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The ABCs of Applying Perfume

The appealing fragrance of a perfume has been described as being like gathering an armful of luscious rose petals at the height of their bloom. Fragrances today last longer on the skin than ever before. To use an example, Revlon's "Lasting" is truly that.  "Lasting" has the ability to keep its fragrant lasting power for up to ten hours. Sometimes, the way a perfume is applied helps your fragrance last longer. There are some easy tips to applying your favourite fragrance that everyone should know.

Before buying a fragrance always try it out on your own skin first. A fragrance sprayed on a cardboard piece of paper will give you an inkling of how it smells but not how it will smell on YOU. Chemistry in the perfume and chemistry in your body react to change the scent of any fragrance. Sometimes the difference in scent of the perfume is only slight when applied to your body. Some times the difference is quite dramatic. Just because a perfume smells great on your best friend doesn't mean that it will smell the same on you. And keep in mind that not all fragrances smell the exact same on everybody, as no two body chemistries are the exact same. Spray the scent on the inside of your wrist and then allow it to warm and absorb into your skin. Your own personal body oils will determine how the scent will smell on you. Please also remember that the scent of a fragrance changes while you wear it. After you try on a perfume, notice the change in aroma as the day progresses.  Different aspects of a fragrance emerge as the day goes on. Make sure you will like your chosen perfume all day long.

Do not be hasty in deciding whether or not a scent is suitable for you or not. Instead, after applying it, give it twenty minutes to an hour to make a proper determination. Or better yet, every couple of hours let your nose have a whiff of it and see if the original scent retains its fragrance. Longevity of a scent is important when choosing a perfume. If you have a spouse, partner, or someone you spend a lot of time with, you may want to take them with you to try on a fragrance. Ask if they still like the way you smell as the day goes on. Once applied to your inner wrist never rub it on your other wrist as this can alter the scent of the fragrance tremendously. Instead, spray the fragrance on the other wrist, for a more accurate indication of the scent's reaction to your body chemistry.

Once you have chosen your fragrance, you need to know how to apply it. There are a few basic, simple suggestions that will give your perfume its best chance to enhance your personal beauty. One tip that most folks don't know is that perfume should be applied before you get dressed for the day. Perfume can leave some nasty stains on clothing, or ruin the finish of your jewellery. This rule is especially important if you plan on wearing your delicate pearls, favourite bracelet, or watch.

The best places to apply fragrance are on the pulse points of your body.  Pulse points are between your breasts, around the ankles, the sides of the neck, and behind your knees, as well as on the wrists. If you wear a watch or bracelet, be careful when spraying scents. And please spray lightly. No matter how beautiful your fragrance is, if it is excessively placed on your body, it will be offensive to the people around you. Excessive perfume can also make some people ill, give them an allergic reaction, asthma attack or headache. Usually a smaller amount of perfume would have been no problem to these people. So be considerate when applying your favourite fragrance. A good rule of thumb for applying your favourite fragrance is that less is more. This is particularly important to keep in mind if you are attending a social or business related event where there will be lots of people. A tiny amount of a fragrance applied with a light hand to a pulse point is all that is really needed. And remember big events also have lots of women and men wearing lots of different fragrances. Too much competition between fragrances can be quite overwhelming.

For those with skin on the dry side you will need to reapply your fragrance often. People with light skin will need to reapply perfume more often as well. Dry skin doesn't retain scent as well as skin higher in oil content. This is because a fragrance evaporates and absorbs more quickly when applied to a drier skin. Oily and dark skin seems to retain a scent longer than does dry skin, as well. Oily skin and darker skin prevent a fragrance's evaporation, and causes a scent to last longer…

A tip that is not well known is to spray the outside of your hand instead of your wrist. This works because it allows the scent to defuse in an outward direction so you can gently share you scent with others.  This technique is airy and oh so subtle, which is what you want. Another option is spraying the air, and then simply walking through the scent as it falls around you. This technique is perfect for those of us who tend to get carried away when applying perfume, and is a subtle yet effective way of perfuming yourself. If you are concerned about your outfit, using the technique of spraying into the air and walking into the perfume will not affect your clothing in any adverse manner.

Wise women have discovered that, because heat rises, placing your perfume on the back of the knees is a very subtle way to use perfume. When your body heat rises, the fragrance rises also. Also, a clean body and clean hair allows your perfume's scent to remain pure. Don't forget that a scented body wash or soap will influence your perfume's scent, as well.

Using light applications of scent is a good habit to develop early in life. Our sense of smell is not as sharp as we get older.  Therefore, we cannot always accurately gauge whether we are wearing too much perfume. If you are in a habit of lightly applying your fragrance, you will continue to apply it lightly as you age. We might automatically assume that if we cannot smell our fragrance on our own skin that no one else can either. Never assume this is the case! If you are unsure, check with your partner or friend to make sure you haven't done your fragrance and friends an injustice by spraying on too much perfume.

Some people have a signature perfume that they have claimed as their own personal fragrance. This scent becomes associated with the person who wears it. It is perfectly acceptable to wear different scents for different occasions. It can also be fun to try a new perfume several times a year. These simple tips will assure that you smell great, and that you do justice to the beautiful fragrance you have chosen. Using your perfume wisely enhances you personally and should be enjoyable for the people around you.