Fragrances, Perfumes & Colognes
How to Making Your Scent Last All Day
Perfume has been described as being the "ultimate
sensory experience, calling up emotions and forgotten memories."
If there were lessons in fragrance then fragrance 101 would
be learning the secrets to making your scents last all day.
long a fragrance lasts on the skin is not the same for
every individual. As a general rule a perfume (or parfum) or
eau de parfum should last anywhere from six to eight hours
while an eau de toilette can last anywhere from three to four
hours. The higher concentration that an eau de toilette has
the longer it will last. Dry skin doesn't retain scent as long
as oily or combination skin. Oily skin contains more natural
moisture and that's why it holds in scent longer. The PH levels
in a person's skin (which is the amount of acidity in the skin)
are not the same for everyone. What your own personal levels
of PHs are will determine how a scent will react to your skin.
Other things such as pregnancy, menopause, stress, medication
and hormonal changes, even eating foods with a lot of garlic
or spice in them can affect how they smell on you and how long
the scent will linger on your skin.
best way to encourage your scent to last all day is to
layer it. In other words use more than one product of the same
scent. For example start with a body wash or body gel and then
use the complementary scented soap. If your fragrance doesn't
have its own soap, then to avoid a clash of scents, use a non-scented
soap. After your bath or shower while your skin is still wet
apply a generous amount of body cream or lotion and then to
finish up the layering process, spritz or dab some of your
favorite fragrance on a pulse point. Your skin will warm to
the fragrance and absorb it making you smell heavenly and giving
the scent lasting power.
is not advisable to apply scent behind your ears because
that area of your body contains a lot of sebaceous glands,
which will have an effect on how the fragrance smells both
when you first put it on and hours later. A fragrance body
lotion contains approximately three to five percent aromatic
oils while a body cream has even more, approximately eight
percent. Due to the high concentration inherent in both, your
fragrance once layered, can last for many hours and even a
full day later you will be able to smell the scent ever so
faintly. Warnings about soaps- if you use a deodorant soap
when you bathe don't apply perfume immediately afterwards as
the scents might clash and it also isn't good for the skin
(too much scent!).
Other secrets to making your scent last all day include applying
it right after you take a shower or bath as your pores are
open and will easily soak up the fragrance. An excellent way
to do this is before you get dressed, while you are still naked,
spray your perfume into the air and walk through it as it falls.
If you do this before you dry off it will work even better.
Since perfume has more lasting power on oilier skin types,
try applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the areas
on your body where you plan to apply perfume. The jelly will
give the perfume something to cling to and thus increase its
Many people don't realize that when applying perfume to their
skin it is always best to spray from the ankles up because
like hot air, fragrance also rises and if you apply it lower
on your body it will adhere to your skin for a longer period
of time. Another secret to applying fragrance for longevity
is to not use your fingers to apply it directly. Instead put
it on a cotton ball before you put it on your skin or even
better, use an atomizer.
As a good rule of thumb, spray your scent approximately twenty
centimeters away from your body. If you spray an even amount
of fragrance over a larger area it will last much longer than
if you instead concentrate it over a smaller spot of your skin.
Scents last longer if applied to pulse points (the sides of
the neck, the inside of the wrists, the elbow creases, between
the breasts, around the ankles and behind the knees). People
often make the mistake of rubbing their wrists together assuming
that will intensify the scent. It will not! In fact it will
have the reverse effect and will end up distorting the notes
that comprise the fragrance.
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