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5 ways to make your perfume last longer

Here's how to add staying power to your favourite potion

By Mamta Mody  December 1st, 2016

The humid climate is the ultimate fragrance fiend, but drowning yourself in your favourite scent may not be the only escape. We rounded up everything you are doing wrong with perfume:

  1. It’s all about the location. You can rely on the traditional spots, like the wrists, crook of the elbow, basically the dips in your body where the skin is thin. Your body’s warmth will heat up the scent and allow it to slowly rise up all day. You can also try the nape of your neck, in your belly button, between your thighs and behind the knees so you don’t leave your scent on anyone else.
  2. Treat body wash as the foundation scent. It doesn’t last very long on your skin, but it can affect how perfume smells on your body. And unless you’re matching your fragrance exactly to your body wash, it’s better to go with something that’s mild.
  3. Scents evaporate quicker on dry skin so make sure you’re moisturising, ideally with a scent-free lotion. Moisturiser is an emollient that traps fragrance molecules and keeps them close to your skin for longer. If you have very dry skin, you can first dab petroleum jelly on the points you usually spray.
  4.  Your hair is a great fragrance diffuser but you can’t rely on your shampoo and conditioner to do the job. And don’t even think of spraying a cloud around your head—the alcohol in the perfume formulation can make hair dry. Instead rub some scented oil on your hair that will also help with frizz control.
  5. It’s fairly common to rub your wrists together or massage the point where you’ve just sprayed. But this bruises the structure of the oils and changes the nature of your perfume. Instead, spray and let it dry naturally or take a few drops on your finger and dab.