So you’ve found that special fragrance, but how do you make it last? There are some definite dos and don’t of wearing a perfume or aftershave – when to do it and more importantly, how to do it!
Tips to make your fragrance last
- Apply your fragrance straight after getting out of the shower, whilst your skin is still warm – this helps to activate the molecules in the liquid.
- Moisturise your skin – the fragrance will stick to oil sitting on your skin. Try to use an unscented or lightly fragranced moisturiser to prevent it altering the scent.
- Apply to pulse points – this is where the blood runs close to the surface of the skin and hence where your skin will be warm
- Try rubbing Vaseline or lip balm on pulse points before spraying your perfume. Vaseline is an occlusive (meaning it forms a barrier) – allowing the scent to hold on for longer.
- Don’t be tempted to rub in the fragrance or use your wrists to blend it. Rubbing you will break the molecules and it will weaken the scent.
- A scent will cling to your hair so try spraying it on your hairbrush before styling – don’t apply it directly as it can dry your hair out.
- Don’t shake the bottle – it will let air in and disrupt the molecules.
- Use an eau de parfum rather than an eau de toilette, as they are stronger and last longer.
- Make sure you store your fragrances properly – keep them out of direct sunlight and away from any humid environment i.e your bathroom. If necessary, keep them in the original box
- Less is more when it comes to how much you spray – don’t waste it and you can always layer it up later on. 2 or 3 pumps will do.
- Don’t spray it on your clothes – the fragrance needs to mix with the oils on your skin for it to be effective. It can also cause staining on materials such as silk.
- Don’t think your fragrance has disappeared if you can’t smell it. If it is a quality product, it means it has settled well on your skin. No need to over-spray!
- If needed, re-apply your fragrance every 4 hours, and no sooner as it can give some people a headache.