How Much Perfume to Apply to Smell Really Good
I love the way my fragrance communicates as much about me, as my voice and smile, and I find it so ensuring to speak well of me. But who would have thought there would be so much to say about applying fragrance?
Perfume icon Coco Chanel famously said that,
“A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future. I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”
Now that might really be slightly exaggerated, but Coco has a point! It's a beautiful exaggeration. It lifts spirits high! It may sound a fantasy, or a dream, but it's what women need to add a little bit of elegance to what is ordinary.
If you think wearing perfume with a smell that's just right can make a difference, here's another inspiration from Coco, "Get inspired at twenty, gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life."
If you want a few tips on wearing perfumes that lasts, I think I can help.
Apply Just Right
The right way to wear perfume may sound mystifying, but it is often not as difficult as many of us may think. Some apply it with the fingers which brings a little bit of the scent to go a long way. Others find a spray better.
Keeping the perfume in small amounts and on the pressure points of the upper body will work best, which means that it just takes a mere dab or spray of perfume to smell right. Top most secret is to apply just after bath where the skin pores and still open.
Let the Perfume Dry
Try not rubbing the fragrance on your wrists after applying it. The force in rubbing will squash the original scent of the perfume.
I always let perfume dry on my skin without doing anything. My everyday habit is just a spray straight behind my ears and the base of my hair in the back. I like the way fragrance is sent around when I move. If you give your fragrance a chance to dry and mix with your own body's natural scent, the scent stays longer.
To Layer or Not
Some women loves layering perfume or cologne with a similar scented moisturizer or cream both to prevent dry skin, and to ensure the fragrance will last longer. Layering fragrance means using the same fragrance’ bath cream, powder, then the perfume.
To help your fragrance withstand in a day, try applying the scent from the bottom of your body up. As the heat of your body rises, the perfume will act in response to heat, and your fragrance will linger on. Layering fragrance is actually not for everyone, but if it suits you, why not!
Spread the Aroma
Apply fragrance on several pressure points or “pulse point zones,” such as the nape of the neck, behind the ears, the wrists, the inside of the elbows, behind the knees, and even the ankles. These are points on your body that radiate heat.
Scent notes need time to settle down on your skin so never make the decision just after the spray. Give it the time to merge with your skin oils for the perfect fragrance you want. This will allow the scent to emanate slowly and relatively evenly throughout the day. Again, put just a little amount to not suffocate others. If you're dabbing, try not to exceed one or two "finger" applications, and a single spray in every part is all you need.
To Re-Apply or Not
If you often seem to get more out of fragrance or if your first application has half-faded, applying twice in one day may be necessary.
I get really disappointed if I can't smell myself after a few hours. I usually re-apply just a bit to have a presence. But be very cautious, when your nose gets used to the fragrance it quickly goes numb to it. If you think you might need to reapply, a single dab or spray would do.
Lots of women layer scent to ensure the fragrance lingers on, but I find top notes better than layering. I then experience everything from top, middle and base notes, funny but it's amusing. I don't really see why there has to be a lot of no-no, if it works for me! As long as I'm sure I don't disturb others, and that I share a scent that's subtly invigorating, then I'm fine.
As part of the perfume ethics - wear fragrance as something complimenting rather than oppressing. Here’s the hint - If people can smell you before they see you, know that you've put on too much.
More on Perfumes for Men and Women
- Top, Middle and Base Fragrance Notes
A Guide in the Classification of Essential Fragrance Oils
- How to Apply Cologne - Tips for Men
This guide features instructions and tips for properly applying colognes.
- Scent Layering - Making Scents Last
Understanding what combination of leave-on products can be used for scent layering. Pick your favorites and use more than one.
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