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According to the legendary Coco Chanel, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” You could argue that Coco was just throwing shade and trying to boost her fragrance sales, but there is some truth to her statement. Us girls love smelling nice, and our men always take notice. However, sometimes the scent of our perfume fades as quickly as it took for us to spritz it on. Here are some easy tricks help your fragrance last longer.

When it comes to perfume, choosing the right scent can be tricky. You want to pick a fragrance that best suits you, but you also want one that is long-lasting. The type of oil a perfume contains will determine its staying power. Parfum, the most expensive type, contains the most slow-evaporating oil that lasts all day long. Eau de parfum and eau de toilette are both cheaper and contain less oil, but are still suitable for everyday use.

Regardless of which you choose, excessive spritzing is pretty useless – especially if you have dry skin. Moisturized skin absorbs more oil and therefore holds the scent for an extended amount of time. Applying your favorite body lotion as soon as you step out of the shower will give you moisturized skin in no time, and since your skin is still damp from the shower, it will absorb moisture at a much quicker rate. If the lotion is scented, it’s more likely to stay with you all day, leaving you smelling extra delicious.


Once your skin is moisturized, focusing on where to spray the fragrance will make all the difference. Typically, people tend to focus on wrists, neck, and sometimes chest. After spraying these areas, resist temptation and don’t rub the perfume in! Rubbing your wrists together wears down the first layer of the fragrance and loses some of the scent. You want to apply the perfume to your pulse points-  like your wrists, neck, and behind your ears- because the heat from those points will activate the scent and keep the scent lingering. I also like to dab some perfume on my hair and chest.

These tricks will extend the life of your fragrance. If you’re worried about losing your scent, keep a travel sized mister with you and reapply when desired – but as always, try not to overdo it! You don’t want to suffocate your co-workers, friends, or significant other every time you walk into a room. It’s easy for us to over-spritz, since our olfactive senses weaken when applying perfume, making it difficult for us to notice our own scent. Even if you can’t smell it, chances are everyone else can, so don’t sweat it!

  • Amanda

    Great tips! I’ve never thought to spray behind my ears before, also thanks for mentioning the bit about rubbing in the perfume I always find myself doing it out of habit but I really need to stop it actually does make it wear off. Thank you!

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