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    Default A Man's Chest: The Best Place to Apply a Perfume

    I have tried applying perfume to different parts of my body, and I always get the best results when I spray the perfume on my chest. When I spray there, I can feel the perfume better and longer. I get the true essence of the perfume and the overall experience is much more pleasurable.

    But why is the chest such a good place to apply a fragrance? The secret is that it has the right amont of warmth and is located at the right distance from your nose. As fellow basenoter Narcus once said, "A constant smell is something your brain will not constantly report to your alert zone". So, in order to fully appreciate a perfume, we need oscillations in the intensity of the smell, and that is exactly what we get when we spray perfume on the chest. The chest is far away enough from the nose in order to keep the olfactory oscillations in place, and close enough so that the intensity of the smell is appropriate. If you spray perfume on your head or upper neck, the olfactory stimulus will be too intense and almost constant, so your nose will become fatigued and/or will not notice the perfume as well. If you apply it on your legs, the smell won't reach your nose appropriately. There is an optimal distance, and I believe the chest is located at such a distance.

    Did you folks also reach the same conclusion? Do you believe the chest is the best place to apply a perfume?

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    Without a doubt. You can apply heavily, and the sillage that otherwise would overwhelm is held back by your shirt (assuming you're wearing one). I find that when I apply to my chest, I am able to detect the fragrance longer, especially when I'm moving or reaching for something, which allows the scent to emanate from under my shirt. Also, the fragrance clings to the shirt fabric, contributing to its longevity.
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    Without a doubt, my chest is the best place to apply my fragrance. In fact, if I'm making a mad dash to get out of the house, my chest might be the ONLY place I apply fragrance.

    The worst place? My wrists, because as I wash my hands throughout the day the scent gets washed away, too.
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    Default Re: A Man's Chest: The Best Place to Apply a Perfume

    Hm. Nice initial post, Lucius.

    For me the chest indeed is the most prominent spot to apply a fragrance. But I'm unsure wether it's the best in any case, you know.

    I have no problems applying eau-de-cologne-style-scents to the neck, where it is more accesible for others (without being overwhelming). Something like the Bvlgari-tea-line wouldn't get noticed, wouldn't satisfy when only applied under the shirt.

    I sometimes dab an Eau de Parfum (e.g. by Serge Lutens) to the puls points (arms) or even (carefully, as it is generally called a "female" strategy) near the ears.

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    it took me awhile to figure it out, but: the chest is the best! followed by the neck.

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    three sprays to the neck and one to the chest?

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    Initial? But I already consider myself a veteran!

    You're probably right, the lightest perfumes may become more noticeable by others if you apply them on an area that is more exposed to air, such as the neck and head...


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    Hm. Nice initial post, Lucius. .

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    I prefer the opposite: three times more sprays on the chest than on the neck...

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    three sprays to the neck and one to the chest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuciusVorenus View Post
    Initial? [...]
    (Of course I meant something like "a good post at the start of the thread". Lapsus calami!)
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    Oh, I see...of course.

    Thanks for the compliment!

    Quote Originally Posted by DesGrieux View Post
    (Of course I meant something like "a good post at the start of the thread". Lapsus calami!)

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    How about wrists ?
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    I agree with Bossa Nova, the wrists are not a good place because usually there is a lot of friction between the wrists and other objects, so the perfume is removed from your skin. You might also remove it when you wash your hands.

    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp View Post
    How about wrists ?

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    Prior to finding Basenotes, I always just sprayed my chest. When I was a newbie, I tried many of the suggestions here for the ideal placement of fragrances.

    I adopted a few of those ideas and, in addition to my chest, I began spritzing my wrists. The wrist spritzes eventually moved to my inner elbows.

    Lately, I have gone back to my humble beginnings - two or three shots to the chest and I am good to go. I normally carry an atomizer with me in case I need to refresh later in the day.
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    I also prefer the chest, but I find that it gets easily irritated - red, and itchy.
    Second best is back of the wrist because it's easy to smell when your hand gets near your head. It also gives you a better idea of how well other people can smell your frag, assuming you haven't also sprayed your chest. And it doesn't get irritated as easily.
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    I always spray to the chest. Where the two collar bones almost meet. No where else, I'm not a fan of wrist, neck, etc.. applications. I do the occasional mid-chest or lower abdominal region if it's extremely potent stuff.
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    Default Re: A Man's Chest: The Best Place to Apply a Perfume

    I used to spray the decollete area, but I became very sensitive to strong perfumes applied there. So I switched to the forearm, about 3 inches up from the wrists. That way, I can control the application a bit better for very strong scents. Also, I can control how close it is to my nose

    Ironically, applying perfume oil or parfum at the decollete and behind each ear never bothered me. I think it is because those formulations wear closer to the skin.

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    Lately proir to going out tomcating
    I have been hitting the back of the shoulders & nape of my neck once ... 3 spritzes with a finger dab behind the ears , then a few minutes later I put my shirt on .
    This technique works because it also entertains my nose as well as those around me .
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuciusVorenus View Post
    I agree with Bossa Nova, the wrists are not a good place because usually there is a lot of friction between the wrists and other objects, so the perfume is removed from your skin. You might also remove it when you wash your hands.
    I wear it on my wrists and have no problems with it rubbing or washing off. Decent quality fragrances once they have been in contact with the skin for a few minutes aren't as easily removed as one may think. I
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    I don't get it. If you wear it on your chest and then put a shirt over it, doesn't the shirt end up covering most of the scent?
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    I maintain that a woman's chest is the best place to apply perfume .

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    The shirt covers some part of it, but this is not bad. It means you can apply more and have more longevity without being overwhelming.

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    I don't get it. If you wear it on your chest and then put a shirt over it, doesn't the shirt end up covering most of the scent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by surreality View Post
    I wear it on my wrists and have no problems with it rubbing or washing off. Decent quality fragrances once they have been in contact with the skin for a few minutes aren't as easily removed as one may think. I
    My initial problem with spritzing my wrists came when I realized that the leather strap on my watch had absorbed quite a few of my SotD fragrances and was smelling like all of them at once!

    The inner elbow thing just became superfluous - in the end, it just didn't add enough to warrant the two extra sprays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leor_77 View Post
    I don't get it. If you wear it on your chest and then put a shirt over it, doesn't the shirt end up covering most of the scent?
    Lucius is correct. A shirt or other covering will slow down the evaporation process and increase the longevity of a fragrance - sometimes dramatically. I love getting those unexpected whiffs throughout the day.
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    Guys remember ! .... the back of the shoulders & neck .
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    If it's the new Gucci by Gucci pour homme, 8 sprays to the neck, 12 to the chest and 5 to each arm. You might get 2 hours out of it.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by knightowl View Post
    I maintain that a woman's chest is the best place to apply perfume .
    Not always. I, for instance, ask my girl to NOT dab or spray any on the peaks or cleavage when I'm in a playful mood. I prefer the girl's natural scent over any eau de parfum then


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    Quote Originally Posted by jordan4486 View Post
    If it's the new Gucci by Gucci pour homme, 8 sprays to the neck, 12 to the chest and 5 to each arm. You might get 2 hours out of it.....

    It's THAT piss weak huh..


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    Quote Originally Posted by knightowl View Post
    I maintain that a woman's chest is the best place to apply perfume .
    Quote Originally Posted by javagreen View Post
    Not always. I, for instance, ask my girl to NOT dab or spray any on the peaks or cleavage when I'm in a playful mood. I prefer the girl's natural scent over any eau de parfum then
    I could be wrong, but I thought he meant it was the best place to apply his perfume while he was wearing it.
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    Mmmm ! Women love that.

    I do second Marcus and Asha. When I want to smell all the notes of a perfume, I always put it somewhere on the arms. When I want to feel it's warmth or being seductive, then I choose the belly button and between the breasts.
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    Default Re: A Man's Chest: The Best Place to Apply a Perfume

    Any place you expect to be kissed
    Men: any place that has body hair, because it keeps fragrance longer.
    No more than X spritzes all in all. X depending on the strength of your perfume and surrounding temperature.
    Sitting in an auditorium or behind your desk: your leg's are really at arm's length.
    That's why legs can be good in some situations (Peking now).

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