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    Default Does perfume really stain your skin in summer?

    I have often been told not to wear perfume in summer when the sun is shining because perfume+sun=stains on your skin. Does anyone have any experience with this or know if it is really true? I don't want to go through summer wearing perfume only on my hair, since it's chemistry with the skin is such an integral part of the experience.

    If it is true, is it true only for certian ingredients? I remember that SUN by Jil Sander was originally marketed as a perfume you could wear to the beach because it doesn't stain your skin, but I don't remember why that is the case.

    Do you guys spray fragrance on your skin when you know you will be out in the sun?

    Any insight would be helpful!

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    Default Re: Does perfume really stain your skin in summer?

    I always wear fragrance and haven't been stained yet...

    The major problem used to be the citruses, like bergamot, which is very commonly used in fragrances. The citruses used nowadays shouldn't stain though, since the photoreactive component(s) are removed during manufacturing.

    I wouldn't hesitate to step out into the sun wearing today's Shalimar, but I'd be cautious doing the same with vintage Shalimar.
    Last edited by tott; 10th July 2010 at 11:41 AM.

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    Default Re: Does perfume really stain your skin in summer?

    Thanks for your answer!

    I LOVE citruses, but I guess if the modern ones aren't a problem I'll spray away! :-)

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    Default Re: Does perfume really stain your skin in summer?

    You're welcome, spray away!

    As an aside, lighter citruses (like a classic edc) dissipate so quickly that I'm not sure if they ever were a real problem...?

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    Default Re: Does perfume really stain your skin in summer?

    I agree with tott. I've never had a problem with this.

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