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Perhaps the following scenario is familiar to you: You smell a certain fragrance on one of your friends or colleagues. However, upon applying said fragrance to your own skin, you are disappointed to find its scent is suddenly not so fabulous.
Although the concept of a fragrance smelling different on the skin of two different people may seem bizarre to some, it is actually something well known in the perfume industry.
First, the word “perfume” is most commonly used to describe fragrances for the skin; however, it can also refer to other fragrant substances. Eating herbs and spices affects your natural odor, which in turn influences any additional scents you apply to your body. Also, people’s hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lives. This also affects that individual’s natural odor and thus their perfume’s odor. Lastly, some people have a neutral skin type, meaning their skin is neither very oily nor very dry. For such people, the scent of an applied perfume may seem largely unchanged. Naturally, this alters a perfume’s aroma.
首先，perfume 一詞最常用來描述用於皮膚的香水；然而，它也可以指其他芳香物質。香草植物和香料就是很棒的例子，它們可以被視為「可食用的 perfume」。吃香草植物和香料會影響人體的自然氣味，進而影響你另外塗抹於身體的任何香水。而且，人的荷爾蒙水平在其一生中都會波動。一個例子是雌激素；當一個人的雌激素處於低水平時，他們往往比較會流汗。這也會影響這個人的自然氣味，因而影響其塗抹在身上的香水氣味。最後，有些人是中性肌膚的類型，意味著他們的皮膚既不會非常油膩也不會非常乾燥。對於這樣的人來說，也許塗抹的香水氣味似乎不會有很大程度的變化。相比之下，非常油膩或非常乾燥的皮膚會加重或掩蓋掉香水中的某些成分。當然，這會改變香水的香味。
In summary, do not be surprised the next time a perfume’s scent changes when you wear it. Make sure to always try a perfume on your skin before purchasing it to learn how its scent will react to you.
(A) A great example is herbs and spices, which can be considered “edible perfumes.”
(B) The industry is developing scents that react to a person’s mood to address the problem.
(C) One example is estrogen; when an individual’s estrogen level is low, they tend to sweat more.
(D) By contrast, very oily or very dry skin can accentuate or mask certain ingredients in perfumes.
(E) As detailed below, there are multiple reasons why perfumes take on different scents when used by different people.
(F) The smell is wondrous to you, and you ask your friend or colleague what brand they are wearing so you may purchase it later.