It’s hard out here for a perfumista! Perfume etiquette issues abound, from workplace perfume bans to the complexities of perfume swapping. That’s why I’ve started Ask Ari, the first perfume advice column! (As far as we know!)
Dear Ask Ari,
I hate my best friend’s perfume. I can’t stand being in the same room as her when she wears it- and she always wears it! How can I make her give it up?
I feel your pain, my dear Anonymous. My own little brother wears literally four layers of Axe (body wash, body lotion, deodorant, hair gel). I handle it by hiding his Axe bottles and loudly wailing that he has brought shame upon this perfume blog. Ask Ari does not recommend this terribly mature approach.
I also do not recommend telling your friend about your issues with her perfume. Because perfume is so personal, she may interpret your complaints about her perfume as a snide comment on her personal tastes. There’s a kinder, gentler way to separate your friend from her hateful perfume! The next time you’re hanging out, bring at least five samples of perfumes that you enjoy (or at least tolerate). Plunk them down in front of your friend and declare, “I just got all of these great samples! Will you help me try them?” Take note of which of the samples she likes best, and promptly buy her a bottle/rollerball. To really hammer it home, tell her: “This perfume is so amazing on you! I better smell it every time I see you!”
Now you look like the world’s most thoughtful friend, and you never have to smell the perfume in question again! That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.
How would you handle the situation? Do you have any perfume etiquette questions that you’d like to see Ask Ari address? Please share in the comments!