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How To: The Proper Way to Apply Perfume

I have a pretty sensitive nose, so I tend to err on the side of caution when applying perfume. I'm a two-spritz kind of gal. The first spray goes on the inside of my wrist, then I tap my other wrist against it to distribute the scent. The second spritz goes toward my chest, about six inches away from my skin.

Does this routine sound familiar? If so, we are both really limiting the potential of our prized perfumes. For a detailed look about the correct way to apply fragrance,

  • Begin by spraying (or dabbing) some of your favorite scent on your wrists. However, do not rub your wrists together, as it interferes with the way the fragrance is intended to evolve. Just spritz and let it settle.
  • Next, apply a tiny bit to other pulse points: at base of your throat, behind your ear lobes, at the bend in your elbows, between the breasts, along your collarbones, and right behind your knees if you are wearing a dress or a skirt.
  • Unless your hair is perfectly clean, do not apply the scent to your hair or spray perfume on your brush. The oils in hair can break down and change the scent of your fragrance.
  • Did you know that perfumes can have significant reactions to the hormones in your body? It's true, so don't expect your favorite fragrance to have the same effect when you are stressed, menstruating, or pregnant.

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flutterby-moon flutterby-moon 8 years
Excellent tips, i will try this next time i go out.
Rowanvamp0 Rowanvamp0 9 years
I never knew that the hormone thing can change you fav scent thanks for informing me in becoming the beauty diva within
almostloli almostloli 9 years
i just knew! :D *favorites this article*
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Wow just like what I do!! Though I didn't know about the pulse points tip. Thanks Bella!
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
It is weird how hormones affect a scent. I know sometimes my perfume smells horrible on me.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
What? Where's the second half of my post? i just said I totally agreed with the pregnant-scent change thing! LOL
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Did you know that perfumes can have significant reactions to the hormones in your body? It's true, so don't expect your favorite fragrance to have the same effect when you are stressed, menstruating, or pregnant <---this is SOOOO true! I'm learning that right now...all my fave fragrances smell different on me...yet another great side affect of being pregnant LOL!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
I spray some on my wrist and pat my other wrist on it only once (it's a number thing) and then take my wrists and go along the sides of my neck (just behind my ears and down to my collar bone) and if I'm wearing shorts or capri's then I may do one more spray to the back of my knees with just one spray.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I spray on my hair - does anyone else do that?
menthadict menthadict 10 years
Putting it behind my ears gives me such a tingly feeling =) my perfume lasts a LOT longer
kerneschick2005 kerneschick2005 10 years
oooh soooo good to know!
tinywhale tinywhale 10 years
What do you do in summer? I have heard that the areas where you put your perfume on should be covered from the sun (or it can lead to discolorations of your skin). So especially the throat and collarbones area would not be an option I believe. I usually do the full routine and when there is too much sun (which is mostly the case in Athens) I skip the throat area. But I love smelling great and never leave the house without perfume!
mararama mararama 10 years
I've learnt 2 things @ wearing fragrance that I haven't seen posted so far. 1. If you have a matching lotion and want to layer, spritz your perfume first, then appply your lotion. It helps keep the scent more subtle, as your perfume reacts to your skin on contact, and not the lotion. 2. Don't apply the perfume directly to your clothing, as it may permanently stain your sexy top wit "spritz" marks. I learnt that one the hard way. Hope this helps
littlemissvixen littlemissvixen 10 years
I didn't know about the rubbing, but other than that I apply it correctly! Thanks bella for this info.
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 10 years
interesting about the hormones, that's why i have more than one scent since there are days when i certain scents smell horrible on me.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 10 years
I usually just spray it on my chest.
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 10 years
I also do it that way... Sometimes I use a mist for my hair aswell.
b-UNIQUE b-UNIQUE 10 years
wow! i always herd that you hafta rub your wrists togethr! but i do spray it on my neck and sometimes my hair. i also spray it on my shirt b4 i put it on.:) i like to smell nice:) but thats just me...
GIOVS GIOVS 10 years
thanks for the tip Bella!
Passion4Fashion Passion4Fashion 10 years
what about a strong scent? i sometimes wear theirry mugler's angel, and i find the scent too strong to spray directly on...
menthadict menthadict 10 years
wow, i just tried it and it feels so different than how i usuallly go
audreystar audreystar 10 years
that is the exact way i apply perfume. :D
lovealways lovealways 10 years
ooh, i didn't know a lot of this. i usually do what you do, bella.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Don't forget the heat of the summer causes the smell to change. Try to switch to a body spray instead. I like to keep mine in the fridge for a cool feeling.
karisaamy karisaamy 10 years
That just seems like too much scent, I work in a medicall office and I don't want patients getting too much perfume and getting headaches.
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