We all have dreams, but every dream comes with a price.
That beloved bottle of perfume of your dreams can be quite expensive, so you probably want to get the most out of it and enjoy it to the fullest. Therefore this list of perfume hacks, full of useful tips and tricks for every perfume lover, about applying, buying and storing your perfumes, to help you get the most out of them.
Perfume Hacks For Applying Perfume
Spray your perfume right after taking a shower and before getting dressed. When your pores are open your skin absorbs fragrance molecules better. The moisture on your skin will help lock in the scent. This will also prevent the fragrance from staining delicate clothes or jewelry.
Apply an unscented lotion before your fragrance. Oily complexions retain fragrances longer, so if you have dry skin, use a moisturizer first to help lock in the scent. The oil in your skin dissolves fragrance molecules and retain them. So how oilier your skin, the more intense is the smell and the longer it holds.
Rub Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying your perfume to make the scent last longer. The ointment, which is occlusive, will hold the fragrance to your skin longer than if you were to spray it onto dry skin.
Your pulse points are; Your neck, behind your ears, your wrists, the inside of your elbows, below your midriff, your belly button, behind your knees, your ankles and calves.
Target pulse points and warm areas on your body when spraying perfume. To make your scent last longer, choose a couple of target areas to spritz (not all of them at once) .
The warm areas indicated will help diffuse the fragrance across your entire body and spraying your ankles and calves will allow the scent to rise throughout the day.
Don’t dab or rub the fragrance on your wrists after spraying. If you rub your wrists together, you warm up your skin and the top notes will evaporate faster than intended and as a result make your fragrance not last as long.
For a lighter scent, spray the fragrance in the air and slowly walk into the mist. The spray will distribute evenly across your body and leave you with a hint of fragrance for occasions when you don’t want to smell as strong.
.Perfume can stain clothes, especially silk.
So spray your perfume into the air and walk through the mist instead of spraying the perfume directly on your clothes.
Spraying an alcohol-based fragrance directly onto your hair will dry it out, so instead spray the fragrance on your brush before running it through your hair. Your hair will be lightly scented and undamaged. Or use a fragrance specifically designed for hair to make it smell better in between washes.
Make your perfume last longer. “Hold the perfume bottle at arm’s length and spray the scent on the inside of your clothes. It will stay on your skin and clothes, keeping you well-scented throughout the day.”
If you have an almost-empty perfume bottle, pour the last bit of fragrance from the bottle into unscented lotion so nothing goes to waste.
A trick to keep your favorite scent longer despite your habits or skin type is layering! Because layering different products of the same fragrance over each other on your skin, like shower gel, deodorant, body lotion and of course the fragrance itself, enhances the ultimate scent and extends it’s life.
Spray cotton swabs with your perfume and hide them in sandwich bags inside your handbag for quick touch-ups throughout the day. It’s much easier to carry cotton swabs in your clutch than an entire perfume bottle.
Spray your pillow with calming scents before heading to bed to help you sleep better.
Line your dresser drawers with tissue paper and spray them with your favorite scent to make your clothes and towels smell amazing.
Wrap a scented soap bar in a thin layer of tissue paper and tuck it in your drawers with your clothes to give them a light, fresh scent.
Perfume Hacks For Buying Perfume
Familiarize yourself with common fragrance terms so you know exactly what the sales associates are referring to when helping you find a new perfume.
Extrait de parfum has the highest concentration of fragrant oils, followed by eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne, and finally, body splashes.
If the fragrant oils are in low concentration, the perfume will be subtle, and will vanish quickly. If the perfume has a high concentration of fragrant oils, the fragrance will be pungent and will last longer.
About the notes of a perfume – the top notes comprise of the first whiff you get when you spray on your fragrance. It fades away very quickly. The middle notes develop once the top notes evaporate. The base notes are the heaviest, and they linger for a long time. Your perfume will always have all three.
The Personality Factor. This is the most important factor to consider in choosing the right fragrance. Truly contemplate your personality traits and characteristics. Are you sweet and bubbly? Causally confident? Dangerously seductive? The graceful dancer? Keep these traits in mind when choosing a fragrance and you will begin to realize how powerful the link is between scent and personality.
Create your own custom scent by layering fragrances. Spray a few fragrance blotters with different oils and perfumes and smell them at the same time to see if they complement each other. Once you find a combination you like, try them on your skin (your skin oils can alter the way a perfume smells).
Spray the stronger scent first and then top it with the lighter fragrance so that the first fragrance doesn’t overpower the second.
Use business cards as blotter strips for sampling fragrances. No need to waste blotter strip paper.
To sample the true scent of the fragrance you’re testing, wait until it has dried on your skin before smelling. The first scent you smell as soon as a fragrance is sprayed is the top note, which disappears after a few minutes, so wait a few moments and give the fragrance time to bloom on your skin, to let the notes ‘talk’ to you.
Want to test different scents? Spray one on your right wrist,
another on the left and another into your elbow cavity. But remember that three scents is the maximum: if you spray more than three your nose gets confused.
Ask the beauty advisors in the shop if you can smell at
some coffee beans between trying different fragrances, because this neutralizes your nose. They usually have them available in the shop for this purpose. Or smell at your forearm if you didn’t apply any perfume there yet, because the smell of your own skin is neutral to yourself.
If you’re sampling perfumes and you spray yourself with something you don’t like, use a makeup wipe to get rid of the scent. Fragrance sampling is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.
Fragrances that contain more natural ingredients will become more intense and its colour will change over time.
More synthetic ingredients means a more enduring scent. If you are particular about how your perfume smells, look for one with more synthetic ingredients.
Perfume Hacks for Storing Perfume
Don’t store your fragrances in your bathroom or other damp, warm places, if you want them to last longer. Heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality of the fragrance. Instead, store them in cool, dry, dark spots.
“It’s best to keep your fragrance in its original box and to save it in the vegetable compartment of your fridge.”
Perfume smells different in different climates.
“Humidity, dry, cold air, and pollution will affect how the scent smells on you,”
Tip: You can put the fragrances you use frequently (if you use more than one), or the empty but most beautiful bottles, on a pretty cake stand to display them.