As many make their first foray into perfumes and colognes, they begin to wonder how to spray their perfume properly. While there are a few common methods in spraying perfumes, there really is no wrong or right way.
The most common method of all perfume spraying techniques is to dab the perfume on pressure points. When applying perfume, you want to focus on dabbing it on your inner wrists and neck, which are some of the warmest parts of your body. The warmth of these areas will help diffuse the scent as your body naturally warms up throughout the day. You could choose to spray your perfume directly onto each pressure point, or you could choose to spray the perfume onto one pressure point and then use your inner wrists to dab and spread the perfume.
Some perfume aficionados love to spray perfume on other pressure points besides the neck and inner wrists. Other pressure points include the harder-to-reach, oft-neglected spots behind the ears and behind the knees. Because these spots are relatively hidden, many perfume lovers would argue against any direct benefits of spraying perfume on these spots. On any given day, you probably would not encounter a large number of people who would sniff behind your ears and behind your knees. So for maximum benefit, most people stick to spraying perfume on their neck and inner wrists.
Another popular perfume spraying technique is the Cloud Method. This method is commonly used by the perfume-shy-those afraid of potentially wreaking fragrant havoc in public places with strong sillage or an overpowering scent. If this sounds like you, give this method a try. With a spray or two, create a cloud of perfume in front of you. Walk into the cloud of perfume as it starts to settle. The idea is that the perfume is evenly distributed all over your body and clothes. Then again, if you are perfume-shy you could always just do a half-spray on one of your wrists and simply dab the perfume onto your other pressure points, thereby spreading a smaller amount of perfume. Remember if you use the Cloud Method, your perfume could fade faster as most of it was probably lost in the air. Also the Cloud Method avoids those pressure points that help warm and revive your perfume.
Another popular alternative method is to spray perfume directly onto your clothes. Many people do this unintentionally as they spray perfume onto their pressure points or into a cloud. Others do it intentionally, and not without good reason. Here’s why: most perfumers today are not primarily concerned with how a perfume will smell on your skin. Perfumers know that most people will test perfumes on paper strips as they breeze through department stores. Thus many perfumes are constructed with the focus on how it will smell on paper. Now how does this apply to perfume spraying methods, you ask? Perfume often smells different on your skin than it does on your clothes. And now with the current situation of perfume development looking the way it is, perhaps you might better enjoy the way a perfume smells on your clothes than on your skin. You could experiment by spraying perfume on your clothes to see if it lingers longer or simply smells better. Just check before you experiment to ensure that your perfume won’t damage, stain or dye your clothing.
As any perfume expert will tell you, there is no right way to spray perfume. Spritz, dab or create perfume clouds to your heart’s content. Whatever your perfume application method, the end effect is perfume on your skin-just the way you wanted it!
— Chris Cortez