When it comes to perfume, we all have our own favourite ways of wearing it. How many sprays, where you spray it, and so on. But whether you’re a neck or wrist spritzer, we still want the same things out of our perfume– for it to last as long as possible and keep us smelling good. If that’s true for you too, check out these 7 other interesting ways to wear your perfume that’s sure to bring a smile to your face!
1. You’ll often hear that pulse points such as the wrists, chest and back of the knees are popular spots for applying perfume because the blood is closer to the surface on those areas, causing skin to be warmer and thus letting the scent diffuse easily. That’s true to a degree, but if perfume on your wrists will easily wear off from all the typing or just washing your hands. Same goes for the back of your knees when you sit. Try the pulse points on the back of your ears, throat, nape of your neck, and even the insides of your elbows for longer lasting fragrance.
2. Contrary to popular belief, fragrance can be sprayed on clothes! The key is to spray it on the right areas – on the lining or inner hem rather than the fabric itself – so that your body temperature can warm the fragrance and cause it to rise.
3. For a head to toe experience, spray perfume on your hairbrush and run it through your locks. Don’t spray it directly onto your hair because the alcohol in the perfume can cause your hair to dry out.
4. Perfumers will tell you to moisturise before applying perfume because the oils in moisturiser helps perfume adhere better to skin and last longer. Fragrance contain water molecules and volatile aroma molecules, so the emollients in moisturisers hold them in to prolong evaporation.
5. Try your man’s perfume. A woman’s body chemistry is different from a man’s, so it will react differently to the same fragrance. So for something original, pick up that spicy, earthy cologne that smells so divinely masculine on your guy, and try it on yourself! You’ll be surprised at the feminine element your skin can draw out of it and you might just find your new fave scent! (And if it still ends up smelling manly, hey, at least it’ll remind you of your love!)
6. Make a statement with your perfume and let it take centre stage. Don’t use scented bath and body products that may clash with or overwhelm the perfume. If you want to layer fragrances with your body care, you don’t have to use the exact same scent. Just pick products from the same fragrance family and have fun combining scents!
7. If you want your fragrances to seriously stick around, pick one with lots of musky or woody base notes. These deep, resonant scents will last longer as their sticky viscous oils evaporate at a slower rate that lighter oils like florals or citrus.
Adapted from the print edition.