None of us femmes want to be like the woman we passed on the street the other day: the one who was wearing so much perfume that you had to stop and take a few deep breaths before continuing on. She obviously didn't know how to apply perfume the right way. Don't worry--it is possible to wear perfume and not induce others around you to wear gas masks.
Here are some basic tips to follow when applying perfume or a designer fragrance:
- Whether it be a solid, perfume spray, or lotion, apply your perfume before you put on any clothing or jewelry. Some perfumes and fragrances will leave permanent stains on fabrics, metals, and pearls.
- Apply the perfume lightly to the body's pulse points: Wrists, base of the throat, behind the ear lobes, the bend in your elbows, and between the breasts.
- Do not dab your wrists together after applying perfume fragrances--this breaks down the scent.
- We all know that body heat rises, so apply perfume to the back of your knees to leave a lasting impression.
- Only apply fragrance to your hair if it is freshly washed. If not, the natural oil in your hair will change the scent of the perfume. To add fragrance to your tresses, spray your hair once or twice from a distance of at least 8 inches. Another option is to spray some of the perfume in your hands and then disperse it through your hair. Do not spray your hairbrush or comb; this will leave the scent attached to it and affect any other scents your spray into your hair.
- If you have fair or dry skin, your perfume is going to wear off faster than for those with oily or darker skin. This simply means that you might need to give yourself one or two perfume sprays of your favorite scent during your lunch break.
- Vary the fragrances that you use from time to time. It has been medically proven that scents have a strong effect on our emotions and mindset. Don't feel inhibited about trying new and different perfumes every 3-4 months, or along with the changes of the seasons.
- To keep your scent as true as the first day you bought it, place it in an airtight plastic container and store it in the fridge between uses. By doing so, you slow the process of oxidation, which breaks down the scent. This is especially useful during those hot, bright and humid months.