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This is going to be the 3rd post about perfumes but this time, it’s going to be about how to make perfumes stronger on your skin.
Since perfumes are my latest beauty obsession, I wanted to make a third and final post to conclude this topic. For now at least.
Okay, let’s get to it.
After you spend some time finding your perfect perfume, you want it to be long-lasting on your skin, right?
There are a few ways to do this.
How to Make Perfume Stronger #1 – Apply Perfume on Your Pulse Points
Spraying fragrance on your pulse points will hold the scent for longer.
The two pulse points people mainly spray perfume on are inside your wrists and by your neck. But you can also spray perfume at the back of your knees, behind your ears and inside your elbow.
I usually do 3 to 4 spritz and I find that more than enough. One spray on each side of my neck and one spritz on each wrist.
Depending on the perfume you’re wearing, 4 sprays can be overwhelming.
You definitely don’t want to do this while you’re at a job interview.
Even at other events, some people spray too much perfume to the point where it gives you a headache. You don’t want to be one of those people.
If you like lighter fragrances like me, a few sprays shouldn’t be too bad. Just remember to not take a shower with your perfume.
2) Spray Perfume Right After You Come Out of the Shower
Spray fragrance on your pulse points after you dry yourself and put on some body cream after a shower.
This is the time when your skin is moist and clean. It will be able to hold the perfume and make it long-lasting on your skin.
Some people recommend spraying perfume on your hair or your hairbrush.
For those who have frizzy hair like me, it’s not a tip I recommend.
When you live in a city like Hong Kong, the humidity is making your hair poofy enough. There’s no need to add a product with a lot of alcohol content in your hair to make it frizzier.
Another tip is to check carefully where the nozzle is before spraying perfume on yourself.
There have been a few instances where perfume went up to my nose. You can choke on it and even taste the perfume in your mouth, which is a strange feeling.
3)Choosing the Correct Type of Fragrance
Many perfumes have a choice between Eau de Parfum (EDP) and eau de toilette (EDT). I’ve mentioned this in my light floral perfume post so I’ll keep this section brief.
In one sentence, what’s the difference between EDP and EDT?
EDP has a higher oil concentration than EDT so the scent lasts longer on your skin.
A long-lasting perfume is something I look for when I’m buying perfumes. Generally, my attention is on EDPs because the scent is usually stronger.
One isn’t better than the other. It’s just a personal preference.
On the downside, an EDP is generally more expensive than an EDT.
If you’re looking only for long-lasting perfumes, focus on EDPs.
4) Choose Products from the Same Line
If there’s an option of buying a shower gel or body lotion/cream from the same line, it’s another way of helping your perfume last longer on your skin.
Layering these products on top of each other will ensure that you’ll smell amazing for hours.
However, I admit that this is not an option for all perfumes. Some brands might not have the same scent in other products.
Even if they do, the cost can add up. I tend to like perfumes on the higher end of the price spectrum so buying the same shower gel, body cream, and perfume can be too much.
5) Don’t Overdo It
I mentioned this point briefly already in point #1 but remember not to overspray yourself.
When you spray on perfume, you get used to the scent on yourself after a while.
There were several times when I thought the perfume faded from my skin so I kept layering on fragrance. It wasn’t until my friend started sneezing that I realized I might have over-sprayed.
You can reapply perfume throughout the day but don’t spray more perfume when you feel like the scent has disappeared. It’s best to ask a friend or a family member.
6) Don’t Rub Your Long-Lasting Perfume
I used to think that I have to rub my wrists together after spraying perfume.
You see people do that on TV enough times and you think it’s the correct way of applying perfume. It wasn’t only until after I started gaining an interest in perfumes that you’re not supposed to do that.
Rubbing your wrists together after you spray your perfume will make the scent evaporate even faster.
The correct way is to let the fragrance dry naturally on your skin to make it long-lasting.
Your skin will soak up the fragrance so it will be a quick process anyway.
7) Apply Vaseline Before Spraying Scent
I am familiar with Vaseline because I used to use petroleum jelly as a moisturizer when I was a teenager. Another fun fact about me.
In 2022, I use Vaseline for a different reason. My new habit is to spray fragrance after a shower but I make sure to always dab a little Vaseline on my neck and wrists before spraying some perfume on.
Spraying perfume on yourself after a shower ensures that the perfume is long-lasting on your skin. Vaseline helps hold the scent longer on your skin to make it long-lasting.
Some people might be really against Vaseline because of how it feels. It’s thick and greasy so it makes it inconvenient to touch anything else after. It takes some time to get used to it.
Vaseline can make your hands slippery and hard for you to hold a perfume bottle (most perfumes bottles are glass) so I like to wipe down my perfume bottle after grabbing it with my Vaseline-filled hands.
I’ve even dropped perfume bottles before on the ground (but thankfully they didn’t break) because of how Vaseline made my hands feel.
The icky feeling is sucky but it’s another tip to make my perfume long-lasting so I do it.
How to Make Perfume Stronger #8 – Research Perfume Notes
Not all perfume is created equally. For example, woody scents would generally be a longer-lasting perfume compared to a floral scent like lavender.
Again, it depends on what type of fragrances you like. I want my perfumes to be long-lasting but the notes I like can be limiting. I cannot expect a floral scent to last longer than a woody scent.
Read reviews on Fragrantica to see how long a perfume lasts on other people. This website allows people to post their reviews but you can also view the top, middle, and base notes of a perfume.
The best part is that the website has a feature where it shares some similar smelling fragrances.
This is a bonus for those who love a certain perfume and are interested in finding a similar scent.
With thousands and thousands of perfumes on the market, this website’s feature helps narrow down the search to potentially help you find another perfume you love.
Final Thoughts – How to Make Perfume Stronger
This is a wrap-up of my trilogy perfume posts.
I love perfume because you can wear it every day. People tend to think of style as a way to show off their personality but fragrances can also do that too.
It does seem like people tend to have a few bottles of perfume.
While you’re out and about, or even if you’re at home, I hope these techniques of how to make perfume stronger are helpful.
Now to You – How to Make Perfume Stronger
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