Everybody loves perfumes and smelling good. I think it’s so cool to have a signature scent that adds to the ambiance of who you are and one that people remember you by. Scent is the most powerful memory trigger. Just one small trace of a scent can take your mind right back to a specific place, event, person, or period of time. Over the years, I’ve used different types of perfumes. The ones I would never forget and the ones that got me going like “what nose did I use to smell this at the shop?” lol.
The issue I have with perfume though, is that, I can never seem to make the scent last all day. I get a beautiful whiff when I apply it in the morning, but the scent diminishes as the hours go by; and soon enough it seems to disappear altogether. I went on a mission to solve this problem and found out that I’ve been doing it all wrong! There are a bunch of things you can do to make that gorgeous scent of yours last all day. Here’s how:
1. Moisturize that skin.
If you have naturally oily skin, you’re in luck — a scent will last much longer on you. For those of you with dry skin, find out if your scent comes in lotion form, and use that first for maximum scent capacity. If it doesn’t come in a lotion, first use an unscented moisturizer on damp skin wherever you plan to apply your scent.
2. Apply to pulse points.
Heat is what activates perfume. The pulse points on your body (where your heart rate can be felt) are the best spots to apply a scent, due to the warmth of your blood. Some of such points are located behind your ear, at the bottom of your throat, on your wrist, inside your elbow, and behind your knee.
3. Don’t rub.
After applying a fragrance, many people feel a need to rub it in in order to warm the skin or spread the scent. This is a big mistake! Rubbing a perfume breaks down its molecules, diminishing the scent into thin air.
4. Store it the right way.
Heat, light, and humidity can all break down the compounds in a perfume causing it to be less fragrant. To keep your scent at its best, store it in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Make sure to keep it out of the bathroom, as the heat and humidity from showers and baths could damage it greatly.
These tips aren’t for the ladies only. Guys, work it too! Go ahead and enjoy that scent all day.