Rather you have one bottle or you are an avid collector of fragrances caring for your perfume is one of the most important steps to get the longevity and duration of the scent itself. Before we discuss how to get the most out of your fragrance it is important to understand how a fragrance is created. Understanding this will give you an ideal of why some scents wear off quicker than others.
Fragrances are composed of three key factors: a top note, a middle note and a base note. The top note is the first thing you will notice as you spritz it from the bottle. It is the lightest of all the notes and, due to its light molecular structure, it is also the first note to evaporate and fade away. Popular top notes are light, citrusy fruits like lemon zest, grapefruit or bergamot, and aromatic herbs like lavender, mint and lemon balm. However fleeting top notes may be they are still quite essential. After all, first impressions are often the most important!
The middle notes, also known as “heart notes”, they transition smoothly once the top note has evaporated. These notes are considered the heart of the fragrance because they last a considerable while longer and have a strong influence on the scents to come. Most commonly, a fragrance’s heart is a pleasant, well-rounded combination of floral and heavier fruit characteristics. Sometimes, these tones are accented with spicier scents like cinnamon or cardamom.
Lastly, the base, or final, notes are fragrance you sense once the top not has completely evaporated. These notes intertwine with the middle notes to create the fullest body of the fragrance. They are often associated with the period of time in which the majority of the liquid of the fragrance has dried. The main purpose of these notes is to deliver a pleasant, long-term impression. These notes are often rich and linger on the skin many hours after the other notes have faded away. Common base notes are vanilla, amber, cedar and sandalwood.
So how does this information apply to getting the most out of your fragrance? Well if your fragrance is designed with all top notes by default the fragrance will only last less than an hour or so. But no matter the case let’s take a look at four things you can do to increase the longevity and duration of the scent.
- Spray your pulse points– By default our pulse points generate more heat. Whenever there is more heat a smell increases
- Spray your hair brush– Since alcohol can damage your hair when put directly on it spray your hair brush instead this will help the scent linger around you.
- Rub on unscented Vaseline before using the fragrance– Did you know fragrance holds up better on a moisturized skin as opposed to a dry one? Apply Vaseline to the areas you intend to spray or where you would like the scent to last.
- Store your fragrance properly– Any place that contains high amount of moisture, light, humidity and heat can be an antagonist to your fragrance. These four things break down the chemical balance in the fragrance and over a short period of time will alter the smell of the fragrance. One of the worst places to store your fragrance is in the bathroom.