We all love our signature scent. That one particular perfume which makes us feel opulent, sensual and totally feminine. Whether you choose spicy, earthy undertones or light floral mists, your perfume says a lot about you. But how do you ensure that the scent lasts from morning to evening? Here are some top tips to ensuring that you are getting the best from your perfume.
- Apply after a steamy bath or shower.
The optimum time to apply your perfume is after a steamy shower or bath, when the pores are open. Apply Vaseline or a scent –free lotion to the skin, to maximise the staying power of your favourite cologne, eau de toilette or perfume.
- Create a Barrier
As described in step 1, create a barrier between perfume and skin, even if you are not straight from the bath/shower. The ‘ointment’ is occlusive and this slows down the absorption rate and helps your fragrance to last much longer.
- Don’t rub the perfume in!
I know! We have all been rubbing our wrists together after spritzing with scent. Apparently it breaks down the fragrance really quickly and forces the top notes to disappear faster. So it is a big no-no, if you want the bouquet and aroma to last from day to night.
- Where to spritz for best effect
Apply perfume to your pulse points or hot spots (places where the body is warmer). This means inner wrists, belly button, behind the ears, behind the knees, collarbone, inside elbows and wherever else you fancy. Choose a few spots to target.
- Hair Spraying
Alcohol based perfumes will dry out your hair. Spray on your hairbrush instead and brush through for a light fragrance.
- Keep your scent in the dark
Store in a dark dry place. Heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality of the fragrance. Keep scent in the box, upright and in cool, dry spots and away from windows.
- Choosing your perfume wisely
At Magee’s we offer a vast range of fragrances to suit all tastes and all budgets, both for men and women. It is important to note that the type of scent you choose to purchase has a significant effect on the lasting time of the fragrance. There is a vast difference between Eau de Cologne, eau de toilette, eau de parfum and perfume. Obviously, price is an indicator of the amount of perfume essence concentrate in each bottle. For example. Cologne, has between 3-4% concentrations of perfume essence and lasts about four hours, whereas eau de toilette has between 5 and 15% concentration of perfume concentrates and lasts a while longer, averaging six hours between applications. Eau de parfum generally last for 6 to 8 hours and a high end perfume, with 20-30% perfume essence concentrate, should last for over 12 hours after application. If you choose a cologne, you may expect to apply more regularly, but you may also prefer the lighter tones of this product.
- A Light Touch:
For a lighter, gentle hint of fragrance, it is a good idea to spray the room and walk through the fragrant spritzing.
Perfume in any form is an investment. If you follow these easy tips you will prolong the effects of your favourite perfume on your skin while extending the life of fragrance itself. It’s a nicely scented win-win all round.