. Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse, one of the most popular dry oils on the market, was even made into a perfume because users just couldn’t get enough of the intoxicating smell. Apply to your body, face, or hair.
Hair perfume is totally on trend at the moment. Created specifically to coat your locks, these stunning scents are just as complex as your favorite fine fragrances. Try the Chanel No. 5 Limited Edition Hair Mist for a new way to wear the cult classic — or Balmain Silk Perfume, which is mixed with argan oil for smooth strands.
For a very understated alternative to perfume, switch your unscented deodorant for one that smells delicious. Whether you prefer floral notes or hints of musk, apply an aromatic deodorant in the morning for a delicate scent that intensifies as your body temperature rises.
Experiment with these perfume alternatives to customize your signature scent!