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Frequent Questions: How to Make your Fragrance Last
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Many of us dont fully realize how fragrance creates a lasting first impression, recommended on The Good
which is difficult to shake; perfume invades a space with each breath and speaks Web Guide.
for us in ways no words can express. But many are those worrying about their
Elena Vosnaki is executive
carefully chosen fragrance not actually withstanding the time lapse it takes from
editor of Fragrantica.gr, the
putting it on and actually arriving and meeting those they mean to impress with it.
leader in fragrance
So we turned to international fragrance expert Arnaud Marolleau for suggestions
information in Greek, as well
and I supplemented with a few tried & tested tips of my own so as to provide a brief
as a senior editor for the top
but useful guide into how to make your perfume last longer. english-speaking
Fragrantica.com webzine.

Vosnaki has been Fragrance


Expert on About.com and the
Perfume History Curator of
the Be Open Foundation
exhibition TheGardenof
Wonders,AJourneyinScents
in Milan. Her writing has been
twice shortlisted in the FIFI
Editorial Excellence Awards
and is extensively quoted by
authors. She is an evaluating
expert on Osmoz.com.

Interviews of the author


Chooseanintenseolfactoryfamilytobeginwith. Olfactory families denote
a general classification that gives the character of a fragrance, as in how it regarding her unique status as
translates to others: citrus or floral or woody for instance are three different perfume historian & writer
categories, respectively characterised by the preponderance of citrus fruit essences, appear in VOGUE Hellas,
scents evoking flowers or aromata deriving from big trees such as cedar, ICON Magazine and Queen.gr
sandalwood etc. Of course they do not only include the above mentioned
ingredients, but that's the predominant impression. There are more esoteric
fragrance families, such as chypre and fougere for which you will need to consult
our Chypre fragrance accord guide or Fougre fragrance accord guide, if you're
unfamiliar with those. SEARCH THIS BLOG

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According to Marolleau, the purpose of having an intense effect out of your
perfume is best served by chypres, woodies or oriental scents. Chypre is a family of
perfumes that are characterized by a citrus top note (traditionally bergamot), a
floral middle and a mossy-musk base comprised by labdanum and oakmoss in
.
classic perfumes or recently a base of vetiver and patchouli in "nouveau chypres"
(these involve perfume releases in the last 10 years or less). Chypre fragrance has
more than 60 percent comprised of base notes; it is a very enveloping, sensual and
sophisticated fragrance, while woody is very good for business.
You can find fragrance reviews of chypre, woody scents and oriental perfumes on
the corresponding links.

Chooseamoreconcentratedformofyourfavoritefragrance. There are


several fragrance concentrations (ratio of aromatic essences in alcohol and water),
such as Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum and Extrait de Parfum (If you don't know
which is which, click on the link). If in doubt opt for the higher concentration vs.
the weaker one; such as Eau de Parfum over Eau de Toilette or pure parfum over
Eau de Parfum. Usually this technique provides a better anchoring, the more
concentrated version being richer in base notes which have a low volatility rate
Just beware that some fragrances (for instance some Chanels, Narciso Rodriguez
for Her or Dior J'Adoremany perfume editions) can be slightly different in
formula -and thus in their aesthetic effect- among their different concentrations;
sample smartly before you invest!

Outsmarttheweather,especiallyhumidity. Cold weather tends to hold


some notes, especially lush florals and balsams into check. This is why often some
tropical fragrances smell all wrong in the wintertime or in northern climates. But
heat and humidity can also alter the evolution of a perfume: heat volatilises
.
essences quicker and as to humidity, humidity is the vampire of fragrance, said
Marolleau. Humidity also makes you sweat more, which in itself alters the
intended scent of any given perfume.
In order for the scent to last, you must wear it in as dry an environmen as possible.
This means that if you're working in an air-conditioned office or use the air-
condition in your car, you will perceive your scent for longer. Of course this isn't
always practical! The best thing to do is to have a little bottle in your handbag and
renew your fragrance accordingly, taking in mind the surroundings you're going to
be in so as not to overdo it.

Improveyourskinconditiontomakefragrancehold. If your skin is dry,


the fragrance will never last as long as you want it to. Why? There is nothing for
the scent to stick onto making the fragrance evaporate quicker. The easiest
suggestion is to wear body lotion all the time to keep skin moisturized. It doesn't
need to be scented in a matching scent as your perfume, though that is a romantic
and indulgent idea (called "layering a scent") Unscented moisturizer will mean you
can use it with whichever fragrance you plan to wear. You can also make your own:
Put a little lotion in the palm of your hand and then spray or pour a tiny bit of your
fragrance in that little "pool". Rub your palms together to mix and apply on your .
skin. Yummy!
I also recommend putting a bit of jojoba oil on still damp skin after your
bath/shower, especially on places where you will wear fragrance later on. Jojoba is
very simpatico to most skins, even oily ones, and is so close to skin sebum that it
doesn't alter the scent profile of your perfume or your own body scent.
Also please consult some of the perfume application tricks in our How to Best
Apply your Fragrance guide. Several of them help fragrances radiate better and last
longer.

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Eldarwen22 15:26
I'm one of those weirdos that always has to check the weather. It narrows
down (somewhat) what I will wear that day. It isn't so much for what kind
of cloths I'll wear but perfume. I must have the world's driest skin and I
am always slathering on lotion. I've also noticed on how no matter how
much lotion I put on EDT's only last 3 or 4 hours max, hence why I always
buy EDP's.

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MimiGardenia 16:49
It's true Elena about humidity being the vampire of fragrance ! Sweating
just killed any kind of fragrance except for Fracas EDP which amplified
greatly to the point of making me feel sick . I don't know why that is so .It
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noeticowl 17:33
I always find that my really dry skin does not hold fragrance well in the
winter so I tend to spray my clothes as well. I have more luck in the FOLLOWERS
summer but perhaps this is because I often use organic virgin coconut oil
as an all body moisturizer and layer it with essential oils for extra Followers(1127)Next
fragrance-the double wham of oil can last all day on my skin!
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Perfumeshrine 19:42
Eld,

I do watch the weather too. Though that's a quirk; I associate rainy days
with a certain scent and I wear a specific rotation in the heatwave.

Indeed concentration plays a significant part as well.


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Making your own fragrant lotion is a very neat trick. I tried that this Christian Dior Poison Girl
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On the subject of perfume longevity, I have to say that I have "scent-glue
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skin" even though it is very dry (also fair and tight-pored for the record). A
short-lived scent will "only" last a good 12 hours. My SOTD, Champagne Absolue
de Bois, will last a good 36 hours even through a shower. Viktoria Minya Hedonist
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thanks for the feedback! Glad you liked this trick. It's neat and practical,
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