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The Fragrance Etiquette - Smelling Good Just Right

Growing up with a strong affinity for perfumes, Tonette wishes to share how to smell really good without intoxicating others.


Perfume icon Coco Chanel famously said,

A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future. I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness.”

Beautifully exaggerated, but Coco has a point. A good-smelling hint is what women needed to add a little bit of elegance to what is ordinary. However, spraying perfume without caution may have you creating an overpowering scent that becomes irritating.

Smelling good just right allows your fragrance to produce a feeling of happiness. To wear a fragrance that invigorates and inspires, here are tips on how much perfume to apply and be irresistible for the rest of your life."

Apply Directly on Hydrated Skin

Moisten skin holds the fragrance longer and allows it to diffuse well. This makes it the best time to spritz right after a bath. Moisturized skin can even keep the scent for extended periods. When perfume components bind to the oils of your skin, it helps the scent molecules to bring out their purest essence.


Target Pulse Point Zones

Apply fragrance on pulse points -- the nape, behind the ears, the wrists, and the inside of the elbows. You can even include behind the knees or your ankles. These areas are exposed to the air and the best body spots that radiate heat.

Spread fragrance on the pressure points of the upper body. Of course, you are free to be creative. Spraying the base of your nape (I've tried this) and along the hairline through the back of the ears are enough to last for a day. Trust me, the fragrance lingers on.

Some women have developed the habit of spraying the part of their arms that is exposed. Others spritz perfume inside their palms and enjoy how the perfume leaves traces on everything they touch.

Layer If You Must

Fragrance layering means combining two scents together by applying fragrance on top of one another. Here, you are creating an entirely new scent.

While you can use the same notes from bath soap, body cream, powder, and perfume, another trick is to layer fragrance from two similarly-scented moisturizers or body lotion. The power of two notes can last for a longer-lasting scent.

To help your fragrance withstand in a day, layer the scent from the bottom of your body up. As the heat of your body rises, the perfume will act in response to heat, and your fragrance stays on.

When you layer fragrance, it covers your body with mixed hints. So all you need is just enough in every part and let the notes blend in subtlety. Layering fragrance is not for everyone, but if it suits you, why not?


Let the Mist Dry

Scent notes need time to settle down on your skin. If you have naturally oily skin, fragrance can emanate slowly and relatively evenly throughout the day. This explains why there is no need to overdo it.

Remember to put a little amount that you believe is not suffocating to others. If you're dabbing, try not to exceed one or two "finger" applications, or a single spray in two or three areas are all you need.

Control the urge of rubbing the fragrance on your wrists after applying. Although rubbing creates new chemistry of scent, the force in the process can squash the original scent of the perfume.

I always let perfume dry on my skin without doing anything. My everyday habit is just a spray straight behind my ears and the base of my hair in the back. I like the way fragrance is sent around when I move.

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Re-Appy Once

Do you too often get out of fragrance? Or your first application seems easy to fade as the hours go by? Then applying twice in one day may be necessary.

While you are getting a beautiful whiff of your fragrance first thing in the morning, there are fragrances that slowly fade. One great trick is to re-apply.

However, you need to be cautious. When your nose gets used to your fragrance, it quickly goes numb to it believing it has dried up or vaporized. If you think there is a need to reapply, limit to a single dab or spray.

The Perfume Etiquette:

Wear fragrance as something complimenting rather than oppressing. The hint is -- if people can smell you before they see you, know that you've put on too much.

Do Others Notice Your Perfume?

You don't want to believe your perfume is noticeable to others unless someone tells you so. The truth is - there is no need to confirm it to you.

If you can smell the perfume you're wearing, so they are. You doubt that you are smelling less, but less is more when it comes to wearing perfumes. Nothing is as alluring as a fragrance that doesn't hurt but rather refreshes and inspires.

In Essence

How much perfume to apply is perplexing, but getting it right is the way to smell really good. Whether you apply it with the fingers or a spray, applying just right is enough to go a long way.

I love the way my fragrance communicates as my voice and smile. It speaks well of me. I'm also that type who wears little rather than intense which sometimes feels like my perfume has evaporated.

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© 2011 Tonette Fornillos


Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on December 28, 2016:

Wow it seemed a century since I was away. Lol.

Danilo, natural scents are the best!

Hi Henock. Apply a subtle touch then. Less is more, and regardless of how "aww" a perfume smells when it is subtle - it doesn't hurt. Goodluck.

Henock on December 16, 2014:

Do you smell that i said what?she said its smells weird in here i said its probbaly my cologne (blvgari black) she smelled me closer and said eww yuck how much did u pay for that i said about 50 bucks she said go return it it smells like a tire shop, why would you want to smell like tires i said shutup woman i wear what i long story short, this is a love or hate, i find many women don't really like this..I LOVE IT

Danilo on December 14, 2014:

Perhaps surprisingly, it is very much like a bnaana tree in terms of amount of water and sunlight it wants (although it does tend to do better with a little more sun than the bnaana plant). It does not like to be overly pampered though depending on the size, just not letting it dry out, and an occasional sprinkling of coffee grounds seems to do the trick for mine. They are well worth it if you're thinking about it. You can use the leaves in cooking for the lemon essence, and of course the lemon themselves. There also is simply nothing like the beautiful scent of a lemon tree blossoming. Heavenly.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on January 25, 2014:

Hello Jefferson. Whew... so you're not a vanilla fan, lol. I'm with you about most Victoria secret fragrances... they're actually supposed and best worn without the sun, indoors! Basically why it's Victoria Secret, more on romance, sweetness and homely -love! :=) so most cooling after a night bath as the water base scent blends well with the freshly-bathed skin:=) The fruity ones are the quickest to turn sour when worn on a long hot day.

Yes, a little dab - so gentle. A little of my Gucci is enough for, like you said, a "mystifying" trail, lol...:=)... Thank you for your thoughts, really. So wonderful to know you're another eau de parfum fan. We must've so much in common. Cheers and hugs from me!:=) -Tonette

Jefferson Faudan on January 20, 2014:

depends i guess...

...when it's sunny...good lord please no vanilla based scent... it's nauseating...they're best when it's cold (ah and all those Victoria Secret Mist for women...please use them at night not in the blistering heat as they turn sour).

...a little dab will do especially with eau de parfum (which i prefer since it has a richer and rounded scent and cheaper in the long run plus it leaves a trail...)

...if you wanna be loud, sure! do it in a bar scene. my dated joop will take over the entire floor LOLS!

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on June 23, 2012:

Hello collegedad,

If everyone would find the whiff of a pleasant aroma ever worth-relishing, that should be from nothing else above wearing just the right amount of fragrance. So nice of you, this I hope is a small flier to inspire us around hubpages :=)...thanks for your thoughts. I really appreciate. Best wishes!

collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on June 22, 2012:

I'm not into perfume per say, but I know we're experience those who over apply. This should be a flier in most super centers.

Tonette Fornillos (author) from The City of Generals on April 30, 2012:

Chris hello! I know of Boucheron's as among the world's most authentic perfume makers topping on blends of floral. I'll have to see check about Initial, maybe another worth a try.

As far as I know, modern scents are so famous as DKNY, Armani and those with notes of vanilla. But classically, Chanel, Estee Lauder and Calvin Klein are still old favorites. I'd still go for my Gucci or Charlie, they're perfect for girls my age.

Thank you Chris. I'm intrigued of your Boucheron. Loved what you said about the blend of floral and vanilla. Musky scents are top notes for me. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate.

Chris Hugh on April 30, 2012:

I like the statement about perfume ethics! A little perfume is lovely, too much is oppressive.

My favorite perfume is Initial by Boucheron. It's floral with citrus and an undercurrent of vanilla. What's everyone else's favorite?

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