Pulse Points

Do you know how to apply perfume? You probably dab it behind your ears, but do you know why it's applied there and why you should apply scent to specific other parts of the body?

In SCENTS and SENSUALITY, the heroine, Amanda Whitfield, is a perfumer who knows all about perfume and the science of smell which has much to do with the science of sex appeal.

As Amanda explains to the hero Harrison, in a sexy, but funny, scene in my latest romantic comedy, perfume is applied to a woman's pulse points.

Pulse Points

Coco Chanel explained perfume application this way: "A woman should wear perfume wherever she wants to be kissed."

To put it less romantically, apply perfume to the pulse points, that is, places where you can take your pulse -- feel your heartbeat. These pulse points are perfect for having kisses bestowed there: the base of the throat, the inside of the wrists and elbows, below the earlobes, and between the breasts -- the cleavage to mention a few pulse points.

Dabbing it on multiple pulse points layers the scent, and the body heat generated where the blood pulses helps intensify fragrance so be careful not to use too much.

A lot of factors affect the intensity and the lasting ability of a scent. Oily skin enhances a scent as does good health and blood circulation. Perfume evaporates faster on dry skin.

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  1. Who better to advise one on the placement of perfume than Coco Chanel? My favorite is a return to younger days and Chanel #5 (Paris). Yum.

  2. I love Calyx by Prescriptives and I have been getting a lot of compliments on HOT by Ralph Lauren.
    kac_030 at yahoo dot com

  3. Sharon Ervin ... I too love Chanel #5. As Marilyn Monroe said, "That's their highest number."

  4. kimmyl ... I'll have to check out both of those.