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You’ve bought an $80 bottle of perfume, unwrapped it, admired the bottle and tweeted about it to all your friends. Once the excitement has died down, what next? Have you ever wondered what is the best way to apply your precious perfume? There are many considerations to take into account when applying perfume. It depends on your preference and there is no specific way someone needs to follow.
Firstly it depends if the bottle comes with a spray or splash bottle. If it is in a spray bottle, use the spray to apply it on. Likewise if it is in a splash bottle, use the stopper to dab a little perfume on your skin. When perfume is dabbed on the skin, there is the option of rubbing the perfume in or leaving it to dry naturally. People prefer to rub it in to spread it around the area. This also dries the area faster and avoids the perfume being accidentally transferred to another surface. The effect is the same and the scent will still be as strong.
This leads to the question, on skin or clothes? Some perfumes can leave stains on certain fabric, so it’s advisable to test it on the fabric first before you spray it on your clothes. Most experts recommend spraying it directly on skin as perfume reacts differently with skin compared to fabric. They agree that the perfume emits its true scent when it comes in contact with the skin. On the other hand, spraying perfume on your clothes makes the item of clothing smell nice and can be easily identified, i.e. a scarf.
Something else to consider is whether to apply perfume on selected areas of the body, or to apply it using a mist. If you are looking for the best perfumes for women, check out some of the perfumes here. Spraying a mist of perfume into the air and walking through it will spread the fragrance evenly on the body. It will land on a wider surface area but it will just be a very thin layer. For those who want a more concentrated scent, targeted spraying would be better. Focus on points on the wrists, neck and behind the ear. These areas come in frequent contact with other people and help accentuate the scent.
Does any of the above affect how often you will need to reapply the perfume? Naturally, the concentration of fragrance in a perfume is a factor, but if it is applied using a mist, chances are it will fade off quicker as not all the mist would have landed on the body. Therefore, the amount of perfume would be less than targeted spraying and therefore may lead to having to reapply more frequently.
Also, spraying on clothes will make perfume fade away quicker as the perfume will combine with the other chemicals or perspiration in the fabric, which may alter the scent. When clothes are changed throughout the day, the scent will not be present on the skin and you may need to reapply more. As such, be aware of these factors when using the perfume you have chosen in order to maximize the benefits of it.