Fragrances. I used to work with a man who loved his oily scents. Before you saw him coming, you could smell him a mile away and his strong scent lingered on everything he touched long, long after he left. Overkill. He’s a nice guy, but he always made my nose burn.
Fragrances tell a lot about us and oftentimes, it can leave a lasting impression. You always want that impression to be favorable. Whether your fragrance is fruity, citrus-y, floral, oceanic or ambered, the art of putting on a scent can be quite complex. Contrary to what your high school friends told you or even what Marilyn Monroe actually practiced – no human being should bathe (literally nor figuratively) in perfume.
Here are a few tips to ensure you’re putting on your perfume correctly:
1) Shower first: Always. Nuff said.
2) Where’s your pulse? Traditionally, the best places to apply a scent are on the wrists, behind the earlobes, the creases of your elbows and in between your breasts. You want to look for your pulse points because they generate a great deal of heat and when a fragrance is warm, it’s scent becomes more distinct.
3) Less is more: Don’t overdo it. The areas listed above are great places to dab your fragrance, however, you don’t need to douse every place every single time. (avoid applying to the wrist, elbows, throat, ears and chest all at once!) Find a routine and own it.
4) Apply perfume first: Before you dress for the day or put on any accessories. You don’t want your oily fragrances staining your clothing. Also, if you plan on wearing the same necklace again soon and changing your perfume, you’ll want to make sure there is no residue from some other fragrance.
5) Don’t clap: There’s no need to slap your wrists together to rub in your perfume. It’ll only dull the fragrance.
6) Expand your horizons: Try new scents. Feel free to explore other fragrances into your daily routine. Keep them guessing! However, if you’re like me, you also have a signature scent. Mine is Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Still’.
I love it! There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite scent that you reach for over the others. Just remember to keep it fresh.
7) The knees: It has been said by Derek Blasberg that “classy girls put perfume on their legs..” The backs of the knees are a warm part of the body which creates a sweet-smelling cloud around the woman’s body.
Keep in mind, everyone loves a great smelling woman and man for that matter. Let your scent be so captivating, they’ll never want to let you go!
“…because when you look good, you should smell good too.” Candace Woods
Cardiganists and Pearlers, what’s your favorite scent? Anything you’d like to recommend? Share with us!