There’s nothing worse than applying your favorite scent in the morning, only for it to wear off 30 minutes later. Many people don’t know that there are “correct” and “incorrect” ways to apply perfume, and if your fragrance fades quickly, it’s likely the way that you’re applying it.
If you’re wondering how to make a perfume last longer, here are a few tips and tricks to keep you smelling great all day.
How to Apply Perfume to Last All Day
1) Add Perfume to Your Post-Shower Routine
Perfume stays best on clean, moisturized skin. If you want your favorite fragrance to last all day, apply right after you’ve showered, dried off, and put on lotion. If you’re headed out without showering, put on a small amount of unscented lotion on the areas of skin that you’re applying perfume to help lock in the scent all day.
2) Apply to Bare Skin
Your perfume may be fading fast because you’re applying it to your clothing. When you apply perfume directly to your body, it mixes with your skin’s natural oils, locking in the scent. Fabrics don’t hold fragrance as well as your skin, so applying directly to your skin instead will give you more long-lasting results.
3) Where to Spray Perfume
Where you apply perfume on your body is essential in making sure your fragrance lasts all day. You’ve likely seen someone in a perfume ad spray the fragrance on their wrist – there’s a reason!
Perfume responds well to heat, so applying to your body’s “pulse points” can make it last longer. The best areas to apply perfume to keep smelling great all day are the nape of your neck, your wrists, the insides of your elbows, or even the back of your knees.
4) Avoid Rubbing In
You may think rubbing in your perfume after you spritz will help it stay on longer, but that’s not the case. When you rub in your perfume, it actually causes the fragrance’s chemicals to break down, which can cause them to fade more quickly. Instead, gently dab the perfume into your skin after spraying.
5) Match Your Perfume Scent With Other Products
Consider using perfume, lotion, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner with the same or similar scents. Not only will this help keep you smelling great all day (if your perfume starts to fade, your lotion will pick up the slack), but it will also prevent you from accidentally creating an overwhelming smell combination.
6) Subtly Scent Your Clothes
To make sure your clothes match your “signature scent,” spray a small amount of perfume on some tissue paper and then line your clothing drawers with your fragrance-infused tissue. Over time, the smell will gently permeate your clothes’ fabrics, so your outfit will smell perfect the next time you put it on.
7) Store Your Fragrance in Its Original Bottle (In a Cool, Dark Place)
Some people like to display their perfume in fancy looking bottles, and while this looks nice, it actually can allow in air and change the chemicals and scent of your fragrance. Additionally, humidity and changing temperatures can cause the smell of your perfume to change over time. Keep your perfume in a cool room or cabinet away from direct sunlight.
Best Long Lasting Perfume Brands
Certain perfumes will stay on longer than others. If you’re looking to minimize the number of times that you have to reapply throughout the day, consider these perfumes.
Glossier You Perfume
Great to keep you smelling subtly fresh all day, this perfume is perfect for minimizing the number of times you need to re-spritz and won’t change potency throughout the day. Even better, unlike other fragrances, this combination of warm creamy base notes that include musk, ambrette, and Ambrox transform when they mix with your skin’s natural oils, making them smell slightly different on everyone. It has earthy top notes, with green iris root and spicy, sparkling pink petter. It’s fresh and clean without being overpowering.
GABRIELLE CHANEL Eau de Parfum
This perfume offers a classic floral scent with key notes of jasmine, orange blossom, Grasse tuberose, and ylang-ylang for a feminine smell. It’s sure to keep you smelling fresh as a blossom all day long. Plus, it comes in a beautiful bottle making your perfume as fun to look at as it is to apply.
Clean Reserve Blonde Rose
This perfume is great for a relaxing scent that lasts all day. Nourishing relaxation- its dewy fragrance features base notes of cedarwood, sandalwood, musk, middle notes of rose, peony, jasmine, and top notes of aldehydes water accord to keep you feeling floral and fresh all day. An added bonus is it’s sustainably made with ethically harvested sandalwood.
When it comes to wearing perfume, you may not know there is a correct and incorrect way to apply your favorite fragrance. Apply your perfume directly to your wrists, neck, or elbows – and don’t rub it in – to keep your signature scent lasting all day long.