How to Make a Perfume Last Longer
Making your perfume last longer requires a combination of proper application, choosing the right fragrance notes and concentrations, and considering factors that affect fragrance longevity. Here are some tips to help your perfume last throughout the day.
When building your fragrance, include plenty of middle and base notes. Resinous, earthy, woody, and musk-based perfumes tend to have better staying power thank lighter floral or citrus scents.
Optimize Scent Ratio
Perfumes with higher concentrations (eau de parfum, parfum/extrait) tend to last longer than lighter formulations (eau de toilette, cologne). Consider wearing a higher concentration perfume for longer-lasting effects.
Apply After Showering
Apply perfume right after a shower, when your skin is still slightly damp. This can help lock in the fragrance and make it last longer.
Apply to Hydrated Skin
Moisturized skin holds onto fragrance molecules better than dry skin. Apply an unscented moisturizer to your pulse points before applying perfume.
Apply to Hair and Clothing
Lightly mist your hair and clothing, as they can hold onto fragrance molecules and release the scent throughout the day.
Use matching or complementary scented products, such as shower gels and body lotions with the same scent profile. Layering helps create a stronger and longer-lasting scent.
Avoid rubbing your wrists together after applying perfume. This can break down the top notes and alter the fragrance's intended development.
Be Ready for Touch Ups
Be prepared for touch-ups throughout the day. Carry a rollerball or travel-sized atomizer with your fragrance for quick refreshes.