How to make your perfume last longer

How Long Does Perfume Last And How To Make It Last Longer

Finding your favorite fragrance is one thing, knowing how to make perfume last longer is another. There are many perfumes that have such great performance, provided that you know how to keep them and align them with the natural oils on your bare skin and pulse points.

Below, the best hacks and tips on how to make your perfume last are listed. Some things come down to looking after your skin, where others come down to making sure to spritz directly to the right pulse points, and actually picking the correct concentrations of perfume, which make your fragrance last the desired amount of time.

Not many people know that touch ups with fragrances are less likely if you pick a fragrance oil over an eau de toilettes for example, as these do disappear faster, due to having less concentrations of the main heart notes. Nevertheless, at the end of reading this, you should definitely become an expert in making the best of your perfume bottles!

Tips on how to make your spray perfume last that bit longer


Apply perfume after a shower

Having a shower and then applying perfume helps your fragrance last longer for various reasons. Usually after a shower, your skin and body temperature is just a little bit higher than your basal temperature. So, when you put your favorite perfume on the skin (particularly your pulse points), your skin will diffuse the fragrance, and your pores will open up to the new perfume application, picking up the perfume directly, and hold it better. Hydrated skin will always hold the same scent and fragrance longer, then if you apply it at any other time.

Of course, you need to make sure that you don’t apply it on anything other than dry skin, and that your damp skin will need to be patted dry before coating yourself with fragrances.


Moisturized skin before spraying

Moisturising your skin longer and with unscented lotion can really help provide your skin a barrier, but also as a way to hold the fragrances when applying perfume for longer. An unscented moisturizer is great because you will not have anything clash with the natural scents and notes of the perfume oils anyway.

Often, even just having a quick rinse without completely hopping in the shower can help too. After that, applying a body oil lotion to your skin can also help to hold the fragrance for longer, and not interfere too much with your perfume base notes and smell.


Apply to pulse points- and don’t rub your wrists together!

It is commonly known that a little perfume sprayed on the pulse points can make your perfume oil or fragrances last that bit longer. The reason why this is true is because of the skin thickness within these areas. The skin is the thinnest at the pulse points, and that makes it closer to your blood and natural body heat. Once the fragrance warms, the aroma release projects more, and like a radiator, it will diffuse the fragrance outwards.

One mistake however (that many seem to do!), is by rubbing the wrists together. While it may feel instinctive to give your fragrance a little nudge to perform better, when you rub your wrists together, it actually acts as a tissue paper and blot the top notes away. Meaning your fragrance will fade faster and not actually smell nice for longer! So instead of rubbing your wrists to emerge the separate two fragrances, just leave all the pulse points alone and let them deposit the scent as they are supposed to do!


Spray perfume to your heart pulse point 

Your heart is another pulse point, however not many people know to deposit and spray their scents on the heart, despite the pulse there being the strongest. The heart has the power to really diffuse your favorite scents massively, and for that reason, often when you catch a huge whiff of someone’s perfume, you can bet there is a possibility that they have made use of their biggest pulse points-the heart.


Spray perfume to clothing fibers too

Spraying your perfumes to your clothes can hold perfume scents a lot longer than on the skin. Usually eau de perfumes perform very well, and can still smell of the perfume a week after you spritzed it. With skin you will use your natural oils and sweat that will essentially accumulate and break down the perfume oils on your skin, so to ensure your signature scent remains for longer, this would probably be a very safe bet in doing so.


Spray from a distance to equally distribute the perfume oils

If you apply perfume from a distance, it can actually distribute the fragrance equally, rather than spraying huge drops in one location. For fragrance wear and performance, more surface area covered is another way of making your perfume project at a larger scale.


Natural hair oils keep hair fragrances for longer- so spray perfume to your hair too!

The hair holds higher concentration of perfume scents due to the natural oils and proteins that your hair is rich in. 

While a heavy based alcohol fragrance will often dry your hair out too much, applying fragrance lightly can hold impressive scent duration- especially when your hair is down and not tied up. A brisk gust of wind, and suddenly everyone can smell you from afar…


Store fragrances in a dark place

While this is something not many are aware of, storing your fragrances in a dark place is the best way to ensure you get the maximum life expectancy and quality of your perfume. Storing perfumes in damp, warm or light locations can break perfumes down and give you a lesser quality that what you paid for. Keeping perfumes in their original boxes is actually the best way to store them.


Choose the correct amount of sprays according to the different concentrations of perfumes

Wearing too much perfume can have you overriding everyone’s senses. However, should you actually spray just the right amount, you will offer pleasant scent trails that do not tackle the senses of surrounding passer-bys.

By sticking to the rule of a spray at each pulse point, you will hit the right amount to get the best out of your perfume. With Eau de Parfum scents, less is more, as these hold higher concentrations. So one spray in each location is more than enough-without usually the need of reapplying throughout the day. 

Oppositely however, Eau de Toilette sprays actually break down much more quickly, meaning you will need to reapply to your pulse points throughout the day, as the scent will probably quickly fade sadly. 


Layering fragrances can offer a unique stronger scent

Combining fragrances and layering them probably seems unheard of, but wait, hear us out. When you later different scents that base notes work well together, you could actually get a unique scent that is pleasant overall. 

A way of experimenting this would be to blot some sprays on tissue or testing paper, and allow them to emulsify to one another for a little while. After a given amount of time, go back to the samples and smell the scents combined. You either will be intrigued or not too sure, however then move onto your wrists and see where that takes you when mixed with your natural sweat glands and scent. You may be pleasantly surprised.


Reapply perfume throughout the day

This probably wouldn’t seem like a rocket science scenario to come up with, however, some perfumes are lighter than others so it would make more sense to reapply if you feel the scent has ‘disappeared’ and can no longer be smelled. 

Ask a friend to help you figure out if the projection and sillage is still present, that can help you figure out if consistent applications are necessary. 


Perfume oils- apply to bare skin and not clothes

Perfume oils like attars, and roll ons often are heavy resinous liquids that have the power to really hold immense projection and potency. However, a mistake often comes with the application process. You should not apply perfume oil fragrances to your clothes as that will cause a state, which most likely will not come out.

Its the nature of the concentration of the perfume, and therefore sticking just to the skin is the best way to avoid damage to your best frocks. 


Solid perfume oils need body temperature and body heat

Some perfume oils come in solid forms that need to be warmed up with your body temperature. A way of getting solid perfumes onto your skin, would be to break them down in between your finger tips, and then lather gently on the pulse points, where this location will radiate and do the rest of the hard work. 

While not many perfumes come in the solid form, some still do and these often are really concentrated and hit the spot for projection and performance.


Pick a signature scent according to the season

An interesting fact that you should keep in mind is, fragrances actually can better suit various seasons. Some hold aromatic spicy base notes, while others are perfect for lighter seasons due to their citrus touches that just scream spring and summer. 

Deeper scents work better with colder seasons, as the days are shorter, and there is something very fitting about a cozy deep scent that provides warmth and can hold itself for longer, without any necessary top ups. Of course, the opposite can be said for summer scents which require lighter airy fragrances to tackle off heat, and not overwhelm the senses in any way.


Explore the different perfume smells and perfume families

Expanding just a little bit further, perfume families are branches of perfume notes that when combined work very well together. If you are prone to be attracted to a group of theses, or a few of the notes, there is a bigger chance that a family of notes would work very well for you, and sticking to that will offer success. 

Some great examples of perfume families include citrus, aromatic spices, aquatics, florals, fruity, leathery and oriental perfumes. 


Applying perfume with the same scented products

If you have a fragrance oil that happens to come with its own scented body lotion, do make sure to stick to that body lotion only when applying the fragrance. 

Unless you are using an unscented lotion, it can often be likely that the scent and notes within the perfume will be tainted and not show off their true capacity. While layering is always good, lotions can be your perfumes best friend or enemy, so make sure you choose well. 


Test perfumes before before buying

Perfumes are known to change and adapt to each person’s natural glands and body scent. Therefore, it is often wise to test a perfume on your pulse points, to truly see if the perfume works well with your natural skin oils. 

Sometimes, when a perfume breaks down, it can smell quite differently to when it is first sprayed, meaning you can be taking away an entirely different fragrance that what you initially thought you had. 

Most scents break down to their base notes, so you have to really make sure you like the aftermath of the perfume. Top notes are only ever really there to stay for 30 minutes usually, before they evolve down to their heart and base notes.


Know when your perfume expires

Unfortunately, nothing truly lasts forever, and therefore you will need to expect that your perfume will expire eventually after the seal and spray has been opened. 

Often fragrances will put an estimated expiry day and month usage on the bottom of the perfume, but you don’t really need to follow that if you have stored it well and safely. The moment you can tell a scent has expired, is when the fragrances smell watery, distilled and a far recollection from their usual smell. You will be able to tell from afar that something is off, and unfortunately there will be nothing you can actually do to save it.


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