A lovely fragrance can set a mood, portray your feelings, and draw others in. You may wear perfume to feel pretty, smell amazing, and put forth a positive image. However, a cloying or overpowering scent can create the opposite of the desired effect. It can drive others away, trigger allergies, and leave you wondering where you went wrong. Additionally, if you enjoy scents, you know that a good fragrance can be very pricey. Here are some tips to use your perfume or cologne strategically and to the best advantage. This way, you will get the most from your investment and won’t irritate or aggravate others around you.
12. Test a Fragrance Before Purchasing
Before purchasing a new fragrance, be sure to properly test it out. First, see if you enjoy the scent by spraying it onto a cardboard beauty blotter. Next, beauty editor Dave Lackie recommends this technique for testing it on your skin. First, spritz your wrist, allow it to dry for 20 seconds, then give it a sniff. Next, allow the perfume a full 30 minutes to interact with your particular body chemistry before smelling it again. Engage in another activity while time passes, then lift your wrist for another whiff. If the aroma still pleases you, then this may be the scent for you.
11. Apply Scent to Your Pulse Points
Perfumes release their aroma when exposed to heat, which makes your pulse points the perfect spots for applying scent. The neck, wrists, ears, inner elbows, and backs of the knees are favorite spots to spritz a bit of scent. Choose only one or two spots to apply perfume, as applying too much can be overwhelming. Additionally, avoid rubbing your wrists together after spraying perfume on them. The friction of rubbing your skin heats up the perfume and can alter the scent. Instead, simply give your wrists a light spritz and allow them to dry naturally.