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 Most Appealing Scents for Men and Women

Physical attraction is a phenomenon that engages all the senses not the least of which is smell. In fact, in the animal kingdom scent is the key method for finding and attracting a mate. For us it is a bit more subtle but still a driving force when it comes to what appeals us to the opposite sex. But it is not just about smelling clean or smelling good. Certain aromas are known to have a greater appeal than others. Perfumes and colognes that mimic food aromas, for example, are among the fragrances that have the strongest appeal. Here are few powerful aromas that are bound to be noticed by the opposite sex.

Men’s Fragrances that Appeal to Women

  • Licorice:  This scent is said to greatly enhance arousal in women affect.  According to a study by Dr. Alan Hirsch this scent, which comes from anise, combines well with cola and with cucumber as well.  Cereus No.11 for Men is one such cologne that combines these powerful attractants.
  • Pumpkin Pie:  According to Hirsch, this scent raises female arousal by 11%. It can be found in Pumpkin Pie by Demeter.
  • Dark Chocolate:  Chocolate is one of the many food odors that appeal to both sexes but to women in particular according to some studies.  Ralph Lauren Big Pony Red #2 is an example of a fragrance that combines dark chocolate with a hint of black pepper.
  • Lavender, Sage and Pepper:  This powerful triumvirate of aromas balances a sense of tenderness with power increasing its appeal to women.  Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme perfectly blends these aromas and adds to it dry notes of cedar wood.
  • Grapefruit, Vanilla:  This combination is intense but not overwhelming and mixed with an amber musk – as it is in Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Terrible – captures the opposite sex’s attention with its contrasting aromas.

Women’s Fragrances that Appeal to Men

  • Vanilla:  According to the Hirsch study, Vanilla is one food aroma that highly appeals to men. For maximum appeal it is recommended that women combine vanilla with amber and musk as in Clean Skin 2.14 oz/ 60 mL Eau de Parfum Spray for Women.
  • Floral and Woodsy fragrances:  These fragrances according to Hirsch can be used to appeal to men.  Calvin Klein’s Secret Obsession and Tom Ford’s Black Orchid are two examples of perfume’s that combine floral and woodsy notes.
  • Spicy Florals/white wood:  Two perfumes that combine these notes include Lolita Lempicka’s Si Lolita and Daisy Marc Jacobs.

Yes, certain aromas will always be known to elicit a positive response in people more than do others.  Modern day perfumers know this and carefully look at every study on the psychology of smell and attraction. At Lily Direct we sell fragrances that will appeal to the opposite sex and will increase your appeal as well.

Great Perfume Houses Part 19

Great Perfume Houses Part 19

Our exploration of great the perfume houses from around the world continues. This week we’re going to take a look at the perfectly polished brand that is Davidoff

The Zino Davidoff Group, named for its founder, is a Swiss-based family business that produces luxury goods for a sophisticated customer. Zino Davidoff himself shaped everything the Davidoff brand represents to this day. His artistic eye and appreciation for the finer things in life helped create a truly refined company that produces products of the finest quality. Whether we’re talking Davidoff accessories or leather goods, cognac or fragrances— whatever the product, you can be sure that it will be of superior quality and complete reliability. The Davidoff philosophy is simple: Perfection.

Davidoff fragrances are held to the same high standards of their other goods. Since the launch of the first Davidoff fragrance in 1984, the brand has become one of the most iconic fragrance brands in the world. In 1988, Davidoff introduced one of the most successful fragrances ever: Cool Water Cologne. Cool Water was referred to as a “new freshness,” and it has been said to capture “strength, nature and purity” in a bottle.

Since the introduction of Cool Water, Davidoff has released many more delightful fragrances such as Champion Cologne and Cool Water Perfume for Women. You can find these, and many other Davidoff fragrances, at great prices on Lily Direct.

A Scent for Every Dad

Father’s Day is on Sunday so in honor of the Dads of the world we want to take a moment to talk about men’s cologne. Men and women approach fragrances with very different attitudes. Women tend to take their time in choosing a signature scent. A woman may spend years trying out different scents until she lands on just the right one. A man, however, doesn’t usually put so much effort into his scent. Of course these are not hard and fast gender rules. We all know that woman who could care less about fragrance and that man who has carefully cultivated a scent for every occasion. But generally speaking, men tend to spend far less time testing options and choosing a signature scent.

So how about this for a Father’s Day gift idea: This year, rather than arbitrarily choosing some random scent for your Dad that smells nice when you spritz it in the air, offer your Father a “fragrance consultation” that you will follow up on by purchasing that perfect scent that you both decide on. You two will have fun spending a day together trying out different scents and finding just the right one to match your Dad’s personality and body chemistry. Then you can find the chosen scent on Lily Direct at a discounted price. Your Dad will think you are thoughtful as well as wise for saving money by buying his gift on a discount fragrance site.

Need a jumping off point? We have a few suggestions based on personality types. If your Dad is a laid back kind of guy who spends his days in jeans and t-shirts, citrusy fragrances may be his thing. You can start by trying Essenza di Colonia by Acqua di Parma and go from there. Dad an outdoorsy kind of guy who likes to garden or hike regularly? A green scent, such as Nautica Voyage Cologne by Nautica, could be the perfect fit for him. Maybe your Dad is more like the quintessential manly man who loves sports and cars; these dads may prefer a spicy scent like Tom Ford’s Noir

Top FAQs from a Perfume Expert: What Men Should Know About Applying Aftershave and Perfume

As in the case of women, less is more is a good rule to follow for all men using perfume, after-shave or eau de toilette. However, some other rules apply to men, as well, so if you are interested in how to make a fragrance last longer or what to use after shaving, read a few perfume expert tips below.

Should I use a different perfume or aftershave depending on the season?

Yes, the rule is basically the same as with women’s fragrances: use heavier notes in winter and in colder months, in general and lighter scents in summer. Some men would prefer to use the same fragrance year round though, in which case we recommend using a lighter version for the aftershave in warmer weather.

How much perfume or eau de cologne should I be using?

One thing that many men tend to become oblivious about is the fact that women have an acuter sense of smell than men, and as a consequence, a man will use a perfume more liberally. In other words, they would spray a certain fragrance as an aftershave, splashing is all over, but this is wrong. Remember that a cologne or perfume has a more potent concentration, so use less, a lot less than what you normally use when spraying aftershave.

What difference is there between an eau de cologne and an aftershave?

A perfume or cologne is meant for your body, while aftershave is exclusively meant for the face. Depending on the perfume concentration, you will have between 5 and 15% concentration of fragrance in your eau de toilette, which means essential oils in their purest form. In an aftershave, fragrance is basically 2%, a lot less alcohol and emollients, antiseptics which are usually not included in a perfume. This is also the reason you should never use an eau de toilette on your face.

Why does the same aftershave smell differently on different men?

As in the case of women, the answer is basically the same: body chemistry and skin types are to blame for this. Fragrance molecules in either aftershave or perfume are soluble in oil. The rule is basically this: on an oily skin, a fragrance will develop over a longer time interval and it will last longer. On dry skin, it will evaporate quicker. So, if you have oily skin, try and keep away from oriental notes, go for lighter citrusy fragrances or green notes. For men with dry skin, the more potent the fragrance, the better. Go for woody oriental notes, they will last longer and smell better on you.

Buying Perfume for Men: Tips for Choosing the Best Scents

When buying a perfume for a man, the best idea would be to start with a basic understanding of scents and how they work. You will find there are many reputable brands in the market, so the choice may not always be too obvious: Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Jean Paul Gaultier and so many others.

However, selection will depend on various factors. Assess the personality of the man the fragrance is meant for and you will find a lot of answers.

The first thing to do is think of the man the perfume is destined to and determine:

  • Are they an active person, do they work out a lot?
  • Are they a professional, always wearing suits and being at the office for long hours, sometimes even late into the night?
  • Do they tend to go out with friends a lot?
  • Do they care for fashion and trends?

When you have answered these questions, you will probably know more about the type of scent that would be suitable to buy. Here are a few guidelines:

  • For a rather conservative family man, choose a wood-toned scent. Perfumes that include cedar, vetiver, patchouli and sandalwood are your best options.
  • For a man who is rather outgoing and loves a hip life, coumarin and bergamot, even geranium scents are recommended.
  • If your guy is the outdoorsy type, there are many suitable scents: safe, thyme and cloves, even citrus fragrances.
  • For someone who is all about sophistication in their personal life, nothing can be more suitable than a woody, cyphre fragrance.
  • For the natural born leader choose a heavier Havana-like scent, a full tobacco fragrance that is manly and sensual at the same time.
  • If you are buying a perfume for a rather sensual man who loves the challenges of life and yet manages to keep a mysterious profile in their personal life, go for a light vanilla and spice scent.
  • If you truly want to impress someone special, lavender should be your number one choice, this will never fail because it is masculine enough and yet sensual enough to capture senses.

When selecting a perfume for a special man in your life, it is also recommendable to buy complementary products such an after shave or a lighter eau-de-cologne. Layering will help them stay fresh throughout the day.