Check out our top tips for where to spray your perfume.
DESIGNED FOR YOUR SKIN
Perfume is developed to be worn on your skin. Each fragrance consists of different ingredients that will not only evolve and change throughout the day, but will also feel slightly different from person to person.
Many people advise wearing perfume on your pulse points as these are the parts of your body that generate the most heat and will therefore encourage the fragrance to diffuse.
There are 9 pulse points but the two most recommended for wearing fragrance are;
Carotid (Your Neck)
Located underneath your jaw on your neck, the carotid artery is close to the surface and is the most common place where people will be able to feel their pulse with a very light touch.
Radial (Your Wrist)
Located at the bottom of your wrist near to the base of your thumb, this is the second easiest place where you'll be able to feel your pulse.
THE BEHIND-THE-KNEE TRADITION
Many a bride in a long flowing dress has been advised to wear their perfume behind their knees, so that the scent flows behind them as they walk down the aisle.
It's a little-known tradition who's first mention comes from Ancient Greece when playwright Antiphanes wrote about a man from the Fourth Century saying
"His knees and neck with essence of ground thyme"
It's true that it's another pulse point that radiates heat, but it is it truly necessary or beneficial? Probably not.
Once, when working in one of Harrods' private suites, a gentleman was working his way through a variety of Oud oils that I'd presented him with. He'd been deciding on his favourite for a while and as he picked one up, I suddenly realised what was happening. I blurted 'Be careful!' just as he threw the jet-black oil all over his crisp white Gucci t-shirt.
Sadly, perfume can stain your clothing and a little bit of common sense will save you from looking like the poor gentleman, who left looking a Dalmatian.
That said, clothing can be a great place to spray your scent. Fragrance will often last much longer on clothing than it will on your skin and the movements of the fabrics can help to diffuse the fragrance and waft it in the direction of the lucky people around you.
THE JACKET TRICK
A great piece of advice I once received from my former tutor Roja Dove was to spray fragrance on the inside layers of your coat or jacket.
As above, movement can help diffuse a fragrance. Take off your jacket as you sit down to dinner and your guests will be treated to a light waft of your carefully chosen scent.