Perfumes are often the “finishing touches “ when we’re dressing up. Whether it’s a T-shirt and jeans, or a ball gown, we tend to feel incomplete until we’ve lavished a reasonable amount of perfume on. A perfume can turn heads, make you more attractive, fetch you a compliment or liven your date night up. Basically, a perfume will get you noticed. However, there are lots of misconceptions concerning how to apply perfumes, kinds of perfumes to get and where to apply it. How you apply your perfume can make the difference between getting a compliment or not, and generally may affect how your day or night goes.
Below are a few points that we think can help :
Get in tbe shower first
The skin absorbs perfume better after it is all cleared up. Use hot water preferably so that your pores open up and absorb the perfume better.
While bathing, use an unscented soap or body wash, or at least one with only a little scent so that you don’t have a clash of smells.
Include your hair while bathing, making sure it’s clean and soft too. Use a good shampoo and conditioner, a soft hair is more receptive to perfume.
Hydrate or moisturize your skin
If you don’t apply a moisturizer while bathing, then do so when you’re all washed and dried. The perfume is able to lock better on soft and smooth skin, it’s more difficult for this to happen or rough or dry akin.
A body oil or a lotion is a good idea, remember, this should also not be heavily scented.
You can use petroleum jelly as perfume will stick to its molecules rather than to your skin pores, that way, the fragrance lasts much longer. Apply the jelly in small dabs on your skin, especially at your pulse points like your collarbone, neck, knees, feet and elbow. When petroleum jelly is applied to such places and perfume is sprayed onto those spots right after, the fragrance tends to last longer.
Spray at Pulse Points
Pulse points are the points on the body where the blood vessels are closest to your skin. We say you should spray your perfume at this points because they emanate heat. The heat emanated causes the fragrance to be released from your skin to the air.
The pulse points include behind your ear lobes, inner wrists, throat base, cleavage, behind the knees, inner elbows and collarbones. Basically, perfumes tend to react to heat. It’s best to use this to your advantage by spraying on areas that emanate the most heat, i.e. your pulse points
Spray on your belly button
The belly button is a receptacle for scent. You can especially have your scent on your belly button when you’re wearing a bikini or a crop/hanging top.
Liv Tyler disclosed how she learned to do this from Steve Tyler, her father.
To use, have a few drops on your fingers and put them on your belly button. The smell sticks.
Apply the perfume before you put your clothes on
Spraying perfumes straight on your clothes may cause water marks that may stain your clothes and not come out easily. Not to mention, those marks are not a great sight, especially when you’re putting on white clothes. It’s best to apply the perfume directly on your skin, especially the pulse points, as we’ve said.
Make sure your skin is dry
After taking a warm shower, be sure that your skin is dry before spraying a perfume. Also do not spray a perfume if you’re all sweaty, the fragrance will not stick. It’s best to dry your skin first.
Find your perfect perfume
What lots of people do is that they get a designer perfume and automatically conclude that it’s the best one for them. Before getting a perfume, make sure you love its top and bottom notes.
A perfume’s top notes are the fragrances that hit your nostrils. They’re often herb smells, citrus or fruit smells. These wear off quickly, it’s important, therefore, to check bottom notes.
Usually, the bottom notes are natural or wood smells. To find out the bottom notes and be sure you like it, spray a little perfume on the back of your wrist, wait for it to dry before smelling it again. The smell you get is the bottom note and is different from the top note which is the initial smell.
For a lighter scent, spray the fragrance in the air and slowly walk into the mist
This is for when you do not want to smell of so much perfume. When you walk into the mist, the spray evenly gets distributed across your body leaving you with a light scent that can be sweet as opposed to strong smells (which is great too. It’s really all about occasions)
Don’t spray an alcohol-based fragrance directly on your skin
An alcohol-based fragrance should not be sprayed directly onto your hair as it could dry your hair out. Instead of spraying directly onto your hair, it’s best to spray on your hair brush and then run it through your hair. That way your hair will be lightly scented and free from damage.
You can create your own custom scent
To create your custom scent, layer fragrances. Spray a few fragrance blotters with different perfumes and oils and smell them simultaneously to check if they do complement each other. Do this until you find a combination that pleases you. Once you do, try it out on your skin as natural skin oils sometimes alter the way a perfume smells.
When layering, spray the strong one first before the light one so that the strong one does not overshadow the light one.
Choose a daytime or night-time fragrance
If you’re going to work, visiting the beach or maybe going out of time za day time fragrance works. However, if you’re going for a date or having dinner out with someone, it’s best to go for a night time fragrance.
You can tell which is which from the label. They often specify which is day and which is night time. You could also tell from the colour. Brighter colours like orange and yellow are often day time colours while darker ones like dark blue are often night fragrances.