Five Ways To Make Your Perfume Last Longer


Five Ways To Make Your Perfume Last Longer

Applying your chosen scent is an art form. For those of you gaily dabbing it behind each ear, don’t – it’s a cardinal sin. The sebum-producing glands will interfere with the perfume and alter the scent that develops. Instead wear it on your wrists, elbows and collarbone. Spraying perfume on your cleavage is also a bad idea. The alcohol is an astringent and in the long term will cause the skin to Crêpey, while wearing perfume in the sun will cause the skin to discolour.

– Roja Dove

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Store With Care

Whilst Pinterest shows us beautiful images of perfumes with beams of light shining through the bottles on a glorious mirrored table by the window, in reality this is a terrible idea! The precious essential oils can be spoilt if your perfumes are not stored correctly. Ideally keep the bottles in their box and always keep them out of the sun!

Don’t Rub It In

Remember when you were growing up and you were taught to spritz the perfume onto your wrists and rub them together? Well, this is all wrong! If you rub your wrists together, you will actually crush or bruise some of the notes which will not only make the perfume disperse quicker, but it will also stop the fragrance developing as top, heart and base notes, instead it will merge the notes and just slowly fade, rather than letting them blossom throughout the day.

Lock It In With Moisturiser

Moisturised skin holds fragrance better than dry skin, but the temptation is to moisturise first and then apply perfume as the finishing touch. Instead, spritz perfume and moisturise after to lock in the fragrance and increase the longevity of the perfume. Also, if your fragrance has a matching body lotion, wearing the two together will help to add depth and increase the longevity.


Spritz In Your Hair

A little known trick, but one I do all the time! Spritz a little perfume into your hair as hair holds fragrance super well. Every time you swish your hair, you will get a whiff and if your friends are ‘huggers’ you will know that your hug will always smell good.

Spritz On Your Clothes

Once you have applied your perfume, moisturiser, clothes, make up etc. and you are ready to leave the house, spritz a little more perfume on the collar of your coat or on your scarf. In the same way that hair holds fragrance really well, so does clothing. It’s always worth saving a spritz for a finishing touch!

And there we have it, five ways to make your perfume last a little longer, also a huge thanks to the perfume genius Roja Dove for all this perfume longevity knowledge!




  1. October 11, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    So many good tips! I love wearing perfume, I use a different one everyday. I shall try these – thanks!

  2. October 11, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Great tips, Chanel do great Hair Mists which really go with the layering idea

  3. October 11, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    all that is under my bed is bottles of perfume – best way to keep them from spoiling if you are lacking on storage!

  4. October 11, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Great tips! I always spray perfume in the air and walk through it, one of my old patients worked in Paris with perfume years and years ago and that’s how they were taught and I’ve always done it since, I spray it on my clothes too, I’ve not been able to wear perfume for months due to an awful skin condition so these have been my way of wearing it xxxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo ♥

  5. LuxeStyle
    October 11, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    This was such an interesting post and several of these I didn’t know. I always rub my wrists together, so I know now not to do that in future x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  6. October 11, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    I always spray perfume on my pulse points as advised to do so by the Dior ladies x

  7. Erin
    October 11, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    OMG I totally didn’t know not to rub my wrists together I do that all the time! :/ learn something new every day lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  8. October 12, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Bloody love this Kirsty! I’ve been cardinal sinning my way through Chanel and jo malone for all the Evers it seems!!! Such great useful tips xx

    • fashionforlunch
      October 12, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      haha!!! i know right!?!! xxxxx

  9. October 13, 2017 / 9:42 am

    These tips are perfect. I make sure to store my perfumes on a dark shelf in the corner of my room but that’s more to be out of reach and sight of children…so yay! I didn’t know to moisturise after…will have to try it xxx

  10. October 15, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Oh some great tips! I love the idea of locking it in with Moisturiser x

    • fashionforlunch
      October 15, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Gotta lock these fragrances in! It really works too!!! xxxxxx