How much perfume should I use?

August 17, 2021

We’ve all been there, when we first started wearing fragrance that we loved so much, and simply applied way too much of it, all over to our bodies and our clothes. And instead of smelling great, we would end up smelling as if we had taken a bubble-bath in perfume.

“Focus application on your pulse points, and we suggest you stay at two sprays with Perfumes.. three with Toilettes. Less is often more. ;)”

Bubble bath (photo: Pexels)

How do I know how much perfume should I wear?

The best way to enjoy your fragrance and to not overdo it is to focus application on your pulse points, and two sprays are usually all you need. These pulsating points warm up on the skin, allowing the scent to diffuse in the air and make your fragrance last longer.

However, if you’re still in doubt, terms like »eau de parfum« and »eau de toilette« might help you you decide what kind of fragrance to choose for different occasions.

What do these terms mean? And how can they help you become a pro fraghead?

These different fragrance types denote fragrance’s strength, and how long they are likely to last once you’ve sprayed them on.

  • Eau de Parfum (EDP) is the strongest type of perfume there is. Eau de Parfum contains between 10–20% of perfume oil, and will generally last around 8 hours.
  • Eau de Toilette (EDT) is contains around 5–15% of perfume oil. Eau de Toilette fragrances often have a quick burst of smells before fading; meaning they can make a great first impression. Generally, these fragrances will last somewhere between 4 and 7 hours.

  • Eau de Cologne is a much lighter choice than the previous two. Eau de Cologne has only around 2–4% of perfume oil, and is often used as a body splash to freshen up at regular intervals. It usually only lasts between 2–3 hours.

  • The lightest concentration is Eau Fraiche. There is only 1–2% of perfume oil in this type of fragrance, and is incredibly light. This is perfect for those who don’t want a heavy scent. Eau Fraiche will only last a couple of hours at best, but they are great for creating a subtle, delicate fragrance.

More is less (photo: Pexels)

Can I make my fragrance last longer, without overdoing it?

“Use high quality perfumes with higher concentration of essential oils, but remember.. less is more. The goal of the fragrance is to extend a gentle haze of scent that delicately leaves a pleasant trail behind you.”

If you’re wondering how you can keep from overdoing your fragrance, you should keep in mind that warmth makes any scent stronger, so keep it light and delicate and opt for an eau de toilette during summer months.

Save perfumes for special occasions like weddings and anniversaries, where you want to make an impression with smelling fabulous all day long. You will master the fragrance rules when you remember that the goal of fragrance is to extend a gentle haze of scent that delicately leaves a pleasant trail behind you.