How often have you faced this problem? You spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive bottle of perfume only to have the scent vanish in an hour or two. Spraying on pulse points seems to be common practice but is that the best way to do it?. I recently sat down with Prachi Saini – the beauty and brains behind Je t’aime Perfumery Singapore – over a cup of coffee to talk about perfumes. Saini was happy to share her knowledge about perfumes, creating your own signature scent and the many steps involved in perfumery.
Here are a few things I learnt about how to make perfume last longer.
1. Be wise when choosing scents
Perfumes are found in different groups. Look out for for descriptions like woody, spicy or oriental as these last longer. Citrus and floral scents, while brighter and more feminine than the above, need to be refreshed more often.
2. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Fragrance lasts longer on moisturised skin, so make sure you skin is hydrated. You could also use an unscented body oil.
3. Store it well
It’s best to keep your perfume bottles in a cool, dark place away from any humidity. The scents of precious oils become altered when exposed to extreme temperatures. Also, this goes without saying – make sure the lid is on securely!
4. Where to spray
If it’s cold where you are, go ahead and spray perfume directly onto moisturised skin. However, those of us living in the tropics will be better off spraying perfume on our clothes. This is because the perfume spritzed on our skin will evaporate quickly due to our higher body temperature.
5. Layer Fragrances
It’s a good idea to layer fragrances. Start with a scented body wash followed by a body lotion and finally, the perfume. My only warning – don’t layer too many fragrances. Stick to complimentary scents or to be safe, use the same scent. Many companies offer sets such as this so you can’t go wrong.
And there you have it. What is your favourite perfume? We’d love to hear…