5 Top Tips to Make Your Perfume Last All Day

5 Top Tips to Make Your Perfume Last All Day



“A perfume is an intimate object, it is the reflector of the heart.”
~ Emanuel Ungaro


If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m a perfume lover/addict/hoarder and a beautiful fragrance is something I cannot resist. I believe in being intoxicated by a fragrance, falling in love with it to the point where I can’t get it out of my head!


I’ve always had friends and family tell me my perfume lasts all day, even for days sometimes (check out my Oud review HERE), but I do know that a lot of people find that their fragrance fades away very quickly and they struggle to make scents last, meaning that they go through their perfumes a lot faster. If you are one of those people and feel your fragrance disappears the moment you’ve sprayed it on, then this article is for you 🙂


Today we are talking about tips to make your perfume last all day long, on how you should apply perfume, how to correctly store it and also retain its quality…so read on 🙂



Store Your Perfume Correctly


Heat, humidity and light are your perfume’s arch enemies and they will weaken and break down your perfume! So lesson no. 1 is to never store your perfumes in your bathroom or next to a window. Instead, always try and store them in an area that is dry, cool and dark (i.e. away from a window). I personally keep all my perfumes inside a drawer in my cupboard.


I also recommend keeping the box that the perfume comes in. If you are somebody who likes to display their perfume bottles on their vanity, then you can keep them inside their pretty box and have them on display!

Also, NEVER shake your perfume bottle. Perfumes are meant to stand still. When you shake the bottle, you let air into the perfume which reduces its quality.





Know When to Apply Perfume


A lot of us (including me at times) spray perfume on just before heading out the door OR before we have moisturised our skin and that is where we are going wrong.


If you want your perfume to last all day, the best time to apply it is straight after you have showered and applied a moisturiser (unscented or one that is matching with your fragrance) on your body. Damp skin means open pores and open pores soak in the fragrance. The same way oily/moisturised skin retains fragrance for much longer.





Know Where to Apply Perfume


I’m sure you all know that perfume lasts longer when applied to pulse points on the body. So ideally behind the ears, on the wrists, inside your elbows and on your neck. The warmth in these points helps to disperse the scent across the entire body. If you want to take it a step further, spray perfume on your hair as well the calves and ankles – this will make your scent rise and float as you walk throughout the day.


Two things to keep in mind though:

  • Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume. Friction causes top notes in a perfume to fade, so gently dab your wrists instead of rubbing.


  • Don’t directly spray perfume on your hair. Instead, spritz some on your hairbrush and run that gently through the lengths of your hair. You can also buy a perfume that is designed specifically for hair.




Know Fragrance Types + Potencies


There are various types of fragrances available in the market, so it’s important to know which category your perfume falls under:


Eau Fraiche (Body Splash)

1 to 3% perfume oil

Lasts about 1 hour



Eau de Cologne

2 to 4% perfume oil

Lasts about 2 hours



Eau de Toilette

5 to 15% perfume oil

Lasts for around 3 hours



Eau de Parfum

15 to 20% perfume oil

Lasts around 5-8 hours




20 to 30% perfume oil

Lasts upto 24 hours.

Based on your preference, choose the one best suited for you.




Layer Your Fragrance


Have you ever mixed scents together to make your own sweet little concoction? If not, then it is something worth trying. One of the best ways to do this is to first spray a stronger fragrance/perfume and then layer a much milder, lighter fragrance on top.


To know which scents go well together, spray different fragrances on fragrance blotters or even business cards and smell them together to see which two perfumes are complementing each other.



So those are my 5 Top Tips to make your fragrance last all day, but that’s not all. Here are a few more tips that will help you make the right choice when it comes to perfumes and their application:



  • Choose a perfume with strong/heavy Base Notes as those scents typically last longer. You want to ideally look for something with musk, pine, vanilla and patchouli.


  • If you have a strong perfume and yet you want to wear in during the day, just spray it in the air and walk through it. Walking through the mist will evenly distribute the scent across your entire body, leaving you with a scent that is not as strong or overpowering.


  • Reached the end of an expensive perfume bottle (that almost broke the bank)??? Well, make the most of it and use your perfume till the LAST DROP by simply adding it to a bottle of unscented lotion!


  • If you’re trying and testing perfumes in a store, don’t smell it right after you spray it on yourself or the fragrance blotter. Give the perfume a chance to evaporate and dry, because that is when you will get its true scent.


  • Following from the above tip, if you ever test a perfume that you don’t like or agree with, simply rub it off using makeup wipes and the scent will go away immediately.


  • If you are someone who likes to touch-up their perfume through the course of the day
    (I know I do), then simply carry a miniature of the fragrance you’ve used in your handbag. Majority times you needn’t buy the miniature separately, simply ask for a sample miniature when purchasing perfumes.


Hope these tips and tricks were helpful. Leave me a comment to tell me if you have a secret tip for making fragrances last longer or which of the above tips worked best for you!



Until we meet again,


  • Lala July 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Ugh I always rub mine. Now I know better! Thanks for the tips love

    • Ankita July 23, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Haha! I used to do that too, but it’s a big no-no

      You can lightly dab your wrists together or even spray on your wrist and then dab gently on the inside of your elbows (I do this whenever I’m using a stronger fragrance, just to lighten it up a bit) <3

  • Lala July 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I had to no idea that you shouldn’t run your wrist together. Great tips! Thanks love!

  • Velvet Blush July 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I LOVE these tips! I’m going to take the one on board about applying it after showering, I normally do it before I’m about to leave the house. x

    Velvet Blush

    • Ankita July 23, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Thank you so so much love! <3

      I'm actually guilty of the same... especially on days when I'm going somewhere because I get so caught up with getting dressed and putting on makeup!

  • Derek Dewitt August 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    My wife has been complaining about her perfume not lasting all day so we’ve been looking for ways to help it last. I like that you suggest dabbing the perfume on your wrist because rubbing causes friction. I had no idea that friction caused perfumes to lose their top notes. I’ll be sure to pass this on to my wife. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ankita August 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Derek,
      Thanks a ton for dropping by 🙂
      I hope these tips work out for your wife. I’d love to hear her thoughts 🙂


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