Chlorine and Perfume

January 15, 2013


According to the fragrance blog site Fragrantica, some perfumes smell terrible when applied to skin with lingering chlorine.  This is the same problem we’ve seen before: people swimming in chlorinated pools (“I swim 4 or 5 days a week”) and then noticing that they reek of chlorine (“I can often smell chlorine on my skin”).

When you swim in a chlorinated pool, the surface of your hair and skin becomes chlorinated.  That lingering or “malignant” chlorine stays stuck to you even after showering.

Accordingly, when you apply perfume to your “skin,” you are really applying it to chlorinated skin.

Chlorine is a very reactive molecule.  The chlorine on the surface of your skin will react with the perfume that you apply.  You may notice that the odor of the perfume changes or that the perfume burns a little when you apply it.  This is because you are chlorinating your perfume.  Here's a picture showing the problem:

Fortunately, eliminating chlorine from your hair and skin is extremely simple.  Using a concentrated pH-balanced solution of vitamin C (such as SwimSpray) will eliminate the chlorine on contact.  You will notice immediately that the chlorine smell disappears.  That means that you are no longer covered in chlorine.  

For the perfume users-- dechlorinating your skin prior to applying perfume will solve your problems with the perfume reacting with chlorine.  If you use SwimSpray in the shower before you use your perfume, your problems with chlorinated perfume should go away.

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