How To Apply Fragrance To Make It Last Longer

how to get the most out of your perfume

How To Apply Fragrance To Make It Last Longer

Like all good (perfume) junkies, I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks along the way to get the most out of my perfumes. Today my friends, I’m going to share my best advice on how to apply fragrance to make it last longer… let’s go!

Store Correctly

Before we get into application, it’s SO important to store your perfumes correctly. You know all those sun drenched photos of perfume bottles on sunny dressing tables you see on pinterest? Forget them! Either they were put there for the photo, or the juice inside has faded or gone bad. Perfume is precious and sunlight and heat can damage it’s magic. Always store out of sunlight, preferable in the box and away from heat sources (window sills, next to radiators and airing cupboards are all no-nos!) Personally, I keep mine in loose tucked inside my dressing table drawer (for quick access) or in the box away from the window.

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Mist From About 10cm Away From Your Skin

It’s kinda all in the title, so I’m not going to expand too much on this point. But just hold the perfume bottle about 10-12cm away from your skin and mist away! If your skin if left wet, you’ve spritzed too close and it’s time to move the bottle slightly way from yourself. If you do apply a little too much and wet your skin, just pat it down and leave to dry.

Be Gentle

Let’s myth-bust for a second! Remember how you were taught to spritz perfume onto your wrists and rub your wrists together? That’s SO wrong! This ‘bruises’ the top notes and severely shortens the lifespan of your perfume. It can also alter the way the fragrance smells. Mist your perfume onto your skin, pat if necessary (as above) and leave to dry.

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Layer Up

Jo Malone London are big into layering up and honestly. It works! If you are feeling spend and you LOVE a specific perfume, then invest in the shower gel, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner… whatever you fancy and wear them in conjunction. Not only will the scent last longer because you have applied it in layers, but also it will help with my next point….

Lock It In

So it’s a FACT that perfume holds better to moisturised skin than dry skin. Apply your moisturiser (matching if you can afford it, un-fragranced otherwise) and then apply the fragrance on top. Moisturised skin is happy skin, it’s also more fragranced… who knew, right?!

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Apply To Pulse Points

Fragrance reacts to heat, so make your perfume work harder for you by applying it to pulse points; wrists, neck, behind the ears, the backs of your knees. And if you have ever wondered why we spray perfume in those places, now you know why!

Mist Onto Hair & Clothes

Much like fragrance clings more effectively to moisturised skin, it also has a far great staying power on hair and clothes. Mist a little onto your hair and a little onto your clothes and even if the perfume has long since dispersed off your skin, your clothes and hair will still leave a trail of scent. Personally I like to apply my perfume onto the collar of my coat or onto my scarf. Just so you know!

… and there we have it, all my top tips on how to apply fragrance to make it last longer! I hope it helps!

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  1. October 30, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    These are great tips. Also, it looks like you have a lovely collection!

    • fashionforlunch
      October 30, 2018 / 11:49 pm

      Thank you so much! I take my fragrances seriously ✨???

  2. October 30, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    some really great ideas, I hadn’t really thought about the storing because I like to have them out on my dressing table.

    • fashionforlunch
      October 30, 2018 / 11:48 pm

      Oh no!!!! The cardinal sin!!!! Sunlight m can make them go off / sour / loose their top notes! Do be careful!

  3. sundaydahlias
    November 4, 2018 / 7:13 am

    Your collection of fragrances seems to die for❤