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How To Make Fragrance Last Longer

Eight Tips for Making Fragrance Last Longer

You spend a nice chunk of change on your perfume, so you want to make it all worthwhile. The more you spray the longer it will last, right? Wrong and costly, in fact. Nix that over-zealous spraying finger of yours, because I've got some tips on how to make your fragrances stay put. Keep in mind that everyone's skin will react differently according to body chemistry, diet, and health, and check out these tips below:

  • Potency counts: Go with a better quality, more highly concentrated formula. Eau de parfum has a stronger percentage of essential oils compared to eau de toilette or eau de cologne.
  • No rub-a-dub-dub: Avoid dabbing your wrists together after spritzing on perfume, which can alter the chemical structure of the fragrance, causing it to not develop properly.
  • Moisturize: Fragrances don't take to dry skin quite as well. Provide a solid foundation by applying a touch of petroleum jelly, jojoba oil, or an unscented lotion before spraying.
  • Layer: Many fragrances come with a line of scented soaps, body gels and/or creams under the same brand name. If your fragrance doesn't include these products, you can always make your own with a blend of unscented bases mixed with coordinating essential oils.

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  • Spray in the right places: Apply fragrance to your pulse points: neck, behind ears, knees, cleavage, wrists, toes, lower back, and even in between your toes.
  • "Hairspray": The jury's out on this one. Spray your hair with perfume for a lingering effect, although some warn that the alcohol isn't good for your tresses.
  • Weather matters: Fragrance will fade faster in cooler climates and higher altitudes, and will last longer in warmer ones.
  • Treat it right: Store your fragrance in the box, if possible, away from windows and heat to prevent it from going rancid. Keeping it in a cool, dry area will make the fragrance do what it's supposed to do — make you smell nice.

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PopStarSuperNova PopStarSuperNova 6 years
or you could try the solid perfume version or perfume oils - better for the skin/hair and it lasts longer.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
you know, I've never had this problem - I alternate between Vera Wang Princess and Juicy Couture, and both must be extremely potent because I'll spray (one spritz on each side of my neck) in the morning (7:30) and I will still be able to smell it at the end of the day (5:00), even if I have been sweating (like today - uggh, 95 degress - it's California, aren't we supposed to have moderate weather?! - I know I'm probably pissing off all of you who live in pretty much any other part of the country)...
Neeny Neeny 7 years
I keep mine in the fridge (with my nail varnish) so it keeps longer.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Good to know!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Good to know!
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 7 years
What i would be curious to know is the "toxicity" of perfumes. They aren't pure essential oils or fragrances, so what's in them? If i buy a body spray is that more toxic than a high end perfume? What is the carbon footprint of a typical department store perfume?
MissMarisol MissMarisol 7 years
Thanks for the tips.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 7 years
Thanks for the tips.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
I also do the SPray , Delay and walk; and I am wearing a strong perfume, I just apply to pulse points. I keep my perfumes in a decorative wood box and keep it in a cool spot (on top of my jewelry stand away from light.) I still wear my Burberry Touch For Women, that I bought in 2002. Good as new!
juliarose23 juliarose23 7 years
thanks bella!
juliarose23 juliarose23 7 years
thanks bella!
emalove emalove 7 years
I definitely use the layering technique...I always use a complimentary body cleanser and lotion with my favorite scents.
dtho dtho 7 years
I never knew some of these things! Good to know!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 7 years
between your toes?now thats interesting
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 7 years
between your toes? now thats interesting
AbigailSwPeaLily AbigailSwPeaLily 7 years
Neat. ty. I shall apply these rules. I use a brand that has a moisturizer. Adding to hair would not be for me. Body washes are so strong scented that I don't need perfumes.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
I do the Spray, Delay, Walk Away for my perfume (after a quick dab to each side of my neck, under my ear), and it serves me well. I also have a little tube of the concentrated gel form of my fragrance in my purse, so I can add to my scent without having to leave a cloud in my wake.
CYL CYL 7 years
not about his head *above his head*
CYL CYL 7 years
my boyfriend sprays his collonage about his head...angled so it hits the back of his head and hair and his back/neck...supposedly a gay man taught him this and says its last longer?
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
Ooo, I didn't know you shouldn't rub it. I love the hairspray trick.. but right behind my neckline.. where my hair grows in so fast there. And then right by the ears where the sideburns would be if I were a man. That way the scent is close to if you're kissing somebody.. it's still slightly mixed with your own scent and doesn't dry out my hair.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
Ooo, I didn't know you shouldn't rub it. I love the hairspray trick.. but right behind my neckline.. where my hair grows in so fast there. And then right by the ears where the sideburns would be if I were a man. That way the scent is close to if you're kissing somebody.. it's still slightly mixed with your own scent and doesn't dry out my hair.
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