It’s always pretty shocking to find out you’ve been doing something wrong your entire life without the slightest clue — whether it’s butchering the pronunciation of a certain word, using an incorrect technique to peel avocados or, you know, simply spraying perfume in the wrong places on your body.
Yep, if you’re someone who never leaves the house without spritzing on your signature scent, you might want to put down the eau de toilette for a minute and pay attention.
Everything you thought you knew about wearing perfume is basically a big, fat lie because, it turns out, putting perfume on your neck and wrists is totally wrong.
Apparently, the place you should be applying your perfume is actually your belly button.
Yep, I found this pretty hard to believe as well, since spraying perfume on your stomach sounds weird AF.
But experts actually claim dabbing a few drops of fragrance on your navel can take your favorite fragrances to the next level.
In fact, Steven Claisse, a senior perfumer at fragrance company Takasago, recently told Self,
“Any area on your body that radiates heat will enhance a scent, and your belly button does just that.”
Since the pulse points on your body radiate heat, these spots tend to be optimal places to apply perfume.
However, the pulse point on your belly button generates a lot more heat than those on your wrists or neck, making this little indent the perfect place to stash your favorite scent.
If you’re not into spritzing your stomach with perfume for some reason, perfume experts also say the area behind your elbows and knees serve as optimal spots to wear your scents.
Or if you want to be really adventurous, you can spray some Chanel N°5 on your feet and ankles, since applying it to these parts of your body helps waft the scent into the air as you walk around.
Seriously, who would have thought?