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    Default Humidity and fragrances

    Why does hot and specifically, humid weather, make it more difficult to smell our fragrances?

    Is it because the scent is actually unaffected on our skin, but the WAY IT PROJECTS in humid air is different when the air is humid? Thus by the time it hits our nose, its 'changed' a little?

    Or is it that humidity CHANGES the scent on your skin when you apply it in humid temperatures - and the projection of the scent is the same, its just projecting a 'changed' scent?

    Or perhaps a little of both?

    Or something else entirely?

    Inquiring minds (who are tired of friggin-ninety-nine-percent-humidity-when-is-it-going-to-cool-down-a-little-so-I-can-enjoy-my-new-fragrances) want to know

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    Sweating cools your body from the evaopration of moisture on the surface of the skin. When the air is humid, sweat cannot evaporate from your skin as efficiently as it does in lower humidity because the air has no more room for additional moisture. Hot and humid conditions creat a vicous cycle in which the body is has extreme difficulty cooling. The hotter it gets the more you sweat, but the water cannot evaporate from your skin so you sweat more and more. This might explian longevity issues.

    Bacteria on the skin interacting with the glandular secretions in sweat might explain the change you notice in the way a fragrance smells.
    Last edited by Sloan; 11th August 2007 at 01:49 AM.

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    Default Re: Humidity and fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by sloan_8013 View Post
    Sweating cools your body from the evaopration of moisture on the surface of the skin. When the air is humid, sweat cannot evaporate from your skin as efficiently as it does in lower humidity because the air has no more room for additional moisture. Hot and humid conditions creat a vicous cycle in which the body is has extreme difficulty cooling. The hotter it gets the more you sweat, but the water cannot evaporate from your skin so you sweat more and more. This might explian longevity issues.

    Bacteria on the skin interacting with the glandular secretions in sweat might explain the change you notice in the way a fragrance smells.
    oooo nice bio/meteorology lesson there

    thanks
    im glad im in southern california fragrance-wise
    wishlist:
    Chanel - Cuire de Ruissie and Eau de Cologne
    Penhaligons - Quercus, Castille, and Raquets
    Dior -Eau Noire, Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense, and Dior Sweet Sun
    Frédéric Malle - Angelique sous la pluie and Eau d'Hiver
    L'Artisan - l'eau de l'artisan and bois farine
    Hermès - Elixir des Merveilles, Jardin sur Nil, and Hermessence Confret.


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