10 Secret Places You Never Thought to Apply Perfume


Spraying your wrists and neck with perfume is pure tradition and has little to no effect on the scent or intensity of the fragrance. The traditional belief is that the pulse points are places where the body generates the most heat and this can intensify the fragrance. 

If you want to learn more about fragrances, check out my Guide to Finding Your Signature Scent. There are many other places on the body that all give a long-lasting effect and sensuality with the help of different scent notes.

While purchasing fragrances in the past, I always talk with the concierge to learn about new tips and tricks. Here are a few secret spots to apply your favorite perfumes!

1. In Your Hair

You hair is actually one of the best places to spray perfume because the oil in your strands hold fragrance well. It’s also a flirty way of leaving a trail of scent as you move from place to place. I have very curly hair so every time I move, a fragrance cloud fills the room. You all might be thinking, “won’t the alcohol dry out my hair?” The alcohol in fragrance is similar to that in certain hair products which do tend to dry out the hair. I usually shampoo once a week and condition everyday! To avoid any drying, the best way to apply fragrance to hair is to either spritz on a brush, or let a light mist fall onto your hair from above. Every swish will smell amazing!

2. On Top of Your Ears

Usually on the nape of the neck is the go to spot for applying perfume, however, you should place some perfume just behind your ears, too! Subtle to others; until a close encounter, this secret spot can make your scent more mysterious. Plus it avoids the risk of tarnishing your favorite necklaces which can happen when you apply fragrance to the neckline. Behind the earlobes is typical, but another less common spot is the tops of the ears as the skin is not as dry. Oily skin actually holds scent better than dry skin – similar to the oil on your hair! So make sure to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

3. Down Your Back

While we often concentrate our spraying on the front of our bodies, applying it to the back can be subtly powerful. If you can reach, or have some help, spritz a few down the neckline of your top or dress and it will be diffused behind you through your clothes as you walk.

4. Inside the Elbows

The pulse points are areas on the body where the veins flow close to the skin. These spots release heat, which helps your fragrance develop faster. The typical places to spray scent fall under this category: the neck, wrists, and décolletage, or cleavage area. However, the inside of the elbows is also a hot spot to spray perfume or apply with a fragrant rollerball.

Rollerballs are one of my fav travel essentials!

5. In and around 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 cute crop top or even a bathing suit. Yes we want to feel and smell amazing in the summer too!

7. Behind Your Knees

This category was surprising to me, although it made a lot of sense when the concierge was explaining the concept. How cool is it that the soft area behind your knees is another one of those pulse points perfect for perfume. Throughout the day the scent will lift as you cross your legs and move around, especially if you’re wearing shorts or a dress. This is perfect for summer as well since the legs are usually exposed.

7. Down Your Calves

If you’re wearing shorts or a leg-revealing dress, spritz fragrance along the inside of your thighs and calves. Now this one I do anyways after a shower and moisturizer. I honestly put perfume all over my body, haha – the fragrance just smells so delicious! The friction between your legs as you walk will create warmth and reinvigorate the scent throughout the day. If you have thick thights like me, be sure to not over do it. It is important to moisturize to prevent bumps and scars, but try not to over do it with a lot of fragrance or oils in that area.

8. On Your Ankles

This one is a little similar to the others, but before you slip on your favorite pair of wedges, heels, or even tennis shoes, spray some perfume on those ankles. While moving around you want to smell like a goddess from head to toe – all day long! And if you have a partner who loves to give foot massages, they will be so delighted and surprised by your sexy nature.

9. On Your Clothes

Now the clothes are optional, but I do recommend applying your scent on your body before putting on your clothes so that the fragrance can absorb into your skin. However, fragrance can cling to your clothing much longer than the skin, and is a great option for people who don’t like spraying perfume straight onto the body. Be careful not to spray directly onto delicate fabrics or light colors, as some might cause stains. Instead, step into a fragrance cloud sprayed ahead of you once you’re fully dressed.

10. The Naked Body + Buttocks

This one I recommend based on the fact that once you are out of the shower and moisturized, the scent lasts so much longer. Perfume is expensive so it’s important to use it as intended. Moisturize with your favorite lotion and then go to town on those pulse points and other areas mentioned above! The buttocks is my favorite because it’s in that area where only you can see and touch, (unless there is a special person in your life 😉 then your partner is sure to be mesmerized and might even take a little bite because of how delicious you smell! So let the scent absorb into your skin, and you can always reapply later with a mist, or your fav scented rollerball.

The Takeaway

While applying perfume to your pulse points may have made sense in the past, there’s no real science that says spraying it only on your neck and wrist will enhance the scent. Luckily, today’s perfumes are advanced enough that spraying on other areas of the body are just as good as the pulse points. If you are in an intimate setting, pulse points are always the way to go!

If you want to know what fragrances I’m wearing, check out my favorites here: The Top 3 Most Sexy, Modern and Elegant Perfumes for Women!


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