Fragrances, Perfumes & Colognes


How To Apply Your Favorite Fragrance

The appealing fragrance of a perfume has been described as being "like gathering an armful of luscious rose petals at the height of their bloom." Fragrances today last longer on the skin than ever before. To use an example, Revlon's "Lasting" is truly that- it has lasting power for up to ten hours. There are some easy tips to applying your favorite fragrance that everyone should be privy to.

Before buying a fragrance always try it out on your own skin first. A fragrance sprayed on a cardboard piece of paper will give you an inkling of how it smells but not how it will smell on YOU. And keep in mind that not all fragrances smell the exact same on everybody as no two body chemistries are the exact same. Spray the scent on the inside of your wrist and then allow it to warm and absorb into your skin. Your own personal body oils will determine how the scent will smell on you.

Do not be hasty in deciding whether or not a scent is suitable for you or not. Instead, after applying it, give it twenty minutes to an hour to make a proper determination. Or better yet, every couple of hours let your nose have a whiff of it and see if the original scent retains its fragrance. Longevity of a scent is important. Remember that not all scents have the same effect on everyone and some agree with some people's skin better than others. Once applied to your inner wrist never rub it on your other wrist as this can alter the scent of the fragrance tremendously.

The best places to apply fragrance are between your breasts, around the ankles, the sides of the neck, and behind your knees as these are your pulse points. If you wear a watch or bracelet(s), be careful when spraying scents. The fragrance you apply could react to the leather or plastic strap or the gold or silver of the bracelet and dull the material so keep this point in mind when you apply your favorite fragrance.

For those with skin on the dry side you will need to reapply your fragrance often but for oily or combination skin it is less often. Dry skin doesn't retain scent as well as skin higher in oil content.

It is best to test new scents one at a time. Do not overdue a good thing when it comes to perfume. If you sample too many at once you will confuse your nose and won't know how to choose between fragrances. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither do you need to make a snap decision about which perfumes suit you best and which don't.

A good rule of thumb for applying your favorite fragrance is that less is more. This is particularly important to keep in mind if you are attending a social or business related event where there will be lots of people. A spritz of a fragrance applied with a light hand to a pulse point is all that is really needed. And remember, big events equal lots of women (and men) wearing lots of other fragrances. In this case too much competition between fragrances may not be what you are striving for!

A tip that is not well known but is perfect for the social event scenario is to spray the outside of your hand instead of your wrist. This works because it allows the scent to defuse in an outward direction. It is airy and oh so subtle which is what you want. Another option is spraying the air (in much the same way as you would spray air freshener in a room) and then simply walking through the scent as it falls around you. This is a subtle but effective way of perfuming yourself. If you are concerned about your outfit then don't worry, as it will not affect your clothing in any adverse manner.

Less is more is also wise to keep in mind as you age in relation to applying your favorite fragrance. Our sense of smell is not as sharp as we get older and the dulling effect means we cannot always accurately gauge whether we are wearing too much, as opposed to enough, fragrance. We might automatically assume that if we cannot smell our fragrance on our own skin that no one else can either. Never assume this is the case!

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