Wearing perfume is already revealing a little of yourself to others. To avoid making mistakes and show your true self, choosing a perfume is the first step on your olfactory journey. But it is not the only one! In order to wear perfume properly, you need to know where to spray the perfume. It is a skill that requires practice to properly apply perfume.
How many times have you applied a perfume and felt that shortly afterwards the smell had already dissipated? Keeping it on for more than an hour can seem almost impossible for some, who then blame the quality of the product. Finding the right fragrance is a big job, but the right application can make the difference in how long the fragrance lasts.
If not done correctly, it can result in either an over-application or a scent which fades very quickly. Here are a few tips on how to perfume correctly.
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Don’t rub – just spray
When we put on perfume, we often tend to rub it on our wrists and neck. And this is definitely a bad habit. Why? It heats up the skin and changes the smell of the perfume. The top and middle notes are most affected by this action. What this mean is, the notes that made your heart sing will not translate to your skin. You can preserve the fragrance’s integrity and make it last longer, just spray your favourite perfume on your neck, wrists, hair and chest. And there you go, ready to rock!
Perfume on pulse points
Putting on perfume may seem very simple. Yes, but only if you know a few tricks to find the right balance between a perfume that is too heady and one that is too discreet.
Perfume should be applied to the pulse points, where the body gives off the most heat. The pulse points are the areas on the body where blood vessels are the closest to the skin. These points emit heat which can allow fragrance to diffuse from your skin into the atmosphere. The best spots are on the inside of the wrists and behind the ears. While the benefits of using pulse points are well-known, perfume can be applied to almost any part of the body (except sensitive private parts).
Perfume stays on the skin better than on fabrics, so don’t just spray it on your clothes. Finally, don’t put perfume on places where you sweat a lot: in most cases, perfume and sweat don’t mix.
Store your perfume in a safe place
This means: don’t keep it in your bathroom if you often take hot and long showers. Humidity and high temperatures can change the smell of your perfume and make it age faster. Also don’t leave your bottle in a place with too much light, it’s also bad for it. So don’t leave it in the sun and keep it in a dry and cool room.
Apply after taking shower
Moisture from the skin, for example, can contribute in maintaining the quality of the perfume and allowing it to have a longer durability. Therefore, applying perfume right after your shower to help it set. The more moisturised your skin is, the more likely the fragrance will settle and last long. The fragrance also sets better on oil skin, so applying fragrance free moisturiser can be an effective way to keep the perfume last longer.
Tip: When it’s super hot, don’t spray perfume on your skin, spray it on your hair and clothes (not synthetic). Why should you do this? Simply because sweat tends to change the smell of a perfume!
Perfume on hair
A great way to leave a subtle scent on your hair is to mist it with fragrance as you go about your day. You will be rewarded with a deeper scent if you are willing to go the extra mile. You should only apply perfume to freshly washed hair. Otherwise, the natural oils and any lingering hair products will cause the scent to change. Use perfume sparingly, and only apply it from a distance. One or two sprays is sufficient.
Putting perfume on your clothes
Your skin should be always be the first choice. But for some reasons, if you choose to spray on your clothes you need to follow certain rules. This is to avoid wasting your fragrance by spraying it on just any fabric.
Not all fabrics transmit aromatic notes in the same way. Synthetic fabrics, for example, do not conduct scents well. It is better to spray your perfume on fabrics made of natural fibres. Do not perfume light-colored clothes, otherwise you risk stains.
Silk, wool, velvet, cotton, cashmere will enhance your scent more than polyamide or viscose. However, be careful not to stain your belongings by spraying too intensively. Silk, for example, does not tolerate perfume very well. Lastly, do not perfume jewelry or furs, as perfume could damage them.