How to Apply Perfume – Bois de Jasmin

How to Apply Perfume - Bois de Jasmin

Tourmaline: Dear Victoria,

Thank you for this interesting post, which will bring about some changes in the way I apply perfume.

I have many dab-on fragrances, e.g. Honeysuckle (Avon), Pear (Asquith & Somerset), Magnolia (Yves Rocher), Bellodgia, White Shoulders, Blue Grass, Clair de Jour (Lanvin), Demi-Jour (Houbigant), Le Dix, Colors of Benetton, Bal à Versailles, Bird of Paradise (Avon), Oscar, Poison, Phul-Nana (Grossmith), Nuit de Noël and Y. As I read through my list, I realize that most of these bottles are vintage. I know that fewer fragrances are released in dab-on form these days.

I also have Avon cream perfumes such as Gardenia and Hawaiian White Ginger, and a selection of perfume oils from The Body Shop and Perfect Potion (an Australian company).

Furthermore, I have bath oils that I bought in the mid-eighties, when I’d heard that they could be an inexpensive way to purchase fragrance. My little collection includes Nahéma, L’Heure Bleue, Ombre Rose, Youth-Dew, Shalimar and Y.

So, I have a goodly number of fragrances that can be applied only using a pipette or fingers. I shall put “pipettes” on my shopping list, and do as you suggest – using one pipette for each of my dab-on fragrances. I confess that, in the past (i.e. up until yesterday), I frequently applied perfume to my wrists. I also applied it behind my ears, to the back of my neck, behind my knees, and even to my ankles (when it was a light fragrance such as a cologne). Henceforth, I shall avoid my wrists and concentrate on the back of my neck, and low on my decolletage, just under the neckline of my clothing.

I shall also heed the information you provided in the other post you mention, about the different effects that can be produced by different application concentrations: “Angel dabbed on neck and wrists will smell like hazelnuts and milk chocolate, while a generous spray will give you a rich caramel and candy apple effect.”

I was interested to hear you debunking the myth that it can be a good idea to scent oneself by spraying perfume into the air and then walking through the mist – à la Holly Hunter’s character in “Broadcast News”! She thought this strategy would prevent her from applying too much, but apparently it didn’t occur to her that she was wasting fragrance.

With my track record of applying fragrance here, there and everywhere, one might gain the impression that I apply too much, but I hope this is rarely the case. I would only dab in many places with a lighter fragrance. As for spraying, I usually spray once behind my right ear (as that is where a person is likely to smell it if I hug them). Usually I will dab my finger in the wet scent behind my ear and apply a little behind my left ear and to the back of my neck. If the scent is fairly strong, like Shalimar or Vol de Nuit, then this will be enough. However, if I’m spraying a light floral, then I might also spray behind my knees.

One good thing I have done – or haven’t done, to be more precise – is to apply perfume to my throat. Long ago, I heard that light shining on perfumed skin can cause the skin to discolour. Moreover, the skin of the neck is fragile and can do without applications of alcohol, even if it is first moisturized and “sunscreened”.

It is great to hear you confirm that scent lasts longer on well-moisturized skin, because I have several body lotions that I can use prior to applying perfume. They include Pleasures – a gift with purchase (GwP), English Rose and April Violets (both by Yardley), L’Air du Temps (a 200ml bottle that I bought – and with which I received a good quality, big, bright yellow umbrella!), Ombre Rose (another GwP), Samsara (GwP) and Mitsouko. I can apply these lotions to the skin in the areas where I intend to apply perfume. I can also use them before I go to bed at night, and enjoy the fragrance while I read for a while.

Some years ago, I decided not to buy any more scented lotions, partly because they go rancid far more quickly than perfume, partly because they’re poor value for one’s perfume dollar and partly because they take up space in my fridge. More importantly, though, I would rather wear a sunscreen lotion on uncovered areas of skin during the day. During the evening, I can use just the one unscented lotion with any perfume. Moreover, I seem to have been kept well-stocked with perfumed lotions over the years by way of gifts from relatives and friends!

One area I want to explore more fully is that of applying scent to my clothing. I need to investigate which types of fragrance can be applied to which types of fabric and not stain or damage them. I have discovered that fragrance certainly lasts much longer on fabric, and this could be particularly useful for those scents that don’t tend to last very well compared with others.

Thanks again for raising this fascinating topic that is so important to perfume lovers. Clearly, its simplicity belies its complexity. January 11, 2021 at 9:22am Reply

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