Have you ever had a bottle of perfume that you liked, but came off way too strong when applied?
I have this lovely tiny bottle of perfume (real perfume, oil-based stuff) that friends gave to me for my birthday.
I do like this perfume, but the fragrance is a bit heavy. Well, I came up with a solution that works for me, and allows me to still wear this perfume, without asphyxiating an elevator full of people. In fact, I have this theory on how much perfume one should wear. If you can smell it a foot away from me, then I have too much on. Only someone whose nose is pressed against my neck should be able to smell it.
My solution -- I put 1 drop of perfume into a small glass dish, then added about 1/4 teaspoon of vegetable oil (yep, ordinary vegetable oil). I stir this up with a toothpick. I apply 1 dab, and that's it. I'm putting on a fraction of the perfume that I would have used, had I just used the cap as an applicator. The fragrance wanes after about 6 hours, so I can add another dab then, if I want.
This seems to be working really well for me. A small dish of my oil and perfume mix lasts for about a week. At this rate, my tiny bottle of perfume will still be in use for the next few years.