Fragrances don’t come with an instruction manual because it’s simple enough, right? Aim, press and away you go. But, if you want to get the most out each spray and keep your favourite scent staying perfectly in-tact for as long as possible, we’ve got a few tips up our sleeves that will elevate your spritzing game.
Where to spray perfume
You reach for your favourite scent, what’s your next move? Do you:
a) send the scent into the air and walk into it
b) spray it on your wrist and lightly dab
c) leave no body part left uncovered
Everyone has their own ritual, but some are better than others when it comes to enjoying the scent the way it was intended – layers of intoxicating notes revealing themselves over a long stretch of time.
So to wear perfume like a pro, you’ll want to spray it at arm’s length so that when it reaches your skin it’s a light mist as opposed to a pool of liquid. Not only does the mist effect cover more surface area, it also allows the scent to dry and develop naturally.
Pay special attention to your pulse points, as they emit extra heat which is like a booster for your fragrance. Think places like your wrists, neck, inside of the elbows and lesser known hot spots like behind your knees and ears.
Tips to get the most out of each spray
Layer up your scent
For maximising the longevity and impact of your scent, try a layering technique. For most scents you can find body care products within the collection, so start by opting for a delicately scented shower gel and body lotion, before spraying the perfume. Go even further by topping up with rollerball scents, deodorants and mists.
Keep your eyes peeled for gift sets in your favourite fragrances, as they often come complete with matching bodycare (and sometimes at no extra cost!).
Don’t rub it
This is a common fragrance faux-pas. While it may be tempting to tap your wrists together as soon as you’ve sprayed your scent, it interferes with the drying process and can bruise the notes in the fragrance and alter the scent. Instead, leave your fragrance to dry naturally on your skin.
Know your scent
Before you treat every bottle of fragrance the same, always check the label or ask an expert (we’re always a few taps away) on how to use the fragrance to its fullest potential. For example: an aftershave that’s been designed as a splash-on and works to close pores after a shave is a different product entirely to an eau de toilette (EDT) that should never be used on freshly-shaved skin.
How to store perfume
Bottles of perfumes may up your #shelfie game and look great displayed in your bathroom, but the best place to store them is in a cool, dark place. By keeping your favourite bottles out of direct sunlight and in their box or a cupboard, you can preserve the scent for longer. So, if you always have a few fragrances on the go at once, or save a scent for extra special occasions, you might want to reconsider that spot on your dressing table and keep them out of sight until you need them.