Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rubbing Wrists Together Does NOT Change Perfume Scent

How many times have we been told NOT to rub our wrists together after applying perfume because doing so will break the molecules of the perfume and destroy the scent?!?

Allure's beauty editor, Linda Wells, finally lays this myth to rest in the new book, ALLURE: Confessions of a Beauty Editor.

She writes, "Finally an astute reader with a doctorate in chemistry wrote in and pointed out that if it were that easy to crush single molecules, her job would be a lot easier. Good point, Maggie Topp from the Netherlands. From now on, we'll rub to our heart's content."

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Anonymous said...

Come on. Rubbing your wrist together could break molecules? Does that mean I can split the atom using a butter knife?

christine said...

Perhaps if you have a steady hand and very good aim! LOL!

katiedid said...

I think the folks who advise against it are somewhat correct, but not when they present it like that. Heh. The fricative heat from rubbing can cause the more volatile molecules, meaning the top notes, to evaporate more quickly than desired. So in that respect, it sort of changes the scent, but only insofar as the way the development of the composition of notes unfolds, not the actual perfume. But yeah, the idea that it crushes all those little molecules is kind of silly.

christine said...

Katiedid, you make a good point about the volatile molecules evaporating more quickly.

I wonder what it is that makes us instinctively want to rub our wrists together after applying perfume?!?