Readers Ask: Dear Lucky About Mixing Deodorant and Perfume

Q: I always put on scented deodorant and perfume. I have never tried to match their scents and have no idea if they clash. I mean, I can't smell me! Is there a deodorant that doesn't fight the smell of my perfume?

Illustration by Lauren Friedman

Acqua di Parma Colonia Deodorant Stick, $34, neimanmarcus.com

A: I have yet to meet a man who rejected a woman, an employer who rejected an applicant, even a friend who said something to another friend because "her scents clashed." It's just not a problem. If you don't like the scent of your deodorant, you've got some research to do—there is everything from Secret Clinical Strength to Fresh Sugar to freakin' Acqua di Parma deodorant in our world, so your odyssey may be a lengthy one, but I guarantee you'll find one you like. Perfume is significantly stronger than deodorant, scent-wise, but if it really keeps you up at night, Dove Sensitive Skin Invisible Solid is both scentless and effective.

 

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