How and Where to spray perfume

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Published: Dec 26, 2023 • Last Updated: Dec 26, 2023

Pulse Points

You should spray your perfume on your pulse points. Pulse points are areas on your body that run hotter than normal. The heat helps the perfume activate and dissipate in the air so you and others can actually smell it without putting their nose right next to your skin.

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Here are the pulse points that you can target:

  1. Behind the ear
  2. Neck
  3. Inner elbow
  4. Wrists
  5. Behind the knee


You can definitely spray perfume on your clothing. Some perfumes last longer on clothes than on skin. Just make sure to test it on an inconspicious location first to make sure it doesn't stain it. Most perfumes don't stain clothes in my experience but I can't tell you not to test.

I don't spray perfume on my jackets though since I don't wash/dry clean them often and I change my perfume a lot. For this reason, I mostly do 1 or 2 sprays on my shirt because I wash it after every wear. So avoid spraying on clothes that you wear multiple times before washing/dry cleaning.

Where not to spray?

  1. Hair: Perfumes are alcohol based and using them in hair for long periods of time can dry and damage them. There are specially formulated hair mists availbale in the market if you want to perfume your hair.
  2. Face: Don't spray on your face. The ingredients are not well suited for the delicate skin of the face.
  3. Armpits: Use a deodorant instead if you're concerned about BO.
  4. Genital area: It would be nice to make our nether region smell fresh and sexy but don't. These perfumes can burn and irritate the skin in this area. Use a dedicated powder instead.
  5. The air: Yes, spraying a cloud and walking through it is a total waste of perfume. Spray the perfume directly on your skin.


  1. Apply a moisturizer before spraying perfume. Perfumes last longer on a moisturized skin.
  2. Avoid heavily fragranced skin and hair care products. Their perfumes can mix with the perfume you're wearing creating unintended scents that may not be appealing or out right nasty.
  3. Don't rub your wrists. Just spray on your perfume and let it dry.
  4. Don't spray too much. You don't want to overwhelm the people around you. How much is the right amount depends on the perfume, your skin and your surroundings. Start with less and ask for feedback.

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Olivia Beaufort

Hi I'm Olivia Beaufort, a blend of French elegance and Australian charm! I love fragrances! I have an impeccable nose for identifying notes on other people. I have been using ScentGod for years and built quite a collection for myself. Now, I share my experiences and my knowledge in the world of perfumes.

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