When we’re out and about, we all like to look (and smell) as good as we can, for as long as we can. Over the years, I’ve learned several neat little tips to make my scent last an entire day, and I’m dying to share them with you.
1. Put petroleum jelly (eg. Vaseline) on your pulse points
Try massaging Vaseline into your body’s pulse points, such as your neck, wrists, or other areas where you’d normally spritz your perfume. Once you’re done, spray your fragrance as you would do normally. The Vaseline acts like primer does when applying makeup, locking the scent into your skin and keeping it smelling fresh.
2. Keep your fragrances in your bedroom
While the bathroom might seem like the most obvious place to store your fragrance collection, it’s never a good idea to leave expensive, designer perfumes (or any others, for that matter) in the bathroom. This is because exposing them to dampness and humidity will weaken their scent. Store them in your bedroom instead.
3. Apply unscented lotion to your skin
Apply unscented lotion or moisturizer to your skin prior to spraying your fragrance on. In addition to the benefits of moisturizing your skin, doing so will also allow you to lock in your fragrance for much longer than you would have done without applying any at all.
4. Spray your fragrance immediately after you shower
Taking the tip above into account, the best way to apply your fragrance is to get out of the shower, apply moisturizer or lotion, and then spray on your fragrance immediately after. Another crucial part of the process is to ensure that you don’t get dressed straight away. Your clothes will cause the scent to rub off, so leave a few minutes between applying your perfume and actually getting dressed.
5. Know your Eaux des Parfums from your Eaux des Toilettes
There’s actually a strength scale when it comes to perfumes and fragrances. Anything that’s labeled body spray, eau de cologne, or eau de toilette has a low concentration of fragrance oils, therefore the scent is more subtle and lasts for a short period of time. If you really want to keep smelling great for as long as possible, go for eau de parfum or extrait de parfum for a much more pungent, longer-lasting scent.
6. Don’t shake your fragrance bottles
It’s never a good idea to shake your fragrances. The reason for this is that they were designed to stand still rather than be shaken. In fact, shaking a fragrance can result in its quality being diminished.
7. Hang on to fragrance boxes
Be sure to store your fragrances away from daylight, as exposure to it results in their oils breaking down more rapidly. If you really must keep them in a place where they’re going to be exposed to daylight (avoid it if you can), ensure you hang on to the boxes they came in and store them inside.