Most people understand that applying perfume before going out is a must, but do you know the correct way to apply your favorite scent so it lasts throughout the day? Here are a few tips on how to achieve lasting scent coverage with every application of your perfume or fragrance.
First and foremost, fragrance should always be applied on warm skin post-shower when pores are open. Also, perfumes work best when applied directly onto pulse points like wrists, neck and elbows.
1. Focus on Your Pulse Points
Movie and show audiences are familiar with seeing glamorous ladies spray perfume into a cloud and gracefully dance through it before leaving her home or workplace. Though this might look glamorous, spraying directly onto skin (ideally pulse points) will ensure maximum impactful fragrance coverage and longevity.
Pulse points are any areas on your body where veins are close to the surface of your skin, making these warmest spots on your body ideal places for applying perfume and spreading its scent more evenly throughout. Common pulse points include wrists, neck and jawline areas - but you could also try temples, elbow interiors, behind ears or the backs of knees as alternative points.
Your heartbeat exerts pressure on your arteries, which causes them to move closer to the surface of your skin and absorb any perfume oils applied therein. At this point, the oils from perfume can then be released into the atmosphere around you; hence why applying perfume on wrists, neck and heart are great places for an all-day lasting scent experience; temples and back of knees also make great options.
Moisturize before applying perfume. Spraying perfume directly on dry skin may make the scent dissipate faster and may not leave as strong an impression over time, reducing its potency or duration. To keep skin hydrated use a moisturizer or body oil that has the same fragrance as your fragrance to hydrate it and ensure maximum performance from its scent.
If you prefer unscented body lotion, try layering up with it instead of spraying perfume directly onto dry skin. While this might not work as effectively, it will still provide more benefits than spraying directly onto it.
2. Don’t Overspray
Spraying too much perfume is easy. A few extra spritzes could easily make an already overwhelming presence even less appealing to others, which could reduce chances of connection.
Avoid overdoing it when applying fragrances - always apply sparingly! Each perfume comes with its own concentration percentage which allows you to determine how much to apply; higher concentration means stronger scent. Eau de Parfum and Eau De Toilette products tend to be heavier while lighter fragrances such as Eau De Colognes offer greater flexibility.
Concentration can also have an effect on how long a fragrance lasts, with skin-applied fragrance being an excellent way to extend its shelf life and blend in over time with natural body oils on your body and form part of its makeup. Unfortunately, however, clothes or scarves don't allow this same combination to take place so quickly fade as soon as they come into contact with fabric surfaces and will quickly lose fragrance over time.
One common misstep when applying perfume is spraying it too close to your body, which can leave behind drops that linger too long and possibly leave behind wet residue on clothing. To prevent this from happening, hold the bottle about 6-8 inches from yourself when spraying to avoid leaving this undesirable wet residue behind.
if you're uncertain whether you have oversprayed, try dabbing some perfume onto a cotton ball and see if its fragrance lingers there; if this occurs, overspraying has definitely occurred and to remedy this simply add some rubbing alcohol or non-scented lotion/wipes to mitigate its strength - both solutions should work just as effectively!
Correctly using perfume is an invaluable way to add style and charm while engaging with others. By following these easy tips, you can ensure your perfume remains at its peak performance. Looking for new scents to add to your collection? Take a look at our wide range of women's and men's fragrances today.
3. Pick a Few Places to Spritz
Perfume may seem like a straightforward beauty step - all it takes to smell great all day is one quick spritz here and there - but applying perfume correctly requires much more consideration than meets the eye. Proper application techniques ensure an all-over fragrance experience and long-lasting scent!
Apply perfume on the pulse points of your skin - areas which naturally vibrate throughout the day such as wrists, neck, chest, elbows and behind knees - as these areas will release and diffuse it differently depending on body temperature, allowing the scent to move with your natural rhythms. This could include wrists, neck, chest chest, elbows or behind knees.
Be careful to avoid rubbing perfume into these areas, as doing so disrupts molecules and may cause your scent to dissipate faster than normal. Instead, dab the perfume on these spots instead of spraying directly on them; don't forget the backs of your ears too - this location close to your nose helps ensure an everlasting fragrance!
Another effective place to use perfume is on your hair. The alcohol contained within perfume will help seal in its scent into your locks for all day-long beauty! Just be careful with using too much perfume on your locks as too much fragrance will quickly overwhelm it!
Finally, the belly button is an excellent spot for applying perfume because its warmth acts like an intimate chamber for its scent to expand and deepen over time. Warmth also amplifies fragrances such as musky amber blends. If you're concerned about overpowering your scent when applying here after taking a shower to ensure clean and moist skin is applied before applying fragrance - then leave to settle and dry before leaving home or work.
4. Walk Into Your Fragrance
We have all seen it on movies or shows: an attractive woman sprays her perfume in a cloud before elegantly dancing through it before heading out the door. While this looks lovely, doing this actually breaks down perfume molecules faster than expected and causes its fragrance to dissipate faster than intended. Instead, gently tap wrists together or apply moisturizing body oil first - oilier skin tends to retain fragrance better and won't allow as fast dissipation of scent!
Avoid areas with broken or sensitive skin (like elbow creases, behind your knees, and your belly button ). Wearing perfume here could cause irritation; therefore focus on wearing it on neck, chest, arms, behind ears, ankles to ensure you smell great from head-to-toe!
To prolong the scent's stay on clothes, it may be beneficial to spray some fragrance over them as well. Just be careful with any fabric that stain easily (such as silk). Fragrance interacts differently with fabrics than it would with skin; you might notice lighter or different aromas from what was expected when applied directly on them.
Keep a dab of perfume at the roots of your hair for a subtle scent as you walk down the street! Just a few spritzes will provide a light scent as you move.
Now that you understand how to apply perfume correctly, it's time to find your signature scent! Don't be intimidated by trying different notes until you find one that resonates perfectly with you; be generous when spraying, as a little goes a long way! Be sure to test any fragrance against your skin first to determine whether or not it may irritate or clash with any existing scents you already wear and most importantly be yourself and have fun experimenting!