How to Apply Fragrances Like A Pro

by Javed Rozani

Selecting a signature scent is quite difficult - but the trials and tribulations don’t end there. Applying fragrances properly is a skill and requires conditional fluidity based on factors like - climate, region, fragrance type, application method, skin type and sweat patterns. Let’s break down each factor, one by one.



Climate and Region are Vital

We look at climate from two perspectives when it comes to mastering the application art of fragrances - storage location of fragrances and climate type of your region. It is key to store your fragrances in a cool, unlit area. Climate shifts can negatively alter the chemical composition of your fragrance if not stored properly. The fragrance’s scent longevity can be shortened, color can be altered and natural ingredients can deplete quicker. In addition, the climate in that you live can cause your scent to diffuse quicker leaving a shortened scent life and require you to apply your scent more frequently than one would prefer.


5 Common Fragrance Types Explained

Eau de Fraiche equates to fragrance water and is typically less expensive - meaning less concentrated with perfume oils. Eau de Fraiche can best be worn in the summer as a quick refreshing scent, but not long lasting. Typically, Eau de Fraiche lasts about 35 minutes to 1 hour.


Eau de Cologne is a diluted fragrance type that typically last for up to 3 hours, at best. Eau de Cologne leaves you at a better price point for some of your favorite fragrances.


Eau de Toilette contains up to 14% of perfume oil concentrations, which aid the scent to last longer when compared to Eau de Cologne and Eau de Fraiche. Eau de Toilette can last up to 6 hours and is perfect for office wear or events that you do not want to overpower with a trailing scent.


Eau de Parfum typically contains up to 20% of perfume oil concentrations giving a life of up to 8 hours.  Eau de Parfum is typically a stronger and more popular fragrance type and selected by many. Popular fragrance brands tend to choose to develop new scents with a higher concentration for noticeability.


Parfum contains the highest perfume oil concentrations and it’s price point does not shy from reflecting it. Parfums are heavier and stronger scents and easily recognizable and identifiable. They can last the whole day without a refreshing spritz.


Stop This Rubbing Nonsense

If fragrances were meant to be rubbed - they would come packaged as a lotion - however, fragrances are meant to be sprayed and left alone. Fragrances are split into three types of notes - top, middle and bottom notes. These notes are meant to dissipate naturally off the body through tiny, delicate fragrant molecules. By rubbing your fragrance against your skin, you destroying possibly the top and middle notes within the first few seconds of application.


Like we said, stop this rubbing nonsense. Remember to spray your fragrances at all of your pulse points: décolletage, wrists, inside elbows, behind your knees, and even in your hair.


Skin Type and Sweat Patterns

It is key to moisturize prior to applying any fragrances as dry skin does not give a permeable layer for the fragrance to stick onto. Additionally, fragrances can further irritate and cause drier skin if you do not moisturize frequently.


Lastly, knowing your sweat pattern is essential. If you find yourself sweating more frequently than others, it is important to find a strong, likable fragrance that can mask your sweat odor. However, if you do not sweat as often, it may not be as much of a concern to you.


In conclusion, it is key to understand the main factors that impact your signature scent molecules, fragrance longevity and fragrance chemical composition. Take the journey to smelling unforgettable. After all, Perfume Palace believes it’s a sin to smell this sexy.


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