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How To Apply Perfume To Make it Last Longer and Smell Beautiful

Do you know how to apply perfume so that you get the most out of it every single day? It can actually make a big difference on how long your scent lasts and what it really smells like on you. However, with a few helpful hints on the art of layering your fragrance, you will find that you smell fantastic all day long and never have to reapply your scent.

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Perfume Interacts With Your Chemistry

You might know that perfume interacts with your own body chemistry to give you that unique smell everyone notices. Many people miss out on this unique blend because they tend to spray their fragrance on their clothing and instead of where perfume should go, which is on the skin.

If you spray your perfume onto your clothing, the only thing you’re really getting is scented clothes and that’s almost a waste of valuable perfume.

Since perfume is made partly of oils, as it warms with contact to the skin, it gives you the essential “fragrance halo”. So, lesson one in proper perfume application begins with ensuring that contact with the skin.

How To Apply Perfume

You should also know that your perfume won’t last very long if you apply it to dry skin. Make sure your skin is properly moisturized before application and if you need additional moisture, you might want to rub some petroleum jelly or high moisturizing lotion on your skin for an added fragrance boost once you apply your perfume.

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How to Apply Perfume

When applying your perfume, consider what type of clothing you’re wearing for the day and you can apply your fragrance with that in mind. For instance, if you are wearing a dress, a skirt, or shorts – go ahead and give the back of each knee a squirt so that you can have the fragrance gently trailing behind you. Plus, this is great for daytime use, since it’s further from the nose.

Wearing a v-neck, or scoop neck and a delicate or subtle fragrance? Add some to the cleavage for your own pleasure and a little added boost of fragrance. Here’s a hot tip: if you’re out on a date or at the club, this can be nice if that special someone has to lean in to talk to you.

How To Apply Perfume To Make it Last Longer and Smell Beautiful

If you spray on your wrists don’t rub them together since this can cause the fragrance to be “crushed”.

You can also spritz the hollow of the base of your neck if it’s a light fragrance, otherwise, apply a small amount behind the ears.

Apply Your Fragrance So It’s Not Over Powering

Properly applying your fragrance might seem easy, but if you aren’t sure the golder rule is less is more. You would be surprised at how far a little fragrance really goes.

It seems as if we’ve all had that time when we first started wearing fragrance that we simply applied way too much of it to our bodies. Instead of smelling great, we wound up smelling as if we had taken a perfume bath.

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Even the best smelling perfumes and colognes can become overpowering, so it’s important to know how much you should apply for the perfect balance.

The first thing that you need to know is that many good quality perfumes can easily become overpowering. Wear too much and you’ll certainly notice the way people look at you. The goal of fragrance is to extend a gentle haze of scent that trails delicately behind you. The idea is to turn heads wherever you go.

If you’re wondering how you can keep from overdoing your fragrance, remember that the warmer months will make any scent stronger, so keep it light and delicate or opt for an eau de toilette during these times.

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As a rule, eau de toilette is lighter and you can get away with applying a little more if you like. This is because most perfumes are made up almost entirely of the perfume oils, but eau de toilette is often quite watered down which makes it lighter and more wearable. Another bonus is that eau de toilette is substantially less expensive than its more potent perfume counterpart.


Selena Marc is a fragrance enthusiast, freelance writer, and dog mom living in Houston, Texas. When she's not writing about her favorite new perfumes, you can find her enjoying yoga or a morning hike.