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How to Apply Perfume Correctly

Yes, There's a Right (and Wrong) Way to Apply Perfume

Fragrance is highly personal, and generally, as long as it smells good to you, there's no real "right" or "wrong." However, if you want to get the full experience of your favorite perfume and have it wear as beautifully as possible, then there actually is an optimal way to put it on. To find out how, see our tips below.

1. First off, don't put perfume on over any kind of scented lotion or oil. Perfume chemicals interact in all sorts of crazy ways, so something that smells great on your bare skin could be downright noisome paired with the wrong moisturizer.

2. Another thing many people don't realize is that rubbing your wrists together, which causes friction, can cause uneven development over the course of a day, poor wear, and the wrong proportions of different notes. Instead, spray or dab wrists separately, or touch them together gently.

3. And finally, don't use more than a single spritz if you're wearing eau de parfum that's in an atomizer. Body mists and eau de toilettes are more dilute and therefore better for all-over spritzing, but your typical perfume is designed to be used sparingly.

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nikkisoda nikkisoda 4 years
I wish more people followed rule number 3....
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
Thanks for the heads-up on our oversight. The article has been updated — no more "crushed" molecules!
ngpeng ngpeng 5 years
well done.
ngpeng ngpeng 5 years
well done.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 5 years
Allure said for years and years that rubbing wrists together would crush molecules, but someone wrote in (a Scientist) and said it was too difficult to do that. I think the perfume friction just 'burns' off the perfume more quickly, and the scent of the top layer of dead skin/skin oils mixing with that can smell odd. I found this online. "Molecules are extremely, mind-bendingly, tiny. So crushing molecules is not at all like crushing a grape. They’re simply too small for your wrists to obliterate. And if you could crush molecules, you’ll be a few years ahead of current scientific research."
Marian55 Marian55 5 years
May I ask where you obtained the information about "crushed molecules" ?
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