How to make your perfume last longer

by Lynn

Make your perfume last longer

We all want to smell amazing the whole day, but some of the perfumes that we use won’t comply. So how do you make your perfume last longer? There are certain techniques and hacks you can adopt to make your perfume last longer. Here are some hacks and techniques you should adopt:

Apply after showering

For great results apply your perfume after showering. Do this before you dry yourself off. This will ensure your perfume lasts all day. The moisture on your skin helps lock in the scent all day. Damp and moist skin will help lock in the scent, After applying to damp skin, you should wait for it to dry before wearing your clothes. Applying directly to your skin will also prevent your clothes from staining.

Unscented Lotion

Moisturized skin will retain the perfume for a longer period of time. Apply an unscented lotion when your skin is still damp then apply your perfume. Oily skin retains perfume for longer periods of time compared to dry skin. Use an oil-based unscented moisturizer to optimize your scent. You can also maximize your perfume and scent by investing in the lotions, body washes that are sold with the perfume. If you don’t want to invest in them, you can always spritz a little perfume on your unscented lotion or hand cream and it will still do the trick.

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Unscented Deodorant

If you want to make your perfume last all day, use unscented deodorant. Your deodorant aroma may not go so well with your perfume. Some undertones in your deodorant may also be stronger, therefore, overpowering it. Use an unscented deodorant to optimize your scent all day.

Store it appropriately

Don’t store your perfume in the bathroom as the humidity and heat in the bathroom will break it down and to some extent weaken the scent. The ideal place to store your perfume is in your closet, a dark and dry place away from direct sunlight. You may be tempted to display it on your vanity, however, if your vanity gets direct sunlight this may not be a good idea. If you want to display it, make sure you store it in its original box and ensure there’s no direct sunlight.

Type of Perfume

There are several types of perfumes. There’s Eau de parfum or extrait de parfum which has a stronger scent as opposed to the Eau de Toilette or eau de cologne which has a much more subtle scent. The type of perfume will determine how long the perfume will last. When choosing the type make sure you go for an oil-based fragrance as they are the most lasting, they last longer on the skin.

Spritz don’t mist

Spritz the fragrance directly on your skin or clothes as opposed to spraying it in the air then walking through it. It’s made up of alcohol, so misting then walking through it will only cause faster evaporation due to the elements. Direct spritzing on your skin or clothes makes the fragrance last longer.

Pulse points

To make your scent last for longer periods of time, apply the fragrance to your pulse points. Pulse points help distribute the scent evenly. There are several pulse points and the more common ones are the neck and the wrist. However, applying on all pulse points will have you smelling like a snack all day. Your pulse points are the wrists, neck, inside your elbows, behind your knees, ankles, and below your midriff.

Petroleum Jelly

Applying a smidge of petroleum jelly on your pulse points before applying your scent, will make it last longer. The petroleum jelly helps in locking the scent to your skin. It works better on moisturized skin than dry skin.

Don’t Shake Your Scent

If you shake your perfume bottle out of habit, because you shake everything before use, you should stop. Shaking the bottle lets air in and reduces its overall quality. Your fragrance is optimized as is, no need to shake it, it’s meant to be used as-is.

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Spray it on your clothes

Spray your fragrance on your clothes, just make sure they don’t stain like silk. Spraying your fragrance on your clothes will automatically make it last longer because clothes fibers hold the scent better. You might even wash your clothes and the scent still won’t dissapear. Spritzing on your skin is recommended but it also works on clothes as well.

Don’t rub your wrists together

After spraying the perfume on your pulse points especially your wrists do not rub your wrists together. Rubbing them causes friction which might affect the notes of your perfume. It might alter the scent or make it duller making your scent last for shorter periods of time.

Cotton Balls

If you want to keep topping up your perfume, you can carry cotton balls soaked in your perfume. Spray on the cotton balls when they’re wet. Store them in a Ziploc bag or a small airtight container. They should retain the scent throughout the day. Just dab them on your pulse points as the day goes by.

Layer your perfumes

Fragrance layering is a whole course on its own. However, you can create your custom scent by layering different perfumes that compliment each other. Try out different combinations until you get the perfect scent. Start with the stronger perfume and work your way to the lighter perfumes to maintain the integrity of the scent.

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