Share: do you wear perfume regularly?

I used to buy perfumes quite frequently but not for myself though. They were pressies for my mom who loves wearing them all the time. So I grew up sniffing lots of perfume and strange enough, I don’t like wearing them. I do get perfume oils and fragrance balms for the sake of novelty but I hardly use them unless I smell really bad for no good reasons. HA.

Where to apply?
Most expert advice suggest applying perfume directly on our skin, in particular, our pulse points. In fact, one of the tips I frequently receive is to spray the perfume over a body lotion to make the scent last longer. I’ve also come across some tips that suggest spraying perfume near our hair. However, is it really that good to apply perfume directly on our skin or our hair? My mom always apply her perfume on her clothes and never on her skin or hair even though she never took note of their ingredient list. All she said was that it’s not good. Well, I suppose this is particularly so for perfumes that list alcohol denat as the first ingredient. This ingredient is extremely drying when used directly on the skin. This is probably why those with sensitive skin cannot tolerate using perfume and have to look for formulations with more natural ingredients.

How long do perfumes last?
And interestingly enough, I also found out that the more alcohol, the less concentrated and pronounced the fragrance is but the shelf life is longer (since alcohol works as a preservative too). Exactly how long? According to Carlos Ugalde, Founder of Sasha Varon Luxe Parfums, most fragrances have a shelf life of 2 years but can be extended up to 5 years if kept out of the light and in a cool place. According to him, many factors go into this and one is the oil to diluents (alcohol and other ingredients other than fragrance /essential oils) ratio.

What’s your favorite and where do you apply?
Personally, I have no favorites as I use fragrance only occasionally and apply them directly on my wrists. They do last longer as compared to when I follow my mom’s advice to apply on my clothes. As for hair, I’ve never tried but I suppose those with longer hair will smell a difference when their hair swirls.

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  1. says

    L Lamb Gwen Stefani, Romeo Gigli, Yves St. Laurent Parisienne currently, but many others. Applied to pulse points, but never hair or clothing.

  2. says

    Ooh – I forgot TokyoMilk Sonata in D Minor No. 13 – very different, with white orchid, orange flower, gardenia and amber. They have a new series called Dark, and the one that intrigues me is La Vie, La Mort, with Tuberose, Cardamom, Hibiscus Leaf and Jasmine.

    Yes, I love fragrance. Of the senses, I would miss sight first and sense of smell second. Hearing and touch would not matter that much, even though my sense of hearing is acute!

    • sesame says

      Oooh TokyoMilk…very nice! And I believe you’re considered a rather visual learner too. 😉

      • says

        You’re probably right about the visual learner thing – it’s easier for most of us to look at a manual with step-by-step photos, or look at a video tutorial, or have a computer process demonstrated to us, then do it ourselves.

        I still love scent!

        Good topic and discussion.

        • sesame says

          I think when it comes to beauty products, we’re quite scent driven too. Usually, we’ll pick up something and then smell it. I also noticed my scent preferences changed after going natural and organic.

  3. says

    I just spritz them over my body because I can’t apply them on wrist or neck area as redness will occur, my skin is that sensitive! *sigh* :) I do wear scents on a daily basis though

  4. stella says

    i’ve been wearing perfume daily since i was a teenager (i spent a few months in france) and i feel naked when i forget to spray any before stepping out of the house! i use the same perfume everyday, day and night, until i find another favorite (either in months or in years!)

    • sesame says

      I’ve heard that before – some ladies feel naked without perfume. Think my mom feels the same…she’ll wear a cheaper version to the wet market though.

  5. says

    I apply below my ear lobes and my wrist. I spray some into thin air and then walk straight into that direction. Avoid contact with your neck, apparently it causes that area to age faster.

    • sesame says

      Interesting. I like the idea of walking into the perfume spray. Much like using a face mist. 😉

  6. Angel says

    I always spritz perfume on my clothes. I don’t apply directly to my skin except for on the sides of my neck and under my ear. 😛

    I’ve always liked perfume, but my boyfriend told me likes the smell of perfume so that made me really happy and wear it more often!! ( Coming a long way from my dad and brothers who hate the smell of any perfume, so I never wore it that much before.)

    I like fruity scents and very girly scents. 😛 I currently like “Secret” brands “Cocoa butter kisses” perfume. :)

    • sesame says

      It’s nice to have your partner loving what you wear…makes you feel more appreciated too. 😛

  7. says

    I have lots of perfumes… I used to be able to tell what perfume someone’s wearing when they walk pass me or sit next to me, I could tell what editions too (for example, CK one has so many editions by now, or DKNY apple, etc) and used to be able to tell the difference between the original and imitation ones, they have slightly different note to it.

    I now only wear it when I go out, if I remember… haha… because I noticed that I started to sneeze and have watery eyes when perfume was applied. I normally would use the sample bottle (just dab onto skin), and if from spray bottle then I’d spray on my wrist then wipe excess to the inside elbow area, back of hands and at last, neck area (I don’t like it strong in the neck area as I’m quite sensitive to smell, hence why I’d apply perfume to this area last).

    If I’m in a hurry, I’d just pray to thin air and walk into the mist. I’d make sure I’d spray lower so the mist doesn’t get to my face :)

    • sesame says

      You can tell just by smelling and even know which edition….wow, that’s a talent! I am so clueless.

      The sneezing part sounds like a bit of allergy to me. My husband gets it when I use products that are heavily scented. That is one reason why I don’t use perfume too. :)

  8. says

    I love my new Jimmy Choo perfume!
    I had no idea perfume could last for more than 2 years, but I guess most of us use it up before then. I had a perfume go bad on my once – it smelled terrible, and it was really disappointing because there was quite a bit left in the bottle.

    I like to spritz it under my ears and on the back of my neck or the crown of my head. Where ever I think my guy will catch the smell.

    Lauren from ChickAdvisor

    • sesame says

      Wow, Jimmy Choo! Never got to smell it before. And interesting how you spritz your perfume…on the crown of your head.

  9. Jasmine says

    I love Lush’s line of perfumes! The perfume oil content is MUCH higher than normal stuff and it lasts and lasts and lasts. You should check them out! I love the Orange Blossom smell because it is the smell of flowers in a sweet bloom, the note is so pure and has so much depth. It’s all natural too :)

  10. Rinka says

    i always seem to receive perfumes as gifts or souvenirs from people, and then on top of that there are perfumes that i buy for myself… theyve all piled up so i have to wear perfume everyday just to get through them all, but i guess i cant complain about smelling lovely everyday 😀

    my favourites are probably miss dior cherie by dior, j’adore by dior, lanvin eclat d’arpege, woman by sonia rykiel and aqua allegoria flora nymphea by guerlain… among many others! lol

    • sesame says

      Wow, you get so many as gifts? That’s nice. I think it’s great to be able to wear perfume and being able to change every day would add variety. 😉

  11. fwy says

    I was finishing a bottle of fragrance once a month many years ago when I suddenly realised that my skin is allergic to alcohol; hence I stop. It has probably been years since I used perfume.

    • sesame says

      Well, if you do get a bottle, use it on your clothes. Usually the those Eau de Toilette do not leave stains.

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