Help! Extremely sensitive to perfume. Searching for a very light, clean scent.

(35 Posts)
zzzzzzzzzzzz Tue 26-Jul-16 15:02:42

I have never worn perfume, but have recently had a yearning to have another look for a scent I can bear. Most perfumes make me feel sick or wheezy (I'm a bit asthmatic). I yearn for something very light and clean smelling. Fresh, perhaps even citrussy, but it must be very mild IYSWIM. Does such a scent exist? Thanks flowers

chough Tue 26-Jul-16 15:34:59

Liz Earle Botanical Essences are lovely, and their products are suitable for sensitive skin.
Test them in John Lewis and some branches of Boots ( check stockists on Liz Earle website).

LemonBreeland Tue 26-Jul-16 15:39:36

I find most perfumes make me sneeze or give me a headache. I have a decleor body spray that I sometimes wear as a perfume, and I find it light enough.

elliej83 Tue 26-Jul-16 15:41:04

Some of the Jo Malone are very light clean scents I find x

hollinhurst84 Tue 26-Jul-16 15:45:29

4160 Tuesday's invisible Ben
You can get a 9ml handbag size here
http://www.4160tuesdays.com/4160tuesdaysscentshop/prod_3430128-9ml-Handbag-Size.html

Some of the Clean brand perfumes might work

chough Tue 26-Jul-16 15:52:56

Just thought of another one: 4711, which I bought after reading about it, I think, in the Natural Beauty Bible.
It was only about 5 or 6 pounds in Boots.

zzzzzzzzzzzz Tue 26-Jul-16 15:53:27

Brilliant, thanks. Unfortunately, I also live right out in the sticks, so it's an hour's drive to the nearest Boots or Department store. I am planning on trying to get hold of some samples over the internet, so I can try them in the comfort of my own home. I will go a-searching with your suggestions. Many thanks.

Saltedcaramelbrownie Tue 26-Jul-16 16:20:11

Clarins Eau de Jardins is lovely, citrusy, summery, subtle, my favourite perfume.

hollinhurst84 Tue 26-Jul-16 17:11:18

Oh also
CK one? Or CK one summer
D&G light blue

DelphiniumBlue Tue 26-Jul-16 17:18:30

Ellie's suggestion of Jo Malone is what I was about to say.
I use Peony & Blush Suede, which is light and subtle.

shirkingworking Tue 26-Jul-16 18:28:30

I agree with the Clarins suggestion. Love the red and the blue ones (dynamissante and ressourcante I think...). The jardins one is too flowery/sweet for me but it is v nice!

Indecisivejo Tue 26-Jul-16 18:57:54

Elizabeth Arden green tea definitely!

Indecisivejo Tue 26-Jul-16 18:58:12

It smells nothing like green tea by the way smile

Nyancat Tue 26-Jul-16 19:02:07

I love the caudalie ones. They have some lovely citrussy fresh ones

florascotianew Tue 26-Jul-16 19:47:53

Surely not Clarins Eau Dynamisante? It's instant headache and nausea for me and many others.

florascotianew Tue 26-Jul-16 19:50:58

No prejudice to Eau Dynamisante. I'm sure that many people love it and that there is nothing technically wrong wih it. . But other people have said on Mumsnet that it affects them adversely.

Indecisivejo Tue 26-Jul-16 20:19:32

That Clarins one is awful! Instant nausea and migraine in a bottle! I'm extremely smell sensitive.

Dorisdolalee Tue 26-Jul-16 22:24:53

Sarah jessica Parker 'lovely'
Like freshly washed line dried washing

MountainDweller Tue 26-Jul-16 22:29:26

Hermes un jardin sur le nil. Fresh and green without being overpowering.

Or L'Occitane Verveine.

Cakescakescakes Tue 26-Jul-16 22:54:52

Clarins makes me feel nauseous too! I hate strong fragrances and perfumed products but I do like some of the Jo Malone ones. They are very light and don't last too long but I prefer that as I hate a strong lingering scent. I love the nectarine blossom and honey. Fresh, slightly citrusy and clean.

poppysqueak Tue 26-Jul-16 23:54:15

Try Nenuco cologne from Pure Spain. £6.95 for 600mls. It is very clean, fresh and light, really lovely. It is used in Spain from small children upwards so is very gentle and can be used liberally all over if you wish.
Highly recommended when it is hot.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 27-Jul-16 00:30:24

Philosophy
QVC sell it , the Pure Grace is the 'cleanest' though to me it smelled like fabric conditioner. (Good job we're all different) grin

Aquamarine70 Wed 27-Jul-16 14:14:25

O De Lancome is nice & light & citrusy.

dragonsarebest Wed 27-Jul-16 16:02:47

4711, Acqua di Parma Colonia or Penhaligons Castile.

In a similar vein, I'm looking for something hot-weather friendly, fresh and herbal - possibly a bit minty? Any recommendations?

ellequick Wed 27-Jul-16 16:33:36

Wow I had no idea people were so anti Eau Dynamisante- I absolutely adore it and it sprang to my mind when I read "light, clean scent" with a citrus edge too.

Just shows to show how subjective our perfumes tastes are!

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