The first thing that usually comes to mind when you don’t get the most out of your perfume is that you probably spent a lot of money. However, this is not always due to the fragrance having poor performance or a low longevity. I have heard some people saying that Dior Sauvage cannot last for more than 3 hours, but as someone who has used more than 10 bottles of it, I can tell you that it lasts much longer than that. So what’s the deal with it?
Most of the time, the reason for disappointing longevity in fragrances is the incorrect application of the fragrance itself. The truth is, not every perfume has the power to last you all day long, but there are many times when people do not know how to apply perfume properly and make it last as long as possible.
There are a few things that I have learned over the years of being a fragrance geek and testing the performance of fragrances over the years, that you should know when it comes to making your perfume last longer on your skin.
If you follow even just one of the tips mentioned above, it might affect the longevity of your perfume, but what if you follow them all? You will be surprised to realize that some of your perfumes have an even better projection than you expected.
There is no need to throw away any lovely fragrance and waste tons of sprays thinking you will get a better projection. I have prepared a few more things for you to learn today to help you out.
It is important to keep in mind that every individual’s skin reacts differently to perfumes – you might be one of the many people whose fragrances don’t last longer than two or three hours, or you might be one of the many people whose perfume lasts all day just after a single spray. It is possible that these tips will not work for you.
These are 13 expert-backed ways that you can use to make your perfume last longer on your skin, all backed up by experts.
1.Taking a shower or taking a bath before applying perfume is one of the best things you can do
In order to ensure that fragrance is applied to clean and dry skin, it is very important that the skin is clean and dry.
Every day, our skin is battling sweat, dust from the air, microbes, and the removal of dead skin cells. Our skin needs to breathe, so scrubbing those microbes is essential to keep it healthy.
The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to showering is always to use hot water – that way your pores will open up much better during the shower, which, in turn, will make your skin much more receptive to perfume during the shower.
It is true that you can apply the fragrance without showering first, but you will surely not be able to achieve the ultimate performance and durability.
It is recommended that you apply a fragrance to the clean, dry (don’t forget to dry your skin well) skin before applying the perfume so that the skin can better absorb the scent of the perfume.
2. Take care of your skin by moisturizing it
I think it’s a good idea to use an unscented lotion before spraying the perfume on after having a shower and before applying it, after taking a shower.
In order for this step to be successful, the skin needs to be moisturized (oily) so that fragrances remain locked in for a longer period of time.
If you have a moisturizing cream that has the same scent as your perfume – that’s even better. However, if you don’t have a moisturizer with a scent that matches your perfume – that’s fine as well. Dry skin will not keep a perfume as well as oily skin will.
It would not be a good idea to use a cream which has a specific smell since the mixture you get will not be a very pleasant one.
3. Use Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
Probably one of the things you did not know is that petroleum jelly, when applied to the pulse points of the body, can hold the fragrance for a longer period of time than dry skin can.
In addition to moisturizing your skin, the ointment in vaseline will also prolong the life of the fragrance on your skin.
Moreover, the perfume will also be protected from the wind and potential contact with your clothing as a result of the cover.
There is no doubt that Vaseline is one of the best ways to make your perfume last as long as possible!
4. Mind Perfume Concentration
As you probably already know, you have probably seen one of these three labels: EDT (eau de toilette), EDP (eau de parfum), or perfume.
It is recommended that you take EDP or Perfume fragrance contraction if you want a scent that lasts longer and is stronger.
In EDT perfumes, 5% to 15% of fragrance oil is contracted, whereas in EDP perfumes, 15% to 25% is contracted, which makes them stronger and may help them last longer than EDT perfumes. As you can see, EDT fragrances are usually lighter and airier; of course, they can also serve you for hours, but if you don’t wish to risk it, go for EDP.
Perfume fragrances, on the other hand, tend to have the highest rate of contraction (30%+), but they tend to be quite powerful in terms of the scent, which is not something everyone enjoys.
There is also the fact that fragrance concentration has a direct impact on performance, but in this article, we are discussing the longevity of the perfume. In addition, concentration will definitely have an impact on other aspects of performance (sillage and projection), but that’s another issue altogether.
There is no doubt that EDP might perform better in terms of longevity, but it might not perform better in terms of sillage and projection as those factors are determined by other factors other than longevity.
You can find out everything you need to know about fragrance concentrations and their differences by taking a look at our complete guide here.
5. Spray or Dab Your Fragrance, Don’t Rub It In
Rubbing fragrances with bare hands is one of the most common mistakes.
The best way to prevent large amounts of the scent from landing on your skin is to keep the bottle at a distance of 5-7 inches away from your body. This will prevent large amounts of fragrance from landing on your skin (large amounts of fragrance are difficult to open).
You will not get the best performance out of your perfume if you rub it in, as it will damage the fragrance particles, so the perfume will not open properly. It is important to remember that a bad opening means a poor dry-down, so don’t touch the fragrance after spraying it — let it dry down properly to get the most out of it.
6. Apply Perfume on Pulse Points
The main rule to follow in order to get the most out of your favorite scent is to apply it to your pulse points. You don’t have to spray it on random spots of your body, one spray on each of your pulse points is all that you need to do.
- Behind your ears
- In the dip of your collarbone
- Behind your head
The perfume should not be sprayed twice on the same spots, as this will prevent the notes of the perfume from opening up properly and expanding to their full extent.
Check our guide here to learn more about the proper applications of perfume for maximum performance if you would like to learn more about the proper application of perfume.
7. Do Not Rub Your Wrists
It’s so wrong to do such a thing when testing a fragrance, and I have seen people make the same mistake a thousand times.
When you rub your wrists together, the scent will not expand with both hands or anything like that, and the opening notes will fade away much more quickly than they would have initially.
Moreover, rubbing can have an impact on the entire fragrance drydown process, and trust me, that’s definitely not the way to go – let it dry down naturally.
8. Apply a Little Bit On Your Hair
For an ultimate experience, there is nothing wrong with spraying your hair as well in order to get the best effect.
To keep your hair safe from alcohol, it would be best to spray it on your hairbrush and then gently brush your hair. The perfume will last longer on the hair than on the skin, so it is a win-win situation.
The perfume should only be applied to freshly washed hair because the natural hair oil may harm the original scent of the perfume if applied to freshly washed hair.
There are some brands that sell hair perfumes that are not harmful to your hair in any way, so you may be able to use them if you like.
9. Avoid perfume on the Clothes at any Cost
As a matter of fact, spraying perfume on your clothes is a very common mistake that almost everyone has made at some point in their lives. There are several reasons why you should stop spraying perfume on your clothes as soon as possible.
I would like to point out that fragrances are made to interact with human skin, not any kind of material. Applying the fragrance to your clothes will prevent the fragrance from opening properly and the fabric will also be able to absorb some of the scent (depending on the material of the clothing).
Second, you can easily destroy your clothes, especially if you wear silk or cotton, as the alcohol in a fragrance will not tolerate the presence of these materials.
In addition, there is a high probability that you will have to deal with yellow stains on your shirt that will make your shirt look unappealing in the long run.
You should be able to stop with this guilty pleasure if you take these reasons into account and apply fragrance directly to your skin instead of putting it on your clothes.
10. Take Care of the Perfume Bottle
In addition, it is also very important to take good care of your fragrance bottle, which may seem silly to you.
The first thing you should do is not shake the bottle. Shaking the bottle can allow air to infuse the fragrance, which in turn will affect the duration of the fragrance.
As a second precaution, make sure that your perfume bottle is stored in a dark, cool place. High temperatures or humidity can seriously damage the fragrance and cause it to break down sooner or later. Avoid placing it in the bathroom and make sure it is stored in a cool drawer or somewhere else, away from direct sunlight.
11. Combine Fragrances
In spite of the fact that this may sound strange or even unpleasant, layering fragrances has become a new way for people to make new and interesting fragrance combinations.
If you do not mind, I suggest you try it first on the testing paper to see how it works together before applying it to your skin. If it works well on the paper, I recommend you apply it to your skin as well.
Whenever you layer scents, keep in mind that the heavier one should go on first, followed by the lighter one. This way, you will also be able to create the top note, middle note, and base note of your scent when layering.
It is possible, with a little creativity and a sensitive nose, for you to create your signature fragrance and smell unique and sensual with just a little creativity.
There are some fragrance houses that recommend a few of their fragrances that will work well together, such as Jo Malone or Fragrance One, for example.
I think that the worst thing that can happen to you is that you will smell bad… Until you don’t!
12. Reapply During the Day
As long as some fragrances aren’t meant to last as long as we would like, that’s perfectly fine. But there will always be some fragrances that aren’t meant to last as long as we would like.
As long as your favorite scent is not a performance beast, then you can always reapply it throughout the day. Once you notice that your scent has faded away, apply it again, but do not reapply it more than twice during the day.
Since there are times when we can’t detect our own scent, it is better to ask someone for help, because you don’t want to reapply it if it’s still running strong when you apply it.
It may be better if you have two fragrances that work well together if you apply one in the morning (some daily oriented scent) for the work, and if you are running out of time or have a dinner coming right after work, then you can apply the second scent (one for the night). This way you will smell fantastic all day long and all night long.
13. Think About the Seasons
In the past few years, you have probably heard phrases like “winter fragrance” and “summer fragrance”.
It is true that some fragrances are best worn during a particular season or at a particular time of the year.
When your fragrance is fresh, airy, fruity, citrusy, or similar, then it would be perfect to wear it during the warmer, summer, or spring months. At higher temperatures, winter fragrances may become sticky and warm, which you should avoid at all costs.
It is best to use woodier, smokier, and warmer scents during the colder fall and winter months because they use notes that will open properly at lower temperatures, and you also want balmy scents to keep you warm during the colder months.
The short version.
I have probably made all of these common mistakes when I first started getting into the fragrance world, and with all these years of experience, I have gained a lot of knowledge about what it means to apply perfumes for a truly satisfying experience. You should follow these tips if you want to make your perfume last longer.
As far as perfumes with unremarkable quality may come out as poor compositions if they are not applied correctly then you may want to save your money and liquid and enjoy every drop that you have available.
While I am passionate about perfume, I live in a rural area of the Bronx, New York, far from any perfume stores that are close by. It is straightforward: I do not have any credentials to provide as the author of this blog. I just love perfume, that’s all I have to offer.
In addition to wearing male, female, and unisex fragrances, I also enjoy wearing perfumes containing woods, incense, citrus, flowers, spices, vetiver, and green notes. As well as chypre perfumes, I enjoy fragrances with oakmoss, especially chypres. Patchouli and amber are not particularly appealing to me, and with some notable exceptions, perfumes that smell very clean, oceanic, or are too sweet are not particularly appealing to me.
I also have an addiction to expensive chocolates and teas, and I spend a great deal of time browsing the Internet, reading blogs primarily written by others.