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Ways to Make Your Fragrance Last in the Heat

Published by Fragrance Rich on 30th Aug 2020

We all want to smell our best for as long as possible.

How to Make Your Fragrance Last Longer in the Heat

We all want to smell our best for as long as possible. We ideally want the enticing scent of our favourite signature perfume to last and power through the day. But this is not always the case—especially in warmer months.

Hot Weather

By now you must have noticed that the scent of your perfume tends to fade sooner in hot weather. Well, this is because the sweltering heat can reduce the longevity of our fragrance’s. In an article appearing in Vogue, Francis Kurkdjian—a master perfumer—explained that “Heat and humidity enhance natural sweat that destroys fragrances.”
The only logical question that follows is…how do you make perfume last longer? As I’ll highlight in this article, the trick to long-lasting perfume lies in how you store it; where you apply it; when you apply, and what you apply.

"A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting."

- Christian Dior

Make your fragrance last longer

What?

The most logical solution to fleeting fragrances is an alternative that inherently lasts longer – i.e., simply find a long-lasting perfume. For this, you need to look at the concentration and perfume notes.
• The Concentration of your Perfume: Which perfume variety sits in your dresser or cabinet – Eau de Parfum or Eau de toilette? If it’s the latter, then there’s your answer to why you keep going back to your bottle to maintain your fresh scent. While the less concentrated Eau de toilettes work great in cold weather—they’re not designed to handle the gruelling heat and humidity of summer. What you need is a Pure Parfum or Eau de Parfum). Yes, you’ll have to dig deeper into your wallet/purse—but it’ll be worth it.
• Perfume Base Notes: Another significant—yet overlooked—determinant to the longevity of your fragrance is the notes. As a general rule of thumb, woody fragrances, strong florals, Middle Eastern ouds, and oriental notes tend to last longer than citrus notes.

How?

If you're wondering how to make perfume last longer, you might also want to look into how you store your beloved bottle. Humidity and heat tend to distort and weaken your fragrance. The best way to store your fragrance to make it last longer includes:
• Keeping it in the original box
• Storing it upright
• Keep Away from light—especially sunlight
• Keep Away from spots characterized by temperature fluctuations (e.g. bathrooms and cars)

When?

When do you apply your perfume? If you’re concerned about how long it lasts—which I’m sure you are since you’re reading this article—then you probably wait until the last minute to spritz a generous amount. But contrary to the common assumption, the best time to apply your perfume is not right before you leave the house.
For long-lasting perfume, consider applying it immediately you step out of the shower. Your skin’s pores are open; you’re moist; it’s warm—all ideal conditions to soak up and lock in the alluring scent.
Some fragrance experts even recommend using skin moisturizers as ‘primers’ to your perfume. This also applies to petroleum jelly—whereby the fragrance sticks to the jelly molecules.

Where?

It’s big brain time! Another solution on how to make perfume last longer in the heat is by being creative with your application. If your typical spritzing ritual doesn’t seem to cut it in hot weather, it might be time to think out of the box. Here are a few suggestions (Disclaimer: Some odd suggestions might make you squint as you tilt your head forward in disbelief).
• Pulse Points: These are regions on your skin that tend to warm up the most—hence allowing your perfume to last longer. The most obvious pulse points are on your wrist, elbows, behind the ears, and on the neck. But if you want to be an unconventional thinker, feel free to explore other inherently warm body parts—including your knees and belly button (as I said: odd!). PS: Stop rubbing perfume into your skin! This causes friction that breaks down the fragrance—causing it to fade faster.
• Hair: Whether it’s the transcending sweetness of essential oils or the choking smell of smoke—ever noticed how your hair tend to retain scents for longer? Well, this has to do with the tendency of fragrances to stick to fibres. With this mind, consider spritzing some of your perfume on your hair to make it last longer in hot weather. But do so sparingly since the alcohol in your perfume may damage your hair.
• Clothing: A simple hack to having long-lasting perfume is spraying your clothes. Natural fibres such as cotton or linen bolster the ‘staying power’ of your fragrance.

There’s your guide on how to make perfume last longer in the heat. Which tip works best for you? As you consider some of these options, remember that “No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.” – Coco Chanel


Written by Fragrance Rich

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