How to get the most out of your fragrances

There comes a time where every girl starts to build up her perfume collection and while perfume seems to be one of the more simple accessories, it can actually be quite tricky to achieve that long-lasting scent.

No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.

Coco Chanel

Wearing a fragrance well requires a little more skill than an easy spritz, as environmental factors and placement make a big difference and pulse points are considered to be the best places to spray perfume.

Pulse Points

The “pulse points” are areas of the body where the blood vessels are closest to the skin which emanate heat and help the fragrance release into the air.

There are six locations which are preferable, including the inner wrists, the base of the throat, behind the ear lobes, the cleavage, behind the knees and inner elbows.

How to apply perfume

Application is easy, simply spray or dab – however, rubbing the wrists should be avoided as it can “crush” the scent.

Some women prefer to spritz their perfume into the air and walk through it, this is effective but can waste product and is not cost effective if you’re on a budget.

Always apply perfume before putting on clothes and accessories as some scents have been known to cause staining.

Avoid applying fragrances near your eyes, in the armpit, and around the genitalia to prevent irritation and serious damage to sensitive areas.

How to make fragrances last longer

Fragrances fade faster when your skin is dry, so having a good skincare routine can help scents last longer.

Using matching scents and layering products from the same line can be effective. For instance, a body gel, moisturiser and perfume by the same brand, all with the same scent can help maintain fullness and extend throughout the day.

A more unconventional method is applying petroleum jelly to your pulse points, as perfume droplet cling to it instead of sinking into your pores and reduce the need to reapply your fragrance later in the day.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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