A Quick Guide on How Much Perfume to Use


“Too much of a good thing” is an idiom running all the way back to 1400s England. Nowhere is this phrase better illustrated than with perfume. A spritz smells wonderful, but we’ve all been around someone who has doused themselves in way too much of the stuff.

So, how do you draw the line? Where do you wear your scents? How do you discern how much perfume to use when you’re going out? Our guide will tell you what you need to know.

When Applying Perfume, Do So Directly

Many places that try to advise you on how much perfume to use advocate for the “mist and walk” strategy. Don’t do this. People tend to overestimate the sheer amount of fragrance they spray into the air in their effort to get a good cloud to walk through.

Just apply your perfume directly to your skin, ideally at pulse points.

Spritz, Don’t Rub

Another thing to note when using perfume: Spritz on your scent, but don’t rub it in. Doing so can affect the way that the scent floats through the air and its general profile. This can lead to it wearing off sooner and force you to reapply throughout the day.

Be Aware of Common Allergies When Using Perfume

When you apply perfume, it’s important to be aware of common allergies and sensitivities. Plenty of people have allergies to vanilla and lavender, which are incredibly common elements in scent profiles. If you work or go to places where such allergies are common, watch how much of those scents you wear.

Know Your Concentrations

Another key factor in this equation is knowing your concentrations. There are many different types of perfume, each of which uses a different concentration of scented oils to alcohol. The higher the concentration, the more intense the scent, and the longer it will take to wear off.

You can learn more about the concentrations of your favorite scents by browsing vendors like Perfume Price. This can give you a better idea of how much perfume you can safely apply.

How Much Perfume to Use Depends on the Setting

Last, it’s important to remember that how much perfume you “should” use depends on the setting. If you’re going to be indoors and in a cramped space, you should apply less perfume or a less concentrated scent. If you don’t plan to be right next to someone, you might be able to get away with more.

A good rule of thumb is to ask someone else if the smell is too much before going out. We tend to go “nose blind” to our favorite scents.

Want to Know How to Smell Good Without Overpowering Others?

Now that you have a basic idea of how much perfume to use, you can start smelling better every day. However, knowing how to smell good without overpowering everyone else’s nostrils is an art that depends on your perfume, body wash, and natural scent.

Balancing that can prove tricky, so check out the Beauty section of our blog. We update each day with more fashionable guides like this one.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.