How To Make Your Perfume Last
With party season in full swing, there are 2 things at the top of our list. Rocking our perfect holiday look, and smelling sensational while doing so. Of course, scents are meant to waft and linger ever so subtly, but what’s the point in spritzing if it’s not gonna stay?
To truly leave a lasting impression at your next soiree, I’ve lined up some tried and tested tips on getting your scents to stay through your next few cocktail parties, and beyond.
When Should I Spray My Perfume
Getting your fragrances to last isn’t just about where you spray it, but when. I always recommend for perfumes to be applied after you’ve moisturized because scents cling better to oily skin.
If you’re looking to really pack on a fragrance, apply a scented moisturiser once you’ve just towel-dried yourself after a shower. Spritz your complimentary scent on desired areas and allow yourself to air dry for a bit before getting dressed so you don’t end up rubbing off any of the precious perfume.
Where Should I Spray My Perfume?
To get the most out of your perfumes, spritz your scents on warm areas of your body such as your neck, the insides of your elbows, below your midriff, behind your knees and on your ankles! We don’t recommend doing all of these at once–we don’t want to be smelling like walking potpourri, 2 to 3 choice areas will do the trick.
But if you’re looking to have a scent that lasts and leaves an enchanting yet subtle trail of scent, then save a spritz or two for your hair! And for those with sensitive scalps, fret not, the tiny amount of alcohol in hour perfume won’t damage or dry out your hair and scalp.
Which Scents Last The Longest?
If you’re into fresh floral and citrus scents like I am, you’ll know that the struggle to keep them from fading is real. However heavier woody and animalic scents that feature notes of amber vanilla or musk have no problem staying on the skin. To get the best of both scents, layer your lighter, fresher scent over the heavier warmer scents to make your fragrance last longer.
It’s also worth noting that the longevity of any fragrance largely depends on the amount of oil it contains. Eau de parfums contain the highest concentration of approximately 15%, while Eau de toilettes have 8%, and colognes just 5%.
Should I Be Rubbing Scents Into My Skin?
I’m not too sure where this old wive’s tale came from, but in the case of perfumes, it doesn’t hold its weight. In fact, rubbing your scents on your pulse points–or anywhere for that matter–makes the top notes of your fragrance to dissipate more quickly. Instead, just spritz and let your fragrance settle onto your skin naturally, allowing all the notes to evolve as they were intended to!
Nothing makes an impression like a well-worn scent, and we hope this little guide will help you steal the show this festive season–and for all seasons after. If you have any of your own little fragrance tips and tricks up your sleeve, leave them in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!