How To: The Proper Way to Apply Perfume

I have a pretty sensitive nose, so I tend to err on the side of caution when applying perfume. I'm a two-spritz kind of gal. The first spray goes on the inside of my wrist, then I tap my other wrist against it to distribute the scent. The second spritz goes toward my chest, about six inches away from my skin.

Does this routine sound familiar? If so, we are both really limiting the potential of our prized perfumes. For a detailed look about the correct way to apply fragrance, read more

  • Begin by spraying (or dabbing) some of your favorite scent on your wrists. However, do not rub your wrists together, as it interferes with the way the fragrance is intended to evolve. Just spritz and let it settle.
  • Next, apply a tiny bit to other pulse points: at base of your throat, behind your ear lobes, at the bend in your elbows, between the breasts, along your collarbones, and right behind your knees if you are wearing a dress or a skirt.
  • Unless your hair is perfectly clean, do not apply the scent to your hair or spray perfume on your brush. The oils in hair can break down and change the scent of your fragrance.
  • Did you know that perfumes can have significant reactions to the hormones in your body? It's true, so don't expect your favorite fragrance to have the same effect when you are stressed, menstruating, or pregnant.

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