How to make your perfume last longer
When you find a perfume that’s so intoxicating you spray lashings of it, the thought that its scent might only linger briefly on you is at best, demoralising. With this in mind, we have five solutions to extend the sillage of your perfume so that you don’t have to spritz in excess – that is, until you want to.
Prime your skin
Like foundations, perfumes are enough to be used alone, but apply them on top of a prepped base and they’ll truly thrive. Enter the perfume primer – a spray-on formula that allows perfume to sit on top of skin, rather than be absorbed into pores and come into contact with natural oils that cause scents to break down. With both alcohol-based and oil-based solutions on the market, choose one that you think will work best with your skin type.
An effective alternative is applying an unscented, water-based lotion or gel, as moisture-rich complexions hold fragrances longer. Vaseline, too, can be lightly dabbed on pulse points to this end.
The reason for applying fragrance to pulse points has got to do with the fact that fragrance is activated by the heat of your body. To maximise this, apply perfume after a shower when your body is both warm and moisturised.
Don’t rub your wrists
It’s difficult to curb this habit when it’s been a part of your perfume ritual from time immemorial, but rubbing your wrists together once you’ve delivered a light spray makes top and even middle notes disappear rapidly. Instead, exercise restraint, and let the formula sink in.
Keep caps on tight
Oxidization is another factor that could be of detriment to your perfume. Since exposure to air is this problem’s key contributor, ensure that the caps on your bottles are on tightly.
Note: Oxidisation will begin from the moment you first use your perfume. While the effects won’t be immediate, expect your perfume to morph over coming years. For woody or oriental scents, which become richer over time as a result, this is not without its perks.
Store them wisely
A damp, warm, light-filled place is enough to slowly ruin a perfume in mere months. The conditions – namely, humidity, heat and light rays – will break down the molecular structure that is essential to what makes a perfume’s scent. To avoid this, fragrance virtuosos have gone as far as to put some of their prized fragrances in the fridge, where temperatures are regulated and light is kept at a minimum. But if you’re more inclined to have your beautiful bottles on display, store them away from the window in your room or in a dim area where cool air circulates.
Note: If you do opt for keeping your perfumes in the fridge, make sure they’re at a distance from foods and condiments that are likely to absorb scents, such as breads, cakes, milk and butter – it’ll save your wholegrain loaf from tasting faintly like patchouli.
Which perfume of yours lasts the longest?