Fragrances that give you heartburn


Basenotes Dependent
Jun 19, 2004
After wearing it a few days, I've found that if I wear Montale Fougeres Marines, I get heartburn the day when or after I wear it, mostly in my upper stomach and esophagus. Probably due to the extreme saltiness mixed with dark oakmoss - if MI is a tablespoon of salt, the Montale is the whole salt shaker. Even worse, it was my most expensive blind buy ever (though I did purchase it from Notino, which relieved some of the price pain). So I sent it to the Basenotes sale board.

This is only the second fragrance that I've had an adverse reaction to: the first one was ELdO Rien with coughing.

Any other people have to reach for the Tums or start taking Nexium with a specific fragrance?


Basenotes Institution
Jan 21, 2006
So far, was spared from this reaction in the case of each and every fragrance particularly used and/or tested - but with a perfume experience still very limited, anything might still be possible


Basenotes Dependent
May 2, 2013
The only fragrances that turn my stomach are ones with very strong fresh molecules that smell of detergent and showergels
I have nothing against these fresh smelling aquatics they just make my stomach turn


Basenotes Dependent
Apr 27, 2016
Only once when I applied too much Interlude Man by mistake (6 sprays I think). I got a stomach ache. And a headache.


Basenotes Institution
Feb 20, 2008
When I was a newbie a couple of scents did cause that kind of sensation though I don't remember which ones.

Jack Hunter

Basenotes Institution
Jul 29, 2009
Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux from too much acid been formed from the foods we eat. I'm guessing some smells that don't agree with you could make you feel nauseated and then your stomach overacts realising the acid. I too would sell any fragrance that gave me that reaction too.


Basenotes Dependent
Feb 9, 2012
Hmmm.... As an acid reflux suffer and daily fragrance wearer I have never (thank god) experienced this. Bad enough i can't eat certain foods; to not be able to wear my frags would be like chopping my nose off! Lol

Acid reflux is due to stomach acid rising to the esophagus. Not sure a fragrance would cause that. Unless it is making you mildly nauseated which may cause some fluids to rise thus mimicking reflux.

I highly doubt a fragrance is causing full on reflux tho.
Apr 20, 2006
Yes! In fact, I googled “perfume and heartburn” and ended up here. I’ve never heard of anyone else with this issue. I’m generally intolerant of people who apply fragrance with a heavy hand, as it hurts my nose and gives me a headache, but often I’ll be walking behind someone, smell their heavily-applied fragrance, and react with heartburn as well. Unsure what causes it, but my theory has to do with histamine release (do you also have eczema, allergies, or asthma?) which can occur anywhere, including the GI tract, not just the respiratory system.


New member
Jan 15, 2022
I got here by googling “can fragrances trigger heartburn” because I have experienced this now dozens of times and was wondering if it happens to others. So, yes, I truly believe that certain fragrances can trigger heartburn. Taking a Tum usually helps. Sometimes it’s more severe than others, but man it sucks.


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 21, 2020
This is astounding to me. I have some of the worse reflux disease of anyone I have ever met. I've had surgery once and was recommended for another. I use multiple levels of medications to treat this and have battled this for decades prior to getting into fragrances. I had to get through trials of becoming a frag head with asthma and that ended up working out and fragrance does not tend to exacerbate my asthma or reflux thankfully.
I am finding it curious to know what ingredients and what mechanism in your body triggers that type of reaction? I understand that certain revolting smells can cause the stomach to react by activating the gag reflex. Someone contact Luca Turin for this one.

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