There’s nothing worse than the disappointment of putting on your favorite perfume and then having it fade away within a few hours or even minutes. You worked hard to find your signature scent, but if you’re like most people, you don’t want to reapply it every time you go out in public.
Follow these simple tips to make your perfume last longer on your clothes or skin so that you can enjoy every last drop of your fragrance without having to worry about spraying more on during the day.
Try an alcohol-free perfume
Since alcohol is the main reason for perfume evaporating quickly, avoid spraying it on clothes that you’ll be wearing close to your skin. Be careful not to pour your perfume into the cap of the bottle either. Instead, spritz some perfume into the air and walk through it or place a couple drops on an object like a scarf and tie it around your neck.
Alternately, spray a few sprays in an open space before entering a closed space like an elevator so that the fragrance has time to react with the air inside too. You can also put some on key parts of your body like your wrists, neckline and between cleavage. Just make sure you don’t overdo it so as not to overpower those around you!
Spray at pulse points
Perfume has long been the accessory of choice for making a great first impression. So when it turns out that you’ve gone through the whole bottle of your favorite scent and your outfit still doesn’t smell as good as you would like, it’s time to learn how to make your perfume last longer.
When deciding where to spray perfume, most people are likely used to spraying it on their wrists or neck area. But in order for that beautiful fragrance to really stick with you, we recommend hitting the areas that we call pulse points.
These are the parts of your body with the strongest blood flow, including behind your ears, between your breasts (exposing cleavage is not necessary), around your hips and thighs (also called the catwalk), and below each knee.
Layer your fragrance
Once you have found the perfect scent, you want it to stay with you for as long as possible. To get your fragrance’s longevity increased, apply your perfume before getting dressed.
By applying a fresh application of scent before dressing, you’ll be more likely to smell your fragrance when you move around throughout the day and perspiration from dry fabric will not interfere with your spray application.
To make sure that a light fragrance lasts all day, apply 2-3 quick sprays during the mid-morning or afternoon of what will be an intense activity like being outdoors or at the gym. And don’t forget about your clothing!
Apply during humid times
The humidity in the air, the temperature, and the way you put on your perfume will all determine how long it lasts. If you apply your perfume when it’s warm out and are sweating profusely before you know it, you’ll find that that chemical reaction with your sweat will cause that moisture to lift away from your skin and have a negative effect on how much time your fragrance stays around.
The more time spent sweating, the less time your scent is left behind on you. For this reason, we recommend applying during cooler times of day so as not to create this problem.
Add some powder if you have oily skin
Start by using a powder brush. If you have oily skin, use one of the oil absorbing powders like blotting paper or baby powder before you apply your perfume.
When you’re out and about, take a compact of blotting paper and shake some onto your wrist or neck before spritzing. For an instant fix on touch ups when you’re already wearing the perfume, carry blotting paper with you. This will absorb the oils on your skin so that the scent lasts longer than it would if it just sat on top of a layer of grease.
Avoid synthetic fibers
Luckily, there are a few tricks that can help you prolong the scent of your favorite perfume. Try wearing your perfume in humid weather or on days when you will be perspiring excessively. For clothes, make sure that you only wear natural fibers and machine wash them with a mild detergent.
Avoid high heat settings and overly aggressive detergents as they can shorten the life of your perfume’s fragrance. Lastly, spritz yourself with water before putting on your clothes to freshen up the perfume when it has faded throughout the day.
Don’t apply deodorant first
Too often, after applying your perfume or cologne you’ll notice that the scent is gone within a few hours. Unfortunately, there are some scents which are weaker than others and need more help staying in place, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be done. To make your perfume last longer on your clothes or skin, try these steps:
Try spraying an alcohol-based fragrance instead of alcohol-free. Alcohol keeps the fragrance molecules closer to the skin so they will stay longer on skin and clothes when they evaporate into the air around you.
Store it in a cool, dry place
Warmth and humidity can quickly change the chemical composition of your fragrance which can cause the molecules to break down quicker. Place your perfume in a cool, dry place like the refrigerator or freezer if you are not going to be using it for a few days.
Once it reaches room temperature again, take it out and give it a shake before you use it so that the mixture blends well with whatever is left inside the bottle. Be careful though not too shake too hard as this will release too much perfume at once into the air!