How to Apply Perfume

The topic I’m taking up in my new video seems straightforward–how to apply perfume, but it’s a question I receive often. There are so many misunderstanding and misguided advice. For instance, “spray perfume into the air and step into the cloud of scent.” That’s a good way to perfume your room, but as for your person, it’s wasteful. Are you supposed to apply perfume on pulse points? Can you wear it on fabric instead? How much is enough? I cover various aspects and share my own experience.

If you’re curious to learn about changing the perception of your perfume, experiment with the application method. In One Perfume, Four Ways to Wear It, I’ve shared a few tips.

And of course, please tell me how you wear perfume and how much do you tend to apply?

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  • Ugo: I love big and loud sillage even if I’m not a big and loud guy. I know it’s not quite elegant according to some people but I think that a wonderful fragrance (and if you wear it you certainly think it’s great) deserves to be admired by as many people as possible. I apply generously perfume when I go to work, even those with strong base notes and consistent longevity like for example Aromatics Elixir or old Opium and I always get compliments for them or others lighter scents. I apply perfume most for myself and so I want to hear it clearly all day long but I’m also happy when people notice and appreciate my trail and even if they don’t like it I don’t care because if I wear it it’s because it represents me or a part of me in some way so at the end it’s like “do you like me? Yes? Good for you! No? It’s good the same, at least for me”.
    In “private” it’s a little bit different, if I have to go out for a romantic or sexy evening I spray less generously because I know that me and the lucky guy will hear my scent very well for the lack of the distance between our bodies and after all I don’t wanna “rape” his nose but just his body and mind…with his permission of course… January 11, 2021 at 8:02am

    • Adrienne: I find your reference to ‘rape’ on this wonderful blog is not only inappropriate, but totally offensive, gross and even intimidating. Nobody rapes with permission. January 11, 2021 at 9:28am

      • Ugo: Calm down, it’s just a word joke 😓😪 January 11, 2021 at 10:06am

        • Adrienne: Not remotely funny for those who’ve been raped to see the word used so flippantly. January 11, 2021 at 10:14am

        • Tourmaline: Ugo, that is an excuse that is often used by people who make sexist comments and worse. Once again, Adrienne nailed it. Your comment is not funny. January 11, 2021 at 10:23am

        • Matty: It’s still NOT funny and very INSENSITIVE. January 11, 2021 at 6:07pm

        • Karen A: Seriously??? January 14, 2021 at 6:20am

          • Karen A: Realized my seriously comment was not clear as to what I was referencing, posted another comment but also want to reiterate my extreme anger/surprise at seeing a rape treated as a joke. Then not accepting responsibility in this day and age for such an incredibly stupid choice of words then rationalizing it as a “joke”. Words have power – if you live in the US you have only to listen to the speeches given last Wednesday. January 14, 2021 at 6:28am

    • Tourmaline: Hi Ugo,

      I agree with Adrienne, who said it so well. It was a poor choice of analogy on your part, one that is offensive and can be triggering to rape victims. Perhaps you could ask Victoria to delete your comment, or at least the last line or so. January 11, 2021 at 10:02am

      • Adrienne: Thank you Tourmaline. I felt the whole post was quite ‘in your face’ and egotistical. Very out of synergy with the quality of all the other wonderfully informative posts. I’m not usually critical, but this one really rocked me. January 11, 2021 at 10:18am

        • Tourmaline: Hi Adrienne,

          You’re welcome. Good on you! I agree with you about the tone of the post – definitely out of place in this beautiful space. With any luck, the comment or part thereof will be gone within about 24 hours. January 11, 2021 at 10:25am

    • Victoria: Big, bold sillage is a statement in itself, isn’t it? The funny thing is that I can easily give myself a headache if I overapply a perfume, but it almost never bothers me when I smell lots of perfume on others. In fact, I like it. And the idea of elegance as mild and tame is also kind of bland, so if you like a bold perfume, then just go for it. January 11, 2021 at 12:39pm

      • Ugo: Indeed nobody ever complained about my perfume trail, at least not directly 😅. I never get headaches if I really like the perfume I wear. Sometimes I find out that the perfume I’ve chosen (a very difficult choice every morning ‘cause I have almost 80 fragrances) is not right and I don’t like it, a very awful feelings cause maybe I use to love it. But when I make the right choice it’s such a warming pleasure to feel my nose in it, sometimes I almost cry and this feeling is clear to the people around me, so they see my happiness and receive pleasure from my state of mind. Perfume can go really deep in my soul that if I’m lucky I feel overwhelmed and blessed with the beauty of nature and it makes me feel beautiful too. January 11, 2021 at 1:21pm

        • Victoria: Come to think of it, I never get headache from certain favorites no matter how much I put on. For instance, I kind of overdosed on Iris Silver Mist as I was making the video, but it smelled wonderful. January 11, 2021 at 2:00pm

          • Ugo: I really like Iris, I don’t find it interesting in Chanel N°19 but I really like it in Hiris by Hermes or in Iris Nazarena by Aedes de Venustas. Must try again the one by Lutens cause I don’t remember it. Iris is very famous in Florence, that it’s not so far from me. I found this flower very fascinating, it’s beautiful, elegant and majestic but also shy ‘cause he hide his real essence deep and it’s not easy to bring it outside, just who has patience and love can enjoy it… January 11, 2021 at 2:09pm

    • Karen A: It is really unfortunate that you chose to reference rape as some kind of a lighthearted joke.
      At this point, all those posting have survived covid thus far and I’d say most, if not all of us come to BdJ for a break from the news and awful stuff.
      If you are still in the mindset of thinking rape is a joking matter – as per your comment below – please educate yourself.
      Substitute pronouns, and I can only hope you will see the inappropriateness of your thought and comments. January 14, 2021 at 6:24am

      • Victoria: Yes, indeed, Ugo’s word play failed badly, and he was already severely (and rightly) criticized. I want to say something in general, because this kind of thing comes up again and again. People comment here in English, but for at least 50% of the commenters English is not their native language. It means that some nuances of the languages aren’t registered in the same way, and that is responsible for tone deafness and misunderstandings, big and small. I personally don’t think that Ugo meant to offend, but I hope that he will derive an important lesson from this and so can the rest of us. January 14, 2021 at 7:10am

  • Figuier: Thanks for this Victoria, loved hearing about the different ways of applying scent. Like many people, my application routine is fairly automated & I don’t think about it much. Since pregnancy I’ve become a lot more sensitive to smell – I usually wear smaller amounts and avoid applying on my pulse-points because the skin there gets irritated easily (I can’t wear a watch for long, for the same reason). Instead I switch at random between the fronts and backs of my wrists, and the back of my neck.

    Sometimes, though, I like to drench myself just for the fun of a loud sillage – and I completely endorse Ugo’s thoughts above on using perfume to publicly acknowledge & claim ownership of my body and the space it occupies. On those occasions, though, I tend to spray on clothes, so that I can change if it gets too much. January 11, 2021 at 8:45am

    • Sandra: Ditto! Sometimes I do drench myself also.
      I am guilty of not 1 spray but sometimes 6 sprays of Shalimar. January 11, 2021 at 10:24am

      • Victoria: I’d love to have someone around me drenched in Shalimar! 🙂 January 11, 2021 at 12:47pm

    • Victoria: Exactly, it feels liberating. I like the spirit of the big perfumes from the 80s like Poison and Giorgio especially for that reason. January 11, 2021 at 12:43pm

      • Figuier: I love the original Poison! Today I wore some Byzance – not quite as loud but not quiet… January 11, 2021 at 1:40pm

        • Victoria: Oh, that one is a beauty! And yes, definitely not a wan, mild thing. 🙂 January 11, 2021 at 2:01pm

          • Hilde: Hi Victoria,

            Now that you mention Byzance by Rochas, am I wrong if I say that I have never seen a review of this wonderful perfume on this website? I loved it from the first smell. That was in 1990. I still have my mothers beautiful bottle edp of then, almost full, which shows that I apply this perfume in very small quantities. By the way, it is very long time ago that I have still used it. January 13, 2021 at 5:13am

            • Victoria: You’re right, I’ve not yet written it. I need to see if it’s still easy to find, since it’s always a pity to review a fragrance people can’t find. January 13, 2021 at 6:39am

  • Tourmaline: Dear Victoria,

    Thank you for this interesting post, which will bring about some changes in the way I apply perfume.

    I have many dab-on fragrances, e.g. Honeysuckle (Avon), Pear (Asquith & Somerset), Magnolia (Yves Rocher), Bellodgia, White Shoulders, Blue Grass, Clair de Jour (Lanvin), Demi-Jour (Houbigant), Le Dix, Colors of Benetton, Bal à Versailles, Bird of Paradise (Avon), Oscar, Poison, Phul-Nana (Grossmith), Nuit de Noël and Y. As I read through my list, I realize that most of these bottles are vintage. I know that fewer fragrances are released in dab-on form these days.

    I also have Avon cream perfumes such as Gardenia and Hawaiian White Ginger, and a selection of perfume oils from The Body Shop and Perfect Potion (an Australian company).

    Furthermore, I have bath oils that I bought in the mid-eighties, when I’d heard that they could be an inexpensive way to purchase fragrance. My little collection includes Nahéma, L’Heure Bleue, Ombre Rose, Youth-Dew, Shalimar and Y.

    So, I have a goodly number of fragrances that can be applied only using a pipette or fingers. I shall put “pipettes” on my shopping list, and do as you suggest – using one pipette for each of my dab-on fragrances. I confess that, in the past (i.e. up until yesterday), I frequently applied perfume to my wrists. I also applied it behind my ears, to the back of my neck, behind my knees, and even to my ankles (when it was a light fragrance such as a cologne). Henceforth, I shall avoid my wrists and concentrate on the back of my neck, and low on my decolletage, just under the neckline of my clothing.

    I shall also heed the information you provided in the other post you mention, about the different effects that can be produced by different application concentrations: “Angel dabbed on neck and wrists will smell like hazelnuts and milk chocolate, while a generous spray will give you a rich caramel and candy apple effect.”

    I was interested to hear you debunking the myth that it can be a good idea to scent oneself by spraying perfume into the air and then walking through the mist – à la Holly Hunter’s character in “Broadcast News”! She thought this strategy would prevent her from applying too much, but apparently it didn’t occur to her that she was wasting fragrance.

    With my track record of applying fragrance here, there and everywhere, one might gain the impression that I apply too much, but I hope this is rarely the case. I would only dab in many places with a lighter fragrance. As for spraying, I usually spray once behind my right ear (as that is where a person is likely to smell it if I hug them). Usually I will dab my finger in the wet scent behind my ear and apply a little behind my left ear and to the back of my neck. If the scent is fairly strong, like Shalimar or Vol de Nuit, then this will be enough. However, if I’m spraying a light floral, then I might also spray behind my knees.

    One good thing I have done – or haven’t done, to be more precise – is to apply perfume to my throat. Long ago, I heard that light shining on perfumed skin can cause the skin to discolour. Moreover, the skin of the neck is fragile and can do without applications of alcohol, even if it is first moisturized and “sunscreened”.

    It is great to hear you confirm that scent lasts longer on well-moisturized skin, because I have several body lotions that I can use prior to applying perfume. They include Pleasures – a gift with purchase (GwP), English Rose and April Violets (both by Yardley), L’Air du Temps (a 200ml bottle that I bought – and with which I received a good quality, big, bright yellow umbrella!), Ombre Rose (another GwP), Samsara (GwP) and Mitsouko. I can apply these lotions to the skin in the areas where I intend to apply perfume. I can also use them before I go to bed at night, and enjoy the fragrance while I read for a while.

    Some years ago, I decided not to buy any more scented lotions, partly because they go rancid far more quickly than perfume, partly because they’re poor value for one’s perfume dollar and partly because they take up space in my fridge. More importantly, though, I would rather wear a sunscreen lotion on uncovered areas of skin during the day. During the evening, I can use just the one unscented lotion with any perfume. Moreover, I seem to have been kept well-stocked with perfumed lotions over the years by way of gifts from relatives and friends!

    One area I want to explore more fully is that of applying scent to my clothing. I need to investigate which types of fragrance can be applied to which types of fabric and not stain or damage them. I have discovered that fragrance certainly lasts much longer on fabric, and this could be particularly useful for those scents that don’t tend to last very well compared with others.

    Thanks again for raising this fascinating topic that is so important to perfume lovers. Clearly, its simplicity belies its complexity. January 11, 2021 at 9:22am

    • Victoria: The only thing is that if you apply perfume to fabric, it shouldn’t be a delicate fabric like silk. Also, perfume can stain. January 11, 2021 at 12:44pm

  • Sandra: Ciao V,
    I would you recommend to apply body powder. I have Shalimar powder and sometimes I wonder what to do with it? I usually like it before bed but sometimes I use it in the morning and just sort of puff my chest with it. January 11, 2021 at 10:18am

    • Sandra: PS
      Your Mom sounds very chic. Which fragrance does she prefer? January 11, 2021 at 10:19am

      • Victoria: Her favorite brand is Serge Lutens, but she wears lots of different perfumes. Lately, she’s been into Jo Malones. January 11, 2021 at 12:46pm

        • Sandra: I am the same as your regarding what she is into currently.. I have been sampling some Jo Malones myself, but find the amount of bottles/scents to choose from is over whelming. Anything in particular you think one should start with?
          So far I like Mimosa & Cardamon. January 11, 2021 at 12:56pm

          • Victoria: She’s been wearing Blackberry and Bay and something Sage. I like Orange Blossom. Not a masterpiece but fun to wear. January 11, 2021 at 1:58pm

          • Silvermoon: Hi Sandra, the Jo Malone range seems like a lot, but if one goes to their shops, they are often set out in an arc with perfume groups (e.g. floral, citrus, etc). That makes it more manageable. I have a number, and among my favourites are: Orange Blossom (top of my JM list, with lots of compliments especially when I wear it in the USA); Blackberry and Bay, Mimosa and Cardamom, Red Roses, Honey and Crocus, Jasmine Sambac and Marigold (a bit like Indian bridal flower garlands), and Velvet Rose and Oud. Myrrh and Tonka is nice, but I don’t have it. The last three are in the dark bottles, and are a bit stronger smelling. The brand also encourages mix and match/layering. Hope you find something you enjoy wearing. January 11, 2021 at 3:30pm

            • Sandra: wow! thank you for that list January 12, 2021 at 12:49pm

    • Victoria: Of course, you can try it. I don’t wear powders that often, but Guerlain powders are excellent and they might make a nice layering option. January 11, 2021 at 12:46pm

  • Aurora: So many ways to apply perfume, thank you very much for sharing. I typically apply 3 sprays, my two wrists (because I like to put my wrist to my nose during the day) and the base of my neck and 4 for lighter fragrances, the extra going on the back of my neck. It’s the last thing I do before leaving, so I’m fully dressed, like your mother. Your influence has meant that occasionally scent only my scarf for heavy fragrances, I think it was in your review of Sahara Noir and this has become the only way I wear this perfume January 11, 2021 at 1:31pm

    • Victoria: I’m glad to hear that you like this technique. Sahara Noir is wonderful, but I really feel that this type of fragrance works best on fabric. Most attars and heavy orientals do. January 11, 2021 at 2:01pm

  • Silvermoon: Hi Victoria, I enjoyed the video and especially how you deal with SL Iris Silver Mist. So far, I have tried pouring via a funnel into a bottle with spray top but it is tricky and messy. I have also used a dropper to move from the original bottle to the spray bottle. This seems more elegant and less fussy.

    And what a gorgeous necklace! 😻 January 11, 2021 at 4:11pm

    • Victoria: Thank you!

      Yes, a dropper is far easier than pouring. I now prefer to use it for applying fragrance as well. Makes for a more targeted application! January 13, 2021 at 6:26am

  • Natalya Baranova: Before I discovered niche and such, I thought I did not like most perfumes. I had a single perfume for years, for example, Organza Indicence, before it was discontinued. Either because mainstream perfume is too loud, or because I was more sensitive when younger, I would not even wear a single spray. I would spray on the mirror and pick a quarter or less of it. At that point, an advice of spraying perfume in the air and walking through would have made sense, since the perfume I wore was made with a sprayer, and it was not possible to portion out. Now I have many perfumes, mostly niche or such, and I use one, or, at most, two sprays on my chest. This is the way for me to create a private experience with perfume, and enjoy it as it wafts up. I do not care for sillage, especially since it may be problematic for other people. I understand that people may not want to be exposed to perfume, and respect that. As for applying on fabric, I, to my surprise, found one day that Virgilio from Dyptique develops a strong minty note on my skin, which it does not have when sprayed on fabric. I do not like mint; I do not know where that note comes from, but that’s the only case so far where I spray perfume on fabric. It is a very interesting technique to spray behind your neck, I have to try it. January 11, 2021 at 5:47pm

    • Victoria: In some cases, the fragrance smells differently, because the warmth of your skin speeds up its evaporation. On fabric, on the other hand, it’s much slower. January 13, 2021 at 6:27am

  • rickyrebarco: After applying face, throat, and body moisturizers I spray on my perfume. I spray behind ears, on my throat pulse points and decolletage, on inner arms and behind knees and on my hair. I do not spray this much if going to a crowded event, but during lockdown there’s no one to be offended so I spray with abandon when at home. January 11, 2021 at 6:15pm

    • Victoria: Yes, one can get away with the loudest of perfumes. 🙂 January 13, 2021 at 6:28am

  • Fazal: Your tip of using the pipette to apply a perfume from a splash bottle is great. My solution has been to cover the mouth of the bottle with a finger and then apply the finger on the skin. The subsequent applications involve a different finger to minimize the risk of contamination though I have been careless at times by using the same finger for multiple applications.

    I am completely with you on projection. I have never ever understood guys who wants= perfumes with monstrous projection so that their perfume is detectable from a mile away. I have always preferred a perfume with low projection but good longevity. Ideally, I want my perfume to be only detectable to those who are within my personal space or within 2-3 feet from me in any direction. A perfume should create some element of mystery and perfumes with monster projection often leave little to the imagination. They may even make the wearer seem insecure and obnoxious.

    My rule is to wear between 2-5 sprays (most of the times it is 3 sprays), depending on the strength of the perfume. I go for chest and upper abdomen. I do this because I always wear perfume for my own pleasure and wearing this way allows me to enjoy the whiffs from time to time. I used to spray close to the neck but it was often irritating so I don’t do that anymore. I would usually spray close to the skin, usually 2 inches from the skin but I discovered only last week or so that increasing the distance a bit more such as 6-8 inches from the skin improved sillage in such a manner that I get more whiffs now than I used to get in the past. I guess the improved sillage for personal enjoyment results from a slightly bigger circumference of the application if sprayed from 6-8 inches rather than too close to the skin. January 11, 2021 at 10:17pm

    • Victoria: I think that people who overspray simply stop noticing the smell. It increases olfactory overload and it makes you blind to your own fragrance, as it were. Applying more modestly actually helps one smell the perfume longer, and this is especially true for strong oriental blends, ambers, woods, musks. January 13, 2021 at 6:30am

      • Fazal: Good point about olfactory overload. It is certainly applicable to some people. January 13, 2021 at 10:33pm

        • Victoria: At work I once had to test reformulations of Red Door and Youth Dew, which meant that I would have to apply at least 6-8 sprays of each throughout the day. I can tell you that by the end of the day I smelled none of it on me. People next to me on the subway must have been suffocating! January 14, 2021 at 7:13am

  • Fazal: “such as 6-8 inches from the skin improved sillage in such a manner” –> I meant to say improved projection*** January 11, 2021 at 10:24pm

  • Peter: Mahalo Victoria, for another informative video. I cracked up reading Fazal’s finger application technique. I do something quite similar. Like Tourmaline, I’ll now add pipettes to my shopping list. I’ll also attempt Silvermoon’s ‘slow but sure’ decant from a bell jar to a spray atomizer. January 11, 2021 at 11:42pm

    • Victoria: I hope that you like that way of applying perfume. It’s especially useful for strong, rich blends, since you can control the amount easily. January 13, 2021 at 6:31am

  • Tami: Most of my “regularly worn” perfumes are light, citrusy eaux. Those go on my arms and a little on my clothes… I wear them primarily to make myself happy, so having them close at hand (or at arm) for a smile is the best way for me.

    I have a little collection of Jo Malones; those typically go ON my sweater or shirt. I like the way they cling to my clothing; it feels cozy and homey.

    I wear my bolder floral scents on my legs. This technique works especially well with the original Michael Kors; it’s too strong for me to wear on my upper body, so if I’m going out (and especially if I’m wearing a dress or skirt), I find it floats around me in a beautiful way… without causing my sinuses to rebel.

    On the other hand… Poison and Lost Cherry go on my upper body. (Not both at once!) I like carrying those closer to me, on my arms and near my heart.

    This doesn’t have to do with where I wear but how I apply: I go outside and spray anything that’s not a citrus. After spraying I’ll stand and enjoy the fragrance. But by spraying it outside, I’m not “trapped” with the scent in my house for days. When too prominent, perfume can keep me up at night, like a party guest who won’t go home and keeps cranking Ramones records through the wee hours. January 12, 2021 at 3:17am

    • Victoria: Yes, a citrusy cologne is the easiest perfume to dose. It provides an instant boost and then it leaves. I personally don’t mind perfumes that don’t last the whole day on me. The initial impression is enough to boost my mood. January 13, 2021 at 6:32am

  • Gentiana: Another great topic, dear Victoria, it is so interesting to see peoples’ different habits and experiments with fragrances.
    I used for many years to dab or spray perfumes to the back of my ears and on the sides of the neck, but, quite always, after a short while I didn’t feel the fragrance anymore. A kind of anosmy occured by having the fragrance too close to my nose smelling it all the time. Many times I was tempted to reapply in order to feel the fragrance and I didn’t realize I overused. Sometimes people around me weren’t happy at all and they let me know more or less politely that I am invading their olfactory space…. So, I changed my habit. I put 2-5 sprays distributed on my tummy, upper body and back of the knees from the stronger perfumes and on my arms, chest and back of the neck the softer ones. Once in a while I put a short spray on my hair. So I catch whiffs every now and then during the day. I tried on clothes but I got them stained a few tims so this is a method I use only with thick fabricks in dark colors.
    The dabbing I do usually on the pulse points of the hands, on the arms and back of the neck.
    If it is a perfume I didn’t use for a long long time, it goes in the cleavage, to the side of the neck and behind ears.
    I don’t use any more the fragrant lotions because, as Tourmaline mentioned, they go rancid or use a big space in the fridge and have no good ratio value/fragrance…
    I experienced with layering perfumes – some with good result, some ended very quickly by scrubbing – and very interesting was to have two different fragrances on the two sides of the body or neck. The result was puzzling for the persons near me. In at least two cases I can say fascinating…. January 12, 2021 at 9:46am

    • Victoria: I hope that you wrote down the successful cases of layering! So much fun to experiment like this. January 13, 2021 at 6:35am

  • John: Thank you Victoria for this thoughtful video… It interests me to hear that you get headaches easily as I do as well and often ponder the irony that fragrance interests me so much but there are relatively few compositions I can wear comfortably. I have a sort of ‘hall of fame’ of fragrances I especially enjoyed but could not wear more than once (Cartier Déclaration, Molinard Patchouli, Burberry London and Guerlain Hértiage Eau de Parfum to name just a few…) Thankfully, some that I love and wear each week throughout the year seem to cause almost no trouble at all regardless of how heavily or frequently I dose myself, while others are kind to me as long as I respect their strength and keep the sprayer well south of my neck.

    When I was still becoming acquainted with fragrance and owned only one bottle, I used to apply far to much (about six to eight sprays); though this was Eau Sauvage, which is generally not going to overwhelm most people, I found myself less and less able to appreciate it. Thanks to the discreet intervention of my wife, I came to realize I was routinely rendering myself nose-blind to a beautiful composition by treating it like a blunt instrument. I recall being quite surprised to read responses on an online forum in which a group of people who had been collecting and evaluating fragrances for years seemed to all agree that one or two sprays to the chest (complemented perhaps with a spray on the wrists or the nape of the neck) was sufficient. I tried this ‘lessness’ and came to realize that in most cases I appreciated a composition more (and was more conscious of its transformations and dynamism) if I limited myself in this manner. This is now my general practice with anything reasonably strong (Habit Rouge, for example, or the surprisingly intense Le Troisieme Homme). I will tend to let that wearing progress without a refresher, especially if, as is the case with Habit Rouge or Eau Sauvage, I enjoy the drydown so much on its own merits that I would be loathe to interrupt its narrative.

    Caron Pour un Homme or Guerlain Vétiver, conversely, are almost like eaux to me… I will apply them liberally in the morning then take another restorative hit around the cocktail hour and sometimes a constitutional dose at bedtime… Both seem to really gain something out of progressive layering, not just in terms of performance but character. Wearing two or three layers of Caron Pour un Homme, I become much more conscious of the role of the musky base as it lends a kind of endearingly slightly-unwashed quality that feels very lived in to me. While I love the varying moments of Vétiver (the keen pitch of the green vetiver as it seems to burn amid citruses then go to ground in the textures of pepper and nutmeg, with a brittle, chilly orris at the start and the extraordinarily dry, turfy tones insinuated into the skin’s natural scent in the drydown), a layered wearing of Vétiver feels more consistently, breezily green, almost lactonic, and more tenacious in its clean earthiness.

    In all cases, I like a spray or two on the chest, then one on the back of each wrist, a bit of which is sometimes dabbed on the back of the neck. With the hair on the wrist, in particular there is a such a mixture of scents and sensations that to smell it there is delightful when some kind of general life encouragement is needed. January 13, 2021 at 12:48am

    • Victoria: I remember doing an exercise when I diluted different oils and compared dilutions. To my surprise, the lowest dilutions were the ones that revealed the most facets. So, yes, too much is not always better, quite the opposite. January 13, 2021 at 6:38am

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