We're all about making your life easier here at Nemeshop, so we've compiled a list of helpful tips for applying perfume. These steps will help you get the most out of your perfume and ensure that it smells amazing—and lasts!
Perfumes for the day, and perfumes for the evening.
When you fall in love with a fragrance, you don't care what time of the day it is, you just want to smell it all day. However, if like me and my collection of too many perfumes (33), you can't decide which one to use or wear at any given moment; here is a classic tip: wear your citric, fruity and light fragrances during the day; and keep your strong woody floral scents for night time use only.
This rule applies whether it's summer or winter - after all we all have different moods depending on our surroundings!
Where should you apply perfume?
The urge to grab your favorite perfume bottle and spray it all over yourself is always there, but you must fight back! All you will be doing is wasting precious drops of heavenly perfume. If you want your fragrance to last longer on your skin without using up too much perfume, then there is a trick as old as tale for you: only spray on your pulse points. What are those? Pulse points are the areas on your body where blood flows closer to your skin, which results in said areas being warmer than the rest of your body. This makes fixation last much longer, ensuring that you will smell amazing all day long! The spots where you should apply your perfume are:
- Behind the ears
- Base of neck
- Inside wrists
- Inside knees
Where should you NOT apply perfume?
Now that we have established the areas where you should apply your perfume, it is also important to go through the areas where you SHOULDN'T apply.
- Avoid applying perfume to your hair; the chemical composition and alcohol present in perfumes can do some damage to your hair overtime. If you want your hair to smell as amazing as your skin, there are awesome hair safe perfumes and scented shampoos available!
- Avoid applying perfume to your clothes; the dye and composition of the fragrance can stain your clothes, and without good reason since fragrances tend to quickly dissipate from fabric.
- NEVER apply perfume to your face! Remember perfumes are chemical compositions that amongst other substances, contain alcohol, which is extremely irritating for your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid spraying areas like genitals, armpits and belly button. These areas of your body are usually kept moist, and if you combine your body's natural bacteria with a fragrance it could lead to an allergy or an infection.
Scent-free moisturizer is your new friend!
If you like to indulge yourself with skin care, it might be a good idea to use scent-free creams and moisturizers, as their scents can clash with your perfume.
Why you shouldn't rub your skin after spraying.
There is a common myth that says rubbing your skin after applying perfume helps it release all it's olfactory notes. Well we are debunking that right now. All you are doing when you rub your skin is altering the perfume's composition, making it loose it's original aroma, while also causing it to evaporate much faster, thus lasting far less longer on your skin.
You don't want to overwhelm people with your perfume, but you do want them to notice it.
Remember the old phrase: "less is more"? Applying a fragrance excessively may result in an almost unbearable scent for those around you. Remember, even if you love your perfume, there might be others who don't enjoy it as much.
Dry it before you spray it.
You come out of the shower and you want to smell amazing for the rest of the day so you immediately douse yourself in perfume. WRONG. Spraying perfume directly onto wet skin will cause the fragrance to get diluted with water, thus loosing it's strength and longevity. Wait at least between 10 to 15 minutes before applying and you will be good to go.
One at a time!
You might think that layering more than one perfume at a time will create a unique and new creation; that won't happen. Mixing two fragrances will only cause each scent to loose it's olfactory composition, and will leave you with a bizarre and not so nice combination.
Good things come for those who wait.
Have you ever decided you didn't like a fragrance when you smelled it seconds after applying it? Well you might have missed out on a good perfume. Perfumes are divided into three olfactory notes: Top notes, middle or heart notes and base notes. The tops notes are the first aromas you catch of the perfume right after you spray it, but these later dissipate into the middle notes, and they finally settle onto the base notes. Next time you try on a perfume, let it sit for approximately 5 minutes and you will get a whole new fragrance.
So there you have it! The basics of applying and wearing perfume. I hope this guide will help you make the most out of your scent, whether it's a new one or an old favorite!