Spritz these hot spots from head to toe.
By Jessica Cruel, SELF
Wrists, ears, neck--that's the usual to-do list when your spritz on your favorite fragrance. However, there are some key places you're missing. Steven Claisse, senior perfumer at Takasago and creator of various Clean fragrances, tells SELF nine other hot spots to spray perfume to get a scent that lasts all day.
1. In Your Hair
You hair is actually one of the best places to spritz perfume because the strands hold fragrance well and leave a trail of scent as you move from place to place. "Fragrances latch onto hair fibers, therefore hair will carry the scent of the fragrance for a long period of time," says Caisse. But will the alcohol in perfume dry out your hair? "The alcohol in fragrance is similar to that in certain hair sprays which do tend to dry out the hair," explains Caisse. "To avoid any drying of the hair, the best way to apply fragrance to hair is to mist on a brush." There are also scents made specifically for hair like Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume ($69) or Clean Hair Shine Mist With UV Protection ($24).
2. On the Top of Your Ears
"Behind the ear lobes is typical, but another less common spot is the tops of the ears as skin is not as dry," says Caisse. Oily skin actually holds scent better than dry skin. So make sure to moisturize before applying your scent.
3. Around Your Neck
Fragrance is a big no-no for those with sensitive skin. But you can wear fragrance without applying it directly to your body. Try wearing a necklace or bracelet infused with scent like Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Necklace ($45) or By Kilian Lights & Reflections Ring ($250).
4. Inside the Elbows
The pulse points are areas on the body where the veins flow close to the skin. These spots emit heat, which helps fragrance develop faster. The typical places to spritz scent all fall under this category: the neck, wrists, cleavage. However, the inside of the elbows is also a hot spot to roll on perfume.
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5. In Your Belly Button
Your navel is useful for more than just belly piercings. Dab a few drops of perfume on the spot if you're wearing a midriff-baring crop top or bikini. "Any area on your body that radiates heat will enhance a scent, and your belly button does just that," says Caisse.
7. Behind Your Knees
The soft area behind your knees is another one of those pulse points perfect for perfume. Throughout the day the scent will kick up as you cross your legs and move around, especially if you're wearing a dress. "Knees are great for summer since they're exposed," says Caisse. "The back of knees are warmer and softer and therefore capture a strong scent."
7. Down Your Calves
If you're wearing shorts or a leg-revealing dress, spritz fragrance along the inside of your thighs and calves. The friction between your legs as you walk will create warmth and reinvigorate the scent throughout the day.
8. On Your Ankles
Before you slip on your favorite pair of stiletto heels, give your feet a blast of perfume. "Your ankles are always in motion, so it helps project the fragrance wherever you go," says Caisse. "It continues the scent from head to toe."
9. On Your Clothes
Caisse recommends applying your scent on your body before putting on your clothes, so that the fragrance can absorb into your skin. However, spritzing your wool and cashmere clothes with fragrance can help achieve a longer lasting scent, too.