While most women give very little thought to how they apply their perfume, it’s important to note that how your perfume is applied is at least as important as the type of perfume that is being applied in the first place. You can purchase the best perfume available, but if you don’t use it correctly, you may have just as well purchased a generic brand. The perfume simply won’t provide the same impact or pop that you would expect.
Although part of the problem may be that you’re extremely busy, it may also be that you don’t know exactly how perfume is supposed to be applied. Which isn’t necessarily your fault, especially if your mother or some other woman you look up to taught you how to apply perfume in the first place. In that case, it’s just how you’ve been doing it your entire life.
Keeping those things in mind, we thought that it might prove beneficial to provide a guide on how to properly put on perfume. While it may seem like a laughable concept to some people, we feel that it’s extremely important to have this knowledge available. It will ensure all women reap the benefits that their current or prospective perfumes can provide.
Choose the Right Perfume
The first step to applying perfume perfectly is starting off with the best perfume available (see this top list for women) in the first place. That means buying a perfume based upon its merits and not upon its brand name or by the reputation of the celebrity endorsing it.
It means judging the perfume on its own merits and disregarding all rest as advertising noise. While there are a wide number of variables to consider when buying perfume, you should give more consideration to the top and bottom notes of the perfume. All perfumes available can be broken down into their top, middle and bottom notes.
The top notes are the ones that you smell when the product is first sprayed on your skin. After these top notes fade, the middle notes kick in and then after that, the bottom notes come into play. Spray the perfume on the back of your hand to smell its top notes, but then wait about 30-minutes and smell it again.
This is when the bottom notes will begin to kick in. Remember, if you don’t like your perfume at home, then you aren’t going to like anywhere else. Therefore, every perfume in your collection should be tested in this way to ensure that you like its scent profile.
You’ll also want to make sure that you use the appropriate perfume for the time of day it’s going to be worn. If you’re going to work or plan on spending the day shopping, then you will probably want to use a daytime fragrance. If you’re drinking with your girlfriends or are going out for a romantic dinner, then you are going to want to wear an evening or nighttime perfume.
Many perfumes will tell you explicitly on the label whether they’re recommended for either daytime or nighttime use, but if it doesn’t, there are other ways you can tell the difference. Check out the label and see what colors they use on the package. Usually, daytime perfumes have bright packages with lots of white, yellow and orange colors in it. Evening perfumes, on the other hand, usually have dark red or deep blue colors on its label or packaging.
Start With a Clean Slate
Once you’ve selected your perfume, you are going to want to make sure you apply it to your skin in the right way. If you have the time available, you should definitely begin this process by taking a nice hot shower. A nice hot shower will not only clean off old any old perfumes or beauty products off your skin but will also open up your pores.
Opening your pores is quite beneficial and will result in the perfume adhering to your skin properly. While you’re showering, make sure that you use soap that’s either lightly scented or has no scent at all. After all, you don’t want it to compete with your perfume’s scent profile.
Once you have finished showering, make sure that you dry off your body well. Make sure that there isn’t any lingering moisture on your skin as that can prevent perfume from adhering to your skin properly. Once you’ve accomplished that task, make sure that you apply moisturizer evenly over your body.
Supple, hydrated skin holds on to the essential oils found in perfume better than dry skin does, so be sure to keep your skin moisturized for the best results. Just be sure to not use too much moisturizer on your skin. Just a dab of moisturizer is usually enough. Using too much of an oil-based moisturizer can clog the pores, and this can result in poor perfume adhesion.
Apply to Pulse Points
When applying perfume, you will want to apply the product to the pulse points found around the body. This can include areas of your body such as on the neck, behind the ears, behind the knees and on the inner wrists. These are all parts of the body where the pulse can be felt, hence the name pulse points.
Placing perfume on these points will allow your body heat to warm the perfume slightly, which will activate the scent and allow it to produce a scent for longer periods of time. Just make sure that when you’re applying perfume to these pulse points, you don’t make one of the more common mistakes made while applying perfume: rubbing your wrists together.
How To Apply Perfume & Common Mistakes
Why shouldn’t you rub your wrists together? The short answer is because you’re ruining the effectiveness of your perfume by rubbing your wrists together. Yes, it’s a motion that many women do while they’re applying perfume, and the act itself can be seen in dozens of different movies and television shows.
However, just because it’s widely done doesn’t mean its right. Rubbing your wrists together heats up your skin, and this will alter the natural enzymes found in the perfume. This means that if you’re using a common floral scent, then it’s likely to lose it snap or crispness. Therefore, avoid rubbing your wrists together when you spray on your perfume.