We’re firm believers that there usually isn't a “right" way to do something, and this applies to fragrances and perfume, too.
However, all the years you’ve spent rubbing perfume between your wrists have been years spent altering your fragrances' intended scent and reducing its potency. If you're someone who's found that our Honey Tobacco fragrance doesn't last all day, this could be why.
While rubbing your wrists may seem like an intuitive way to spread your fragrance, it can actually ruin the scent's delicate balance and reduce its longevity.
Perfume is designed to evaporate slowly, releasing its fragrance over time. The friction of rubbing your wrists together accelerates the evaporation process and can cause the top notes to dissipate more quickly than they should. The top notes are the initial burst of fragrance you smell when you first apply perfume, and they play a crucial role in setting the tone for the rest of the fragrance. By rubbing your wrists together, you're disrupting the delicate balance of these notes, making it difficult to discern the individual components of the fragrance.
Rubbing your wrists together can also cause the fragrance to settle into the crevices of your skin, rather than floating in the air around you. This can make the scent appear heavier and more cloying than intended, which can be overwhelming for those around you.
So, what should you do instead of rubbing your wrists together after applying perfume?
- Spray perfume directly onto your wrists, or other pulse points, and let it dry naturally. Your inner elbows, behind your ears, and the back of your knees emit extra body heat, which helps to naturally diffuse the scent and can help the fragrance to last longer.
- Spray the air and walk through the mist, allowing the fragrance to settle naturally on your skin and hair. You could use a product like our Hair, Home, and Body Mist for this, too.
- But if you’re anything like us, and old habits die hard, try dabbing your wrists together (just please no rubbing!)