how to make perfume last longer

We asked an expert how to make perfume last longer

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    Let’s be honest, there’s nothing nicer than someone telling you that you smell great.

    Yet from covering yourself from head to toe in the best perfume for women at 7am to stepping foot in the office at 9am , it seems as though your signature scent is all but a fond memory.

    Well, that’s where we come in. With just a few simple tips and tricks, you can get the most out of your favourite fragrance. Here’s how to make your perfume last longer.

    Apply perfume after a shower

    According to experts, the best time to spray perfume on your skin is just after your shower. This is because moisture gives your scent something to hold on to. So spraying your signature scent on after your skin has been freshly washed boosts its staying power and will help you smell great all day long.

    Apply a moisturiser before perfume

    As per the above point, if you want your perfume to last all day then you need something that will make it stick. Moisturise creates a great base for your fragrance, much in the same way a primer creates a great base for your foundation. Showering hydrates the skin, which helps boost the scent – but why not prime it as well by investing in the best moisturiser for dry skin, for maximum staying power.

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    Apply the matching products to your perfume

    When you think about it, this one seems pretty obvious. Applying a set of fragranced products, like the same smelling fragranced body wash, moisturiser and perfume will really help make your scent last longer. Especially if you follow the above routine using all three! If you don’t have the matching set then applying vaseline to your pulse points before spritzing your perfume as this will provide a base that will help your fragrance last all day long.

    Apply your perfume to pulse points

    Speaking of pulse points, these areas are exactly where you should aim your scent. Your pulse points are areas such as the insides of your elbows, the nape of your neck, your wrists and the backs of your knees as these react with the natural fluctuations in your body temperature and in turn emit your scent throughout the day.

    Dab your perfume

    You’ve probably heard it before, but just in case you haven’t taken the warning, don’t rub your perfume in. Doing this breaks all off our above notes. Instead, lightly dab your pulse points together if you need to. Otherwise, just let it be. It’s the top secret to how make perfume last longer.

    And a final piece of good news for us to leave you on? You might not be able to smell your perfume, but everyone else probably can! This is because your nose gets used to the fragrance you’re wearing, so typically you can only smell it when it’s first applied whereas others get to bask in the lingering effect of its scent throughout the day.

    Words also by Natalie Lukaitis

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