Any fragrance enthusiast will tell you that the key to smelling wonderful for long hours does not depend on how expensive your perfume is, but on how well you have applied it. So, instead of blowing up hundreds of bucks on high-end perfumes, you need to make sure that you are using your fragrances properly. You may know where to put on the perfume, but do you know how to wear them, test them and store them? The following are some lesser-known tricks that will help your favorite fragrance stay on you for long.
- Prep your skin before putting on the perfume
A lot of people do not know this but perfumes last longer on oily skins. If you have a non-oily skin, moisturize it properly before applying the scent. Even better, dab on some petroleum jelly on your key pulse points (behind ears, collar bone, inner wrists, belly button, ankles and behind the knees). The ointment will hold on to the spray for longer. If you prefer a moisturizing lotion instead of petroleum jelly, try to get an unscented one that doesn’t alter the scent.
- Test it correctly
When testing a new fragrance at the store, many people tend to smell the skin/blotter strip right when it has been sprayed. That first scent is only the top note of the fragrance and it will disappear quickly. The wise thing to do is to wait till the spray settles, evaporates and dries on the skin before you smell it.
Also, it is important to know if this fragrance can stand the test of sun, outdoor pollution and humidity. Step out of the store for a quick stroll before you decide if that bottle is worth your money. Remember, only the base note is the one that is going to stay on you.
- Understand the concentration
Based on the decreasing level of concentration, perfumery products are broadly categorized as parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and eau fraiche. The more concentrated a perfume is, the longer it will last. However, diluted perfumes are quite affordable and are a good option if you don’t mind carrying the bottle with you for scent touchups.
- Invest in quality
An important thing to remember before buying a perfume is to check what goes into it. Many perfumes are made using alcohol but the more alcohol content that a perfume bottle has, the faster it will lose its scent. Therefore, if you are looking for a perfume for important events, it would be good idea to put your money on high quality perfume brands like Parfum Lanvin. Some cheap brands don’t even bother to develop a base note. As a result, their perfume doesn’t stay on the wearer at all.
- Store your perfume properly
Perfumes need to be stored in a cool and dry place to preserve their fragrance. When exposed to direct sunlight, heat, humidity and light, their compounds tend to break down faster. Even if the bottle is closed, keep it away from bathroom, wash basins, window sills and such areas.