A dab behind the ears or a cloud of scent? Try these tips for a long-lasting fragrance that doesn’t overpower.
If you’ve splashed out on a fine fragrance for special occasions, it’s natural to want the scent to last as long as possible when you put it on. So what’s the best way to wear perfume: a dab on the wrists and behind the ears, or spray a mist in the air and walk through it? Here’s our guide to getting the most out of your Guerlain Mitsouko or Chanel No.5 Eau Première.1. Store your bottles correctly:
Heat, light and humidity can cause the fragrance to fade in the bottle, making for a disappointing result when you put it on. Instead of keeping perfumes in the bathroom, try moving them to a cool, dry spot like a vanity in the bedroom to ensure that they’re in peak condition when you’re ready to use them.2. Apply little and often:
Adding to much perfume at once can be overwhelming. It won’t help your fragrance last longer, either: the scent evaporates at the same rate either way. Instead, apply a little perfume and top up through the day for a fresh feeling that won’t overpower.3. Prepare your skin:
Experts say perfume lasts longer on well-hydrated skin. So apply a lotion before spritzing for best effect. Choose an unscented brand or one that matches your perfume to avoid a clash of fragrances.4. Target the right places:
Perfume experts also advise focusing on the pulse points, such as the wrists, inner elbows and behind the ears, as well as the collarbones, behind the knees and ankles. Or follow the advice of Coco Chanel, who was once asked where women should apply perfume. “Wherever you want to be kissed,” she said. 5. To spritz clothes or not to spritz?
Chanel also reputedly said that one of the benefits of a signature scent is you can always identify your own coat. But others find that perfume can stain clothing. Stick to darker colours and less-delicate fabrics and you should be able to add that extra waft of scent without adding to your dry-cleaning bill.