Originally Posted by justinkapur
Fragrance gents, I have a few questions and where else but here.
How do you guys store your fragrances? I have heard they need to be in a dark and slightly cool place. Mine sit on my dresser away from my window. Is that appropriate as it stays away from direct sunlight.
Also as a general rule of thumb where and how much fragrance does one apply? Normally speaking on a parfum I will spray once on the neck and once on each wrist. On a toilette I will spray once on each side of the neck and once on each wrist.
I know noobish, but just thought this would be the best place to ask.
You want to keep your fragrances away from heat, humidity, and light. It sounds like your dresser would be a fine place to put them.
There really isn't a rule of thumb on how much to apply. Different fragrances have different projections, even when they are in the same concentration (parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, etc.) For example, Tom Ford Black Orchid (an edp) has massive projection; with two sprays, people will smell you from a distance. On the other hand, Volutes (just to take an example that came to my mind) is also an edp and doesn't project much at all. You'd want more sprays of that than you'd want of Black Orchid.
One important thing to remember is that you will become somewhat anosmic to your own scent. (That is, you'll stop smelling it after a while.) And so you might end up applying more and more so that you can smell it. If you do that, you'll end up projecting a lot more than you realize.