Smell Amazing All Day With These Perfume Hacks!
Posted by Jasmine Taylor-Moran in Fragrances
Perfume is made up of three layers, top notes, which hit the nose first and disappear the fastest, heart notes which linger for a while and are new scents that appear once the top note has gone, and finally, base notes, which stick around the longest and carry the heaviest scent. Eau de Toilette perfumes typically have a shorter scent-life than Eau de Parfums, this is due to the stronger concentration of fragrance oils within them. Knowing how to make perfume last longer is vital to everyday life, I mean, who doesn’t want to smell amazing all day?
Going nose-blind is inevitable when wearing perfume. You’ll lose the scent of it very shortly after applying it, but other people will actually still be able to smell it. The first thing to do when wanting your perfume to last longer for you, is to look at where and how you are storing them. Excessive heat, humidity and light can lessen the quality and longevity of the scent, so ensure your perfumes are stored in cool, dry places, away from windows and sources of heat or humidity (i.e. not your bathroom or windowsill). You could even create a pretty display with such stunning bottles like this Thierry Mugler Alien Perfume.
Got any Vaseline? Applying a fragrance to your pulse points (neck, wrist, inner elbow etc.) when the skin is dry, speeds up the evaporation or soaking up of the scent. Spraying it onto prepped and primed skin will help it last longer as the skin treatment is an occlusive ointment, meaning there’s a barrier between your skin and the perfume, locking it on your wrist all day. This also works with unscented moisturisers.
If you got a perfume set such as the Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum Shower Set for Christmas, you’re in luck. Another tip on how to make your perfume last longer is to layer up! Using a body wash and moisturiser of the same fragrance as your perfume will help the scent last much longer on your skin and keep those compliments coming! You can even put fragrance in your hair with this Hair Perfume by Label.M - a great pick me up for hair that’s starting to smell a bit like last night’s dinner.
Spraying just before you get dressed once you’re out the shower is another way to make your perfume last longer. As your body is still absorbing moisture, adding a fragrance to your skin will help lock in the scent and saves you from getting those annoying perfume stains on your favourite chiffon blouse.
Keeping the top notes of a fragrance is my utmost priority as the top note of my favourite perfume - Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is pink pepper, pear and orange blossom - scents that should not be lost. To keep them smelling sweet, try your hardest not to rub in or dab the perfume once it’s sprayed. Doing this actually diffuses the scent and stops it lasting all day, so stop rubbing!
Got a few drops left that the pump can’t reach? Pour the rest into an unscented moisturiser and mix well for a new way to apply perfume.
Remember, Eau de Parfum lasts longer than Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne, if you want to make your perfume last longer, opt for the higher concentration of oils and you’ll smell your favourite fragrance right through ‘til the end of the day.
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