How to Apply Perfume

If you’ve ever wondered how to yield long-lasting perfume results, you’ve landed in the right place. Believe it or not, there is a science to applying your favorite fragrance. By applying your perfume to special points on your body and avoiding unfavorable application methods, you can be sure to achieve the best results. Let’s face it, perfume, along with most other beauty products, have risen a lot in price lately. If there were a few simple tips and tricks to the longevity of your perfume, wouldn’t you want to know? Below, we take a look at different applications, methods, and places for applying your fragrance as well as ways to extend its life.

Avoid Vigorous Rubbing

Who knew there was a right and wrong way to apply your perfume? The first mistake many perfume wearers make is vigorously rubbing the mist or oil into their skin. By doing so, the top notes of the carefully crafted fragrance evaporate before they ever settle on the skin. Rubbing the scent into your skin is likely a technique you’ve witnessed other women use. However, the effect of rubbing your fragrance into your skin can be ineffective to the fragrance itself. The top notes that attracted you to the scent in the first place are diminished before they ever take hold. What’s more, the friction and subsequent heat caused by rubbing the fragrance into the skin also change the liquid’s composition and scent.

So, how should you apply your eau de toilette for optimal wearability? Here’s a look at some of the best ways to use your eau de toilette.

Apply Directly to Your Skin

If you’re the gal or guy who sprays a scented poof into the air and then dances into the fragrant cloud, you’re doing it all wrong. To yield the best results with your fragrance you should always apply it directly to your skin. For starters, fragrances are crafted specifically for skin. In other words, your skin is actually the intended muse for fragrance producers. The unique notes and oils in your skin work harmoniously with those in perfumes to elicit beautiful aromas that simply can not be achieved unless they’re applied directly to the skin. In fact, the “lipophilic” properties in your skin bond perfectly to fragrances like an adhesive. Spraying your fragrance into the air or onto any surface other than your skin will alter or deplete an eau de toilette’s fragrant properties every time.

Pulse Points Please!

Another important pointer (pun intended) is to spray or roll your fragrance directly onto your pulse points. Pulse points are the five places where your veins sit closest to the skin’s surface. The pulse points include the inside your wrists, inside your elbows, behind the knees, chest, and behind your earlobes. The science behind applying fragrances to your pulse points is that in addition to those veins residing closest to your skin’s surface, your pumping blood creates warmth in those spots that aren’t possible in other places. These warm spots maximize your fragrance’s longevity and strength.

So although it’s recommended to apply fragrance directly to your pulse points, it’s not necessary to apply to all pulse points each time. With a little trial and error, you may find you prefer certain pulse points over others and depending on the strength you’d like to achieve you may apply to some or all pulse points based on your own preferences. Have fun playing with the different areas.

Prep Your Skin

One of the best ways to be sure your skin is optimally prepared for perfuming is to thoroughly moisturize. For starters, fragrance adheres better to moisturized skin than it does to dry skin. One interesting pro tip involves prepping your skin with a petroleum-based ointment such as Vaseline or Aquaphor. By applying a small amount of ointment to your pulse points and then spritzing the prepped skin, your fragrance will last unwaveringly throughout the day. Essentially, the oiliness of the ointment retains the scent far longer than your skin ever could. Give this method a try to extend the aroma of your favorite fragrances.

Avoid Spraying Your Hair

Although we’d all love for our wafty hair-tosses to smell as fragrant as our spritzed skin, the fact is that spraying your hair with a scented spray is ill-advised. For starters, like anything bad for your hair, fragrances are typically alcohol-based. If you know anything about healthy hair care, you know alcohol is your hair’s worst enemy. Alcohol is a drying agent; hair loves moisture so spraying your fragrance directly to your hair can be damaging. Moreover, although your hair will retain scent all day long, you should never spray your fragrance directly on your hair. Instead, consider spritzing your hairbrush with the fragrance, allow the ethyl to evaporate for a few seconds, and then run the brush through your dry hair. Doing so will allow your hair to absorb the scent without taking on the damaging/drying alcohol.

Layer Scents

If you enjoy experimenting with beauty products, specifically new scents, you might enjoy blending or layering your scents. Surprisingly, layering your scents can be done tastefully without being overpowering. Doing so certainly takes some trial and error but the result may be worth it. One way to layer your fragrances is by pairing your favorite sprays with scented lotions and moisturizers. For starters, fragrances don’t adhere well to dry skin. By maintaining moisturized skin by diligently applying your lotion on a daily basis, you can be sure your fragrance will have long-lasting effects. But it’s also fun to play with layering lotion scents with your eau de toilette. You may find that some lotion scents pair better with your fragrance than others. Either way, experimenting with your scent can be fun.

One way to test layered scents is while you're shopping at your local perfume counter. If you’re testing fragrances in-store, simply grab a few fragrance blotters and spritz two or three scents on one. What do you think? If you find that the scents complement each other well, you may enjoy layering them from time to time. If you’d like to test layering a few or more scents at home, you could do so directly on your skin. After all, fragrances will smell differently when mixed with your oils than on the fragrance blotter. We’d recommend testing your concoctions just before a shower though; if you hate the combinations, you can easily wash away the scents immediately.

Lastly, when layering your scents, be sure to consider all of the scented consumables you use on a daily basis. Deodorants, face lotions, hair products, laundry detergents, and so on, are all items that may interfere with your desired aroma. When possible, avoid scented products that may clash with your favorite eau de toilettes or layered fragrances.

Spritz Your Ears

Further to the point about applying your fragrance to only moisturized skin is that by spraying the oiliest parts of your body, you can extend your scent’s longevity. The tops of your ears are another great place to spray your eau de toilette. The tops of your ears tend to be more oily than behind your ears. So consider spraying here instead of or in addition to those pulse points behind your ears.

Spritz Your Clothing

If you’re layering on your clothing after you’ve applied your fragrance or fragrance blend for the day, your scent may get lost beneath your clothes. This is especially true if your fabrics are less breathable. Essentially, perfumed scents may not be able to escape your clothing if you’ve got a lot on; your clothing effectively smothers your fragrance. This is even more true in the winter months when we tend to bundle up. During times when you know you’ll wear multiple layers of clothing, it may behoove you to spritz your clothing in addition to your pulse points.

All clothing fibers are porous to some degree. This not only means that your clothing will absorb your fragrance well but will, in fact, retain scents for quite some time even well beyond washes. By generously spritzing your clothing with your favorite eau de toilette, you can be sure that your scent will last well beyond the day’s length.

Your favorite eau de toilette shouldn’t be outshined by your personal musk or scented skin-care products, deodorants, and moisturizers. To make your fragrance the star it deserves to be, it’s important that you’re correctly applying it. Be sure to use the top tips noted above, to ensure that the carefully curated notes of your eau de toilette deliver the punch you expect them to. Stick to spritzing or rolling your fragrance on your pulse points as these are the points on your body that give your fragrances their intended canvas.

Additionally, be sure to apply it directly to your skin instead of that silly mist and twirl that looks so fancy in the movies. Avoid rubbing your wrists together because doing so diminishes the lovely notes that drew you to the scent in the first place. In fact, as noted earlier, vigorous rubbing may change the scent altogether. Also, make sure to always apply your fragrance to well-moisturized skin because dry skin will not absorb fragrances as well as hydrated skin will. You could even prep your skin with unscented ointments before spiralizing.

If you prefer a stronger, more enduring scent, there are a few simple ways to achieve that goal. Hair, similar to the fibers in your clothing, can retain fragrance for quite some time, however, avoid directly spraying your hair. Instead, simply spritz your hairbrush before running it through your tresses. This method allows the alcohol in the eau de toilette to dissipate before hitting your hair; this is preferable because alcohols are dying and potentially damaging to your locks. Moreover, spritzing your clothing will guarantee a more noticeable scent that will last for many wears to come. Finally, have fun playing with scents by layering them; you may discover an all-new combination that can’t be outdone.

Learning to properly apply your favorite fragrance the correct way will not only ensure that you smell beautiful, but it also guarantees you’re not wasting your money on a consumable product. Taken together, these fragrance tips can give your scent the remarkable effect that you wish for.