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    Default Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    I have gone back and read through some of the archives on the above referenced subject.
    I was surprised [pleasantly] that some responded suggesting longevity and projection are enhanced by spraying on clothing versus skin.
    Only major draw back I picked up on was possible stains on clothing.

    I have experienced a rash redness / itch on the top of my hand from samples [ not sure which ones, sampled 20-30 fragrances over a 6 week period] and would hate to give up on this newly discovered hobby of fragrances as I was beginning to acquire FB of samples I enjoyed.

    Is spraying on clothing a good alternative for those with skin allergies?
    What if any part of the enjoyment of fragrances will I loose out on?
    What has been your experiencing with longevity and projection skin versus clothing?

    Any other suggestions, alternatives, specially with finding a new way to sample would be appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newatthis66 View Post
    Is spraying on clothing a good alternative for those with skin allergies? Yes
    What if any part of the enjoyment of fragrances will I loose out on? Just the rash... but it sounds like you could actually be fine without it.
    What has been your experiencing with longevity and projection skin versus clothing? Depends where on the skin. When I do spray it ON me, it's usually the tops of my arms - so 90% is actually on the hair on my arms. Then a few sprays to my undershirt.
    I spray my t-shirt if I am wearing one under my normal shirt. I don't spray on any nice shirts especially if they are light colored.


    You could also spray a handkerchief and put it in your pocket. Or secretly spray the people around you so you don't have to get any on yourself but you can still enjoy the scent.
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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    I spray my t-shirt if I am wearing one under my normal shirt. I don't spray on any nice shirts especially if they are light colored.


    You could also spray a handkerchief and put it in your pocket. Or secretly spray the people around you so you don't have to get any on yourself but you can still enjoy the scent.
    I do this too. And I wear a tissue or handkerchief in a nice shirt (must have pockets) that has something cool sprayed on it.

    I never spray on skin for health reasons. There are tons of toxins in perfumes and these enter the body and have to be de-toxified by the liver. Not good. One example is neural toxin benzyl alcohol that is in most perfumes. There are many more.

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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    Quote Originally Posted by newatthis66 View Post
    Is spraying on clothing a good alternative for those with skin allergies?
    What if any part of the enjoyment of fragrances will I loose out on?
    What has been your experiencing with longevity and projection skin versus clothing?

    Any other suggestions, alternatives, specially with finding a new way to sample would be appreciated!
    Longevity is normally good with spraying on clothes as is sillage, but projection less so - in my experience of course. The main drawback I find with spraying on clothes is that you don't get the full development of the perfume from open to dry down. Other people might have different experiences, of course. I often spray both skin and clothing at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newatthis66 View Post
    Is spraying on clothing a good alternative for those with skin allergies?
    What if any part of the enjoyment of fragrances will I loose out on?
    What has been your experiencing with longevity and projection skin versus clothing?

    Any other suggestions, alternatives, specially with finding a new way to sample would be appreciated!
    The main con with avoiding skin contact entirely is missing out on any interesting skin/body chemistry effects. Maybe it's the power of suggestion more than anything, but some fragrances benefits from some natural oil/light sweat. Particularly cyphres and animalics. Woods, not so much; they can sour on me. It's very personal.

    My method is the spray under my shirt or undershirt, with my shirt on. That way I get the best of both worlds.

    For sampling, I almost always use wrists, unless I'm at the store and sampling in high volume. Then I'll use the sticks.
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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    As others have said, fabric keeps perfume well, so longevity is superior to skin. It usually projects less, though. And as you point out, check for staining first. Most perfumes are ok, but a few contain materials that stain white fabric.

    In the winter, I like the method mentioned by thrilledchilled-a perfumed handkerchief in the breast pocket. Very subtle, you won't project, but you'll get whiffs throughout the day as you move.

    Spraying the hair is another option (back of the head, or you'll be too close to the nose), although I'm sure some people will say that alcohol can damage hair.

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    I find that attars are interesting. They don’t have any smell at first but with body heat warming the shirt, in 5 or 10 minutes you begin picking them up and they keep on giving. It’s the body heat affecting your shirt that emits the projective odor molecules.

    I find perfume develops very nicely on my shirt.

    Once you realize how toxic it is to spray these chemicals on your body, you won’t do it anymore. There is no need. You get all the wonderful benefit without having unhealthful toxic chemicals absorbed into your body.

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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    Unless it's a light colored dress shirt, I have no problem with spraying my clothes.
    I usually do a four pumps on my skin then after I'm dressed, I usually spray the side of my shirt, next to my arm, that way if it does stain, it may not be as noticeable.
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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    Experimentation is the key, but beware as some do not mix well. As an example -


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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    I do this too. And I wear a tissue or handkerchief in a nice shirt (must have pockets) that has something cool sprayed on it.

    I never spray on skin for health reasons. There are tons of toxins in perfumes and these enter the body and have to be de-toxified by the liver. Not good. One example is neural toxin benzyl alcohol that is in most perfumes. There are many more.
    Just so u can aware benzo benzoate and benzo alchole are in majority of intermuscular medicine it's mainly for persavation and to sterile and kill off any anti micro bacteria

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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    I always wear a cotton undershirt, I spray the white cotton undershirt with fragrance my outer good shirt never gets stained. I usually have to wash my cotton t-shirts twice to get rid of the fragrance but that has worked well for me.
    Fragrance is my favorite thing. So much so that if I leave the house and I don't put any on, I'll turn around and go back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drjones152 View Post
    Just so u can aware benzo benzoate and benzo alchole are in majority of intermuscular medicine it's mainly for persavation and to sterile and kill off any anti micro bacteria
    Yes it’s a bad practice that should be banned. Many other preservatives have a safer profile.

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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    I always wear a cotton undershirt, I spray the white cotton undershirt with fragrance my outer good shirt never gets stained. I usually have to wash my cotton t-shirts twice to get rid of the fragrance but that has worked well for me.
    Wear dark t-shirts. I can spray them or use Attar with impunity. If I have to dress to go out I put on a dark silk shirt over that. Works great except if I am in the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Wear dark t-shirts. I can spray them or use Attar with impunity. If I have to dress to go out I put on a dark silk shirt over that. Works great except if I am in the heat.
    Thanks for the tip, I was referring to the smell haha not too concerned with stains t-shirts are easily replaceable. I wear dress shirts for work and a white under shirt looks nicer.
    Fragrance is my favorite thing. So much so that if I leave the house and I don't put any on, I'll turn around and go back home.

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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    I personally never spray on clothes but think it's a good alternative for those with skin allergies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I personally never spray on clothes but think it's a good alternative for those with skin allergies.
    Neither do I. I apply my cologne before I put my shirt on. 1 shot to neck, 1 to chest, 1 to elbow crook. Good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Experimentation is the key, but beware as some do not mix well. As an example -


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    Spraying your shirt works fine but some fragrances do leave stains. You could also try spraying your hair.

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    I don't spray on my hair, but when it accidentally happens, it is a GREAT way of improving sillage and longevity for a scent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    I always wear a cotton undershirt, I spray the white cotton undershirt with fragrance my outer good shirt never gets stained.
    This is exactly what I've done for years. This works especially well when wearing long-sleeved shirts buttoned all the way up. Body heat really works like magic here with the fragrance percolating and constantly releasing scent. Projection is generally excellent for me - I rarely complain about performance. Scents develop as normal, just more slowly. As for staining, I've found that fragrances with a lot of natural ingredients are more likely to stain, but usually wash out pretty well. I also replace my undershirts yearly, so in the end it doesn't really matter. Ambrox type chemicals are quite tenacious on fabric though and may take time and multiple washings to get rid of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hound View Post
    This is exactly what I've done for years. This works especially well when wearing long-sleeved shirts buttoned all the way up. Body heat really works like magic here with the fragrance percolating and constantly releasing scent. Projection is generally excellent for me - I rarely complain about performance. Scents develop as normal, just more slowly. As for staining, I've found that fragrances with a lot of natural ingredients are more likely to stain, but usually wash out pretty well. I also replace my undershirts yearly, so in the end it doesn't really matter. Ambrox type chemicals are quite tenacious on fabric though and may take time and multiple washings to get rid of.
    Yes. Attars can stain. But who cares.

    So Bangkok Hound, do you ever put fragrance on skin?

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    Biggest con for me is that the scent hangs on even through a wash or two, and the base notes are still pretty apparent the next time I wear the shirt.

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    Con: I still like to smell good shirtless

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    Default Re: Pros & Cons of spraying fragrance on shirts

    I spray clothes all the time. I mostly do skin but if it’s a dress shirt I spray a mist a little away from me. Polos, T-shirt’s and sweaters I blast. I’ve never had staining. But my usual routine is chest and back of neck out of shower and then left wrist. If it’s lighter I apply on clothing as set out above.
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    I try to do this thematically: I spray Polo on polo shirts, Blue Jeans Versace on blue jeans, Clean Warm Cotton on freshly-laundered cotton shirts, White Diamonds on jewelry…
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Yes. Attars can stain. But who cares.

    So Bangkok Hound, do you ever put fragrance on skin?
    Yes, I test on skin. I spray something on my arm(s) almost every night before I go to bed. I find this to be an excellent way to test development and longevity. If it's still there the next morning, then that's good indication that it will perform well.

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    Why create an essay: just SPRAY!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    I try to do this thematically: I spray Polo on polo shirts, Blue Jeans Versace on blue jeans, Clean Warm Cotton on freshly-laundered cotton shirts, White Diamonds on jewelry…
    I always wear a polo shirt when I'm playing marco polo.
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    When spraying, spray on the underside of the shirt.
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    I spray on my skin, hair and clothes.
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