5 Surprising Tips to Make Your Perfume Last All Day Long

Imagine this scenario: you’ve bought a lovely bottle of perfume and you think you’ve finally gotten yourself your signature notes, but somehow the lovely smell just disintegrates in a couple of hours.

You probably don’t have to imagine this, there is a serious chance you’ve lived through it. Carrying around a bottle of perfume is tiring and oftentimes no matter what we do the scent fades. Fortunately for you, our dear reader, here are some things you can do to make your perfume last all day long.

Don’t Rub Your Wrists Together

One of the main mistakes people make when applying their fragrance of choice is that after spritzing it onto their wrists they rub them together.

What this does is that it alters the scent of the perfume which can, in turn, make the scent last a ridiculously short amount of time. Next time you put on your perfume just spray it on, try to fight your habit of rubbing your wrists afterward and you will notice the difference in longevity.

Know What You Buy

Nowadays, everything that you spray on your body and has a nice smell is colloquially known as perfume, however, this is not the case. We urge you that next time you buy a bottle of body spray, you look at the label more closely. Although they serve the same function, eau de toilette, eau de cologne, and Eau de perfume are different substances.

The main difference is in the number of fragrance oils they contain, with Eau de perfume having the most. This is why it has the best-staying power among the three. If you’d like to educate yourself further about the topic, you should follow the link and read the article called Cologne vs. Perfume…What Is The Difference? Decoding Words on Fragrance Bottles – Full Circle.


It has been shown that perfume performs better and lasts longer if it’s applied to moisturized skin. Applying body lotion after showering has many benefits to your skin, but it can also make your perfume last longer. Be careful when picking out the moisturizer, though.

If you’d like your perfume to take the central stage, get yourself a scent-free lotion so that its fragrance doesn’t clash with the perfume. If you don’t want to be bothered with getting a new lotion, we have another hack for you. You may also use vaseline. Apply some before you spray the perfume so the fragrance has something to hold on to.

Spritz Strategically

When dousing yourself in your favorite perfume it’s very important to know where exactly to spritz so that it’ll last longer. You should apply it to your wrists, elbows, neck, chest, the back of the knees, ankles, and calves.

These points are not randomly chosen as there’s some science behind them. This is where your skin is the warmest and it’s also where your pulse can be felt. Because of this warmth, you will radiate scent more subtly and longer. You may also apply some to your hair so that others will feel your fragrance with every gust of wind.

Know When to Reapply

Sometimes the lighter fragrances don’t last as long and unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about it. Notes like citrus and jasmine are known to fade away more quickly than for example those like musk or sandalwood.

If your favorite perfume has these notes, we have a tip for you. If you can’t haul around a bottle with you at all times, you may want to soak some cotton buds in your perfume and carry them in your bag. When the notes disappear from your skin, take out the cotton bud and swab where you want to reapply.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.