I’m not always the best at applying perfume in the morning. With everything else I have to do, it’s a miracle I walk out the door with any kind of hair style. It’s a regular occurrence for me to arrive to work without any lip colour on. Perfume is the last thing on my mind.
However, it’s not for lack of trying. I love my fragrances and I have a nice little collection of favourite scents. It’s just that, when I make the effort to wear a perfume, I want to smell as good at the end of the day as I do at the start. If you have trouble getting you perfume to stick with any kind of longevity, here are a few tips to keep in mind!
Fragrance sticks better to hydrated, more oily skin. If you suffer from dryness, it’s extra important for you to moisturise well to ensure your perfume lasts better on your skin.
Apply straight after your shower
As your skin is still damp just after your shower, the moisture will help to lock in your fragrance and make it go the distance.
Resist the urge to rub your wrists together
It’s a fairly normal reaction for perfume to spray one wrist and put them together to disperse the product evenly. However, rubbing your wrists together actually decreases the perfume’s lasting power. The friction causes the top notes of the scent to fade faster, meaning it’s already moved on to the middle and base notes.
Understand what you’re buying
There are different kinds of perfumes on the market, each has different lasting power though you may not know how to tell. Essentially, the longest-lasting perfume you can buy is an ‘Eau de parfum” which contains 15% oil. An ‘Eau de toilette’ contains 8% oils and a Cologne contains 5% oil. The more oil within the perfume, the longer it will last.
It’s also important to understand that not all key scents will last the same. Citrus fragrances, for example, will evaporate faster than those with woody base notes.
There are certain areas which will accentuate and hold your fragrance better than others. While people talk of pulse points, these areas don’t make a whole lot of difference in terms of longevity. They will, however, make your scent more fragrant to those around you. If you are after somewhere that will hold the scent for as long as possible, try tipping you head upside-down and spritzing your hair.