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How To Make Fragrance Last Longer

This Is Why Your Fragrance Isn't Lasting Through the Day

Commit this to memory: over-zealous spraying does not make for a longer lasting scent. It's actually just a waste of money, and might make anyone you get into a lift with feel light-headed. If you feel like your scent isn't making it through the day, let alone into the evening, here are some possible explanations as to why.

You're using an eau de toilette

Every body is different, including how your body reacts to fragrance. While an EDT will last the day on some people, you may need an eau de parfum which has a stronger percentage of essential oils and a higher concentrated formula. This means they are more expensive, but will last much longer.

You're a rubber

If you are in the habit of rubbing your wrists together after spritzing them with perfume, you need to stop. Rubbing can alter the chemical structure of the fragrance, meaning it won't develop properly.

You've got dry skin

Fragrances don't take to dry skin quite as well. Make sure you're moisturising daily (you can even do it in the shower), but if you need a quick fix, apply a touch of Vaseline, jojoba oil, or an unscented lotion to your pulse points before spraying.

You need to layer

Many fragrances come with a line of scented body washes or creams, and using these along with your perfume will layer and strengthen the scent.

You're not spraying in the right places

You have more pulse points than just your neck and wrists. You could also try spraying behind your ears, knees, on your cleavage, lower back or between your toes — for real.

You're skipping the one place that holds fragrance best

Hair actually carries perfume the best. Spraying your hair will mean you'll leave a scented trail wherever you go. There is some who are against this because it may dry out your hair, but Christine Luby of Pinrose, a personalised fragrance brand, told Into the Gloss that it's such a tinsy amount of alcohol, that it couldn't really do much damage.

You're not factoring in the weather

Fact: fragrance will fade faster in cooler climates and higher altitudes, and will last longer in warmer ones.

You're not storing your perfume right

Ideally you should keep your fragrance bottle in it's box, away from both 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.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Mark Popovich
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PopStarSuperNova PopStarSuperNova 8 years
or you could try the solid perfume version or perfume oils - better for the skin/hair and it lasts longer.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 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 8 years
I keep mine in the fridge (with my nail varnish) so it keeps longer.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good to know!
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 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 8 years
Thanks for the tips.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 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 8 years
thanks bella!
emalove emalove 8 years
I definitely use the layering technique...I always use a complimentary body cleanser and lotion with my favorite scents.
dtho dtho 8 years
I never knew some of these things! Good to know!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 8 years
between your toes? now thats interesting
AbigailSwPeaLily AbigailSwPeaLily 8 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 8 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 8 years
not about his head *above his head*
CYL CYL 8 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 8 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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