I have a problem with perfumes. When I'm close to someone who's drenched in scent I get a headache and feel wheezy. It even bothers me when the scent is on my own body; consequently, I don't wear fragrances. However, today I used the "cook's perfume" when I wore vanilla extract.
I love the taste and scent of vanilla, and usually add a dash in sweet dishes, even when the recipe doesn't specifically call for it. As I was cooking today, I wondered what would happen if I used the extract as a fragrance.
According to the label, my pure vanilla extract contained water, alcohol, and vanilla bean extract. I took the cap off the bottle and dabbed a bit of it behind my ears and on my wrists. At first there was no noticeable scent, but when I used a second dab, it smelled wonderful! A couple of times during the day I thought I smelled something baking, then I realized IT WAS ME!