Picking your favorite scent is not the easiest decision to make. For many of us, our choice of scent varies from occasion to occasion 💁
From sniffing endless scents to finally falling in love with one – you go through a whole process every time while picking a perfume. And what’s even more important is how we apply the perfume. Fragrance may be an invisible part of our wardrobe, but it certainly leaves your mark on the people around you 😉
So, in order to ensure a perfume is worth the costly investment, you need to know how to use it in the right manner. We’re here to share some secret tricks and hacks to help you always smell your best!
1. Use your head, spray your hair
Every scent smells different on every skin type. Where you put perfume matters a lot. In a country like the UAE where temperatures are above 35 degrees for 9 months in the year, make sure you do not apply scent directly on your body since natural oils on the skin, caused by sweat, can destroy the perfume 🥵Instead, spraying mist on your hair or a scarf lasts longer since it moves with the air and it helps with the diffusion of the scent.
2. Choose the right concentration
Always remember: Higher the concentration, higher the price – but in most cases, it’s definitely worth it. The concentration in a fragrance is the strength that it holds and is of five different types – Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, cologne and Eau Fraiche. The more the perfume oil, the longer the scent lasts due to the concentration strength in the fragrance 👃 With perfume or Parfum holding a high concentration of perfume oil, they last up to 6-8 hours (or maybe even the entire day) followed by EDP, EDT and cologne. Pick the right concentration according to your needs keeping this in mind 👍
3. Don’t rub, spray the mist
If you think rubbing wrist against wrist is a way of spreading scent, you are living in a bubble 🙄 According to experts, rubbing your skin with mist on it to another body part, heats up skin that produces enzymes on the body which also changes the course of the scent. Instead, to preserve the notes of your fragrance, spray the mist separately on your wrists or pulse points of the neck, let the scent sink in and you will realize that it lasts longer 😍
4. Know your notes
Scent notes are top, heart and base wherein over a period of time, the scent starts to fade 😯 The top note, being the strongest scent, lasts for 15 minutes which further gives way to the middle or heart note that may last for a few hours. Eventually, the base or bottom-most note is the true, rich and heavy scent that lingers throughout the rest of the day. The next time you pick a scent, don’t just spray it and judge the fragrance. Space out or walk away from the store and wait for a few minutes till your scent settles into the skin and then decide your next purchase 🛒
5. Target pulse/warm areas on your body
Here’s a trick we often forget. Spraying perfume on pulse points on the body helps fragrance develop faster since these spots emit heat 🔥 The body heat generated by pulse points helps intensify the fragrance and can often diffuse and magnify a scent, but it doesn’t guarantee longevity. While applying scent, the target areas exposed to the air can be the pulse points of the neck and the wrists or inner elbows. Don’t forget what Coco Chanel once said, “A woman should wear perfume wherever she wants to be kissed” 😉
6. The best come in small packages, maybe
Miniatures or perfume in small bottles are not only portable, easy to carry or save money in the long run, but always leave a dense scent 🤔 Here’s why: small-bottled perfumes may be also called ‘pure perfumes’ since they contain fragrance oils with very little water or alcohol. Even though they have a lasting effect, it doesn’t mean you should wear them at all times. Higher concentrated perfume can make it hard for your nose to decipher and distinguish individual scents and tones 👃
7. Less is more
Last but not least, too much of anything can tamper with moods. Too much of cologne can be overpowering for people around you 🤢 So, if you want to leave a lasting impression with your perfume, go less and keep it easy. You are surely going to leave your mark, literally and figuratively.
Written and Researched by Simran Kanal