Did you know that Americans account for 1/3rd of global fragrance sales? Needless to say, we’re a society that loves our scents!
If you’re interested in wearing perfume, you might want to learn how to wear perfume in the first place. Or if you already wear it, you might be curious as to whether or not you’re doing it right.
Either way, you’re in the right place. Read on to find out how to apply perfume so you aren’t leaving people gagging in a thick cloud of scent.
Find a Scent That’s Right for You
First off, make sure you’re picking the right perfume. You might think what smells wonderful on your friend will smell great on you, but you’d be wrong.
This is because everyone has their own body chemistry. The microbes on you, the amount you have, and other factors will be completely unique to you.
This means that perfumes will mix differently when on your skin as opposed to someone else’s.
Testing the Scent
To find a scent that’s right for you, sniff it first. If you like it, spritz a little bit on a blotter sheet.
Give it 10 seconds, and smell it again. If you still like it, file that perfume away as a potential to buy.
Next, spritz the perfume directly onto your wrist. After the perfume’s been on your wrist for 10 seconds, give it a sniff. This should be enough time for the perfume to mix with your body chemistry.
If you decide you really like this scent, keep that blotter sheet. Otherwise, toss it if you decide it’s not that great on you.
Make sure you do this without wearing other scents, including things like lotions and deodorants. These other smells can mess up how the perfume truly smells on you.
If you’re trying out multiple perfumes in one go, you might want to put a cap on 6. Anything after that, and you’ll have overloaded your sense of smell.
Make sure to smell something neutral in between each scent to refresh your sense of smell. Many stores have a small pot of coffee beans for this purpose.
Where to Apply Perfume
Now that you’ve found the right perfume for your unique body chemistry, the next thing you need to learn is where to spray perfume.
In general, you should apply perfume to your pulse points.
What are pulse points? These are areas on your body where the blood vessels are very close to the surface of your skin. This means these areas are also a bit warmer than the rest of your body.
The concept is that when you spritz perfume on these pulse points, the warmth will help diffuse the scent better. Think of them as natural essential oil diffusers!
So where are these pulse points on your body? You can find them:
- Behind your earlobes
- At the base of your throat
- In your cleavage
- On your inner wrists
- On your inner elbows
- Behind your knees
As you can see, there are quite a few places where you can spray perfume so you smell good and fresh.
How Do You Properly Wear Perfume?
So now you have the proper knowledge of where to apply perfume. But how exactly do you wear it properly? You don’t want to be one of those people who knock you over with their overwhelming scent of Mont Blanc Explorer, after all.
First of all, just give it a small spray or two on your pulse points. Then, gently massage the perfume into your skin.
You may have learned from your mom (or friends) to spray perfume in the air and then walk through the mist.
This can be a great way to get the scent all over your body without it being overpowering. However, lots of the perfume can go to waste, so it may not be the best method to use if you’re using pricey perfumes.
Be careful not to spray too much of it. Over time, you’ll get used to the smell and think it’s not as strong as it really is. Take note of how many spritzes it took in the beginning and stick to that number.
Here are some more tips to help you make the most of your bottle.
Wear Lotion or Use Petroleum Jelly
During the day, the scent will wear off. How quickly it does so will depend on how dry your skin is.
To prolong the smell for as long as you can, wear some scent-free lotion. You can even dab some petroleum jelly on your pulse points before spraying your perfume.
Use Other Products of the Same Line
If you have other products from the same line, even better! You can then use all of them in combination to keep the dreamy scent strong for the entire day.
For example, before you use the perfume, you can moisturize your body with the lotion of the same line. Then, spritz the perfume on top.
Put Some Perfume in Your Hair
This might sound crazy, but putting some perfume in your hair can help you smell nice and fresh.
Make sure your hair is recently washed. If you have your natural oils in there, plus any other hair products you’ve used, they may cause the perfume to smell off.
All you have to do is give it a spritz or two from about 8 inches away and you’ll smell wonderful for the rest of the day.
Now You Know How to Wear Perfume Correctly
By reading this article, you should now have all the information you need to know how to wear perfume correctly.
In general, you should always play it safe. It’s better to under-apply rather than over-spritz, after all!
You could always ask for the honest opinion of one of your family members or friends. We’ll bet they’ll be more than happy to let you know if you’re bowling them over with your perfume!
Now that you’ve learned how to wear perfume in the right way, why not learn some more? Check out our other articles for more life advice!