We know, we know—you think you already know how to wear perfume. You’ve been doing it since your sweet sixteen and probably before that, too. But if you’re like most women, there’s a good chance you’ve always skipped some of the more basic rules of fragrance application.
You (and 54% of women) may be guilty of some rookie mistakes that are leaving your scent underwhelming, disappearing mid-day, or sitting squarely on your skin instead of wafting pleasingly around you. It’s time to fix that.
By learning where and how to best apply perfume, you can make sure its scent lingers when it matters most. Read on for some pro tips that will help you get the most out of your spritz.
Apply the Perfume to Pulse Points
You’ve probably heard of pulse points, but not everyone may be clear on what they are. Pulse points are areas on the body where there is a more concentrated amount of blood flow. That means that your body temperature is higher at these spots.
This makes them ideal places for adding perfume because the heat helps release the scent into the air. You can find pulse points in many places: wrists, temples, and behind ears are all common ones.
Less Is More
The perfect amount of perfume is a touch, not a drench. You should be able to smell the fragrance without it being overwhelming. If you can’t smell it, then chances are no one else will either.
Don’t Spray Dry Skin
If you want to get the most from your fragrance, moisturize first so that the oils in your body don’t compete with the fragrances for absorption. For a cream moisturizer, let it sink in for about five minutes before using any perfumes.
Layering perfumes is an easy way to boost their longevity. Start with a light base that has the same note as your strong perfume, and see how they blend.
For example, you can wear Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle, followed by Lady Million 80ml, which both have floral scents that blend well together. Don’t go crazy with your perfume options, though! You should only wear one fragrance at a time and not mix heavy florals with citrus-based scents (like orange blossom).
Fragrances need time to mix with your skin’s natural oils to create a signature scent. Rubbing eliminates the top notes of a fragrance and its uniqueness.
By rubbing your fragrance, you’re not only wiping away a lot of the aroma but also missing out on the overall experience the perfume was meant to provide.
Learn How to Wear Perfume Like a Pro
Now that you know how to wear perfume, it’s time to practice! The best way to become a perfume pro is by experimentation.
Try wearing perfume on different parts of your body, even in your hair. Remember to apply it sparingly and watch how it interacts with your skin’s oils. You’ll be surprised at how many wonderful scents you already have in your collection.
For more beauty tips and tricks, check out our blog. Happy spritzing!