How to Make Your Perfume Last Longer

We all have that one friend whose signature scent is so distinct that everywhere she goes she is asked what perfume she is wearing. We can almost guarantee you know someone like this, and we bet you’ve also wondered how she does it. Does she spray a whole bottle on herself before leaving the house? Does she bathe in the stuff? Does she keep a mini bottle in her purse and re-apply every time she enters a room? …Or, does she simply know something that we don’t? We decided to do some research.

Below are five tips on how to make your perfume last all day. Following the directions below will turn you into the girl everyone asks about (in the best way possible, of course).

  1. Spray on your pulse points: To truly get the most out of every bottle, spray directly on your pulse points, ie: on your neck, below your midriff, on your calves and knees, behind your ankles, inside your elbows, and on your wrists. These spots are the warmest on your body and will diffuse the scent naturally throughout the day as your pulse quickens and slows.
  2. Layer Your Scents: Long lasting fragrance starts in the shower, Potatoheads. Think about investing in a body wash and shampoo in a similar scent to your everyday fragrance. The layers will build and lengthen the life of your perfume.
  3. Store Them Properly: We like to display our fragrance collection as much as the next girl, but it’s time to stash the bottles. When perfume is stored in light bottles (ie: any crystal or light glass), it breaks down more easily. If you want your perfumes to stay at full strength, store them in a cool dark place, only taking them out to apply.
  4. Reapply the right way: No one wants to carry a perfume bottle around throughout the day. That doesn’t mean you should go without reapplying, though. Pro tip: dip a q-tip in your perfume, then carry it around in a plastic bag for easy application. Many retailers also now sell perfumes in sample sizes or rollerballs; throw one in your purse or carry-on while travelling.
  5. Stop Rubbing Your Wrists: Do you spray your perfume on your wrists, then rub them together? You may think you’re spreading your scent, but you’re really just destabilizing the perfume compounds, making the smell dissipate quicker. Instead, spray your wrists, then press down gently with your palm. Experts have told us this locks in the scent without damaging the perfume. Pro tip: put some vaseline or an unscented moisturizer on wrists, then spray. It’ll trap the fragrance in and help you moisturize!

Thinking of changing your scent? See our favorite perfumes for fall. Also shop these delicious smelling candles