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How Much Perfume to Apply to Smell Really Good
I love the way my fragrance communicates as my voice and smile. It speaks 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.”
Beautifully exaggerated. Sounds a fantasy, or a dream. But Coco has a point. It's what women need to add a little bit of elegance to what is ordinary.
Wearing perfume with a smell that's "just right" can make a difference. Do you want a few tips on how much perfume to apply and be irresistible for the rest of your life?"
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Apply Just Right
How much perfume to apply is perplexing, but getting it right is the way to smell really good. Whether you apply it with the fingers or a spray, applying just right is enough to go a long way. Spread fragrance on the pressure points of the upper body for best results, or apply right after bath where the skin pores are 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 layer fragrance with a similarly-scented moisturizer or cream for a longer-lasting scent. Layering fragrance means using the same notes from bath soap, body cream or lotion, to powder, and perfume.
To help your fragrance withstand in a day, apply 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 pulse point zones -- the nape, 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. If you have naturally oily skin, fragrance can emanate slowly and relatively evenly throughout the day. Remember putting a little amount to not suffocate others. If you're dabbing, try not to exceed one or two "finger" applications, or a single spray in every part is all you need.
Do you often get out of fragrance? Or your first application seem easy to fade as the hours go by? Then applying twice in one day may be necessary.
I love getting a beautiful whiff of my favorite fragrance first thing in the morning, but there are scents that easily disappear. So I'd re-apply. 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, limit to a single dab or spray.
The Perfume Etiquette:
Wear fragrance as something complimenting rather than oppressing. The hint is -- if people can smell you before they see you, know that you've put on too much.
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