The art of wearing a perfume is more than meets the eye. Find out if you’re making these mistakes and how you can prevent them – pronto.
If you find that your fragrance tends to fade off into the day, or if your fragrance doesn’t smell like, well, your fragrance anymore, you could be slipping up somewhere. Below, five perfume mistakes you could be making right now, and how you can totally avoid them.
1. Rubbing your wrists
The number 1 mistake that people make is rubbing their wrists after they spritz. Friction and heat breaks down your perfume’s molecular structure, causing it to smell different and shorten its life span.
Remember: rubbing your wrists together is a big no-no! Other than spraying on your wrists, give other pulse points as well as your hair a light spritz for long-lasting results.
2. Not moisturising before you apply
Whether you’re wearing a fragrance or not, you should be keeping your skin moisturised! Moisturised skin allows your perfume to adhere better for extra staying power.
Use an unscented moisturiser or one with a matching scent to avoid clashing with your signature fragrance. Another hack is to apply Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying your perfume on for long-lasting effect.
bb Tip: For extra skin comfort, try a perfume designed to nourish your skin while you smell great at the same time. The LAVANILA The Healthy Fragrance Pure Vanillais blended with all natural, organic and premium pure essential oils for refreshed skin and a extravagantly sweet scent.
3. Spritzing fragrance on blotters and clothes
If you’re wondering why your fragrance smells so different in the bottle, on blotters in store and on your skin, it’s all in the chemistry. Your body chemistry changes the scent, that’s why spraying it directly on your skin before giving it a sniff after a few minutes is the best way to determine whether you should shop or drop this perfume. Furthermore, fragrances are formulated for direct skin application. Spraying on your clothes may cause stains, while some fabric and blotter fibers can change the smell of your perfume completely.
bb Tip: If you’re no good at aiming your fragrance at the right places, try a roll-on or solid perfume. We recommend The Little Alchemist Natural Perfume and Mox Botanicals Solid Perfume.
4. Storing your fragrance in the open
Light, heat and oxygen – add these three factors together and they can cause some serious damage to your favourite perfume. If you find that that perfume on your vanity table smells a little… funky after a while, it could be these culprits.
The most ideal place where you can store and conveniently reach out for your perfume is the cabinet. Always keep in mind that you should never leave it somewhere warm or in direct sunlight.
5. Overdosing on your signature scent
We know very well by now that spritzing our perfumes on our pulse points is one way to lengthen their life spans. But overdo it and you’re on your way to suffocation. Pick at most three pulse points and avoid overdosing on your scent.
We also know how significant it is to have a signature scent that we can identify with. But does it mean that your signature scent has to come from one miserly little bottle? We don’t think so. Admit it – sticking to just one scent does get boring some times.
Say, for instance, you love your floral-scented perfume. Why not choose a range of floral perfumes on top of that for different moods and occasions? A particular floral perfume may be your signature scent, but alternating between different floral perfumes can give more meaning to a specific place and time.
bb Tip: If you’re a big floral perfume fan like us, you have to know Jean Patou. If you’re looking for renewed sophistication, try JOY. For classy modernity, try Joy Forever. For feminine radiance, try Sublime. Finally, for enigmatic glamour, try 1000. Together, these four perfumes ooze luxurious floral, complementing each other perfectly for a signature scent you can call your own.
Confession time! Have you committed any one of these five mistakes? Share with us by commenting below. – Becks