Perfume is thousands of years old, with evidence of the first perfumes dating to ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Cyprus.
What Is Perfume?
In liquid perfume, the liquid is a mixture of alcohol, water and molecules that evaporates at room temperature. “A smell is basically a molecule that’s light enough to float in the air, although not every molecule that’s light enough to float in the air has a smell — carbon monoxide, for example.
How to Apply Perfume.
Applying perfume is the simplest of matters — simply spray, dab, or in the case of a solid perfume compact, swipe. (Do avoid rubbing the wrists together after application, to prevent “crushing” the scent).
Some women enjoy spritzing their perfume into the air and then walking through it. While this does work, it also lets quite a bit of the fragrance go to waste, so it’s not the best method if you’re on a budget.
Always apply perfume before putting on your clothes and jewelry. Some fragrances will leave permanent stains on fabrics, metals, and pearls. (If you want to risk perfuming your clothing — say, spraying some scent on a scarf — be sure to test it on a hidden area of the fabric first, and spray lightly).
▪️ The Pulse Points.
The “pulse points” are locations on the body where the blood vessels are closest to the skin. These spots emanate heat, which can help fragrance to emanate from your skin into the air. (It’s the same principle used by essential oil diffusers). Apply your perfume to these points — namely, the inner wrists, the base of the throat, behind ear lobes, in the cleavage, behind knees, and the inner elbows. As you wear your perfume throughout the day, it will react with your body heat and continue to emit scent.
Making Fragrance Last Longer.
▪️ There are a few tricks to help your fragrance last longer. For instance, a scent will fade faster when skin is dry. Applying fragrance-free moisturizer to your body is an excellent preparation for applying fragrance, and will help you get more bang for your perfume buck.
▪️ You can also help your perfume to go the distance by applying some petroleum jelly to your skin, and then applying your scent on top of that. The perfume droplets will cling to the petroleum jelly — rather than sinking into your pores — which can reduce or eliminate the need to reapply fragrance later in the day.
How to Remove Fragrance From Skin.
Here are some handy tips for removing perfume when you need to do it pronto.
1. Create a paste with equal parts of baking soda and warm water. Rub it into the skin and let sit for up to ten minutes, before rinsing with warm water.
2. Whip up a dressing by mixing equal parts white vinegar and olive oil. Wipe onto the affected area of skin and let sit for several minutes. Wash off with water and unscented soap.
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