After years of searching, you have finally found your perfect signature scent. And you probably spent quite a lot for it too. But it has a huge flaw: it doesn’t last long. You spray it on in the morning and after a few hours, puff! It’s completely gone! That sounds awful, doesn’t it?
It’s things like that that could make you fall out of love with a fragrance and never use it again. Or make you reapply it several times a day and run out of it pretty fast. Well, there’s actually no need to do neither of these things. Just follow the tips below and you fragrance will last for hours and hours..
Why do some scents don’t last long?
Well, there are several factors that contribute to the staying power of a scent. The first thing to consider is what type of fragrance you’re buying. Perfume is the most concentrated type and therefore, the most longlasting. Eau De Cologne, on the other hand, is very light and has poor staying power.
Your skin type is another thing to take into consideration. Perfumes tend to evaporate quickly on dry skin and last longer on oily skin. That’s because oily skin contains more natural moisture that will retain the scent for longer.
The way fragrances are stored is important too. Keep the bottle in the box away from light and heat, which could ruin the scent and make it less long-lasting. Environment and individual body chemistry are also factors that could affect the staying power of a scent.
Prime & Layer
Just like makeup, fragrance needs a primer to make it last longer. But is there such a thing as a fragrance primer? Yes and you probably have it in your stash: lotion. A lotion will moisturize the skin so that the scent will last longer.
Your best bet is to use the matching lotion to the fragrance you’re using. A lot of brands, especially during the holidays, release kits that include perfume, body lotion and shower gel so that you can layer the scent starting from the shower. As a result, the scent will be more powerful and last longer.
If you don’t have the matching lotion to the fragrance and don’t want to buy it either, you can just apply any unscented moisturizer of your choice. A scented lotion is not recommended because it may clash with your fragrance and make you smell bad. Of course you could still use it but test it before going out, so you’ll know how the scents will smell once combined.
In alternative, you can also use jojoba oil or vaseline. Just apply them on the spots where you’re going to spray the fragrance. They’ll do the trick too and are so inexpensive!
Spray the fragrance in the right places
I’ve also noticed that where you spray the fragrance also matters. For instance, fragrances last longer on me when I spray them on my wrists and at the base of my throat. That’s because in these places, called pulse points, the blood vessels are very close to the skin and release more heat, which boosts the fragrance. Other pulse points include the temples, back of knees, inside of the elbows, ankles and between the breasts.
Have you got any more tips to make a fragrance last longer? Share them in the comments.