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The Right Way to Wear Perfume

Make your fragrance last and smell its best

So, you’ve gone and spent an unholy amount of money on the perfume that is destined to become your signature scent. By noon, however, those floral top notes vanished. Sound familiar? To make your perfume last all day, read on.

Soak It Up
Always apply your fragrance after showering or bathing. Clean, damp skin is best for absorbing those beautiful base notes (ie, the ones that anchor the fragrance). You can even layer a lotion from the same product line as your perfume for extra staying power. Also, make sure to do this naked! The more skin there is to soak up your scent, the better. (Besides, isn’t there just something so sultry about perfuming in the nude?)

Pulse Points

Like your grandmother always said, apply perfume to your pulse points: your wrists, your cleavage, behind your earlobes, the crooks of your elbows, the backs of your knees and even your inner thighs. Because the blood vessels are closer to the surface of the skin in these areas, the skin tends to be warmer. This warmth will allow the scent to blossom. However, do not perfume all of these pulse points. If you are wearing your hair up, spritz behind the ears. If you’re wearing a skirt or dress, use some on the backs of your knees.

Less Is More
We all know those people who wear way too much perfume: old Aunt Maude, that woman in Human Resources and the lady you stood next to at the drugstore. Don’t be one of those people. To determine how much perfume you should, check the bottle. If you’re using an Eau de Parfum, three spritzes should do it. If you’re using an Eau de Toilette, you can use up to five. When in doubt, remember The Golden Rule of Perfumery: Less is always more.  

Let It Dry
Patience is a virtue when it comes to wearing perfume. After spritzing your scent, experts say, you should wait about an hour before getting dressed. This will prevent your scent from rubbing off onto your clothes. We realize you may not have an hour to stroll around naked but the longer you wait, the longer your perfume will last.

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