Ladies, how many of you didn’t ask these question at least a few times a week: “Why is my perfume wearing off?”; “What’s the best perfume?”; “Do I have to buy the best-selling perfume?”; “Do I need a top perfume?”? Well, I am sure very few of you didn’t.
But you’re asking all the wrong questions. The question you should be asking yourself is: “Where to apply perfume in odor to make it last longer?”. I bet not so many women thought about the importance of the place they apply their best perfume (source: Love The Fragrance). And you’ll see it’s not rocket science. It all lays in the small details we don’t think about, but we surely know.
Let me enlighten you. There are few, but very useful tips. The most essential one is spraying your perfume in pulse points, where your blood vessels are closer to the skin than others, because these points generate more heat than the rest of your body, and therefore they diffuse the scent. These points are represented by places like: your ankles, behind your knees, in the crooks of your elbows, on your cleavage, on the nape of your neck and behind your ears. And, because scent rises, your ankles are the perfect place to spray perfume on in order to make it last.
Spraying your perfume on your hairbrush is also a very good method. Brushing your hair with your very own scented brush covers it in a layer of scent that you’ll feel every time you move your head. Your perfume will last a lot longer this way, without it necessarily being a best-selling perfume nor a top perfume. But keep in mind to spray your hair only when it’s freshly-washed, because otherwise the natural oils will affect the odor.
Another important aspect is applying perfume right after you shower (or after enjoying a long and relaxing bubble-bath; that if you’re really into pampering yourself after going out and have enough time, of course), when your pores are dilated and your skin is warm. Moisturizing is an important step too, the oils trapping the scent of your perfume into your skin. But try to choose a scent free moisturizer- mixing very different fragrances might not be in your favor at all. After spraying your pulse points, careful not to rub your wrists together though, as friction will break the oil and release the scent of your top perfume earlier than you’d like it to.
Based on the same principle of trapping the scent, you might want to consider spraying your body with your all-time favorite best perfume before getting dressed. In this way the fragrance will be held once by your skin, and then by your clothes, which won’t allow it to run out too fast.
You might think that is you have a best-selling perfume you don’t have to go through these steps, but you need to be just as smart in applying it as in any other one, top perfume or not.
Even if knowing where to apply your fragrance is a pretty important step in making it last, choosing strong base notes will only be in your best interest. Notes like vanilla, pine, musk generally tend to last longer, so you might want to include one of these in your next perfume of choice.
But that’s not all, perfume, just as almost any product can be considerably damaged if it’s not properly stored. Heat, light and humidity can all break down the compounds in a perfume (even a best-selling perfume), causing it to be less fragrant. So, ladies, keep your perfume out of your bathroom, as a steamy shower or bath won’t do as much good to it as it does to you. To keep your fragrance at its best, store it in a cool place, away from direct sunlight, like a drawer.
Using perfume is pointless if the scent is gone before you're out of the door, so make sure to follow these easy tips for long lasting fragrance of a best-selling perfume or for a regular one: know where to apply, when to apply, how to apply and where to properly store your bottled scent. If you just follow these few, but smart pieces of advice you’d be smelling just as you want for the whole length of the day, without needing to carry an extra bottle of perfume in your purse to respray your skin.