The art of applying perfume the right way.

The Je ne sais quoi of a romantic date, the delightful scent that makes you turn your head when a stranger walks past you, the subtle feeling of confidence when applied ever-so-perfectly. Perfume magic. 

Not only aworldwide symbol of luxury and expression of personal style and taste; perfume has long been one of the most beloved and treasured beauty products by both men and women for centuries. With that in mind,, it is only natural that some common techniques of application have been cultivated throughout its long history. However, in our opinion, not all of the common thoughts on perfume application are correct. That is why we decided to put together a list of a few perfume application rules that we at Dossier live by. After all, we want you to get the most out of our perfumes! 

Some rules are meant to be broken; some rules are not. 

When applied incorrectly, perfume can lose its scent and wear off quickly or, even worse, it can be applied heavily and smell too strong. The thought that cheaper perfumes are the cause of scents wearing off or not smelling the same as they did when you first sprayed them, is not always the case. As a matter of fact, Dossier offers $29 perfumes that are developed to last the entire day. It is extremely important the simple process in which you apply it. 

Before jumping into application rules and tips, we want to make clearhow much is enough. Generally speaking, two sprays at a couple of pulse points is perfect for the day. “If you go crazy trying to cover every inch of your skin from your neck down, you’re going to have a heavy scent following you, rather than a hint. Translation: Your co-workers are going to hateyou. “Typically [you can get away with] about five sprays anywhere that you like on your body,” adds Nilsen, senior perfumer at Givaudan. But any more than that and you’re entering the eau no zone.”  Making your co-workers or the people next to you on the train nauseous because of too much perfume is not a nice  thing to do. We are sure everyone has experienced what it’s like to be near someone doused in a scent. 

01 Apply to wet or moisturized skin.

The age-old technique of applying perfume to the wrists and rubbing together is one that we must debunk right away. You have surely seen your grandmother, mother, or someone in the movies apply perfume this way. However, the truth of the matter is “If you rub your wrists together, you’ll force the top notes to disappear faster than intended and as a result make your fragrance not last as long.” Rubbing only rubs off the scent, it does not help it penetrate into your skin.

To further stress not rubbing. When the top notes disappear, the fragrance no longer has the same scent. It will not deliver the same pleasing aroma intended. Therefore, “to preserve the integrity of your fragrance ,and also ensure it lasts longer on your skin, spritz both wrists lightly, let the liquid sink in, and then do absolutely nothing at all.”

02 Spray or dab and let dry, don’t rub.

Speaking of skin, let’s talk about the ideal conditions for perfume application. The best time to apply perfume is right after the shower, when your skin is wet or you have just moisturized. This is because your pores will be open and the added moisture will help the scent penetrate into your skin. ““Perfume doesn’t last long on dry skin,” says Kurkdjian ,award-winning French-Armenian perfumer, who suggests either a companion body lotion to your fragrance or an unscented moisturizer to prevent any olfactory interference.” You can also consider the use of vaseline on the points where you apply the perfume. “The ointment, which is occlusive, will hold the fragrance to your skin longer than if you were to spray it onto dry skin.”

We also recommend applying perfume before getting dressed. The alcohol in many perfumes can stain clothing or block it and cause it to not penetrate the skin. For a light aroma, spray the perfume in the air and walk through it. This ensures that the fragrance is evenly and delicately dispersed all over your body.

03 Pulse points are your best friend.

The warm areas of your body are exactly where you want to apply perfume. “To make your scent last longer, choose a couple target areas or pulse points. The warm areas will help diffuse the fragrance across your entire body and spraying your ankles and calves will allow the scent to rise throughout the day.” As you work up warmth during the day, the fragrance will emanate from the pulse points and in turn help you smell amazing even longer. No one likes the scent of sweat, we much prefer the scent of a lovely perfume.

On that note, it is important to not cover up areas where you applied the perfume. “Target areas exposed to the air: the pulse points of the neck and the wrists or inner elbows, if you’re wearing a sleeveless blouse. The only exception, however, is if you’re in an intensely hot climate—then it’s best to not apply scent directly to your body. “As you sweat, the natural oils of the skin [can] destroy your perfume faster,” he says, while offering the chic alternative of lightly misting your hair, scarf, or sarong. “Because they move with the air, it helps with the diffusion of the scent.” Talk about leaving a lasting impression.” Instead of spraying perfume directly over your hair, we like to spray it on a brush first. This will help the oils and alcohol in most perfumes keep from ruining your style.

Some other places that we like to apply are theankles, the top of the ear, and the belly button. Not always the warmest places on the body but often exposed to air.

04 Spritzing your wool & cashmere clothes can help prolong the scent.

As mentioned above we suggest spraying perfume directly on moisturized skin before getting dressed. However, for those who enjoy adding an extra splash to fabrics, “spritzing your wool and cashmere clothes with fragrance can help achieve a longer lasting scent, too.” Some materials hold the scent better than others. Another scent secret is to line your drawers with tissue paper and then spray the paper. The folded clothing will absorb just a hint of the perfume, and your drawers will smell amazing every time you open them.

We also like to spray sheets, pillows, and curtains with perfume. These techniques can give a subtle calming aroma to any space. As you walk into your home or living space you will get gentle notes of your favorite fragrance and instantly feel even more comfortable.

The most important things to remember!

When applying perfume, we recommend that you always moisturize then spray, never rub, and try to find the warm places on your body that are exposed to air. If you want a lighter scent spray and then slowly walk through or try spraying your clothing. To have the scent of your favorite perfume dispersed around your home, every once in a while, spray fabrics like pillows and curtains. However, we can not stress enough, when it comes to how to apply perfume, “less is more”. 

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