Discover The Best Ways To Apply Perfume

By: sam lowe | Posted: 28th September 2009

Applying perfume is one of those things that seems to be so straightforward; but is your technique really working as well for you as it could be? There are a few common methods, you can spray some on your wrists, dab it behind your ears or possibly spray a cloud in front of you and let it fall evenly on your skin, but do they all effectively and easily disperse the perfume in a way that allows the scent to develop as it is intended to throughout the day?

Spraying versus dabbing

One of the basic debates in how to apply perfume is whether or not it is more effective spritzed onto the skin or dabbed on from a splash bottle. Dabbing is often a valuable technique to use for very intense perfumes, when a spray would apply more perfume than desired, but it can also result in oils and other substances being washed from the skin back into the bottle which can cause it to spoil. Spraying on the other hand allows the scent to be applied to a larger area more evenly, and without the risk of ruining the perfume.

Where should it be applied?

Many people are often unsure of the best place to apply the perfume, some people favour behind the knees; others prefer their wrists, chest or neck. Often this decision will depend on how potent the perfume is and how clearly you want to smell it yourself. For a strong perfume behind the knees often works well as when your body heats up the scent of the perfume will rise and spread to the rest of your body. Wrists can have a similar effect to the knees but the added benefit comes from being able to lift your wrist to your nose if you want to smell the fragrance. Spraying on the chest and clavicles meanwhile can be a great way of ensuring that you are able to smell the perfume throughout the day, particularly if it is a more subtle scent.

Should perfume be reapplied throughout the day?

It can be really tempting to reapply perfume as soon as the top and heart notes have dispersed but this is really an injustice to the scent. Upon reapplying you not only stop giving the base notes a real chance but the reapplied perfume wont smell quite right as it merges with the original application. It is definitely best to let the perfume run its full course and reapply once the scent has completely disappeared.

People are always likely to debate which method of perfume application is the most effective, the best approach though is to experiment and discover what works for you.

Sam Qam (Current favourite scents: Old Spice aftershave and Jean Paul Gaultier perfume)
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