So you’ve found your favourite perfume, but the wear time just isn’t quite as long as you’d like.
The good news is there are ways you can manipulate the formula to boost how long it lasts on your skin – it’s all to do with chemistry.
Fragrances are made up of molecules of differing weights that dissolve off the skin. How fast that happens depends on the weight of the molecule, so this is why woodier notes (generally heavier) typically linger the longest.
So, if fresh scents are your vibe, you probably battle with weaker wear.
Mona Kattan, co-founder of Kayali fragrances along with Huda Kattan, tells us there are some quick things you can try to help which don’t cost a thing.
One way you keep the molecules on your skin for longer is to moisturise before spritzing on as the water helps them cling on.
Mona says: ‘Fragrances last longer when they’re applied to damp, well-hydrated skin as they trap the scent.
‘Always apply an unscented lotion, otherwise, the lotion may mix with the notes of your perfume and alter the scent.’
Another trick here is to get your perfume on after you shower if you’re getting ready to go out.
Alternatively, go in with a balm like Vaseline first on the pulse points.
Spritz at the right points
Firstly, make sure you don’t rub your wrists together – let it dry down where you spray.
But you can be smart about applying perfume to the warmer points of your body, as Mona explains ‘it’ll be more intense and remain fragrant for longer.
‘More specifically, apply it to your pulse points – your pressure points naturally radiate heat.’
Store bottles carefully
Fragrances are best kept in cool, dark places.
‘Heat and dampness can alter the molecular structure of your perfume, thereby damaging the quality of your fragrance.
‘It’s so important to keep your fragrances out of your bathroom and away from direct sunlight,’ Mona says.
If you’re happy to change the way your scent reads slightly, you could layer it with another to boost the staying power.
‘Usually, a fragrance contains three notes, a top which is the first fragrance you smell (this disappears after 20 minutes), an intense middle note which becomes noticeable after 15 minutes, and a base note (the strongest scent) that lingers for up to four to eight hours,’ Mona says.
So you could take this logic but applying a ‘base perfume’ to help hold your lighter one closer to the skin for longer.
‘In making your own unique scent, you also allow the perfume to linger for longer,’ she says.
You can also spritz your hair brush before running it through your hair as it retains fragrance differently to your skin.
As you move and turn your head, the scent will gently waft around.
Credit: Original article published here.