How to make your perfume last longer

How to make your perfume last longer

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding your favourite fragrance fades as soon as you walk out the door.

It may come as a shock that some of the most basic perfume applicating habits are actually minimising the strength of the smell, (*ahem dabbing your wrists together*).

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Thankfully, there are some things you can do to improve its staying power… and some things you need to stop right away!

Moisturise before application

The first thing you need to know is that dry skin won’t hold perfume well, so make sure you are super hydrated. Always moisturise before spraying your perfume, and try to avoid using any scented moisturisers.

Avoid spraying onto cold skin

For best results, spritz straight after showering (and moisturising) while your skin is still warm. The steam from the shower opens your pores, meaning your skin will soak up the scent better.

bh fragrance favourites that last the distance….

  1. Estée Lauder Cinnabar 
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto 
  3. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
  4. Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau De Parfum
  5. Beyonce Heat Kissed

Flower power doesn’t apply to perfumes.. 

You might love a citrusy, or floral scent, but did you know these notes tend to fade the fastest? Woody notes have a much stronger staying power, along with vanilla, patchouli, cedar and sandalwood.

Spray, spray and walk away

Rubbing your wrists together isn’t good for scent longevity. In fact, it’ll just break up the perfume and make the scent disappear quicker than it should. Simply spray the scent on both pulse points and resist the urge to rub!

Spray into your hair

Hair also carries perfume really well, so try spraying some onto a hairbrush and then brushing it through your locks. It creates a beautiful ‘sillage’, the scented trail you leave wherever you go. How’s that for the word of the day? 

Step away from the light

Heat and light degrade some ingredients, which can mess with the notes in your perfume and cause them to go a bit funky. To combat this issue, store your scent in a cool, dry area away from heat sources and direct sunlight. A common mistake is keeping perfume in the bathroom, where humid air can infiltrate the bottle.

Spray bottles, always!

It’s best to go for perfumes in spray bottles. Why? To avoid fragrance evaporation and chemical reactions caused by exposure.

Do you have any tips for making your fragrance last?

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Comments 35

  1. I sometimes spray some perfume onto a cotton ball and put it in my bra. It’s amazing how long the scent lasts. Sometimes I do spray it onto my hair too. Depends where I’m going etc. I don’t rub my wrists together though.

  2. I’ve heard of the perfume in hair trick but since perfume is alcohol, I wonder if it’ll be drying on the hair. I hate when perfume smells good but doesn’t have good sillage. Such a downer.

  3. Well it sounds like I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. I am one of those people who rubs their wrists together (oops).
    I have been storing my perfume in their original box (even though they are beautiful to look at) inside my bathroom cupboard for years. Another oops.

  4. Rubbing the wrists together I knew about it and also if you buy perfume and it comes with a shower gel and body lotion double the scent. I apply musk oil perfume and then a spray perfume the result is hours and hours of gorgeousness.

    I’m dying to try Lancome black opium, I couldn’t test it. No one had a tester (Priceline, chemist warehouse, Amcal), not happy Jan.

  5. Floral that lasts longer than any of those perfumes listed by far: gucci porfumo di fiori and TF Orchid Soleil. Yes, dry skin seems not to hold scents. Mine is bathing in perfume until next shower. Heat does project the scent, so helps also that I’m always so warm =D

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