Apply your perfume: the 5 golden rules to make it last longer according to experts


How do you apply your perfume to diffuse it as well as possible and for as long as possible? Answer in 5 points.

In “Le Grand Livre du Parfum” (Editions Nez), we can read that “the staying power of a perfume depends on two things: concentration and composition.”
Indeed, the more juice has a high concentration of perfume, the more it is tenacious. Thus, an Eau de parfum (concentrated at 10 to 15%) always lasts longer than an eau de toilette (8 to 10%) or an eau de cologne (concentrated at 5%).
The composition also comes into play. The fresh notes, citrus or floral, are made up of light molecules, which evaporate quickly. On the contrary, the heady, vanilla, and amber notes are heavier and, therefore, less volatile: they will last longer on the skin.
Fortunately, there are some basic reflexes to know, whatever the perfume is chosen, so it lasts as long as possible on the skin.
Also, to know: the more we wear the same perfume, the more our brain identifies it as our smell to no longer assimilate it so as not to saturate it. This explains the feeling of no longer smelling your perfume on yourself. Hence the interest of changing it regularly, to take full advantage of it…

The five golden rules for optimally applying your perfume:

1. Spray on strategic points

Coco Chanel advised you to wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed. And that’s a good trick. Spray the scent at a distance of 10 to 20 cm from the skin on each pulse point of your body: the heat which emanates from it will increase its diffusion tenfold.
To know :

  1. in the crook of the neck, on both sides,
  2. on each side at the base of the ear, at the hairline,
  3. in the hollow of the chest,
  4. in the hollow of the wrists,
  5. in the crook of the elbows.

For those who want an even more intense diffusion, finish by spraying a cloud in the air, and cross it, to be enveloped in perfume, all in subtlety.

2. Bet on the variations of your favorite perfume

Soap, body milk, moisturizer, and even deodorant… Many brands offer their Eau de parfum: an excellent way to amplify your wake without emptying your bottle. The most effective is perhaps the hair mist (whose perfume concentration will be much lower than that of an eau de toilette). On the one hand, its scents are increased tenfold because the head is the hottest area of ​​the body; therefore, the one that diffuses the best. On the other hand, hair is a powerful odor sensor.
Also, avoid spraying your skin perfume directly on your hair with the alcohol it contains; drying is not recommended for the health of the hair fiber.

N°5 Hair Perfume, Chanel, €55

N°5, The Deodorant, Chanel, €47.

3. Always apply your perfume on well-hydrated skin

The scent does not adhere to dry skin: the ideal is to wear perfume when you get out of the shower, just after applying a moisturizer to the body. The perfume molecules will attach to the moisturizer and will thus have a better hold throughout the day.
Use a moisturizing formula with a neutral scent, or better, the moisturizer or body lotion version of your perfume. You will quickly find that your wake will last much longer.

Delina body cream, Parfums de Marly

Sì moisturizing perfumed milk, Giorgio Armani

4. Don’t rub your perfume

Just as we can “spread” our perfume once sprayed on the skin, the first reflex when we test a perfume is to spray it on our wrists, then tap against each other. Big mistake, as explained by Francis Kurkdjian for “This habit of almost unconscious application, of spraying a little perfume on your wrists and then pressing them together before reaching your neck, is a terrible reflex. The friction created by rubbing heats the skin, which produces natural enzymes that modify the evolution of the fragrance. The most impacted notes are the top and heart notes and the dry-down (the last and longest diffusion period of your perfume)“.
The fitting gesture: spray your perfume strategically, then don’t touch it anymore; let the molecules unfold naturally.
And for a flawless trail on any occasion, always have a travel spray to slip your favorite fragrance for a touch-up at any time of the day.

Nomadic spray, Dior

5. Perfume your clothes (and your closets)

This is controversial advice, as no medium beats the skin for a fragrance to unfold fully. But perfuming your clothes, especially in autumn-winter, is an excellent way to amplify your wake. Spray a little perfume on a scarf or inside a coat… The scent will unfold all around you at the first gust of wind and will remain captured by the fabric for days.
Also, natural materials such as wool, cotton, or diffuse cashmere odors are much better than synthetic materials. Beware of fragile fabrics, such as silk or satin, which would be stained immediately.
Another option: slip a fetish, or a scented puck, impregnated with your perfume, into your cupboards and drawers. It will spread there to perfume all your clothes delicately.

Acqua Della Regina Wax Tablets, Santa Maria Novella

24 €

Santa Maria Novella

Olfactory Fetish, D’Orsay

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