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?

Smelling Right Is Smelling Great
Smelling Right Is Smelling Great

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.

Smelling Right Is Never Suffocating
Smelling Right Is Never Suffocating

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.

Subtle Fragrance Is Inspiring and Joyful
Subtle Fragrance Is Inspiring and Joyful

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.

A light lovely scent is your free way to simplicity in loveliness
A light lovely scent is your free way to simplicity in loveliness

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.


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Comments 8 comments

Chris Hugh 4 years ago

I like the statement about perfume ethics! A little perfume is lovely, too much is oppressive.

My favorite perfume is Initial by Boucheron. It's floral with citrus and an undercurrent of vanilla. What's everyone else's favorite?


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Chris hello! I know of Boucheron's as among the world's most authentic perfume makers topping on blends of floral. I'll have to see check about Initial, maybe another worth a try.

As far as I know, modern scents are so famous as DKNY, Armani and those with notes of vanilla. But classically, Chanel, Estee Lauder and Calvin Klein are still old favorites. I'd still go for my Gucci or Charlie, they're perfect for girls my age.

Thank you Chris. I'm intrigued of your Boucheron. Loved what you said about the blend of floral and vanilla. Musky scents are top notes for me. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate.


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collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

I'm not into perfume per say, but I know we're experience those who over apply. This should be a flier in most super centers.


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hello collegedad,

If everyone would find the whiff of a pleasant aroma ever worth-relishing, that should be from nothing else above wearing just the right amount of fragrance. So nice of you, this I hope is a small flier to inspire us around hubpages :=)...thanks for your thoughts. I really appreciate. Best wishes!


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Jefferson Faudan 2 years ago

depends i guess...

...when it's sunny...good lord please no vanilla based scent... it's nauseating...they're best when it's cold (ah and all those Victoria Secret Mist for women...please use them at night not in the blistering heat as they turn sour).

...a little dab will do especially with eau de parfum (which i prefer since it has a richer and rounded scent and cheaper in the long run plus it leaves a trail...)

...if you wanna be loud, sure! do it in a bar scene. my dated joop will take over the entire floor LOLS!


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Tonipet 2 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hello Jefferson. Whew... so you're not a vanilla fan, lol. I'm with you about most Victoria secret fragrances... they're actually supposed and best worn without the sun, indoors! Basically why it's Victoria Secret, more on romance, sweetness and homely -love! :=) so most cooling after a night bath as the water base scent blends well with the freshly-bathed skin:=) The fruity ones are the quickest to turn sour when worn on a long hot day.

Yes, a little dab - so gentle. A little of my Gucci is enough for, like you said, a "mystifying" trail, lol...:=)... Thank you for your thoughts, really. So wonderful to know you're another eau de parfum fan. We must've so much in common. Cheers and hugs from me!:=) -Tonette


Danilo 21 months ago

Perhaps surprisingly, it is very much like a bnaana tree in terms of amount of water and sunlight it wants (although it does tend to do better with a little more sun than the bnaana plant). It does not like to be overly pampered though depending on the size, just not letting it dry out, and an occasional sprinkling of coffee grounds seems to do the trick for mine. They are well worth it if you're thinking about it. You can use the leaves in cooking for the lemon essence, and of course the lemon themselves. There also is simply nothing like the beautiful scent of a lemon tree blossoming. Heavenly.


Henock 21 months ago

Do you smell that i said what?she said its smells weird in here i said its probbaly my cologne (blvgari black) she smelled me closer and said eww yuck how much did u pay for that i said about 50 bucks she said go return it it smells like a tire shop, why would you want to smell like tires i said shutup woman i wear what i want.lol long story short, this is a love or hate, i find many women don't really like this..I LOVE IT

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