Choosing a perfume is not a simple task. It depends on our preferences and reflects a part of our personality, our character. And once we've found the perfect fragrance, we like to smell it all day long. But a few hours after spraying, we often have the impression that its trail is fading, and it's hard to resist the temptation to reapply. This raises the question of fragrance longevity. How can I make it last longer? And are there fragrances that last longer on the skin? Are there parts of the body that retain the scent better? Houbigant reveals a few secrets for a long-lasting fragrance, one that lasts a long time without needing to be sprayed several times a day.
How many hours should a fragrance last?
Perfume is a daily gesture for our clients. It's part of a beauty and feel-good ritual that helps them get the day off to a good start. And they all agree: they like long-lasting fragrances, with notes that unfold their full range of nuances over several hours. But how do you assess the long-lasting qualities of a fragrance?
A perfume is long-lasting when it lasts throughout the day. So many hours for the notes to express themselves, leaving their trail on the skin. Of course, they are most intense in the first few minutes after application. As the hours go by, they gradually fade, but don't disappear completely. They persist delicately on the skin. And if the perfume doesn't last as long, it's not a sign of poor quality. It may be due to its composition. We should also remember that each skin is unique and does not react in the same way to the fragrance.
The composition that makes a fragrance last
How long a fragrance lasts depends on its composition and concentration. The higher the concentration, the longer it stays on the skin. Eau de parfum and Extrait de Parfum last longer than Eau de Toilette or Eau de Cologne, whose light trail quickly fades.
Composition is also a determining factor in fragrance longevity. Some notes, because of the lightness of their molecules, evaporate more quickly. We're thinking in particular of citrus notes. Others, on the other hand, have a more intense, persistent sillage, such as woody and ambery notes. And it's during composition that the designer's talent is expressed, as he chooses top, heart and base notes that complement each other, blend harmoniously and express all their nuances on the skin.
Tips for making perfume last longer
By now, you know the secrets of fragrances that last on the skin, and the pulse points where they should be sprayed. But we have a few more to share with you.
The right dosage of application of your perfume depends on :
- the concentration and composition of a fragrance;
- the skin's reaction.
We also recommend layering. If your fragrance is available as a body lotion, soap, powder or shower gel, you can use these different variations to reinforce its lasting effect.
Finally, remember to keep it away from light, heat and humidity, in a cool, dry place such as a drawer. And remember, your sense of smell gets used to your fragrance. After a few weeks of use, it considers it part of your regular scent. That's why you feel it less on your skin. To remedy this, you can change your fragrance regularly and take the opportunity to discover our other Houbigant creations. You can also spray your perfume on your clothes, which will ensure a very long-lasting scent.
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