Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want their perfume to last all day long ? No one? I thought so. Not only does this make you smell amazing without having to constantly reapply the perfume, it also saves money.
We at Answers Africa care about your lifestyle and do not want to keep all these amazing tips to ourselves, so here goes:
Cream Before Fragrance
Oily skin retains fragrance for longer. So if your skin is dry, be sure to apply some cream/lotion. It’s even more effective if you are applying it after a shower because the moisture from your skin will help retain the fragrance as well.
Target Pulse Points/Warm Body Parts
Pulse points are the places in your body where your pulse can be felt such as the wrists, base of the neck, crook of the knee and arms. These are where the blood vessels are closest to the skin giving off more heat and making the fragrance spread. The back of the neck and midriff are also good points to apply your perfume.
Do Not Rub Fragrance
It’s common to have people rub their wrists together after applying their fragrance. Some do this to generate warmth thinking it would make the fragrance last long. This act however causes the opposite because rubbing the fragrance in that way will cause the fragrance notes to break down and eventually disappear faster than usual.
Spray Fragrance On Brush For Scented Hair
If you want your hair smelling good all day, it’s best to spritz your hair brush or comb and run it through your hair rather than spraying it directly to your hair as the alcohol contained in perfumes can cause your hair to dry out.
Know/ Understand The Kind Of Fragrance You Are Getting
It helps to know what you are getting when buying a fragrance. Imagine a fragrance spectrum. Body Splash would be on the lowest end for their subtlety and their shortened effect, and Extrait De Parfum would be on the highest end for their high concentration of fragrance oils and longevity. Also note that an Eau De Parfum will last longer than an Eau De Toilette, and the latter will last longer than a Cologne.
Another term to familiarize yourself with is ‘fragrance notes’. The top note is the first scent you smell when you spray on a fragrance. This fades quickly leaving the middle/heart notes and base notes. The middle note eventually evaporates, leaving the base note which lasts the longest. Examples of top notes include citrus scents such as oranges, or light fruit scents such as berries. Examples of middle notes are lavender, rose, lemongrass, jasmine, etc. Base notes include musk, vanilla, sandalwood, cedar, amber, patchouli, oakmoss and so on.
So technically for a long lasting scent, you would want to get one with a strong base note.
Layer Up Your Scent
Another way to make your perfume last longer is by layering the scent on. Imagine taking a bath with a vanilla-scented soap, using a vanilla-scented body moisturizer, deodorant spray, and a perfume with a vanilla base note, best believe you would be a walking vanilla ice cream all day due to the vanilla fragrance layers. Different scent layers can be applied if you are one to experiment.
Store In A Cool, Dry, Dark Place
Yes a perfume can be destroyed when exposed to excessive heat and light. Try keeping them in a cool and dry place avoid having them go bad.
Apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to the area you want to apply your perfume on, it would act as a sealant.
If you prefer a lighter but lasting scent, spray the perfume in the air and walk/wiggle/dance through it.
To know if you are getting a good perfume, shake the bottle. The more bubbles you see, the longer the perfume will last on your skin. Also the longer the bubbles stay in the bottle after being shook, the better.
If your perfume bottle is almost empty, try pouring the remainder into your lotion/cream. Better if it’s an unscented cream.
When testing perfume at a store, wait till it’s dried on your skin before smelling it, that’s how you know its true scent. Also, the wrist is the best spot for sampling a new scent.