Globally, more than $31.4 billion is spent on perfume alone each year. That’s a lot of perfume.
Pretty much every woman owns multiple fragrances and wears perfume on a daily basis, but did you know that there are perfume hacks to making your fragrance last longer and smell stronger?
The key to getting the most out of your perfume is to apply it correctly. If you find yourself having to re-spritz throughout the day, you’re probably doing it wrong!
Here, we’ve created the ultimate guide for teaching you how to put on perfume the right way so that you can smell irresistible all day long.
Finding Your Perfect Fragrance Match
Ever noticed how some perfumes smell different on others than they do on you, even if it’s the same fragrance?
Our body chemistry actually plays a huge role in how perfume performs on your skin. Each person’s skin has its unique pH level. This means it reacts differently with the chemistry of the perfume in either a pleasant or unpleasant way.
Selecting a perfume that complements your body chemistry is crucial for smelling the best you possibly can.
So how do you go about finding a fragrance perfect for you? The only true way to know if a perfume meshes well with your skin is to try it out!
Next time you’re shopping for perfume, spritz or dab a small amount on your wrists and let it dry. Once it settles, give it a sniff and you’ll know instantly if it’s a good match or not.
Hint: if it smells the same on your skin as it does in the bottle, it’s a perfect match! However, if the notes seem to differ slightly after dry-down, you might want to try something else.
Here are a few of our favorite everyday perfumes that compliment most body chemistries:
- Jean Paul Gaultier Classique 100mL, a fruity-floral blend that’s both elegant and indulgent
- Marc Jacobs Daisy, a bright and joyous fragrance of strawberry and violet
- Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, a timeless, summery scent reminiscent of warmer days
- Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, a warm and flirty scent with hints of luscious vanilla
How to Put on Perfume
Once you’ve found your perfect match, you’ll need to know the best way to apply perfume in order to get the most out of your fragrance.
Even though the task of spraying perfume seems pretty simple, there is a right way to do it (and, conversely, a wrong way).
Following these next few tips will mean that your perfume will last longer and smell stronger. Don’t be surprised if strangers come up to you just to compliment your scent!
Before you apply any perfume to your skin, you should take a shower or bath. The warm steam from the water will soften your skin, making it more receptive to the perfume’s fragrance and making it last longer.
Once you’re out of the shower, dry your skin off completely by patting it with a fresh towel. Perfume clings to dry skin but will dilute on wet skin, so only spray it when you’re completely dry!
If you prefer to moisturize your skin after showering, you can do so with an unscented lotion or a cream that matches the scent of your perfume. Just be sure that the lotion is absorbed into your skin completely before spritzing any fragrance.
Be careful with scented lotions, because smells can clash easily and will become too overwhelming.
Know Your Pulse Points
Pulse points are places on your body where your arteries are located directly under the surface of the skin. This means that these areas are warmer, working as a natural diffuser to make the perfume stronger and longer-lasting. These are the most common pulse points:
- Behind the ears
- Inside the elbow
- Behind the knee
- Below the jawbone
These regions of our skin will allow the chemicals in the perfume to warm up, making it more fragrant. You might be tempted to spray perfume into your hair along with these pulse points, but be aware that the alcohol in some fragrances can dry out and damage your hair.
To make your perfume last even longer, apply a small amount of vaseline to your pulse points, and allow it to dry before spritzing perfume. The vaseline will help your perfume stick and last throughout the day.
A little goes a long way when it comes to perfume. You don’t need to spritz a cloud of product onto yourself for others to smell you.
Most people are sensitive to fragrances. Just a few light sprays are more than enough, so be tasteful with your spraying!
The general rule of thumb is to hold the bottle 5 to 7 inches away from your pulse points before spritzing once or twice. This distance will allow the fragrance particles to disperse and transfer evenly onto your skin without causing significant wetness.
Once you’ve applied the perfume, allow it to dry. Don’t rub it into the skin! Rubbing the perfume will disrupt the chemicals and can alter the fragrance.
Contrary to popular belief, it actually isn’t necessary to spray perfume onto your clothes. Although doing so might strengthen the scent, it can often become too overbearing if you’re wearing perfume on both your skin and your clothes. Also, some perfumes can stain your clothes!
Smell Fabulous All Day Long
Spraying perfume is a daily part of most women’s routines, but sometimes, being unaware of how to put on perfume the right way can make it as if you aren’t wearing any at all.
Now that you know how to spray perfume, you can look forward to getting the most out of your favorite perfume and smelling irresistible all day long!
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