Scent is a powerful memory trigger. Just one small trace of a scent can take your mind back to a specific period of time and even remind you of a specific event or person. I think it’s cool to have a signature scent. It helps people remember you and adds to your identity. When you buy an expensive bottle of perfume, you hardly expect it to be ephemeral. As a matter of fact, you want the scent to linger on past other planets. However, for some reason you can barely get it to last 12 hours before needing a fresh spritz. The problem may not be with your new Eau de parfum but on your application technique.
Here are a few fragrance hacks that will make that gorgeous scent last all day.
Store it the right way
Do not store your perfume in the bathroom or other damp or warm places. Humidity, heat and even light can lessen the quality of your fragrance. To keep your scent at its best, store it in a cool place like on the vanity in your bedroom but away from direct sunlight.
Moisturize your skin
The first thing to note is that dry skin doesn’t hold perfume well; make sure your skin is well hydrated first. Oily skin retains fragrances longer so if you have dry skin, apply an unscented lotion first to help lock in the scent.
Apply to Pulse points
You should target pulse points and warm areas of your body when spraying perfume. This is because heat is what activates the perfume.
Some great pulse points to spray your fragrance on include:
- Inside your elbows
- Behind your knees
- Behind your ears
- On your wrists
PS: Rubbing a little petroleum jelly on your pulse points before spraying will make the scent last longer.
I think most if not all of us are guilty of this. Rubbing the perfume on your wrists after spraying breaks down its molecules and forces the top notes of your fragrance to disappear faster than intended.
Other surprising places to spritz your perfume for a lingering scent.
- Between your cleavage.
- The belly button.
- Down your calves – as you walk, the friction between your legs will create warmth and boost the scent.
- On your ankles – Your ankles are always in motion, this helps project the fragrance wherever you go
- In your hair- Did you know that the hair is actually the best place to spray your perfume? The hair strands hold fragrance well and leave a trail of scent as you move. Perfume does contain alcohol and this means spraying it in your hair can actually dry the hair. To avoid this, Mist the fragrance on your hairbrush then comb through your hair with it.
Disclaimer! Do not apply perfume on all the above places, choose a minimum of 3 spots. You do not want to overwhelm everyone around you with your scent.