Perfumes smell great and we all want to have a signature scent. But, most people end up making a few mistakes with perfumes. Most perfumes today are really expensive, specifically if you’re looking for a good, long-lasting perfume. But, certain mistakes that we make can actually end up ruining the longevity of the perfume, or just ruin it all together.
Mistake #1: You Rub Your Wrists Together After Applying
This mistake seriously limits your scent’s staying power. Fragrance is built in notes: top note, middle note, and base note, when you start rubbing your wrists together, you create friction and heat that burns through the top notes more quickly, lessening the lifespan of your spritz.
Mistake #2: You Only Spray It on Your Wrists
Perfume is activated by body heat, Try spraying it on your wrist, your neck, behind your knees, even your ankles. And try not to forget your biggest pulse point: your heart. Just don’t spray all these areas at once, or risk disapproval from co-workers and fellow subway riders. Feel free to spritz on clothes or hair. The result will be subtle, because applying to your clothes doesn’t project fragrance as much as applying it to your body does. You can also spray a little perfume on your hairbrush to give your hair a soft scent.
Mistake #3: You’re Not Moisturizing before You Apply
If you want your fragrance to last from dawn to dusk (or at least for as long as possible), make sure to moisturize before misting it on. Moisturized skin keeps fragrance lasting longer. If you think that much fragrance would give you a headache, try an unscented moisturizer to help your fragrance last without overpowering your senses.
Mistake #4: You Leave the Bottle Out on Your Vanity
If the idea of storing your perfume next to your fruits and veggies weirds you out, you can put it in your refrigerator. Just make sure it’s out of the heat and the sun. Otherwise, the fragrance can break down faster, get darker, and even go rancid (definitely not the scent you’re going for).
Mistake #5: You Steal Your BFF’s Scent
That fabulous perfume your friend always wears? Don’t run out and buy it immediately (and not just because you don’t want to be called a copycat). How the perfume smells on her is going to be different from how it smells on you. Why? “Body chemistry is the final ingredient in any fragrance—what smells amazing on you may not work on your friend, sister, or mother—and visa versa, so at least ask if you can try a spray or two before getting yours.
Mistake #6: You’re Not Having Fun with It
Perfume is “all about discovery and fun” So try not to take it too seriously. If you want to purchase a fragrance you never thought was your type, go for it. Tastes change over time. Getting inventive by wearing fragrances in different ways has always been explored by the trendsetters.