One of the biggest annoyances, in terms of wearing perfume, is that fragrance often doesn’t last as long as we would like it to. There are many different recommended places to wear perfume, such as on pulses, however, once the scent has faded, you’re left with the worry that you don’t smell nice and also doubt because you don’t want to overspray in case other people can still smell your perfume.
To solve this problem, you need to start thinking about how you can wear your perfume better and this doesn’t just include spraying it in all the right places. No, we are talking about the process of layering.
Layering basically involves building scents on top of one another. You do have to be careful that you’re choosing the right kind of scents though because you don’t want certain fragrances to be too overpowering whilst others are hardly there at all.
Get to know your scents (fragrance family)
If you are really fond of a certain perfume, it is well worth delving into that fragrance a bit more. For instance, really look at all the different ‘notes’ the perfume has. By notes, we means scents such as citrus and floral. Then you must only buy other body products, such as shower gels, bath salts and body lotions, that have the same ‘notes’.
One of the easiest ways to do this is obviously to buy the matching products that are sold alongside your favourite perfume. This, however, could be a lot more expensive than simply looking for other products elsewhere that can be considered to be within the same fragrance family as your perfume.
If you match all your scents well, using lotions, shower gels and body washes, it will most definitely help the smell of your fragrance to last longer.
Moisturising your skin
Adding moisturiser to your skin is really important in terms of layering. Obviously if you use a fragranced cream, it will help the overall scent of your perfume to last longer. However, even using a cream with no fragrance at all will still help your scents to last longer on your body.
Moisturised skin is much better at retaining fragrance. This is because moisturisers include emollients, which stop the skin from becoming dry. Therefore water and fragrance molecules are retained on the skin and prevented from evaporating quickly.
Layering fragrance in your hair
You have, no doubt, been told you shouldn’t spray perfume in your hair and the reason for this is because the alcohol, included in most perfumes, will damage your hair strands. However, hair is an excellent diffuser of fragrance, so perfuming your hair will be very effective, however, you’ve got to do it right.
Instead of spraying perfume directly onto your hair, spray it onto your brush and then brush your hair through. This will not have such a damaging effect on your hair. You can also buy a range of different shampoos and conditioners which match your perfume in terms of fragrance notes or you might actually be able to purchase the same brand hair products as your perfume.
Laura writes for Click Fragrance. When not writing, she can often be found spraying way too much perfume on herself.