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Help: I Can Taste Perfume in My Mouth!

If you're experiencing a taste in your mouth that seems like it may be perfume, it's understandable to feel a bit worried. First and foremost, it's important to remain calm and take a breath. The alcohol content in perfumes, while present, is usually much lower than in alcoholic beverages.

Step 1: Assess the Situation

Did you recently spray perfume or handle fragranced products? Sometimes, the mist from spray bottles can accidentally enter the mouth, or residue on your hands can transfer to food or directly into your mouth if you eat with your hands. 

Step 2: Rinse Your Mouth

If you suspect that a small amount of perfume has entered your mouth, a good first step is to thoroughly rinse with water. Swish plain water around your mouth and spit it out several times. This can help to dilute and remove any residual taste of perfume.

Bonus tip: Avoid using mouthwash immediately. While it might seem like a good idea to freshen up, some mouthwashes contain alcohol, which can worsen the burning sensation if the perfume contains alcohol as well.

Step 3: Drink Water/Fluids

Drinking water not only helps to clear your mouth but also ensures that if a tiny amount has been swallowed, it's further diluted in your stomach. It's generally safe if it’s a very small amount and accidental. Juice or even clear broth will also help flush out your system and keep you hydrated.

Step 4: Freshen Up

Eating something with a strong, pleasant flavor, like citrus fruits or mint, can help override the unpleasant taste. Additionally, brushing your teeth and tongue can help to remove any lingering sensation.

Step 5: Watch for Symptoms

If you've only tasted perfume but are not experiencing any discomfort, you're likely in the clear. However, if you start to feel unwell or show symptoms such as nausea, coughing, dizziness, or an upset stomach, it's important to pay attention to your body's signals.

Step 6: Get Medical Advice

If you've ingested more than a little amount or if you're feeling ill, don't hesitate to seek medical advice. Call your local poison control center or your healthcare provider, and they can give you specific guidance based on the amount and type of perfume ingested.

Step 7: Avoid Future Incidents

To prevent future occurrences, try to spray perfumes away from your face and food, and wash your hands after applying them if you plan to eat or drink immediately afterward.


Remember, the human body is resilient, and small mistakes like this are typically not cause for alarm. The taste sensation is often more alarming than the actual risk, especially with incidental, minimal contact. If you ever feel unsure, seeking medical advice can give you the peace of mind you deserve. Your health is paramount, and there are always professionals ready to assist you.

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