9 Perfume Hacks That'll Make You Smell Gorgeous ALL Day
Did you know that if you apply your fragrance onto your wrists and rub them together, you’re actually applying your perfume incorrectly? This is one of the most common mistakes people make when applying perfume, as it can alter the scent of your fragrance and impact its longevity. To ensure you don’t waste a drop of perfume, these nine hacks will help your juice last and keep you smelling hella fresh all day long. And for the record, just spray your fragrance and let it sink into your skin – whatever you do, DON’T RUB.
Here’s a quick debrief on the basics…
When it comes to fragrance, one of the most important things to note (no pun intended) is the layers and notes of each scent. Fragrances typically have three different layers: top notes, which are the first notes you smell (this usually fades after 20 minutes), intense middle notes (also known as the heart note) that become noticeable after around 15 minutes, and base notes (the strongest scent) that lingers for up to four to eight hours depending on the quality of your fragrance. Of course, this is all dependent on whether you follow any of these helpful hacks:
1. Moisturize First
Fragrances last longer when applied to damp, well-hydrated skin, so make sure your skin is prepped and moisturized before you douse yourself in perfume. Always use an unscented lotion; otherwise, the lotion may mix with the notes of your perfume and alter the scent.
2. Know Where to Spritz
If you apply your perfume to warmer body areas, it’ll be more intense and remain fragrant for longer. More specifically, apply it to your pulse points – where the blood vessels are at the surface of your skin (your wrists, elbows, neck, chest, the back of the knees, ankles, and calves). Your pressure points naturally radiate heat, helping the fragrance waft from your skin.
3. Apply Vaseline to Your Pressure Points
As we mentioned, perfume lasts longer when applied to oily, damp skin, so rub some Vaseline onto your pulse points to lock in the scent.
4. The Lighter the Scent, the Less it Lingers
Lighter, aromatic scents like citrus or jasmine will evaporate faster as they have a smaller molecular structure, whereas scents like wood and musk will linger longer on your skin. Be mindful of this when you’re purchasing a new scent, as you’ll likely go through bottles of lighter, aromatic fragrances more quickly.
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5. Apply Perfume After You Shower
If you apply your perfume to your body when it’s still damp, the moisture will trap the scent, so it’ll last longer – plus, you won’t stain any of your clothes with potential spray marks!
6. Spritz Your Hairbrush
Your hair retains fragrance for longer than your skin, so invest in a hair mist or try our trusted hack. Whatever you do, avoid spraying perfume directly onto your hair, as the alcohol content can dry out your hair strands. Instead, spritz your brush with two or three bursts of perfume before brushing it through your locks; this disperses the scent evenly through your hair and minimizes damage caused by the alcohol content within your perfume.
We always recommend a hair mist, as they’ll keep you smelling great for longer and often have healthy-hair benefits. Take our KAYALI Hair Mist Déjà vu White Flower | 57, $40, as a perfect example. The non-drying, alcohol-free formula is infused with hydrating camellia oil, aloe vera, and nourishing castor oil to add shine and hydrate the hair while adding the delicious scent of jasmine, tuberose, and gardenia.
7. Make Your Own Scented Lotion
To create your own signature moisturizer, add a couple of drops of your fave perfume into an unscented lotion and shake well. You’ll basically create the scented lotion equivalent of your fave fragrance, but it’s a total bargain for a fraction of the cost! Plus, it’s the ideal lotion to apply before you spritz for long-lasting sweetness.
8. Scented Décor Hack
We’re obsessed with this super easy hack, and it’s such a cute way to add a soft fragrance to your clothes. Spray tissue paper with your fave scent and use it to line your drawers. It’ll make your clothes smell great, and you’ll be remembered for your signature scent everywhere you go!
9. Store Your Fragrance in a Cool, Dark Place
Heat and dampness can alter the molecular structure of your perfume, thereby damaging the quality of your fragrance. This is why it’s SO important to keep your perfumes out of your bathroom and away from direct sunlight. Instead, stash them safely in the box or a cool dark place.
Let us know your favorite fragrance in the comments below!