Have you wondered why the scent of your perfume only lasts for like two hours max before it starts to fade away? Hate to break it to you, but the answer is in exactly how (and where) you’re applying your perfume, and you’re probably doing it wrong. (I know, I’ve been there.) Don’t stress though, because I’ve compiled a list of 17 easy fragrance hacks to help you figure out how to apply perfume and make it last for hours so you smell really, really good 24/7. Keep reading for all of the tips and tricks.
Tip #1: Spray It On Your Clothes
Don’t just stick to spraying perfume on your body—spritz it all over your clothes, too. Clothing fibers are able to hold in scents for a very long time (yes, even after you wash it).
Tip #2: Spritz, Don’t Mist
You know how some people spray a bunch of perfume into the air and then walk through it? Yeah, don’t do that—you’re just wasting product and the scent will evaporate after a short amount of time. A direct spritz on to bare skin is all you need to keep the perfume scent on you for longer.
Tip #3: Spray It on Top of Your Ears
It sounds weird, but trust, it works. The oilier your skin is, the better it holds scent, and the top of your ears is a little bit oilier than say, behind your earlobes.
Tip #4: Don’t Store Your Fragrances in Your Bathroom
Heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality and intensity of the fragrance. Instead, store your perfume bottles in a cool, dry place, like on the vanity in your room and away from windows. Bonus tip: Use a pretty cake stand to display them.
Tip #5: Rub Vaseline on First
Rub Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying your perfume to make the scent last longer. The ointment holds the fragrance to your skin longer than if you were to spray it onto dry skin.
Tip #6: Apply an Unscented Lotion First
Rub on an unscented lotion before you spritz on your perfume. Like I said, oilier skin retains fragrances longer, so using an oil-based moisturizer first will help lock in the scent.
Tip #7: Spray Your Perfume Right After Taking a Shower
The moisture on your skin will help lock in the scent. This will also prevent the fragrance from staining super delicate clothes (like your favorite silk blouse) or jewelry.
Tip #8: Don’t Rub Your Wrists Together
Don’t dab the fragrance on your wrists after spraying. If you rub your wrists together, you’ll force the scent to disappear faster than intended—aka your fragrance won’t last as long. Womp womp.
Tip #9: Target Pulse Point When Spraying Perfume
To make your scent last longer, choose a couple of pulse points. These are warm areas that’ll help diffuse the fragrance across your entire body. Also, pro-tip: Spraying your ankles and calves allow the scent to rise throughout the day. Your pulse points on your body include:
- Your wrists
- Inside your elbows
- On your neck
- Below your midriff
- Behind your knees
Tip #10: Spray the Fragrance On Your Hair Brush
Spraying an alcohol-based fragrance directly onto your hair will dry it out, so instead spray the fragrance on your brush before running it through your hair. Your hair will be lightly scented and undamaged.
Tip #11: Use a Hair Fragrance
Or, if you’re still worried that a perfume might dry out your hair, grab a fragrance specially designed for hair to make it smell better and keep it fresh in between washes.
Tip #12: Familiarize Yourself with Common Fragrance Terms
Here’s a rundown on a few fragrance terms, so you know exactly what you’re signing up for before you buy a new perfume:
- Top Notes: The first scent you smell after spraying the perfume, which fades quickly.
- Middle/Heart Notes: The scent that develops after the top note fades.
- Base Note: This is the heaviest scent that lingers the longest.
Tip #13: Mix Your Perfume with an Unscented Lotion
Perfume running low? Pour the last bit of fragrance from an almost-empty perfume bottle into unscented body lotion (or hand cream) so nothing goes to waste.
Tip #14: Layer Your Fragrances
Create your own ~custom~ scent by layering fragrances. Spray a few fragrance blotters with different oils and perfumes and smell them at the same time to see if they complement each other. Once you find a combination you like, try them on your skin (your skin oils can alter the way a perfume smells). Spray the stronger scent first and then top it with the lighter fragrance so that the first fragrance doesn’t overpower the second.
Tip #15: Use a Makeup Wipe to Get Rid of Unwanted Scents
If you’re sampling perfumes and you spray yourself with something you don’t like, use a makeup wipe to get rid of the scent. It’s super easy and gets the job done fast.
Tip #16: Spray Cotton Swabs with Your Perfume
Spray cotton swabs with your perfume and hide them in sandwich bags inside your handbag for quick touch-ups throughout the day. It’s wayyy easier to carry cotton swabs in your clutch than an entire perfume bottle.
Tip #17: Line Your Drawers with Scented Tissue Paper
Line your dresser drawers with tissue paper and spray them with your favorite scent to make your clothes and towels smell amazing.
From Cosmopolitan US