Now we all know perfume isn’t the cheapest beauty purchase, it’s a luxury us women like to indulge in or a much treasured gift. You want to feel like you’re making the most out of your perfume and that it’s lasting the length of time on the skin. Particularly in the summer months you step outside and your makeup slides off and perfume has completely disappeared. So we’ve put together some tips on how to make the most of your perfume and how to make the scent last longer on the skin.
1. Moisturise the pulse spots. If you use a non-scented moisturiser on the pulse areas, so the wrists and neck you will create a barrier which ensure the fragrances holds longer and doesn’t soak into the skin as much. It gives the oils in the perfume something to cling onto, ensuring maximum staying power. Tip: using a body lotion that matches the perfume you’re using is ideal for layering on the scent.
2. Where to spray the scent. Now where you actually spray your perfume is very important for how long it will last, you need to spray onto the areas that are naturally warmer. The wrists, the neck, even behind the knees!
3. Don’t rub your wrists together! Now this is a habit for most perfume wearers, spritz on the wrists and then rub them together. This is a big NO NO if you want your perfume to last as long as possible. The friction causes the top notes of the perfume to fade faster and therefore not last as long on the skin. It also breaks down the natural development of the perfume and effect scent as a whole.
4. Keep your skin hydrated. Keeping your skin hydrated is a major bonus for just about every beauty tip ever but it really does help your perfume last longer. Dehydrated skin tries to drink in everything that you layer on so healthy and hydrated is the way forward to make sure your perfume is soaked straight up.
5. Don’t just spray it onto your body. You can spray your perfume in lots of other places, not just on the body. Spray it on your clothes, hair, car anywhere you like! It will intensify the scent and make it last longer throughout the day. Make sure you don’t spray directly onto your clothes though as some perfumes can stain.
6. Spray your perfume just after you’ve got out of the shower. Damp skin locks in the scent and therefore it lasts much longer, but make sure you give it a few minutes before you get dressed so that it doesn’t rub off straight away.
7. Opt for a stronger scent. Stronger perfumes are obviously going to make more of an impact and last longer overall. Musks are traditionally a more resilient note and chances are you’ll be smelling it all day long.
8. Know what the different types of perfume are. Do you know your eau de toilette from your parfum or cologne from your body spray? The different types of scent mean different things for how long it’s going to last but also the strength of scent. Body sprays, cologne and eau de toilette’s have a lower concentration of fragrance oils and they have a more subtle scent. Eau de parfum tend to last longer and have a stronger scent. So it might just be worth forking out that little bit extra for parfum over the toilette.
9. Storing your perfume. The way your store your perfume will definitely affect how long it is going to last, perfume doesn’t last forever! It needs to be stored away from daylight, because heat and light can ultimate break down oil in the fragrance. Also not a good idea to store your scent somewhere that gets pretty warm, high temperature affect the top notes of the fragrance and can turn it sour! The best place to store perfume is in its original box, most probably on your dressing table away from extreme highs and lows in temperature.
10. Add the last few drops into a body lotion. Can’t get to the last millilitres at the bottom of the bottle? Pour it into an unscented body lotion to really make the most of that bottle! It avoids waste and makes your favourite scent last even longer.
These simple tweaks will keep you smelling sweet all day long and we bet you’re going to be telling everyone to stop rubbing their wrists together!