Perfume can be described as a sophisticated touch that helps individuals exude confidence and take on the world. Unfortunately, for those with skin sensitivity and allergies, they picture discomfort and irritated skin when perfume comes into the equation. 

With the delicate relationship between skin health and perfume, it is a must to understand the causes, management, and perfume substitutes for those with heightened sensitivity. 

Fragrance sensitivity occurs when your body is irritated by ingredients in natural or synthetic scents. Our skin is a sensitive gal and its protective barrier can be compromised by as these fragrance molecules are able to penetrate the skin and interact with immune cells, causing allergic responses.

Now, let's talk about the big guns - allergic responses. They can range from mild to severe symptoms such as redness, swelling or even eczema flare-ups. Although fragrance allergy can occur for anyone, it is more likely to develop for individuals with a history of allergic reactions or skin conditions. Question is, how do you navigate your way around it and still smell fabulous? 

Always patch test before purchasing any perfume! Applying a small amount of the perfume on a specific area of skin and monitoring for reactions over a couple of days in different environments to help identify potential triggers. 

If you are aware of your sensitive skin, opt for those labeled as "hypoallergenic," or look through the ingredient list as a safety check! Alternatively, scenting your clothing rather than spraying it directly onto your skin is also an effective option to minimise the chances of any allergic reactions.

After all, fragrances are personal, you can choose whichever your heart desires but it's always good to be safe than sorry! With careful implementation of the above steps, you can smell absolutely divine without compromising your skin health.