Don’t you hate when you spritz on your favorite perfume on your way out in the morning only to have it disappear by lunchtime? Fragrance may not be an essential part of a morning routine, but it’s a way for a woman to express herself and definitely makes a woman feel sexier, happier and more confident.
Let’s look at where you should apply perfume to make your fragrance last longer:
The pulse points:
The pulse points are locations on the body where the blood vessels are closest to the skin. These spots emanate heat, which can help fragrance to emanate from your skin into the air. Apply your perfume to these points, namely, the inner wrists, the base of the throat, behind ear lobes, in the cleavage, behind knees, and the inner elbows. As you wear your perfume throughout the day, it will react with your body heat and continue to release scent.
How to apply perfume:
Applying perfume is the simplest of matters, simply spray, dab, or in the case of a solid perfume compact, swipe. Do avoid rubbing the wrists together after application, to prevent crushing the scent.
Some women enjoy spritzing their perfume into the air and then walking through it. While this does work, it also lets quite a bit of the fragrance go to waste, so it’s not the best method if you’re on a budget.
Always apply perfume before putting on your clothes and jewelry. Some fragrances will leave permanent stains on fabrics, metals, and pearls.
Perfuming the hair:
Misting the hair with fragrance is a great way to leave a gentle scent in your wake, as you move through your day. Those who you choose to get closer to will also be rewarded with a fuller scent. Be careful only to apply perfume to freshly-washed hair, or the natural oils will affect the odor. Since perfume contains alcohol and can be drying to your strands, apply sparingly and from a distance. A spray or two will do.
Making fragrance last longer:
There are a few tricks to help your fragrance last longer. For instance, a scent will fade faster when skin is dry. Applying fragrance-free moisturizer to your body is an excellent preparation for applying fragrance, and will help you get more bang for your perfume buck.
You can also help your perfume to go the distance by applying some petroleum jelly to your skin, and then applying your scent on top of that. The perfume droplets will cling to the petroleum jelly, rather than sinking into your pores, which can reduce or eliminate the need to reapply fragrance later in the day.
Layering products from the same line is another effective way to make a fragrance last. You might use the scented body gel, treat skin with the body lotion, and then spray the perfume on top. The combination of products will help the scent to maintain fullness and extend throughout the day.
Perfumers use notes as musical composers do, building and layering them for an overall pleasing effect. As in music, some fragrance notes are light and lilting; others are heavier and resonate longer. The order in which notes are released is an important consideration in formulating perfumes.
Top notes, or head notes, are the first to greet your nose. They smell fresh, fruity and slightly sweet. They also evaporate first, so their impact is fleeting. Lemon, apple, melon, and berry are popular head notes.
As top notes fade, middle notes become prominent. Middle notes are richer and longer lasting. They include pleasantly sharp herbs and spices such as rosemary, nutmeg and cardamom, as well as stronger florals like jasmine and gardenia.
Middle notes take center stage for about one hour, and then blend with base notes. Base notes are the most dramatic and longest lasting. They carry the perfume for up to four hours. Notes like cedar, pine and musk are called woodsy. Patchouli, frankincense and vanilla are termed Oriental’s for evoking Asia and the Middle East. Most perfumes include all three ranges of notes, but some favor the lower end of the spectrum.
Something to keep in mind though is to be careful of what you wear outdoors. Certain unwanted creatures may share your taste in fragrance. Bees are attracted by sweet, floral scents. Beetles prefer spicy ones. Bats are partial to musky notes.
Coco Chanel once said that a woman should apply perfume in those areas where she would like to be kissed. While this is most likely true, consider the above guidelines as well for your scent to last longer.