Perfume is universally loved by everyone. Therefore, it is only natural to want to prolong the fragrance scent you are wearing so you can enjoy it longer. Whether you are on a budget and cannot spend on perfume every month or simply cannot get enough of the scent you are wearing, there’s always a way to make it last longer.

Below we’ve compiled 4 hacks to make your perfume last longer – anyone can follow these simple and straightforward hacks at home.

1. Storage Matters

The first step to ensuring your perfume lasts longer even before you begin to use it, is to know how to properly store it. With the ever-changing temperatures and light from the sun, leaving your perfume bottle in open space that exposes it to these changes can affect it. High temperatures, humidity, and direct sunlight can affect the fragrance molecules of the perfume by breaking them down. 

This chemical reaction ultimately affects the scent of your perfume and its overall strength. So, instead of storing your perfume in the bathroom (where it can get quite humid) or in a brightly lit room, find a cool, dark and dry place to store it, for example, a cool drawer in your bedroom away from direct sunlight. 

Some people even leave the perfume in its original box to maintain the favorable storage environment. If you have space in your refrigerator, you can even store it in the cool environment. If you have kids, ensure they don’t have access to it.

In addition to humidity, high temperatures, and light, your perfume fragrance molecules can also be affected by shaking the bottle or moving them from their original bottle. Doing so, allows air to interact with the molecules, thus, saturating them and shortening their lifespan.

2. Choose The Right Perfume

You also want to choose the right perfume strength and fragrance notes. Perfumes come in five different concentrations, some brands have them in all concentrations and some have them in a few select concentrations. Visit to buy the best one.

Basic perfume types based on their concentrations include parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and eau de fraiche. Whilst these different types don’t affect the quality of the perfumes, they only hold different oil concentrations which determine the perfume strength and longevity.

In general;

  •   Parfum holds 15 to 40% fragrance oil concentration and lasts up to 24 hours.
  •   Eau de parfum holds 10 to 15% fragrance oil concentration and lasts for 6 to 8 hours.
  •   Eau de toilette holds 4 to 15% fragrance oil concentration and lasts for 2 to 4 hours.
  •   Eau de cologne holds 2 to 5% fragrance oil concentration and lasts for 2 to 4 hours.
  •   Eau de fraiche holds 1 to 3% fragrance oil concentration and lasts within an hour or two.

In addition to the perfume strength, you can also opt for fragrance notes that hold a longer shelf life. Perfumes with prominent base notes will last longer than those with prominent top notes.  For example, a perfume with base notes such as woody scents will last longer than those with citrus or floral scents; which are quick to dissipate. To know if your notes will last longer or note, you can always research the individual notes for a better understanding.

Choose The Right Perfume

3. Apply Perfume On Moisturized Bare Skin

A perfume will last longer on moisturized skin – so to ensure yours lasts longer on your skin, take a shower, moisturize immediately after drying yourself and then, apply perfume on your bare skin. All these steps come with a reason. When you shower, your skin is fresh and clean, which makes it a proper surface to host the perfume since there are no obstacles such as dirt particles or grease.

Applying moisturizer on your skin allows it to easily lock in the scent. If your skin is not moisturized, the scent will dissipate faster because there is no moisture to lock it in. Applying perfume on bare skin is the most effective way to retain the fragrance. Contrary to what you may believe, applying perfume on your clothing is useless. This is because fabrics are thin, thus, allowing the fragrance to dissipate faster.

During the application, you should apply perfume on your pulse points. The heat from your pulse points reacts with the fragrance allowing it to slowly be released throughout the day. Pulse points include areas such as the wrists, elbows, ankles, neck, and back of your knees. To complement the application, dab Vaseline on your pulse points before applying perfume to help seal in the fragrance scents.

4. Complement Your Perfume

To make the most of your perfume and allow it to last longer, you should also practice complementing the scent. For example, in addition to applying it to your body, you can also apply it to your hair.  However, don’t directly apply the perfume to your hair.

Instead, spritz the perfume on your hairbrush, let it dry for a few seconds, and then run it through your hair. This process will leave a light pleasant fragrance scent on your hair throughout the day.

You can also complement your perfume by pairing it with a matching lotion, body wash, and other grooming products. If you can afford it, doing so helps to maximize the fragrance scent throughout the day. You can also pair the scented lotion with an unscented body butter or whipped lotion to provide more moisture to trap the fragrances.

Before you even apply your perfume, you can also add it to your clothing for that lingering scent. To correctly do so, do not spray it directly to the clothing. Instead, spritz it a little bit in your clothing wardrobe before arranging your clothes. the scent will then easily permeate into the clothes.

When you are on the go, rather than carry the whole bottle and have to spray a significant amount for refreshing, you can opt for a cheaper alternative. Spritz small balls of cotton with the perfume, seal them in a Ziploc bag and you can simply dab a ball on your pulse points to keep enjoying the perfume.

Lastly, before you think of disposing of the almost finished perfume bottle – STOP! Instead, use the remaining perfume to the last drop by adding it to your unscented lotion. The lotion will absorb the scent and provide you with the same pleasant aroma when you apply it on your skin.


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