The Best Places to Apply Fragrances

Including places you may not have considered

Most of us will give a lot of thought over which cologne or perfume we will select to become our signature fragrance. We’ll scour over the latest online fragrance reviews, or we’ll allow ourselves to be spritzed at the counter of our favorite store or we’ll follow the recommendation of a friend in making this important decision. Yet, as careful as some of us are in making the choice of what fragrance to wear, many of us won’t even think twice when it comes to where to apply our favorite cologne or perfume. We all know that the common places to apply fragrances are the wrists, ears, neck, etc. However, by limiting the application of your fragrance to these areas you may be missing out on some other enticing possibilities. Here are a few other places to apply fragrances that many experts recommend.

  • In Your Hair: Perfume applied here (lightly so as not to dry out the hair) latches onto hair fibers which in turn makes the scent last longer.
  • Inside Your Elbows: This pulse point is a nice change of pace from spritzing the wrist yet it is just as effective.
  • Behind Your Knees: Veins are particularly close to the skin in this area of the body thus it is a pulse point that generates heat. This heat helps to project the scent outwards.
  • In Your Belly Button: The navel radiates heat and this is essential for pushing the scent of colognes and fragrances outwards.
  • Down Your Calves: Try spritzing your favorite fragrance on the sides of your calf. The friction cause by your walking about will help to radiate the scent. This spot is also particularly effective if you wear shorts or a skirt.
  • On Your Feet: This off sounding place is not so odd when you think of it. Your feet are in motion during most of the day, so what better way is there to leave your scent gently wafting behind you as you travel?

In a nutshell, giving a little more thought to where you apply your fragrance will help in several ways. The first is that it will make the scent all the more potent if you maximize your body’s pulse points, etc. The second is that it can make your fragrance last longer and therefore give you more “bang for the buck”. Finally, by following some of these suggestions you will be following tried and true methods that many experts have researched and have found to be maximum application points.

The Top Unisex Fragrances of the Year

When it comes to fragrances most of us, l were taught to think in delineated terms. There are scents for men and there are scents for women and that’s all there is to it. In other words, gender is the line in the sand that fragrance buyers dare not cross. However, some fragrance makers have made great strides in erasing that line by developing and introducing to the market fragrances that are gender neutral. And while every fragrance buyer may not yet accept this idea, many have. This growing acceptance of gender neutral fragrances is why some are calling 2016 the year of unisex fragrances. Here are a few of the most popular fragrances in that bold, new area.

CK2 by Calvin Klein: As early as 1994 fragrance giant Calvin Klein had a hit in the unisex fragrance category with CK One. Repeating the success of that gender neutral fragrance is CK 2. CK2 top notes are mandarin and violet. Below that are notes of vetiver, incense, and sandalwood. All this results in a fragrance that is sweet but not cloyingly so

Tom Ford Black Orchid: This fragrance, although heavily marketed to women, is also being worn by men. It is comprised of French jasmine, black truffle, ylang-ylang, black currant and effervescent citrus all producing an alluring aroma that is luxurious and sensuous.

Valentino Uomo: “Uomo” in Italian literally means “man.” However, don’t be fooled by its moniker. It’s understated, leathery aroma appeals to men and women. It contains notes of bergamot, coffee and hazelnut.

Unbreakable by Khloé and Lamar: This fragrance was introduced back in 2011 by Khloé Kardashian and quickly took it place among the unisex scents released that year. Its top notes include green apple, apricot, bergamot, saffron. Its other notes are Lily, geranium, jasmine, and red berries.

Yves Saint Laurent Tuxedo: This scent is one of several fragrances inspired by Yves Saint Laurent clothing. The key to this fragrance is that while it has bold masculine notes such as black pepper and smoked patchouli it also has a feminine edge with notes such as bergamot and lily of the valley.

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme: Although this entry appears to have a seemingly masculine aroma with notes of cedar wood and patchouli, it is softened with feminine notes of Amalfi lemon and lavender. The result is a complicated, citrusy aroma.

Finally, if you are a hold out to the notion that gender lines should not be crossed when it comes to fragrances then hopefully one or some combination of these fragrances will help change your mind. Many have come around to the idea that gender neutral fragrances are appealing and are on par with many gender specific labels.

America’s Top Fragrances

Given that there are countless fragrances on the market today, there are bound to be a special few that stand apart from the rest. These perfumes and colognes have scent combinations that captivate the public’s imagination in a way that their competitors do not. And although selecting a fragrance is a uniquely personal choice, the general public has reached an almost universal consensus as to the power and appeal that certain perfumes and colognes possess. With these, fragrance buyers have in a sense voted with their noses on which are the most popular colognes and perfumes in the country. Is your perfume included among America’s most popular fragrances? Here is a list in reverse order of popularity.

  • Angel Thierry Mugler for women: This uniquely sweet smelling perfume comes in a very distinctive looking, star-shaped bottle. It blends together notes of coconut, melon, jasmine, honey, blackberry, peach, rose, amber, vanilla, caramel and chocolate.
  • Guilty by Gucci: Gucci is a name that is synonymous with elegance and taste. This 9th place entry blends different floral notes including pink pepper, lilac, mandarin, peach, geranium, patchouli and amber.  It was first released in 2010 and continues to stimulate the senses of fragrance aficionados.
  • La Vie Est Belle Lancôme: Released in 2012, this perfume has as its main note iris and mixes with lower notes including jasmine, orange blossom, pear, black currant, and other aromas to create an awe-inspiring smell.
  • Burberry Brit Burberry: Created in 2003 by Nathalie Cracia-Gett, Burberry Brit combines notes of white almond, frosted pear, green lemon with lesser notes including mahogany and amber.
  • J’Adore Christian Dior: Created in 1999 this perfume has as its spokesperson actress Charlize Theron. It is composed of mandarin orange, plum, jasmine, rose, orchid all of which create a distinctive floral scent.
  • No.5 Chanel: A staple in most top fragrance lists, Chanel No. 5 has long been one of the best selling fragrances in the world.
  • Miss Dior (new version) Dior: Created in 2012 by Francois Demachy, this perfume combines Italian mandarin, Egyptian jasmine, rose, patchouli with musk.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue: This fragrance, which first appeared in 2001, is composed of Sicilian lemon, cedar, bamboo, apple, bellflower, rose and is evocative of summer.
  • Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf: Released in 2005 by Olivier Polge, et al. is a combination of orchid, jasmine, rose, freesia, African orange flower, patchouli, green tea, bergamot and musk
  • And the most popular fragrance in the nation isCoco Mademoiselle Chanel. First launched in 2001 by Jacques Polge, the main notes of this fragrance are mandarin orange, bergamot, orange flower, vanilla and other scents including musk.

Finally, the most important thing to remember is that when choosing your special scent you are doing so for yourself and perhaps a loved one. Fragrances that are popular and that appeal to many people are nice but you should not use this as the sole criteria for choosing a cologne or perfume. After all, everyone has a different body chemistry, tastes etc.

The World’s Most Expensive Perfumes

In 2011 history was made in the fragrance industry. One bottle of DKNY Golden Delicious – sold for a whopping $1 million. This makes it the most expensive cologne ever sold. This astonishing record also demonstrates the importance that fragrances have held in world history. They are more than aromas that we react to positively. They have long been symbols of status and indicators of a person’s taste and breeding. In ancient Egypt, for example, they were once offered as tribute to rulers and conquerors having equal value with gold and other precious metals. Moreover, religious leaders have in the past used fragrances as critical components in their ceremonies. So it is little wonder that some people are willing to pay what are for most of us exorbitant prices for certain fragrances. Here is a list of some of the most expensive fragrances in the world so sit back and imagine yourself as being one of the few people in the world who can afford these liquid treasures.

More of the World’s Most Expensive Fragrances

  • Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes (USD $6,800 per ounce): Sold at Harrods in London, this fragrance is so rare and expensive that it is actually sold in minute amounts of less than an ounce (0.25 oz).
  • Chanel Grand Extrait (USD $4,200 per ounce) First made in 1921 by perfumer Ernest Beaux this fragrance is made from Rose and jasmine from Chanel’s own custom fields in France.
  • Clive Christian No 1 (USD $2,150 per ounce): This perfume is a bold combination of vanilla, sandalwood, concentrates of ylang (a tropical tree that originates in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines) et al. In the early 2000s it was considered to be one of the most lavishly scented fragrances available. The bottle is also decorated with a 1/3rd ct precious stone on the neck.
  • Hermès 24 Faubourg (USD $1,500 per ounce): Created in 1995 by perfumer Maurice Roucel, this uncommon blend of orange bloom, jasmine, tiare blossom, patchouli, ylang, iris, vanilla, ambergris, and sandalwood had a very limited production run. Only 1,000 containers were ever constructed.
  • Caron’s Poivre (USD $1,000 per ounce): Launched in 1954 by Michel Morsetti, this fragrance is based on pepper and is said to appeal to both sexes.

Yes, most of us can only imagine owning these rare fragrances as they are often limited in release and always priced for the most extreme fragrance aficionados. Many of us can only imagine the aromas wafting from these often bejeweled bottles of perfume. However, take heart in knowing that are many more affordable fragrances on the market that are exquisite nonetheless and that won’t cost you a fortune to posses.

More Favorite Fragrances for Fall 2016

All around us the sights, sounds and fragrances associated with summer are waning as the fall makes its return. In fact, fall asserting itself in a big way symbolizes how change cannot be overcome. But why try to fight change? Why not take this cue from nature to make some changes starting with the choice of a new fragrance? Why not take your cues from fragrance makers who are retaining and mixing some of the notes of summer with fall fragrances to make exiting new colognes and perfumes? Here are some more favorite fall fragrances for men and women that do just that.

Fall Favorites for Women

Downtown Calvin Klein: The entry mixes floral notes with woody notes resulting in an understated fragrance that still delivers a lovely, delicate scent. Contained in this warm, light fragrance are notes of green pear, watery plum, pink peppercorn, gardenia and violet leaf.

Boucheron Place Vendôme: A warmer, sexier, more aggressive scent than Downtown, this entry is characterized by its classic feminine scent. The top notes of this entry are more floral than woody with notes of honey, jasmine petals, cedar, and benzoin.

Katy Perry Killer Queen: The pop star’s first two fragrances were sweet and candy scented but this one is more a mixture of floral and woody notes including wild berries and plum plus patchouli, and cashmere. The result is a more seductive, less playful fragrance than her first two entries.

Fall Favorites for Men

Maison Martin Margiela “Replica – Jazz Club” Men’s Cologne: This masculine fragrance is characterized by base notes of vanilla and tobacco leaf mixed with top notes of pink pepper, lemon and neroli oil. It asserts itself without being overwhelming.

Tom Ford ‘Tobacco Vanille’ for Men: Containing notes of ginger, tobacco leaves, vanilla, anise, coriander and more, this cologne is inspired by the old world men’s clubs.

Dior ‘Sauvage’ Eau de Toilette: The entry has won awards from men’s magazines for best fragrance and is one of the more affordable men fragrances out there. The top notes of this fragrance include Reggio di Calabria bergamot and Sichuan pepper and a base of ambroxan as its middle notes.

Yes, this fall provides the perfect opportunity for men and women to embrace a new fragrance while at the same time retain some of the notes of summer. Fall is here so why not experiment with these bold new fragrances some of which mix the brightness of summer aromas with the warm notes of fall?