April 15, 2021
You’ve finally found your signature personal scent, the one that you can wear every day and not get sick of. Congrats! Now, here’s the bad news: you’re only halfway there. If you want your perfume to last more than the season and you also want it to wear longer than an ad break, listen in: because we have the best ever perfume tips for you.
Store it properly
The whole “store in a cool, dry place” memo also works for fragrance. Scent is sensitive to the environment and anything too hot or humid will only help break it down. Too much light is also a no-no, as it has the same effect, so that’s a no for the bathroom, the windowsill or basically anywhere a plant would thrive.
Perfume works best on the pulse points, so the obvious choices are the neck and wrists, but behind your knees and the inside part of your elbow also works. Alternatively you can also spray on your clothes as certain fibres can hold scent for a long time (which is why your partner’s clothes always smell deliciously like them). But, avoid delicate fabrics like silk which may stain.
The letter matters
EDT, EDP or Cologne – they all mean the same thing right? Not exactly. Yes, they are all scents, but there’s a lot more to it than that. In fact, that little letter will tell you a lot about your fragrance. Here’s a brief rundown: Eau de Cologne had the lowest concentrations of perfume oil, followed by EDT and then EDP, which has the highest concentration at 15%-20%. Those with lower concentrations will be more affordable but won’t last as long and won’t be as intense. If you’d like to learn more about these types, read the blog we wrote about it here
Know when to spray
Perfume does not like dry skin, so the optimum time to apply is post-shower when your skin is supple and hydrated. By the same token oily skin also holds perfume better as it binds to the oil, so make it last the distance by applying an unscented oil or body cream prior to application.
We’re almost auto-programmed to do it, but actually dabbing or rubbing the perfume between our wrists is one of the worst things you can do for longevity. This is because the friction heats up the skin and produces some crazy enzymes that actually change the scent, and make it wear down faster.
If you want to find something really unique, consider layering your fragrances to create something bespoke. Start with those in the same fragrance families: florals and woods, citruses and greens, and don’t layer more than two or three at a time. Learn more about fragrance layering in our blog here, or try one of Demeter Fragrance Library’s Sampler packs (like, Blissful, $29.95) which has a variety of sprays for you to try, alongside the Demeter Fragrance Library Fragrance Blending Tool Kit, $8.95.
Demeter Fragrance Library Gardenia Cologne Spray, $19.95: A single note variant of one of our favourite, classic white florals.
KYND Violet Kiss Natural Perfume, $65: A romantic blend of Violet, vanilla, cedarwood and vetiver in a handy rollerball.
The Perfume Oil Company SANTAL, $29.95, A fresh, woody oil that’s a dead ringer for Le Labo’s Santal 33 – but a tenth of the price.