I love perfumes. I have since I was a little girl. I remember the beautiful bottles that lined up like little dancers that both of my grandmothers had. One had her bottles lined up in the bathroom, where their crystalline bodies reflected in the mirror. My other grandmother had hers on her dresser, clustered atop a lacy doily.
I remember sniffing at each bottle and wishing I were old enough to have just one beautiful bottle of my own. Fast forward to today. I have several bottles of perfume on my vanity. While they do not sit on a lace doily, their classic beauty charms me.
So what do you do when you have purchased, made or been gifted a perfume that you absolutely adore but it is too powerful for an elevator compartment? If it is in a bottle that has a stopper or applicator wand, it is much easier to control how much you apply. What if it is in an atomizer or spray bottle? How do you apply a 1/4 (or less) of a spray?
One thing you can do is hang your clothes up and spray them from a distance of 12 inches or greater. It is hard to do when wearing your clothes but it is great because your clothes will release their subtle scent throughout the day. Your clothes will release more scent the more you move and the warmer your body is. This method is great if you are looking for your perfume to last all day.
You can also spritz a cotton ball with your favorite perfume and then apply it to skin. This method is great because it keeps the fragrance close to the skin. This is my favorite method for applying perfume when attending weddings, dinners and other social events. It keeps me smelling nice without a cloud of my perfume announcing my arrival.
Try spraying your legs rather than your decolletage. It gives your nose, and the nose of others, a little bit of space from the fragrance. (This is a great way to keep your perfume from being overwhelming when hugs are going ’round.) With this method the fragrance softly and slowly wafts up throughout the day. I prefer this method when I am in a dress or skirt and will be spending most of my time outside. Family picnics are a great time to try this method.
Another option is to spray your hair brush then run it through your hair. Hair holds on the fragrances very well. (Have you ever noticed you can smell your hair detangler long after your perfume has faded?) By spraying your hair brush, you avoid an overwhelming amount of perfume while still smelling great! This is my favorite method on date nights.
The last method is to take a cotton ball or even a sachet card and spritz the card. Extend your packet of sachet cards by cutting them into small pieces. You can now tuck a few pieces into your pants pocket or even into your bra. This provides subtle yet constant scent all day long, perfect for on the go or rushed mornings!
What other methods do you use for intensely scented perfumes? I want to hear!