We’ve all done it — we find a new perfume we like with the perfect scent. We’ll be getting ready for work, or school, or a night out, and can’t wait to spritz it on… And boom. Sometimes you just get a little heavy-handed and put WAY too much perfume on. Now, instead of that light enhancing aroma, it smells like you poured the whole bottle over your body. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to take that excess perfume down a notch.

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The simplest solution - This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to dilute your scent back to that perfect amount. Grab your trusty bottle of rubbing alcohol or witch hazel, dip a cotton ball into it, and apply on the affected area. This method saves money too, since the tools cost a few bucks at most.

From the pantry - Just like a lot of other natural beauty routines, you can often find the perfect remedy right in your kitchen cabinet. If you’ve got time on your hands, try making a paste out of equal parts baking soda and warm water. Apply to skin, let sit for a few minutes, then wash away. The baking soda in the paste will suck up some of the scent and give you a clean slate.

On the go - Say you’re not at home when you commit this dreaded offense, so you can’t go grab rubbing alcohol or vinegar from the cabinet. Enter lotion. Dab on some unscented lotion that you probably have in your bag already (the travel size Everyday Lotion from EOS is great on the go). Use a Q-tip to spot apply, and rub it in – the lotion will remove some of the scent.

You could also try these convenient on-the-go T.N. Dickinson Witch Hazel pads, or even and sanitizer like this one from ULTA. They’re both portable and come in handy when you’re out of the house.

On your clothes - Now we know how to remove perfume from skin, but what if it got onto your clothes? First try hanging the clothes for a few hours, preferably outdoors in the sun or in a well-ventilated space. If the smell lingers, throw them in the wash with a cup of white vinegar and a few tablespoons of baking soda. They two ingredients will interact with each other, bubbling up and creating powerhouse suds to wash away the scent. It’s an inexpensive solution to neutralize scents and clean clothes at the same time.

For serious cases - Say you’ve tried all of the above and you STILL can’t get that extra fragrance off you. If your perfume is so strong that you just want to hop in the shower, wash it all away, and start all over, make sure you use the right body wash! Scented soaps might do even more damage, so try this Hamamelis (aka witch hazel) Body Wash from Yves Rocher.

Good luck!

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