Wondering how long perfume lasts? Find out with our guide on how to make perfume last longer & the differences between eau de toilette and eau de parfum.
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HOW LONG DOES PERFUME LAST? 6 TIPS TO MAKE IT LAST LONGER
When you find the perfect perfume, you want to show it off all day long. We’ve put together a quick guide to how long you can expect your scent to last along with some tips for how to make it last longer.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EAU DE TOILETTE AND EAU DE PARFUM
First, it’s important to know that not all perfumes are made equal. You might be wondering why some fragrances are marked “eau de toilette” while others say “eau de parfum”. It comes down to the amount of perfume oil contained in the formula – and, in turn, how long eau de toilette lasts when compared with eau de parfum. Eau de toilette is typically lighter, containing less perfume oil than eau de parfum which is more concentrated. This higher concentration means that the fragrance will be more intense and last longer – so choose an eau de parfum when you want to leave an impression!
WHICH PERFUME NOTE WILL LAST THE LONGEST?
Perfumes are often described in various “notes” which represent the various layers of scent that make up the overall fragrance. Top notes are often the first to be noticed – but they also fade the fastest. These comprise lighter molecules that evaporate quickly, so scents tend to be fresh, fruity and fleeting. Middle notes are little more long-lasting and are often described as the “heart” of the perfume and can often be floral. Base notes are the slow burners of the perfume world, made up of heavy molecules that take longer to evaporate. These will often be classic or musky and will be the scents that last the longest when wearing – so make sure you find a perfume with a base note you love.
HOW TO STORE PERFUME
Once you’ve picked the perfect perfume, make sure you’ve thought about how you’re going to store it. Direct sunlight, heat, dampness and humidity can degrade a perfume and make the scent fade – so a bathroom shelf or a windowsill is probably not a great choice. To make sure the scent stays strong, store your perfume in a cool room on a low shelf or inside a drawer.
TOP TIPS: HOW TO APPLY PERFUME AND HOW TO MAKE PERFUME LAST LONGER
With your perfume protected and the fragrance strong, it’s time to show off your favourite scent! There are a few steps you can take when applying your perfume to help it last throughout the day.
1. Apply it to pulse points: pulse points are the areas on your body that give off heat, which reacts with your fragrance and creates a stronger, longer-lasting scent. Spritz yours on your wrists, neck and nape.
2. When applying to wrists, don't rub your wrists together: rubbing your wrists together can dull the top notes of your perfume, meaning you lose some of the layers of the scent. It can also cause the perfume to evaporate faster.
3. Use a matching scented body cream or mix a few drops of perfume into an unscented body lotion to use for layering, then spray on your skin directly. This can help amplify your chosen fragrance and give a longer-lasting scent.
4. Spray it in your hair! It’s an area people often forget about when applying perfume but spraying a little in your hair can enhance your perfume trail and give off a gentle waft of the scent whenever your hair moves.
5. Apply to damp skin straight after a shower. Perfume sticks much better to skin than to clothes and the moisture on your skin can help capture the scent. Perfume applied to dry skin will often evaporate more quickly. Make sure you wait a few minutes between applying your perfume and getting dressed so you don’t lose any of your scent.
6. Add a light mist to your clothes or accessories. While fragrances work best when applied directly to skin, adding an extra spritz to your outfit can help amplify the scent and make sure it lasts all day.
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