Perfume Friday night
2 June, 2005
Is perfume a chatzitza? Can a woman put on perfume erev Shabbat when she will be going to the Mikvah Friday night?
Perfume is not considered a chatzitzah, since women desire for it to be there. In addition, perfumes are generally alcohol-based and evaporate, so they do not present a substantial barrier. Thus a woman may apply perfume before Shabbat even when going to the mikveh that night.
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