Christian Dior has famously said that a woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. There is perhaps hardly any woman who does not like to smell divine. Many say that it makes them happy and confident at the workplace and desirable and sexy during the cocktail hour. But we often realize that the perfume we had applied so carefully a few hours back has already disappeared. So what are the tips and tricks to make your perfume last longer?
The first step is to choose the right perfume. Select musky and woody based perfumes as they retain their scent longer while the citrus-based perfumes fade away faster because these oils vanish very soon.The more concentrated the perfume is, the more effective it is and therefore it lasts for a longer duration. The perfumes contain the maximum amount of concentrated oil while eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and lastly body mists are much diluted versions. So while the last three are best suited for daily use, perfume is ideal for special occasions. Perfumes are more expensive than the other three as well. And rightly they will let you breeze through the day with a sense of self assurance.
Further, the effectiveness of the fragrances can be conserved longer by storing them in refrigerators or in cool, dark places, away from direct sunlight. Keeping the bottles in their boxes is another good practice.
2. Apply Properly
Experts suggest that fragrances should not be applied on dry skin. A well hydrated skin traps the notes better, maximizing its effectiveness. So apply some fragrant oils and body lotions after a bath. Even spraying your favorite perfume after a shower when the pores are open, will make it last longer. The next step is to apply the scents on your pulse points like on your wrists, neck, temples, between the breasts, at the bend of the elbow and behind the knees. These are the areas where the veins run close to the skin and the rush of blood circulation will enhance its effect. Do not ignore the back of the knees and the ankles as scent travels upward and applying at these places will let the scent envelop you.
You may spray, dab or swipe (in case of a roll-on) to apply the perfume. Don not rub your wrists after the application as it will `crush’ the fragrance.(this a lot of us are guilty of including me)
3. Layer It
Another trick to make your perfume more effective and long-lasting is to build up the fragrance with layers. Use body oils, body talcs, body lotions, and perfumes of the same brand or of similar note. Several companies manufacture shower gel, body oils, moisturizers, colognes, and perfumes. If it is not available or too costly, preferably use a lightly scented or unscented soap, gel and lotions so that they do not overpower your perfume. Some apply Vaseline or olive oil at pulse points before spraying the scent to make it hold better. Occasionally spray your hairbrush it will extend the fragrance into your hair as well. Apply perfume before putting on your clothes and jewellery to avoid stains.
Another very common trick is to spray a cotton ball with the perfume and insert it into your undergarment for a lingering smell as often, when the perfume is used directly, they change notes after coming in contact with the skin. Many prefer to spritz scent in the air and then walk into the cloud of perfume so that it gets evenly distributed. But that may be an expensive proposition.
With perfumes also it is better to follow the motto of less is more, experts suggest that if you are heading to a party straight from the office, there is no harm in applying it again in the evening for better result. Depending upon the concentration and brand, fragrances generally last between 4 and 8 hours. So always keep a bottle in your bag to reapply it before a meeting or outing.
The ultimate tip is to invest wisely on your perfume. The better and concentrated the product is the longer it will last and retain its notes perfectly, lessening the need to reapply it after every few hours.