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For some of us, making our perfumes last is as difficult as making our hair stay down on a particularly nasty bad hair day. Don’t we turn green with jealously when some women saunter in and permeate the room with their perfume? How do they manage to reek of pleasant aromas, no matter the hour you meet them, and somehow, your body just refuses to hold on to the fragrance of your perfume? Well, you’ll be quite relieved to know that it isn’t a matter of magic or some unexplainable science; because there are some very understandable factors that affect the longevity or staying power of your perfume. Eager to know what they are? Read on to find out!
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The oiler, the better:
We’re talking about skin here. Ever heard the saying ‘Every cloud has a silver lining?’ Well, for people perpetually plagued with pimple problems, here is their silver lining; perfume lasts longer on oily skin. So, if you have oily skin, you’re in luck for you’re sure to smell good for longer! Dry skin on the other hand causes perfume to dissipate faster. If you do have dry skin however, do not be disheartened for all is not lost yet. You can improve the staying power of your perfume by applying a bit of petroleum jelly on the spots where you’re going to squirt perfume. This will make your skin oiler and cause the aroma to last longer.
Tired olfactory receptors:
Often, we think that our perfume lasts only for as long as we can smell it. So, we think that we smell really good only for a couple of minutes after spraying perfume. However, the reality of the situation is quite different because of a phenomenon called nose fatigue, i.e. your nose gets immune to a specific scent if it is exposed to it for long. But, just because your olfactory senses cannot depict the scent anymore it doesn’t mean that others around you cannot detect it too. Hence, there is no need to douse yourself in perfume every couple of hours because you can be assured that the scent of your perfume still lingers on for quite a while after spraying it, at least for others!
Spraying perfume on the right areas:
When it comes to spraying perfume, it’s not the amount of perfume sprayed that matters, it the areas on which it is sprayed that is important. Hence, blindly spraying perfume all over your body might not be the best trick in the book. If you want your fragrance to last long, squirt it on your pulse points, like on your inner wrists, behind your earlobes, at the base of your neck and behind your knees. These areas stay warm because of the blood coursing through crucial arteries and the heat causes the fragrance to emanate from your skin into the air. So, if you want your perfume to last for long, spray it on these areas instead of only on your clothes.
Choice of fragrance:
Not all fragrances are powerful enough to last for long. Citrus and floral fragrances will wear off faster than musk and woody varieties. So, if you want a long-lasting perfume, be smart while choosing one. Also, eau de parfum and eau de toilette last longer than an eau de cologne. Although the latter ones are expensive, they are powerful and hence, perfect for everyday use. Hence, if you want to enjoy lasting fragrance, don’t pinch pennies and go ahead and purchase a quality perfume.
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Using other products with similar fragrances:
This is something most perfume users are not aware of, but if you want your fragrance to last longer, you should use other skin care products that have a similar fragrance. For example, if you like floral aromas, particularly lavender, use soaps, shower gels and body lotions that have a lavender fragrance. This way, you’ll suffuse your body and surroundings in one particular fragrance and hence intensify its aroma.