Here at IMAGE.ie, we think nothing finishes off an outfit like a spritz of your favourite perfume. But, along with applying your scent of choice, comes the age-old beauty problem – it rarely stays put without you having to re-spray throughout the day. This is especially true if you opt for a lighter, fresher scent during the summer months. If you happen to have portable, mini-bottles in your handbag (Chanel are great for this) all well and good, but if not, we may have found a trick that will make you stay smelling gorgeous, and it seems it’s all about where you apply your perfume.
According to Red Magazine, the six places (some more unusual then others) you should be applying your perfume to ensure the optimum scent is: your hair, behind your ears, inside your elbows, down your back, your bellybutton, and behind your knees.
Some we would already be familiar with, such as applying the perfume behind your ears and behind your knees, but spraying it down your back and on your bellybutton are new to us.
However, in terms of opting to spritz the stuff down your back, fragrance expert Chandler Burr insists it strikes the perfect balance between giving your fragrance a long shelf life and not having it be too overbearing for those around you.
“Pull the collar of your top back, and put a blast down your back between clothing and skin,” he said. “If it’s a light fragrance, do it twice. Your natural movements through the air will diffuse the scent more subtly.”
Apparently, actress Liv Tyler is a fan of spraying her perfume inside her bellybutton as well as under her arms (though please don’t put any perfume near your under-arm area if you’ve just shaved, as it will sting the living hell out of you!). In an interview, she said she inherited it from her dad Steven Tyler. “I put little drops on my fingers and put some under my arms and in my belly button,” she said. Interesting.
Applying it in your hair has also become popular in recent years (some brands even so special perfume ‘mists’ for your hair), but a tip: don’t spray it directly onto your hair as too much will seriously dry your hair out. Instead, try spraying your hairbrush first to ensure you can evenly comb it throughout the hair.
Behind the ears and inside your elbows are great alternatives to applying it to your wrists, but these are still just as effective as these are also known as your ‘pulse points.’ Here, the veins are closest to the skin, thus generating more heat and amplifying your scent. Dabbing your fragrance on these points will give you more immediate results, as opposed to parts of the lower body. Also, if you’re wearing jewellery it’s a great alternative to spraying your neck, as perfume can tarnish your necklaces.
We think these sound great (if a little odd, we’re not fully convinced spraying our bellybutton will help), do you spray your perfume in any of these unusual places? Have we left any out?