As you walk out the door in the morning, you spritz yourself with a hit of your favourite perfume or cologne, thinking it’ll serve as the perfect finishing touch for the day ahead. Right? And yet by the time you make it through the morning, you realise that the stuff has dissipated to the point that you can barely whiff it at all—a damn shame given the price of good scents these days. Well, good news! It doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s some stuff you can do to add precious hours to the life of your favourite designer fragrance, and give yourself a solid shot at smelling great all day long.
Store in a cool, dry & dark place
Heat, humidity, and light actually speed the breakdown process of perfumes and lessen the quality of the fragrance. Keep your scent somewhere cool, dark, and dry like on your nightstand or vanity table and very far away from damp bathroom sinks and direct sunlight. Having your bottle in its original packaging also helps, especially of it’s not the scent in rotation at the moment.
Apply right after moisturizer
The perfect moment to apply perfume is just as you’re getting out from under the shower and applying your moisturizer. This is when your pores are at their most open, allowing the perfume to seep into the skin and giving you a longer-lasting aroma. This will also prevent the fragrance from staining delicate clothes or jewellery.
Don’t rub in your perfume
Contrary to what you might have been taught, rubbing perfume between the wrists can “bruise the scent,” meaning it’ll break down faster. You’ll force the top notes to disappear faster than intended and as a result make your fragrance not last as long. Which is the opposite of what you’re looking to do.
Spray on your pulse points
A woman, Coco Chanel said, should wear perfume wherever she’d like to be kissed. To make your scent last longer; choose a couple of target areas (not all of them at once) from the picture to spritz. Because pulse points – where veins and arteries are closer to the surface of the skin – are warmer than the rest of the body. This warmth helps the scents remain strong while also fully developing them so that they’re able to linger on the rich, long-lasting middle and base notes.
Layer your Fragrance
Fragrances these days are made with corresponding soaps, aftershaves, body lotions, etc. By using these complementary products, you remove competing scents from your aroma repertoire. It’s also cheaper! You will generally buy two or three body-care products for the price of the perfume. Just using your body lotion for daytime and combining with the perfume for evening will help extend your precious scent.
Watch out for an upcoming post on perfume terminologies we should all know to help us buy the right type for longevity & smell purposes! But for now, what do you think of these hacks? Any cardinal rules you were breaking unknowingly?