We hate to break it to you, but you’re probably applying your perfume the wrong way. Yes, there is in fact a right and a wrong way to spritz on your favourite olfactory and the reason many of us find our perfume only last for a few hours, especially in the summer, is in the application.
Firstly, pay attention to the concentration of your perfume, this is the ratio of perfume to alcohol and the latter helps diffuse a scent, and it determines how long the smell will last on your skin. Eau de perfumes have more perfume and are more intense and eau de toilettes have less and are lighter. Look for notable perfume houses (and noses!) such a Parfums de Marly, who is synonymous with sensual, elegant and sophisticated olfactory narratives.
Spritz don’t mist
Have you seen some people spray perfume into the air and then walk through it? Don’t do it! You’re just wasting product and the scent will evaporate after a short amount of time. A direct spritz onto bare skin is all you need to keep the perfume scent on you for longer. Secondly, don’t just stick to spraying perfume on your body, spritz it all over your clothes too and hairbrush. Clothing fibres are able to hold in scents for a very long time (yes, even after you wash it).
Perfumes don’t belong in bathrooms
Heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality and intensity of the fragrance. Instead, store your perfume bottles in a cool, dry place, like on the vanity in your room and away from windows. Bottles count! For those looking for something as spectacular on the outside as it is in on the inside, try Parfums de Marly’s Delina La Rosée. The eau de parfum is housed in a frosted glass bottle and encases a bouquet of sensations made of the finest materials and the most regal of these notes, Turkish rose, unfolds in elegance. Pear, lychee, and bergamot scents add a gourmand touch while a perceptible but subtle base merges in a condensation of noble materials doing justice to the alchemy of luxury perfumery.
Apply after taking a shower and don’t rub your wrists!
The moisture on your skin will help lock in the scent. This will also prevent the fragrance from staining delicate clothes such as your favourite silk dress or piece of jewellery. Furthermore, don’t dab the fragrance on your wrists after spraying. If you rub your wrists together, you’ll force the scent to disappear faster than intended and therefore your fragrance won’t last as long. Instead, make your scent last longer by choosing a couple of pulse points. These are warm areas that’ll help diffuse the fragrance across your entire body – your wrists (don’t rub!), inside your elbows, on your neck, below your midriff and behind your knees.
Layer your perfumes
The culture of layering perfume to add depth and create incredible, complex scents rather than wearing a single fine fragrance à la française, is at the heart of the Middle East’s olfactory landscape. Create your own custom scent by layering fragrances. Spray the stronger scent first and then top it with the lighter fragrance so that the first perfume doesn’t overpower the second.