If you’ve recently made the switch from a commercial fragrance to a natural perfume, you’re probably wishing you could make the scent last longer throughout the day.
How long a scent lasts will be different for everyone, regardless of whether it’s synthetic or natural. The most concentrated forms of essential oil extracts and perfumes can last for up to 8 hours. However, in most instances, it’s the synthetic scents that are more capable of lasting most of the day.
Natural scents gradually break down over the course of the day but you won’t need to worry about the potentially harmful effects of the ingredients. In fact, this is usually the main reason why people make the switch to a natural perfume.
What Makes a Perfume Last Longer?
There are several reasons why some perfumes last longer than others. In some cases, even perfumes that are manufactured by the same brand can differ in terms of scent longevity. Here’s why:
- Types of ingredients used. The ingredients that are used to create a perfume, how the scents are extracted, whether or not natural isolates are used, and the species of the plant can all make a difference.
- Ingredient quality. Want your scent to last longer? Opt for brands that are known for using high-quality ingredients.
- Perfume composition. A perfume that has lighter, fresher notes will usually have a shorter lifespan than a perfume with heavier notes.
- Perfume concentration. A higher concentration equals a longer-lasting fragrance. Every brand’s perfume will have a slightly different concentration as there is no specific standard.
- A perfumer’s skill. Finally, the skills of a perfumer also make a difference to scent longevity. Ingredients and extraction and blending techniques all play a role.
How to Enjoy Your Favourite Natural Perfume for Longer
If you’re enjoying your natural perfumes but want to make the scents last for as long as possible, here are a few tips:
- Hydrate your skin first. Using an oil-based, unscented moisturiser or oil on your skin before you apply your perfume can help retain the scent for longer. You can even test it out yourself. Use a perfume on dry skin one day and moisturised skin the next to experience the difference.
- Don’t stop at your pulse points. Your pulse points are warm, which means you will get a strong burst of fragrance for an hour or two. From there, the perfume breaks down more rapidly. Apply your perfume to your wrists, neck and the inside of your elbow. It might sound strange but applying perfume to the lower half of your body such as at the back of your knees can make your fragrance last longer. Scent rises, which means you can enjoy wafts of your favourite perfume throughout your day.
- Use layers. If the brand you love makes other products such as body oils and washes, use those before you apply your perfume to create a layered effect. Plus, the fact that your skin will be moisturised will further enhance the fragrance.
- Watch out for heat and sunlight. If you’re going to work up a sweat, your natural perfume will break down a lot quicker. If you’re going to gym over your lunchbreak or work in a warm office, you may want to carry your perfume with you. You should also keep any natural perfumes out of direct sunlight as this can break the scent down before it even leaves the bottle.
- Don’t rub your wrists together. Almost everyone generally rubs their wrists together after applying perfume but this should be avoided with natural scents. By creating heat and friction, your perfume will break down more rapidly.
At the end of the day, natural perfumes will never last as long as their synthetic counterparts. However, the benefits of natural scents far outweigh the need for a longer-lasting perfume. With that being said, these helpful tips will definitely make a difference – give them a try!
Very interesting, thank you for the tips! I will definitely try this :)