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.

Proper Perfume Storage

Perfume and cologne can be pricey purchases even when you get them at a great discount at Lily Direct. So to protect your delicate investments, make sure you are storing them properly. The following tips should help you along the way!


Don’t store perfume in the bathroom! Humidity can react negatively with scents and cause them to break down faster.

Don’t store perfume in direct sunlight.  Beautiful perfume bottles are tempting to display, especially where the sun can make the bottle sparkle. Two things happen –the sun breaks down the components of perfume very quickly and the heat from the sun can also destroy the scent and even warp the bottle.

Don’t fuss with your perfume bottle. What this means is don’t shake your bottle or open it excessively. I know it is tempting to open your bottle just to take a whiff, especially if it is a new fragrance-but don’t. If you are wearing that scent, great!-dab it on. If not, leave it alone. It is a myth that perfume must be shaken before an application to ensure that the ingredients are properly mixed. In fact, the opposite is true: Perfumes are designed to remain evenly mixed if they are stored properly. Shaking perfume not only incorporates air throughout the perfume, accelerating its breakdown, but it can also lead to breakage of the delicate glass bottles.

Do keep your fragrances at a constant temperature. A cool, dark environment is ideal but that does not mean the refrigerator unless you have purchased a small fridge or wine cooler specifically for storing your scent collection. In that case, you do not want the temperature to go below 5proper perfume storage3 degrees or just a tad colder for citrus fragrances. If investing in a fridge just for your perfume collection sounds a little extravagant, then I suggest a linen closet in a part of the house that does not get too hot in the summer months.

A perfume collection is an integral part of a woman’s life. Different days and events require different scents.  Make sure you are ready for every situation by having your scents properly taken care of and ready to go!

Make Your Scent Last Longer: Short Guide to Wearing Your Perfume the Right Way

Every woman knows how the right perfume can make or break her style, so picking the right fragrance is one of the first things to learn.

So, you have already selected your perfume and now you are getting ready to stun your friends and admirers by wearing it. There is one thing you should know: even the right fragrance can go wrong if you have applied it incorrectly. So, how and when you apply is going to be very important in the process. Also, wearing the right perfume for the time of day and occasion is another thing that you should learn. Below you can read a few useful tips about applying and wearing your chosen perfume.

1)      Properly prep your skin before using
A well prepped skin before you apply perfume will undoubtedly guarantee the strongest and longest lasting scent. You skin has to be cleaned and properly moisturized. If possible, apply perfume on your skin immediately after you come out of the shower and you apply a light moisturizer. In order to keep the true heart of the scent, it is advisable to use a lotion that is not heavy or too perfumed, otherwise you may spoil the essence of your perfume. A good idea would be to have a complementary set of shower gels, body lotions and perfumes, because these will have similar scents and the result will be incredible.

A word of warning here: steer clear of cashing fragrances. For instance, washing your skin with a powerful fruity shower gel may completely interfere with a musky perfume and spoil the end result.

2)      Apply perfume the right way
Knowing how much perfume to wear may be an art but not an exclusive one. You can easily master it by learning a few easy tips.

a)      Not too much, not too little
Using too much perfume will literally choke the people around, so never go for that. A perfume should be pleasant and entice. If you are at work, choose a scent that is not too strong and spray it in small amounts, you don’t want to irritate the people sharing the office space with you. On the other hand, wearing too little perfume could easily lose all the fragrance.
Remember these general facts, when you are spraying perfume: a classic perfume can last up to 6 hours on your skin, eau de parfum can last four hours, while eau de toilette will never last more than two hours.

b)      Apply on pulse points
Applying perfume largely depends on the type of perfume you are using. If you have a heavier, more concentrated eau de parfum, or a classic scent, it is recommendable to spray a little on your pulse points like wrists and neck, where your skin is warmer and blood flows freely, in this way, your scent will be evenly distributed. For eau de cologne or lighter fragrances, dab some on other pulse points, such as your elbows, behind the knees, on the chest and behind the ears.
The proper distance is also important when you are spraying perfume. Normally, it should be five to six inches from the body, depending on how intense the scent is. For stronger scents, hold the bottle further back

Never rub the perfume into your skin. Many women commit this mistake, unknowingly spoiling the full body of the scent. This process will basically crush all the chemicals and will eventually alter the perfume’s balance.