How to increase the hold of your perfume (which costs an arm)? This is the burning question Annelise answers in this article!
If like me you have a skin that absolutely does not retain the perfume and that almost makes you regret buying overpriced juices, here are some tips to make the smell last a little longer, without emptying the bottle or deliver a pschitt every 4 minutes.
Why isn’t the perfume holding?
The skin is “alive”: it generates heat, perspiration, and has its own acidity (or pH).
Thus, some skins will reflect the same fragrance in different ways, which explains why we can recognize a fragrance on someone, but that it will not evolve in the same way on different people.
Moreover, a perfume is made to diffuse its notes progressively.
That’s why a perfume that is very sweet on the first draft can, for example, become sweeter after a few hours: it’s not just because the smell fades, it’s also because its base notes reveal themselves.
So some skins have a favorable ground for the fragrance, and will really amplify the notes and make them last.
I know a few people who put on two sprays of perfume in the morning and stay fragrant until the evening, naturally.
So the opposite is also possible, since some skins don’t retain the perfume. After a few hours, there’s nothing left.
Be careful: many people no longer “smell” their perfume after a few hours, simply because they are used to it!
The best thing to do is to ask someone, after a morning for example, if your perfume is still there. If the answer is no, you can now get around the problem with a few techniques.
The trick to solid perfume
The solid and concrete is perfume in a very concentrated form, in solidified cream (the appearance is reminiscent of wax).
To apply it, simply heat the product with your finger, or apply it directly to the skin if it comes in a solid tube (lipstick type).
You can apply it behind your ears towards your neck, or on your wrists. More discreet than a liquid perfume, it diffuses more easily and stays longer on the skin.
Beware, however, concretes are often very expensive and are unfortunately becoming increasingly rare.
Spray yourself elsewhere
Another solution is to put your perfume elsewhere than on the skin.
First: the hair. Indeed, hair absorbs odours well (which explains why, one day after a party, your hair smells like death and a cold ashtray even if you don’t smoke).
So you can spray a few sprays on your hair (without overdoing it) and then shake it out lightly (don’t let it get wet, it’s a sign that there’s too much perfume).
Two spritzes are more than enough, and the idea isn’t to turn into an Air Wick diffuser either.
This trick works well, but it’s not recommended if you use highly scented hair products (vanilla conditioner or other): you risk mixing up the smells, and some of them don’t really mix well.
Second: clothes. A spritz on the sweater is the assurance of smelling the perfume all day long, non-stop, because the fabric retains the perfume very well.
It’s recommended if you use a “light” perfume (if it’s dark, for example, like highly concentrated patchouli perfume, you risk staining your clothes), and if you don’t spray a white garment.
The only drawback of this method is that the perfume lacks a bit of subtlety since it remains “strong” for a long time. It’s better with a fresh, light fragrance rather than a heady scent.