If you're anything like us, spritzing your signature scent feels second nature to you. A custom perfume is a great way to add a finishing touch to the perfect outfit, or leave a lasting impression on those around you (be honest - is there anything better than someone exclaiming "oh my gosh, what perfume are you wearing?!" We don't think so, unless it's being able to respond "thanks, it's custom!"). Although there's technically no right or wrong way to apply your favorite scent--you do you--we've compiled some tips to ensure you get the most out of your fragrance all day long.
Start With a Strong Base
Prep your skin before you apply your scent! Well-moisturized skin prevents the fragrance from evaporating too quickly. We recommend using a body lotion in your custom scent or applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to lock in your scent.
Spray Pulse Points
What exactly is a pulse point? Pulse points are areas on the body where blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin. The natural warmth emitted from pulse points helps activate the scent and lift the fragrance notes off of your body. Try spritzing your scent on a few of these areas for maximum impact:
- Inside your wrists
- Behind your ears
- Inside your elbows
- Behind your knees
- Near your belly button
If you've ever seen someone apply perfume to their wrists, chances are they immediately rub them together right after spritzing. However, this actually damages the scent and affects the way it settles on the skin! Rubbing fragrance on the skin can completely destroy the top notes of a scent, changing it entirely. Instead, allow the scent to dry down on its own and slowly settle into your skin.
Apply on Clothes and Hair (With Caution)
You can also add a splash of your scent to your clothes and hair - just do it carefully. A general rule with clothing is that if you can wash the item in the machine, it's fine to give it a light spritz. Avoid spraying delicate fabrics such as silk, which is easily damaged by the oil and alcohol in perfume. If you apply to your hair, do so liberally - the alcohol will dry out your strands.
Layer Different Scents
Experiment by combining different perfumes or types of scented products. Layering fragrances is a great way to change up your scent based on the season, your mood, or even the time of day.
Reapply As Needed, But Don't Overdo It
Remember - a lot of your favorite scent's lasting power comes down to its concentration! An eau de toilette will only last a couple hours, whereas an eau de parfum will last around 6-8 hours. All Olfactory NYC fragrances are on the higher end of eau de parfums, so you can confidently enjoy your scent all day long. Feel free to add a second spritz midday, but keep in mind that you'll become less sensitive to your scent over time. It's likely the fragrance is still strong to those around you, even if you've gone a bit noseblind to it.
Care for Your Fragrance
When you aren't spritzing away, you can extend the lifetime of your fragrance by keeping the bottle in a cool, dark place. Heat and sunlight break down the composition of the fragrance, changing the scent and weakening its strength. We recommend keeping your scent in the fridge - or at the very least, outside of the bathroom.
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