It’s not just about your perfume

Quick Notes

  • There are more ways to take care of your personal hygiene than wearing perfume.

  • It’s not rocket science to smell good all day long.

  • Five easy tricks to smell good, no matter what.

Some people smell good all the time. They seem to have found the magic trick to always smelling good, but it’s not rocket science. What’s the strategy? Luckily, we have five easy tips to help you start smelling good all day long—not just directly after you apply deodorant. People will start saying to you, “You smell so good!”

Apply perfume properly

Several people wear perfume, but they often apply it incorrectly. You need to apply perfume properly in order to make the most of the scent. For example, apply it to your pulse points (behind your ear, the bottom of your throat, on your wrist, inside your elbow, the small of your back, and behind your knee).

This allows the scent to mix naturally with your body’s chemistry. When your body heats up, the perfume will be activated and released.


Spray the perfume onto a hairbrush. This might seem odd, but it’s recommended to spritz your hairbrush with your favorite scent before brushing your dry hair. This trick will help your hair smell good all day long.

Layer your scents

People who smell good don’t typically just use one spritz of perfume. Instead, they layer their scents. Because perfumes come in different potencies, you can layer different perfumes. For example, a light citrus fragrance disappears faster than a deeper scent (like sandalwood), which could last a few hours. Layering complementary light and deeper perfume scents is better than applying multiple spritzes of a light scent.

But you don’t always have to layer your body’s scents with perfumes. Instead, use body washes, body lotions, and oils. Apply the scents to your skin as soon as you step out of the shower and pat off the excess water. Scented lotions (or another scented product) will last longer if you apply them to a moist base on your body.

The layers of those scents will increase your chances of hanging onto a sweet smell for a longer period of time in the day.

In addition, choose lotions or creams made by your favorite perfume or cologne brand. If you layer these products with your perfume, the scents will coordinate together.

Wash the right parts of your body

Your body’s natural scent has a lot to do with your overall cleanliness. How you shower and wash your body plays an important role in the way you smell. Everyone showers differently depending on their skin type, activity level, and preference. However, when you shower, you need to focus on the body parts with the most sweat glands. This includes your armpits, groin, and butt.

In addition, use a gentle soap or cleanser. Remember to wash off the soap before exiting the shower. Once you step out of the shower, don’t rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, blot your skin to retain the moisture your body needs to stay clean and smell good.

Regularly wash your clothes

You could spray your body with perfumes or wear body lotion, but your clothes could still smell bad. There are a number of fragrance boosters you can add to your wash to make sure your clothes always smell like they are fresh from the laundry.

Spray your clothes with a fabric deodorizer, like Febreze. In addition, you can add a laundry booster, including baking soda, that dissolves in the wash water.

Reapply often

No matter what you do to smell good all day long, your body can’t hold onto a scent forever. When it wears off (and it will), reapplication is necessary. Consider carrying a travel-sized perfume and/or lotion in your purse or pockets.

You won’t always be able to go home when your perfume wears off. In case that happens, quickly spray a few spritzes of your travel-sized perfume and/or lotion to save the day.

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