When you are surrounded by an unpleasant smell, all you want to do is get away from it. But what if the offending scent is coming from your own skin? Whether you tried on a stinker at the perfume counter or got spritzed by an over-eager salesperson, here are some handy tips for removing perfume when you need to do it pronto.
- Hit the drugstore for witch hazel or rubbing alcohol (both inexpensive). Wet a cotton ball with either, and use to wipe skin clean.
- Create a paste with equal parts of baking soda and warm water. Rub it into the skin and let sit for up to ten minutes, before rinsing with warm water.
- Whip up a dressing by mixing equal parts white vinegar and olive oil. Wipe onto the affected area of skin and let sit for several minutes. Wash off with water and unscented soap.
- Not that you’d want to waste perfectly good vodka, but in a pinch, you can use soak cotton balls with unflavored vodka, apply to the skin and wipe away.
- If you know you’ll be out trying on perfumes, carry travel wipes, a mini-sized bottle of Purell, or individually wrapped alcohol swabs in your purse. For best effect, apply quickly to any unwanted scent on your skin.