Once you’ve chosen your favorite perfume or cologne, and now it is time to decide where you should apply it. Some people like to spray their fragrance on their neck and wrists, while others prefer to spritz the scent across their bodies. Which one of these methods is best for maximizing impact and longevity?
For the most part, people have two options when it comes to where they apply their perfume: on their clothes or themselves. It is important to know that while these are both valid places, one will be better for you than the other, depending on your personal needs. For example, if you want a scent that lasts all day and can still be smelled after showering at night, then applying fragrance directly onto your body is best since it will last longer. But even this would depend on the concentration and performance of the fragrance.
If you are looking for a more subtle and short-lasting scent throughout the day but don't mind reapplying once or twice to get this effect, then going with eau de toilet concentration lightly spritzed on your clothing application might work out better for you.
Understanding how long each type of application lasts and which areas to focus on can mean the difference between the perfume lasting all day or for a few hours.
How to Effectively Wear Perfume for Maximum Impact
Apply Fragrance Directly to Skin
Once you have selected the perfect perfume and the optimal concentration for your personal taste, body chemistry, and occasion, it's time to apply. This is where I always recommend using a fragrance blotter or testing on the skin rather than clothing. It can be difficult sometimes to detect what specific ingredients are in perfumes that may react with some fabrics but not others, so this precautionary measure ensures your scent will last longer without any unwanted surprises. The last think you want is to have brown, yell, red or other color stains on your white shirt or blouse from your fragrance. Another method would be to take a white sock or rag and test the fragrance on those things before you spray the fragrance on your expensive clothing.
Applying fragrances directly onto skin also allows the wearer to experience more of the depth of each note as they change over time throughout their day while giving off an aura of self-confidence during interactions with coworkers, clients, and friends alike. There’s nothing like being next to someone smelling irresistible. That someone should be you.
On Pulse Points
You should apply perfume to pulse points or the areas where blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin. The heat from these pulses will warm up and amplify the perfume's scent, which is why this part of your body is perfect for wearing fragrances! If you want your perfume to last all day, you will need it on these spots: neck, wrists (inside), behind knees, inside elbows, in between breasts/chest if female/male.
Neck: The neck is a great spot for perfume, and it's one of the most commonly worn places. When you're wearing an all-black outfit or dress with no sleeves (or any other color without much contrast), your collarbone will be visible and framed beautifully by the clothing - this makes your neck perfect to wear perfume! The neck is a very intimate area and if someone is close enough to your neck/face area a beautiful smelling fragrance just might seal the deal for you.
Inside Wrists: Another place that should always have some fragrance on them is inside your wrists. Your inner wrists are where there are many blood vessels close to the surface of your skin, so when you shake someone's hand, they'll get just as much scent from those areas as anywhere else on their body! Again, take care to evaluate your fragrance beforehand. Especially if you are wearing white or lighter colored long sleeves and your notice your fragrance has a darker color to it.
Behind Knees: Another great spot would be behind the knees. The backside of the knees makes for another hot zone due to the concentration of blood vessels there. When you sit down or cross your legs, this area will get some perfume love, and when you stand up again, it'll be ready to keep going!
Inside Elbows: And last but not least, inside elbows make another hot zone due to their proximity with other parts of your body where there's lots of heat coming from (namely behind knees). This makes them great spots for spraying on fragrance so people can notice as well!
On Your Chest Area
It is a great idea to apply perfume on your chest area since this is where your body's heat can help release the scent. If you are wearing an outfit with a low neckline or exposed cleavage, then it may also be sensible to spritz some fragrance in that region as well for maximum effect. Unless you are wearing a very low-cut dress or for the guys a deep V-Neck shirt then your clothing will be covering up most of the fragrance. However, your body will be keeping the fragrance nice and warm. Later on, once the garments are off your fragrance should still be projecting nicely.
On Your Hips and Inner Thighs Area
Perfume applied to the hips, and inner thighs will be a little more difficult for others to notice, but it can still work just as well. If you know that your evening plans involve being close with someone else, this may be an excellent way to get them in the mood while not outdoing yourself too much. Like with spraying in the chest area the hips and thighs will keep the fragrance warm and once the clothes are off your fragrance can really project.
Things You Should Do to Ensure Longevity of the Perfume
Avoid the Mist-and-Walk-Out Method
The first mistake that people make is misting themselves with perfume and then walking through the mist. This will disperse the fragrance unevenly, which leads to a short-lived scent. Also, you may be wasting up to half of each spray by utilizing the mist and walk out method and you’ll be scenting the floor as much as yourself. Argos Fragrances utilize ultra-fine mist, pressure sensitive atomizers that help give you the control of how much fragrance is used in each spray. This not only helps save money and your fragrance but ensures you spray just right amount of fragrance each time. If you are wearing your favorite perfume, this may not be an issue because there is enough on your skin for it to last throughout the day – but if you do want more longevity from your perfumes, try spraying them in strategic locations such as behind your ears or inside of elbows before heading out as we discussed above.
Resist Rubbing It On
Many people believe that rubbing the perfume on is best for getting it to last longer. However, this method actually causes your body oils and sweat to mix with the fragrance, which can quickly weaken its scent as you wear it throughout the day. Rubbing the fragrance can also break down the scent faster than it was intended and may lessen its performance.
Instead, apply just one small spritz of fragrance in a circular motion onto your pulse points - wrists, inside elbows, or behind ears so that it gradually mixes with your natural skin chemistry. Be sure not to over-apply because too much will make you feel sticky or leave a visible residue on clothing.
Don't Overdo It
When you're applying your fragrance, please don't overdo it. You want to apply a small amount of perfume on your pulse points, such as the inside wrist or neck, for best results. Overdoing it will cause people sensitive to smells to become overwhelmed by them and may make others think that you bathed in the perfume instead of occasionally dabbing throughout the day. If you have an atomizer or a fragrance oil rollerball you can always re-apply if you feel your scent is not powerful enough.
Where You Store Your Perfume Matters.
It would be best if you stored your perfume in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing it in humid areas or anywhere near heat sources. Humidity can alter the scent and cause some perfumes to deteriorate faster than others. Heat causes scents to become weaker over time so try not to keep your fragrance close by any ovens, fireplaces or where it could be exposed directly to direct sunlight or and of your heat-generating appliances.
A perfume is a great way to spice up your evening date or make the perfect first impression at work. The key, however, is knowing where and when to apply it for maximum impact and long-lasting fragrance! We hope this guide has been helpful. If you have any questions or need help, feel free to reach out! And don't forget that we're always here to answer your beauty-related questions and provide expert advice on how to get the most from what you've got.