To spray or not to spray: the proper techniques to apply a perfume

One of our Fragrance Specialists answers some frequent questions about the proper techniques to apply a perfume.

Unexpected implications can hide behind an apparently banal gesture, as in the case of applying a perfume. One of our experts helps us understand what are the correct techniques to apply a personal fragrance.

Is it better to spray a perfume directly on the skin or into the air?

Make sure to spray your fragrance directly on the skin to ensure a more vivid and long-lasting scent.

Is it necessary to spray a perfume on clothes to make it last longer?

The fibers of the fabrics on which perfume is sprayed allow certain molecules to adhere particularly well, making a fragrance able to persist throughout the day. In some cases, the base notes of a perfume can even remain on clothes for long periods of time, even after washing!

Is moisturized skin better at retaining a fragrance than dry skin?

Applying a unscented lotion on the skin before spraying a perfume can allow the moisturized skin to hold the scent longer. On the other hand, a fragrance has a difficulty sticking to dry skin. It is always good practice to make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated regularly.

Which body area allows the strongest and longest-lasting scent?

It is better to spray a perfume where the skin is warmer and the blood circulation is closer to the surface. This makes the inside of the wrists and elbows, the base of the neck and the chest the ideal spots to apply your personal fragrance.

Should you rub your wrists together when applying a perfume?

The practice of rubbing your wrists together dates back to when fragrances were far more concentrated and oilier, making friction necessary to release the scent. Since modern perfumes are not always so concentrated, rubbing your wrists together actually “burns" the top notes and accelerates the development of the fragrance thus shortening its longevity.