Tips to making your fragrance last

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Tips to make your fragrance lastYou want your fragrance to last – but you don’t want to overdo it. Where’s the middle ground between having to keep reapplying – and choking your work colleagues every time you enter a room? You don’t exactly need a master’s degree to put on perfume, but there are a few tricks to help your scent last longer throughout the day without overdoing it. Kevin Verspoor, a perfumer for Drom Fragrances (the nearly 100-year old fragrance house that’s created best-selling blends for companies such as Gucci), offers these tips to stay perfectly scented:

1. Know your points. You’ve heard a zillion times that you should mist fragrance on your pulse points, but do you know what those are? They’re the areas that have the most veins under the skin, which makes them the warmest spots on your body. And heat intensifies fragrance. Familiar spots such as your neck and wrists are great areas to mist, but to really make your scent last, try hitting these other pulse points too:
• the back of the legs, specifically behind your knees
• he area just above your hip bones
• nape of your neck
• cleavage
• small of your back
• insides of the elbows

2. Layer. Those body wash and lotion versions of your favorite fragrance aren’t just for decorating your bedside table. Using them before spritzing on your perfume will help your fragrance last longer and smell more flattering than squirting on endless mists from the bottle. And with that in mind…

3. Go easy. You don’t want to be a human air freshener, so don’t continually re-spritz throughout the day. Doing so will not only choke those breathing the air around you, but you won’t be able to tell how strong your fragrance is, because your nose adjusts to and neutralises scent after several minutes (it’s the same as when you sniff several fragrances in a row at the department store and suddenly they all smell alike). A good rule of nose: You should be able to smell the fragrance you have on in soft, occasional whiffs. If you can continuously smell it without taking a deep whiff, you overdid it.

So: layer, use your warm pulse points, make sure you catch the odd whiff, and you’re all set to wow with your signature scent.

Written by Victoria Kirby, this article originally appeared in allure

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  1. Tarka

    This something new- layering. I am guilty of saving the shower gels and lotions for special occassions. Now I shall try that

    5 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Citrus based fragrances seem to disapear faster,while floral or musk and woody fragrances last longer because these oils evaporate slower.
    Preserve the potency of your fragrances by them into a draw,or leave them in their orginal box.
    Fragrances will last longer on well moisturized skin,because the oils in the skin absorb the fragrance making it last longer.
    Never rub your wrists together this breaksdown the oils.
    Spray your fragrance on your wrists,behind kness,between your breasts.
    If you using lotions,shower gel and its not the same fragrance as your perfume.Then use them unscented or lightly scented as not to ruin your favorite fragrance.
    The longest staying power is a eau de toilette & a eau de parfum.
    Eau de cologne is the weakest scent..

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I normally give my outfit a light spritz before putting on my clothes and then on the nape of my neck. That is usually enough to give off just the right amount of fragrance for me.

    5 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    So it’s the elbows and not the wrists then….. I also tend to do the over spritzing !!!! I should stop lol

    5 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    Very true. Already appying on the pulse points wrists and sides of my neck and cleavage, but I think the points mentioned would really add to it.. and is very sexy as well!

    6 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    I normally just apply to my wrists, neck and cleavage. I was not aware of all thee other spots. Great tips! I also top off by applying 2 or 3 sprays over the front of my outfit.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    The areas you put perfumes on shouldn’t be exposed to sun, because it makes sun spots there.

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Great tips and i swear bu layering. God save us from human air freshners :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    The best way to know if you still smell good is to ask someone else because often your nose get accustomed to the scent and you don’t smell it any more, even though others do.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Certain fragrances just don’t last on my skin no matter what I do. It’s usually the ones I love the most…

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Layering is the key word here!

    6 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    True that,I bet no women wants to smell like she had a confrontation with a perfume truck

    6 years ago •

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