How to Make Perfume Fragrance Last Longer
Wearing a perfume or perfume fragrance is something many of us do daily, but does it really last? Do we wish it would somehow last longer on our skin since it was not exactly cheap perfume?
Seen by many as an absolute must to adorn our bodies with, perfume or parfum is also viewed as a luxury item. In other words, do we want it? Yes. But do we need it? No.
I have worked for many leading fragrance houses through the years, including Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, and I love fragrance! Learning the tricks of the trade in selling perfumes and their associated products, you also pick up great tips about making your perfume last, which I will now share with you here.
A perfume which lasts is carrying the direction of the future!— Michel Roudnitska
How to Make Perfume Last
Recently, a family member gave me a spray of her 100 ml bottle of Abercrombie fragrance, a gift at Christmas. Fresh and woody, it was ideal for everyday use and had unisex appeal. I fell in love with this magical scent, and, knowing the sort of prices perfumes go for, I was not shocked (well, maybe a little!) to hear it sells at €100 euro a bottle!
The point is that perfumes are not cheap, and there are three little words that cover the principles I use for extending the way my scents last:
- HOW we use and apply fragrance,
- WHERE we use and apply fragrance,
- and WHEN we use and apply fragrance.
If you are like me and love fragrant smells, be it from a bowl of homemade potpourrilightly wafting through your home or even a natural fragrant air freshener simmering on the stove, you will definitely want to extend the life of your favourite bottle of perfume.
Two things make the women unforgettable, their tears and their perfume— Sacha Guitry
Layering Prolongs Perfume
Layering your fragrance is the first step in how to extend the life of your scent. Layering is a term used which does what it says; you basically are layering the same fragrance onto the skin in different products which releases different intensities.
- When in the bath or shower, use soap, shower gel, bath salts, shampoo or conditioner in your chosen scent. Many brands will do a range of body products and are cheaper versions of the perfume.
- After drying off, apply a body spray, deodorant, body lotion, body cream, body oil or even talcum powder again in the same fragrance.
- Applying your perfume is the final stage.
I love using a shower gel and body lotion or body cream and sometimes just using the body products are enough which is more cost effective. You will generally buy two or three body care products for the price of the perfume. Why not use your body lotion for daytime and combine with the perfume for evening, to help extend your precious scent.
How to Apply Perfume
How you apply your perfume is vital. How many of you have gone into a store and taken a spray of the latest and greatest on your wrists and rubbed your wrists together?
Well, DON’T DO IT AGAIN! A common mistake made, the rubbing action totally bruises or destroys the many different fragrance notes used, thereby you will not get the true scent and it will disappear quickly.
- Spray the wrist lightly and leave to absorb naturally.
- If applying a dab-on scent, just lightly dab on the wrists or pulse points without rubbing it in.
- Fragrance lasts longer when applied directly after a shower or bath when the skin is warm and pores are open.
- Always apply fragrance before you put on any clothes and jewellery. Some perfumes will affect certain fabrics and leave stains. With jewellery, metals, stones and pearls could be damaged permanently. It is not worth risking and is wasting your prized perfume.
- Fancy a waft of scent through your hair then spray your hair brush and brush it through. You can spray a mist into the air 12 inches away and walk into it as another tip, before getting dressed.
- One for ladies is to spray a cotton ball with your perfume and place in your bra. This is great if you don’t want to spray fragrance into the skin folds where sweat glands between the breasts can cause sweat irritations.
- Storage of your fragrance is important. As much as we love having our bottles of perfume on display they should be kept in their original packaging, in a closed cabinet or in a drawer to avoid the damaging sunlight.
Where to Apply Perfume
The Pulse Points are the best as they produce heat which is vital in releasing the different fragrance notes in the perfume.
Many people do not consider the pulse points when spraying themselves or dabbing on their scent but they are key to prolonging fragrance. These are:
- The wrists
- The temples on the face
- The base of the throat
- Between the breasts
- In the elbows
- Behind the knees
- Inside the ankles
- Jaw line close to the ears (better than behind the ears where the pulse point is because the ear has particular glands that will affect the way your perfume smells)
A woman should wear fragrance wherever she expects to be kissed!— Coco Chanel
Soft, Supple Skin: Moisturizing Makes Your Fragrance Last Longer
Keeping the skin moisturized will help prolong your fragrance. We all know how oils, lotions or creams make our skins feel more moisturized, soft and supple. When we look at perfume, there is a certain amount of alcohol in most fragrances which evaporates on the skin and if the skin is dry it goes even quicker.
If you do not have the match just use an unscented body lotion, it will still be beneficial. Even apply a tiny amount of olive oil, coco butter or shea butter to the pulse points before applying perfume as it will help the scent last.
A perfume is an intimate object; it is the reflector of the heart— Emanuel Ungaro
Which Type of Fragrance?
The type of fragrance you buy will also determine the concentration level which has a direct impact on a fragrance’s longevity The higher the percentage of aromatic compounds, the longer lasting the fragrance.
Most Popular Fragrance Types
Parfum or Perfume Extract
Eau de Parfum (EDP)
Eau de Toilette (EDT)
Eau de Cologne
Aftershave or Splash
Homemade Perfume Recipes
- How to Make Homemade Perfume
Your favorite fragrance can tell a lot about your personality. Are you an outdoor type who loves the fresh scents, romantic or adventurous who loves some woodsy scents, a modern woman who enjoys changing it up and mixing up styles or the classic one
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.