How To Spray Your New Fragrance
Think wearing fragrances is as easy as aim, press, and go? Think again!
While there's no instruction manual, there's a lot more to perfume than meets the nose. Mastering the art of perfume application isn't just for the experts. If you're looking to maximize the potential of your beloved scent, we've got some insider tips that will elevate your spritzing game!
1. Don’t rub perfume into your skin.
It’s one of the first fragrance habits we ever learned and one of the hardest to break. But rubbing perfume into the skin causes the top notes of the fragrance to dissipate and evaporate quickly, preventing them from properly settling and developing their full aroma. As a result, the captivating notes that initially attracted you to the scent may never truly translate onto your skin.
2. Spray it onto your pulse points.
Wondering exactly where to spray perfume? Focus on your pulse points. These are areas where your veins sit closest to your skin. It's places like the inside of your wrists, in your elbow crease, on the sides of your neck, or behind your knees. These warm spots on your body emit extra body heat, which helps to naturally diffuse a scent. To apply perfume to your pulse points, spritz or dab it on a few or all of them, and your fragrance will linger all day.
3. Spritz, then walk into your perfume.
For those who prefer subtle notes without overpowering others, spritz your fragrance into the air and walk into it to embrace a natural scent. When you wear perfume, you want the fragrance to complement you and enhance your natural scent—not completely mask it. Rather than saturating yourself with perfume, gently dab it onto your pulse points, followed by a subtle 'spritz and step' technique: spray your perfume in front of you, then walk right into it and back out. This ensures a subtle application, leaving a gentle veil of fragrance that beautifully lingers.
4. Delicately spritz your clothes.
Lightly spritz your clothing from a distance to prevent damaging the attire from the oils in our perfumes. Fragrance interacts with fabrics differently than skin, so it’ll probably smell lighter or slightly different—but still like your favorite fragrance. Try spritzing some perfume in the air and then wave your clothes through the fragrant mist or spritzing a bit on the inner lining of your coat or blazer. The result? A light wafting of your favorite perfume that will travel with you, wherever you go.
5. Moisturize first.
Perfume often evaporates quickly on skin that's dry. To get more wear out of your perfume, apply a thin layer of unscented lotion to the application area first. The moisturizer creates a layer that perfume molecules can hold on to longer.
6. Apply it post-shower.
Many of us apply perfume as the final touch before leaving, but it's worth knowing that perfume is actually able to absorb better into the skin when it's warm and the pores are open. To maximize your perfume’s effect, consider applying it after a shower, once the skin is dried off but still warm.