Is there an art to smelling amazing all day long, even when your perfume is natural?
Most people don’t realise there are some easy tips to applying fragrance, many of which make perfume last longer.
Perfumes, like a fine wine, have different layers unveiling themselves over time. To make sure you're always exuding that captivating scent, we've curated a list of 20 perfume hacks that'll keep you smelling divine from dawn till dusk.
1. Moisturise First
The first rule of perfume? Prep your canvas! Apply an unscented lotion to well-hydrated skin before spritzing your favourite fragrance. Dry skin doesn't hold scents as well. Moisturised skin acts as a scent sponge, locking in your signature fragrance for longer-lasting allure.
2. Apply Perfume After You Shower
Moisture locks in scent, so applying perfume to damp and moisturised skin ensures it lingers. This allows you to apply on bare skin too, which is best for the perfume. It is the perfect first layer of your perfume.
3. Apply Perfume with Unscented Deodorant
Pairing your fragrance with your favourite deodorant might sound like a great idea, but it's a scent clash waiting to happen. Opt for unscented deodorant to let your perfume shine and keep your nostrils (and everyone else's) happy.
4. Dab, Don’t Rub
After a spritz, resist the urge to rub your wrists together. This common habit can disrupt the delicate notes in your fragrance, affecting its longevity. Instead, gently dab your wrists together.
5. Know Where to Spritz
For an intense and long-lasting scent, target warmer body areas. Apply your fragrance to pulse points, where blood vessels are near the skin's surface. Think wrists, elbows, neck, chest, back of the knees, ankles, and calves – your natural heat amplifies the aroma.
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6. The Lighter the Scent, the Less it Lingers
Lighter scents, like citrus or jasmine, evaporate faster due to their small molecular structure. Keep this in mind when choosing your perfume, as wood and natural musk scents tend to linger longer.
7. Use the Right Type of Perfume for Longevity
Perfume concentrations matter! Eau de parfums contain more essential oils and last up to 4-5 hours, while eau de toilettes and colognes have less and endure 2-3 hours. Choose wisely for a scent that lasts.
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8. Get a Fragrance with Long-Lasting Base Notes
Opt for fragrances with woodsy base notes if you want them to stick around. Scents with citrus base notes may vanish more quickly.
9. Spray Perfume on Top of Your Ears
It may sound unconventional, but it works. The top of your ears has slightly oilier skin, perfect for scent adherence. A unique trick to envelop yourself in fragrance.
10. Spritz Your Hairbrush
Your hair retains scent better than your skin. Spray your hairbrush lightly with perfume and comb through for an even, longer-lasting fragrance. Be cautious with direct hair spritzing to avoid dryness.
11. Spray Your Clothes
Don't limit your perfume to your skin; give your clothes a gentle spritz. Fabric fibres retain fragrance even after washing, ensuring you leave a fragrant trail. You could spray your scarf that is on your bag, your blouse, your coat or jacket to keep the scent around you.
12. Store Your Fragrance in a Cool, Dark Place
Heat and humidity can alter your perfume's quality and therefore its longevity on your skin. Keep your precious bottles away from direct sunlight, ideally in a cool, dark spot like your vanity drawer or even the refrigerator for maximum longevity.
13. Don't Store Perfume in Your Bathroom
Your steamy bathroom is no place for perfumes. Heat, light, and humidity can break down fragrances, affecting their quality and intensity. Opt for a cooler, dry storage spot. If you look after your perfumes well they will have better quality and last longer when using them.
14. Don’t Shake Your Perfume Bottle
Shaking your perfume might introduce air, which can shorten its lifespan. Instead, gently twist the bottle to mix the scent without disrupting its molecular structure.
15. Layer Multiple Scents
Feeling adventurous? Create your unique fragrance by layering different scents. Blend them to craft a perfume that's uniquely you. When combined you may find your scent lasts longer.
16. Reapply as Needed
If you notice your fragrance fading, don't hesitate to reapply it to maintain a lasting impression. Roll ons perfumes fit in any handbag and are great for reapplying during the day.
17. Adjust for Different Seasons
Recognize that perfumes may perform differently in hot and cold weather. Use lighter scents in summer and heavier scents in winter for better longevity.
18. Fragrance-Infused Jewellery
Consider wearing fragrance-infused jewellery, such as necklaces or bracelets with scent-absorbing beads or stones. These accessories can carry your perfume's scent throughout the day.
19. Use of Fragrant Oils and Resins
Ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians and Greeks, often used fragrant oils and resins as a base for their perfumes. These substances had a longer-lasting scent compared to water-based solutions and helped retain the fragrance on the skin.
20. Change it Up
And lastly, you can opt for just changing your perfume during the day or evening. A new mood calls for a new scent, and most natural perfumes don’t interfere with each other so you can easily choose a new scent for a different part of the day.
By following these tips, you'll ensure your signature scent lasts as long as possible.
Begin by selecting the right perfume, store it correctly, and avoid actions that might degrade the fragrance. With these practices, you'll make your perfume truly unforgettable.
Remember, the scent you choose is a reflection of your personality, so make it count! Explore, experiment, and let your fragrance tell your story naturally.