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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Weekend Poll: Perfume Habits--how much and how often?

I have been thinking recently that I spray perfume quite a bit more than I used to. The days of 1-2 spritzes 1-2 times a day were not so long ago, perhaps a couple of years. Now that I've amassed a lovely collection and keep bottles and decants displayed or stowed in strategic places, I'm never more than an arm's length away from olfactory satisfaction. I've just got so much perfume, that I realized that I've got to use it. If I don't use it, it doesn't get to live, it won't have the sun shine down upon it. It will be destined to be an inanimate, unloved object.

[I own this vintage Caron ad- ain't she a beaut?]

So these days, I apply perfume 4-5 times a day, sometimes it's the same scent all day, other times they're all different. And how many spritzes do I indulge in currently? It kind of depends on the fragrance, but usually about 6. One on each wrist, one on the back of my neck, one or two on my throat, and one on my decolletage. If I'm wearing a dress, I'll go for a spritz behind each knee, also. I've quadrupled my consumption, and I feel no shame. When I'm going to be around a bunch of people, I'll spray much less before heading out the door. I'm not without a conscience, you know.

I'd like to hear about your spraying habits too. Is it a clandestine affair, or are you as shameless as I am? Do you conservatively dab, or spray like the garden hose has been turned on you? Is it none of my beeswax? (Mmm... beeswax)


20 comments:

  1. Oooh, wonderful! I like and support your extravagant spritzing habits. For me, perfume falls exactly halfway between necessity and luxury. I indulge in it less frequently than drinking water (6-8x a day) and much more frequently than chocolate (2-3x a week) or wine (1-2x a week). But it is a daily thing for me, and a life necessity.

    I spray 3-4 times a day, three spritzes each-- on my wrists (which I then press together before touching each wrist to my inner elbows), at the nape of my neck (followed by a furious hair-scrumble to scent my tresses), and in the general direction of my cleavage. :)

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    1. Dearest Meg, this furious hair-scrumble you describe has caught my interest. I also like your technique of touching wrists to inner-elbows. I approve and support your methods also. (I really feel like we should all be flying our perfume-geek flags really high while answering this question, don't you?)

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    2. Thanks, Carrie, and yes, our fragrance flags should be flying with pride! :) RE "the scrumble": I DO love scenting my coiffure-- not heavily, but just enough to enjoy a soft hint of my SOTD when I run a brush/comb through. (Which sadly I have to do with caution these days-- I've lost about half my hair due to the prolonged high fevers of AppendixFest. I'm told it will all grow back in within a year or so, so eventually I'll be able again to "whip my hair" with the best of 'em. :D)

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    3. Oh, dear. Yes, I had a Gall Bladder Fest not long ago, those organ festivals are a drag! I've only recently started becoming slightly paranoid about the alcohol in perfume drying out my hair, so I do the back of my neck now.

      Now's your time to wear cool turbans and head wraps like Victoria Jent! I've never really looked good in any kind of head accessories, and I'm sorta jealous when I see people who can pull it off so well.

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  2. I've decided to be shameless with the perfumes I enjoy best. There's no sense in "saving" it because if I love it to death, I will go the mile of securing another bottle eventually. So my modest 2-3 sprays per day has turned into 8-10 sprays, mostly on throat and wrists. We have a no-perfume policy at work but I sneak a spray here and there and make sure to use a lighter scent. Atomizers are my best friend!

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    1. That's awesome, Liz! Perfume is a really quick and easy anti-depressant, I wish everyone could see it that way instead of as a public health and safety threat.

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  3. Shameless spritz hussy here. My rollerball bottles are emptied within days; the spray bottles within weeks. After the shower, before the dog park, after getting into my jammies and before my first glass of OJ for the day. And, in between.

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    1. ..and I bet you smell reallyeffinggood, too! I know what you've been wearing, and those are the perfect scents to spray liberally. But yes, the unfortunate thing is that those bottles unfairly run out pretty fast.

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  4. I usually spray twice a day. Once after my daily shower and then again in the evening or for bed. Whether I stay with my original fragrance or switch depends on my moods and needs. How many spritzes or daubs depends on the fragrance. I daub extraits. Everything else gets sprayed unless I only have a sample tube. Portrait of a Lady only gets two sprays, and it lasts and lasts and lasts. No. 19 EdT gets 5 to 6 spritzes.

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    1. Tatiana, I believe your methods are sound. (that makes you the Anti-Marlon Brando from Apocalypse Now.) I like to think my behavior is always reasonable when it comes to perfume, but who am I kidding? If I have perfume and coffee, I will (and regularly do) stay up all night sniffing and writing. I don't exactly feel that that's normal.

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  5. Yep, just as shameless, but I've noticed now that when I'm home I feel like I'm wasting it if I put it anywhere other than my arms, so I make up for the lack on my neck by spraying - drowning* - tonnes on my arms.

    I believe in experiencing everything to the fullest, so I wear my perfumes to bed.


    (The non-perfumistas reading that will go "Wow, that's a bit O.T.T.", and probably everyone else commenting is going "So? Doesn't everyone?" haha!)

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    1. You are right and correct on all accounts. I don't think many non-perfume-obsessives read my blog too much, so I've never had anyone tell me that wearing perfume to bed is OTT, but one beauty editor at a very popular print magazine had her fact-checker DOUBLE check me, because I'm not sure she believed my habits.

      Okay, I need to know- why do you only spray your arms at home? I mean, how do you feel it's being wasteful to spray elsewhere, is it because you can raise your arms to your nose and get up close and personal with the scent?

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    2. Yes, it's exactly that! I want to be able to sniff whenever, so I will put it around my chest and dab my top on it sometimes, that way I can put my head down my top and inhale :D But I have so much more control over my inner elbow, you know?

      When I'm out I'll spray on the back and side of my neck so I can waft for myself (and my ankles, and back of knees!) - but when I'm indoors all day behind my laptop, I'm not exactly gooing to waft from my neck when it's stiffly staring at the screen.



      Also, I have convinced myself that my skin eats sillage (even if it doesn't), therefore "I *need* to drown myself in that Amouage decant" :P Have not had complaints (yet), but then lately I've been behind my computer most of the time, and I turned my bf into a fragrance monster, so....

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  6. You are my scent-spritzing shero! Really, you have totally inspired me! I work at Sephora and when I'm there I spray all kinds of different fragrances all day long. It's fun. BUT at home I often forget to regularly apply my favorite scents. I've got a perfectly lovely fragrance wardrobe but you are right, they are doing me no good just sitting there. I've got to step up my game - maybe even spritz the dog....

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    1. Ha! I put argan oil on my cat, so I don't think there's anything wrong with giving your dog an edge over all the others at the dog park. :)

      Working anywhere where there is a lot of different scents all day would probably change my personal habits. I'm not sure I would bother wearing anything to work, because you want to try and sell what's being offered at Sephora, right? But once you're home and showered, it's all about you, times a thousand. Even little things like the scent of shampoo or shower gel really matter! It's how we become ourselves again, how we identify ourselves on a primal level.

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  7. I aspire to be like you - spritzing with abandon. And I have broken out of my shell a bit with more aggressive application lately (maybe the last six months or so). But still, I am more subdued.

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    1. I can respect your methods, I really can. There are definitely times when I wear perfume (especially naturals) just so I can catch little whiffs of amazing now and then. Naturals are perfect for that. Plus, the naturals I love are much more costly than the mixed-media perfumes I own, so I don't want to upset myself by making it disappear too quickly. :)

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  8. To the office I usually wear quiter perfumes (2-3 spritzes) or 1-2 of a louder ones. In the evening I usually test new perfumes on my wrists - so it's dabbing or spraying carefully from sample vials.

    For parties, weekeds, etc. (where no closed spaces are involved) I usually go for 5-6 spritzes and always bring a small decant to re-apply as needed.

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    1. I'm like you in that I always bring certain selected decants with me. Usually I'll switch them out every couple of weeks.

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  9. Life is short - spray when the feeling takes you! That is what I do :)

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