10 Tips and Tricks for Making Your Perfume Last Longer

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Putting on your best outfit and getting all dolled up is a must if you want to look and feel great throughout the day or for a special event.

To complete your ensemble and amp up your confidence and mood, you definitely need a spritz or two of your favorite perfume.

But no matter how much time you spend planning your outfit, putting on your makeup, and choosing the right fragrance, you won’t feel your best if your scent wears off after only a few hours.

Prolonging Your Sprayed-On Scent

Whether you are wearing a designer or niche perfume, here are the best tips and tricks for making your scent last longer for everyday wear or a special event:

1.    Apply perfume after taking a bath.

After taking a bath, pause before toweling off. Apply unscented lotion first, then spritz or dab on your choice of perfume.

The dampness of your skin and the additional moisture from your skincare product helps lock in the scent and make it last longer.  

2.    Do not put on any clothes immediately after applying perfume.

After spraying or dabbing on perfume, avoid putting on a robe or any clothes. Wait for a few minutesto allow the fragrance to mix with the natural oils on your skin.

Doing so will help make the scent last longer.

3.    Use unscented deodorant.

If you use deodorant, ensure you apply an unscented one.

If you use a scented one, its aroma will mix with your perfume, which won’t give off an appealing scent.

4.    Apply perfume on your pulse points.

Pulse points are warm because the blood pumps near the skin’s surface. Because of this, they are perfect spots for applying perfume that will stick to your body longer.

The most well-known pulse points are located on your wrists. Other areas include your neck, the inside of your elbows, behind your knees, below your midriff, and on your ankles and calves.

However, avoid rubbing your wrists together after applying perfume on them since the scent will disappear faster.

5.    Rub petroleum jelly on your pulse points before applying perfume.

If you want your fragrance to stick longer on your pulse points, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly on them first before dabbing or spritzing on your perfume.

Since petroleum jelly is also a moisturizer, it will help your fragrance last longer than merely a few hours.

6.    Avoid misting when applying perfume.

Spraying perfume and walking through it may look fun, but it is actually a waste of your favorite scent.

It does not make the perfume cling to your skin, meaning the fragrance will evaporate faster.

The best way to make your scent last longer is to spray or dab perfume directly on your bare moisturized skin.

7.    Use products from the same brand and with similar scents.

Another simple trick for making your fragrance last longer and become even more pronounced is using other skincare products by the same brand and with a similar scent.

Many brands sell their perfumes in sets that also contain body lotion, body wash, hair and body mists, and other products. All these items have the same scent, which means you won’t have to worry about using contradicting fragrances that will give off a bad smell.

If you already have a bottle of the perfume but want to have the other products, you can also buy them individually to have the complete set.

8.    Apply perfume to your clothes.

If you want your scent to be more noticeable and last longer at the same time, spray perfume all over your clothes too, or at least on the top part of your outfit.

Clothing materials can hold fragrances for a long time. They can even retain the smell after you wash them.

9.    Spray some perfume on your hairbrush.

If you want to make sure your hair also smells great for hours, you can use your favorite fragrance for that, too.

However, do not spritz perfume directly onto your hair since it can dry out and damage your hair. Instead, spray a small amount on your hairbrush and brush it through your tresses.

Doing so enables your hair to give off the same fragrance that will last long. You won’t have to worry about drying out or damaging your hair as well.

10. Be prepared for touch-ups.

Bringing a perfume bottle to your workplace or an event for touch-ups is rarely a good idea, especially if it is big and bulky. It won’t fit if you use a small bag.

Moreover, you run the risk of having the bottle spill or even break if you are not careful with handling it and your bag.

A safer option is to spray your fragrance on cotton balls or cotton buds and place them in a Ziplock. Remove the air completely out of the bag to ensure they stay moist so that you can still use them later on.

Extending the Life of Your Perfumes

Your perfumes can retain their scent longer (and give you a more pronounced smell that lasts for hours) if you follow the right steps for storing and handling them.

Here are some recommended tips:

1.    Store your perfume bottles in a cool, dark place.

If you have been storing your perfumes in the bathroom near the sink, move them now.

Bathrooms are prone to having fluctuating and high temperatures, humidity, and direct sunlight. These elements affect the chemical properties of perfumes and speed up their breakdown.

Like designer bags, it is best to keep your perfumes in cool, dry, and dark places. These include inside a shelf in your closet, drawer, or on your bedside table, as long as they won’t be exposed to direct sunlight.

2.    Keep your fragrances in their original bottles.

You can extend the life of your perfumes by storing them in the original box. Here are 9 reasons why you should keep your perfume in the box.

This practice allows air to saturate the fragrance, which will change the perfume’s chemical makeup and alter the scent.

3.    Store the perfume bottles in their boxes.

Give your expensive fragrances additional protection by keeping them in their boxes.

Keeping the bottles in their boxes ensures they are protected from direct sunlight, preventing it from altering the chemical makeup of your fragrances.

4.    Avoid shaking your perfume bottles.

Lastly, perfume is produced in a way that the liquid should stand still.

Shaking the bottle will only let air into the fragrance, reduce its quality, and shorten its lifespan.As such, never shake your perfumes even if you have not used them for a long time.

When you follow these tips and tricks, you will get the most out of your favorite scents and smell your best on any occasion.