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.

Some Tips for Men on Layering Fragrances

It’s one of the trickiest grooming habits to pull of successfully and one that is not made easy by the thousands of colognes, body washes, scented deodorants and aftershaves that are available on the market.  The grooming habit being referred to here is matching the right combination of fragrances together in just the right manner.  This grooming ritual is also referred to by many as “layering.”  Men in particular should be carefully when they layer fragrances so as to not create a heavy scent that is off-putting.  Layering in an incorrect way also has the effect of shortening the duration of the scent one has achieved.  Below are some tips for men on smart layering that will produce the effect of creating a long-lasting, distinct scent that will last all day long and into the night.

  • Simple is best:  Try mixing one or two-note fragrances together.  Vanilla, amber, or coconut-based scents go together well in particular.
  • Consider scent duration:  Different cosmetic products have different levels of intensity and duration.  For example, shower gel generally last for only seconds.  Cologne lasts longer than aftershave and of course under arm deodorant lasts all day.  Try using a neutral aftershave and deodorant and then pair it with more assertive colognes.
  • Go unscented:  If you believe your overall layering may become too overpowering try using unscented deodorant.  They have become increasingly popular and are very easy to find.
  • Don’t spray your clothes:  Mist your pulse points but don’t ruin your clothes.  Doing so risks creates an overbearing scent.
  • Use similar scents:  Don’t blend scents that are too diverse.  For example, if you are using one product with citrusy notes trying pairing it with a product with a similar base.
  • Know the difference between cologne and deodorant:  Deodorant is less assertive than cologne.  Generally, it is designed to keep you from having an unpleasant scent and keeps you from sweating.  Cologne is designed to make you smell better than deodorant would alone.  Don’t confuse the two and never, use one in place of the other.

Finally, following these tips should make layering a less confusing and tedious job.  It should also help make you and your aroma stand out in a positive way.  Men can be as capable and knowledgeable about this area of personal grooming as women and can make their colognes, aftershaves, etc., last the entire day.  The next time you apply these personal products remember it is more about doing so in the right combination as it is about the scent of any particular fragrance.

 

What You Need to Know About Men’s Cologne

Let’s face it.  When it comes to picking out fragrances men tend to be less savvy than women.  For many men knowing which brand to buy, how to apply it and when too much is being used is pretty much guesswork.  On these points let’s give women their due.  However, even though men generally aren’t as adept at choosing and applying colognes are women are at applying perfume, doesn’t mean that we can’t strive to learn.  Here is some information about men’s colognes along with tips on choosing the right one for your body chemistry and applying fragrances so that they do not overwhelm the people around you.

The first thing to note about men’s cologne is that it is not simply perfume for men.  It is in general not as strong as women’s perfume.  In fact, the concentration of fragrance oil in most men’s colognes is typically 8% and 12%.  For perfume it is 15% or more.  Also, men’s fragrances tend to stress darker, warmer wood, spice, or amber “notes,” or the aromatic ingredients that comprise a fragrance.  Finally, men sweat more than women do on the whole.  These facts alone mean that men have to choose and apply their fragrances by a different set of rules than do women.

Choosing the Right Fragrance

Each man’s body chemistry is different as is the case with women.  A man’s fragrance is an unseen part of man’s style.  The best way to choose cologne is to use the tried and true method of spraying the scent on each wrist or on the inner elbow and to then walk around a bit in order to refresh the palate before smelling the fragrance again.  (The recommended areas to apply cologne are the lower jaw, neck, shoulders, chest, the inner elbow, the forearm and the wrist.)

How to Apply Cologne the Right Way

As a rule, when wearing cologne less is more.  You want to wear cologne not marinate in it.  Other tips are: 1) Apply to skin not clothing, 2) Apply after you dry from a shower, 3) Start light, 4) Apply your cologne to “heat” areas of the body.  Those “red zones” include the shoulders and the neck.  Next, men with dry skin should apply cologne more often; men with oily skin should apply cologne less often as oil holds scents longer.  Also, don’t clash with the scents you are already wearing (aftershave, soap, lotion, etc).  Finally, designers of men’s colognes know all the tips and tricks of wearing their fragrances.  Now you can be one step ahead of the next guy by following these tips when choosing and applying your cologne.  Remember, if someone can clearly identify the cologne you are wearing chances are you are wearing too much.

Great Perfume Houses Part 20

I can’t believe we have already gone over the history of 19 great ones! So off to London we go with number 20 and don’t worry, we have tons more to tell you about.

Miller Harris is a British perfume house that develops fragrances in the classic French style. Founder Lyn Harris trained and studied and then trained some more to incorporate a traditional sensibility while creating unique and modern scents. Lyn trained in Paris for 5 years before moving on to study at the prestigious Robertet in Grasse.

Robertet is widely recognized as a leader in using natural aromatic raw materials. Their knowledge, acquired over the years has made their name known as constant innovators in this field.

After leaving Robertet, Lyn went to London and founded Miller Harris in 2000. From the very beginning, Miller Harris scents have been adored as their legions of fans can attest. Few Houses have such a devoted following and even fewer give you the ability to build a “fragrance wardrobe”.  With Miller Harris, you can not only have different scents for different seasons, but different fragrances for different looks or moods.

Here are just a few of the Miller Harris fragrances that Lilydirect.com has to offer.

Coeur de Fleurmiller harris

–This decidedly delicate scent is perfect for that sweet romantic feel. Its top notes are sweet pea and mimosa; middle notes are raspberry, peach and iris; base notes are vanilla, amber and Egyptian jasmine.

Fleurs de Bois

-Perfect for a summer morning this scent is great for a man or woman. Its top notes include Sicilian lemon, green mandarin and rosemary.

Shop Miller Harris Perfumes at  lilydirect.com and start building your wardrobe today!

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.

Winter Fragrance Guide Part 2: Men’s Edition

We realized something recently; the majority of our past fragrance guide blogs have been focused on women’s fragrances. But there are definitely male fragrance lovers too! Well, we are sorry we have been neglecting you men out there. Here at Lily Direct we have a wide range of discount fragrances for both men and women—and unisex too—so it’s about time we start being equal opportunity bloggers.

A few blogs ago we offered up a guide to our favorite winter scents for the ladies. This time around we are going to list a few of our favorite winter fragrances for men…

Legend Cologne by Mont Blanc- Think back to high school when you used to douse yourself in Abercrombie Fierce; if you liked that comfortable scent but now you’re looking for a more sophisticated version, then Legend is the fragrance for you. The mix of fruity and woodsy in this scent is perfect for every first date you go on this winter.

Gentlemen Only by Givenchy- This clean, earthy and smoky scent should be your go-to cologne for all day wear this winter. The tonka bean and leathery aroma won’t offend the senses so you can wear it from work to happy hour with confidence.

 

 

Burberry London Cologne by Burberry- If you’re looking for the epitome of a w"discounted Burberry London Cologne by Burberry"arm and masculine scent Burberry London is the cologne for you. With notes of wood, leather, tobacco, spice and a tiny bit of citrus, this has been THE go-to winter fragrance choice of men for years.

 

 

"discounted Dior Homme cologne by Christian Dior"Dior Homme by Christian Dior- This should definitely be your number one scent for special occasions this winter. Whether you’re trying to impress that special someone or you want to smell your best for your best friend’s wedding, this sweet and exotic fragrance is sure to get the job done.

 

Unisex Fragrances: A Scent for Everyone

What’s feminine and what’s masculine? The line between these two ideas has been blurring more and more every day over the past few decades. In today’s world men are nannies—or “mannies”—and women are CEOs; it isn’t uncommon for your doctor to be a woman and your nurse to be a man; we see powerful women with male assistants every day now. The point is this: there are no longer quintessential male and female roles that we all strive to follow in society, so why should there still be such a focus on male and female scents in the fragrance world?

Here at Lily Direct we are big fans of the Unisex Fragrance. When you are free to choose what role you’d like to play in society, you should also be free to choose how you’d like to smell with no restrictions. While unisex scents are not a brand new idea, their mainstream popularity really took off in the 90’s—when androgyny was trendy—with CK One Unisex Perfume by Calvin Klein. Since then, we have seen a number of popular unisex fragrances hit the market. One of our favorite scents for men and women is "unisex fragrance"Voyage D’Hermes Unisex Perfume by Hermes; but don’t worry, if neither of these fragrances pleases your olfactory senses there are plenty of other unisex perfumes to choose from.

When unisex fragrances were first gaining popularity it was most common for the scents to have more traditionally masculine elements. Recently however, these scents have been taking a turn for the flowery and men don’t seem to mind it one bit. Even beyond the unisex world, some “men’s fragrances” are even starting to incorporate traditionally feminine elements. Gucci Guilty Intense Cologne by Gucci, for example, is formulated around an orange flower base and men love it.

So whether you’re a woman looking to wear a men’s fragrance, a man wanting to experiment with women’s perfume or either sex looking for the perfect signature unisex scent, Lily Direct has something for you! Check out our vast inventory of discount fragrances and find a fantastic scent at a price you’ll love.

Men’s Fragrance Tips: When and How to Apply Your Cologne

Men wear perfume or eau de cologne too. So why not share a few essential tips on how to wear the scent in an expert way? Read a few tips below,

Rule no.1- Find out how much is too much

This is a piece of advice that applies to men and women alike. No matter if it is perfume or cologne, you should know that a commercial or designer’s scent can be your best friend or your worst enemy. In fact, a lot of men will make the mistake of thinking they need to choose a single scent to wear on all occasions. Ask yourself this: would you wear the same pair of shoes on all occasions? If the answer is no, you are typically on a good path. This is probably obvious, but the number one rule is not to marinate in your cologne. This may actually cause more harm than good to your overall personal appearance. So ttry to apply the appropriate amount of cologne without driving away the others, this will not work well in any circumstances.

Apply on the right spots

There are a couple of key areas where you should apply your perfume. Experts call them pulse points and they are the base of your throat and your chest. This allows the cologne to mingle with your own natural odors and pheromones, creating a very distinct and personalized scent. You can additionally place a strategic dab of perfume under your ears. If you would like to apply on your wrists, just like women do, remember not rub your perfume into your skin, as this will cause the scent to dissipate quicker.

Another aspect to be mindful of while applying cologne is the type of skin you have. Fragrances tend to cling to men with oily skin complexions longer than those with drier skin, which soaks up the scent. Therefore, if you have dry skin, feel free to apply a little extra cologne remembering not to drown yourself in it.

Learn where and when to wear your perfume

Keep in mind that wearing cologne to work is generally acceptable. Just in very decent doses. But this becomes a necessary fashion accessory when going out at night. A light citrus-based scent is perfect for an afternoon outing. But if you are preparing for a special romantic evening, choose a stronger scent with spice undertones or musky notes that will mix with your own natural pheromones.