How to make your perfume last longer

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We would all like to smell nice throughout the day, but it seems as if your scent fades away as soon as you put it on or by lunchtime. Not even spraying an entire bottle on you helps. So what can be done? This can be because you are not doing it right.

The key is to know where and how to apply fragrance, and how to store it. Here are top simple tips and practices that will help you get the most out of your perfume and get your fragrances last longer.

1. Apply on your pulse points.

Fragrance reacts to heat, and applying to your pulse points can help release scent throughout the day. Points like the insides of your wrists and elbows, behind your ears, on your neck, the back of your knees, etc. The skin is the thinnest at those points, which means it's closer to your blood and body heat. As the fragrance warms, the aroma process begins. In other words all your pulse points are like little radiators and the warmth helps to diffuse the fragrance.

2. Apply right after your shower.

Starting with proper application helps ensure your fragrance lasts all day. For best results, apply your perfume right after you shower, when your skin is damp and before your body dry off. This will lock in the scent more.

Here are the reasons: When you get out of the shower, your skin and body temperature is high; and we know that heat helps diffuse the fragrance. Plus, your skin is clean and free from sweat and excess oil, which can buffer the fragrance. Your pores are open, and your skin is hydrated naturally from the water—and hydrated skin holds fragrance.

Of course, you don't want to spritz on a perfume while your skin is sopping wet. Experts recommend patting dry, coating your body with a moisturizer to trap in all that hydration, and then spritz a little fragrance.

3. Make sure skin is moisturized before application.

If you want your morning fragrance to last all day long, you don’t need to necessarily hop in the shower to help enhance your perfume.

Applying unscented boy lotion, body oil, or balm before you spritz on your perfume will moisturize your skin and lock in your fragrance better.

4. Spray or dab onto bare skin.

Keep fabric and clothing from obstructing your fragrance. Perfume smells best and lasts the longest when able to meld with the natural oils of your body.

5.Smudge a small amount of Vaseline to your pulse points before applying.

Vaseline or petroleum jelly has so many benefits and believe it or not, it can contribute to making your perfume last longer. So apply it to your pulse points before spraying your perfume in order to make the scent last longer.

The ointment in petroleum jelly will hold the fragrance for longer. You can apply it to your wrists, neck, inside elbows, behind knees, and on ankles and calves.

6. Layer your fragrances. 

If you have a scented body oil and/or lotion, layering it under your perfume can enhance the fragrance and keep your skin hydrated, which inherently makes both aromas last longer. Some brands will even offer a body oil and perfume duo for this very reason, but you could always choose separate products with scents that complement each other well.

When different scent notes hit together, then you have an even more robust collection of top, middle, and bottom notes. That definitely helps to make the fragrance last. Although, remember not to layer more than three perfumes, or else they'll start to smell very similar.

7. Don’t rub the fragrance in.

Once you apply on your pulse points it may feel instinctive to rub your wrists or elbows together to blot the fragrance (especially if your skin feels pretty damp). According to experts, the rubbing together is considered a big perfume no-no.

Rubbing your wrists together breaks down the chemicals and causes top notes to break down faster than they would have otherwise.

If you would like to blend two fragrances together—or would like to blot away some of the juice—try tapping your wrists together instead of creating friction. You can also dab your wrist up your arm, onto your neck, or anywhere you'd like to deposit some scent without messing with its longevity. 

8. Spray your heart. 

Since applying perfume on your pulse points helps radiate the scent, why not apply it on where your pulse is strongest? If you have fragrance at your heart, you can smell it a lot. The fragrance will travel up; your heart will act as a diffuser.

9. Check the base notes.

You can also buy perfumes that will have a longer shelf life. Perfumes with more prominent base notes will have a longer shelf life than those with prominent top notes. Base notes usually include woody or balsamic flavors as well as those with a spicier scent. If your perfume contains Oriental scents such as patchouli and amber, it’s likely to have a longer shelf life.

Perfumes with lighter prominent base notes are more volatile. The more volatile your scent, the quicker it will likely expire. This includes citrus, floral and green scents.

You might want to look for gourmand fragrances (which include "edible" notes like honey, vanilla, chocolate, etc.), as these last an incredibly long amount of time.

10. Choose an eau de parfum.

The type of fragrance plays an important role in this matter as well. Eau de parfums have a higher concentration of fragrance oil (around 25%), which makes them typically stronger and longer-lasting. Eau de toilettes, on the other hand, are often beloved for a lighter, airier application, with about 15% of fragrance oil.

The takeaway

Experts have a ton of smart tricks to make your fragrance last longer; it's all about knowing your notes, scent profiles, and layering techniques. When all else fails, just know that you're probably more used to your signature scent than others. Other people are not surrounded by your fragrance, so they can smell it much stronger than you can. So don't douse yourself in the juice just to give it some staying power.


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