Have you ever experienced a negative reaction or maybe even a headache after a while smelling different perfumes at a beauty store? You are not alone, and we have some answers for those who wonder why perfume can have negative effects on some people. It possibly happens as a result to these:

1. Allergies

As many allergies are triggered by nasal irritation it makes sense that a perfume fragrance could cause a reaction. Symptoms can range from classic “allergic” reactions, such as sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes; to headaches, inability to concentrate, and dizziness; to respiratory issues, such as breathing difficulties and wheezing; to skin reactions, such as itching, hives, and other rashes.

2. Sensory overload

Ever heard of overstimulation? Yup, this can be the cause of headaches or other symptoms. If you find yourself feeling a little lightheaded from sniffing too many perfumes, get some fresh air or head over to a less overwhelming place. The symptoms of overstimulation are simply a normal reaction to your body trying to regulate its senses.

3. Aroma that triggers an unpleasant memory

It comes down to the fact that our sense of smell is connected to the memory area of our brain. You can get a headache if a fragrance reminds you of a situation you didn’t enjoy, so it’s going to be about the notes, not the materials. This reaction is simply a fight or flight kind of response, where the negative feeling makes the body jump into protection mode.