The sweltering heat is already making you sweat buckets. And yet you're gung-ho about having the best time in the sun. Unfortunately, all your activities can make you smell icky even when you're wearing your favorite perfume. Sweat, after all, reduces a fragrance's natural potency. Thankfully, there are ways to ensure your fragrance keeps you smelling fresh even when you’re perspiring. And no, it doesn’t mean you have to compensate by spraying too much perfume—we know, that'd be such a waste. Here are some simple hacks on how to make your perfume last longer on your skin.
1) Keep your perfume in a cool, dry place
Where you store your perfume matter. You need to stash your fragrance away from light, where the temperature doesn't change as much as much as possible to keep it cool. Heat, moisture, and light break down the perfume's ingredients, which means it will stop smelling the way it should and won’t last as long.
Your best bet is to keep your perfumes in a drawer in your bedroom instead. Or better yet, store it inside the refrigerator. It really works, trust us.
2) Spray it strategically
Avoid the traditional scent-dabbing spots—wrists, neck, pulse points, behind your ears and knees. These areas tend to be warmer in the summer, thus heating off the perfume, driving it away faster. Instead, spritz fave fragrance on the non-hematic parts of your skin, as well as on the hairier parts of you—or simply, on your hair. These parts absorb the fragrance molecules faster, then release the scent more slowly, thus, making it last longer. Take note of these spots: forearms, back of your neck, hair.
3) Spray it on clothing
Too much sweat can wear away your fragrance, as it mixes and evaporates along with the perspiration. So instead of spritzing on your body, try spraying your perfume on your shirt for it to linger longer. Just be careful when spraying your clothes as the cologne may stain it.
4) Use a scented body lotion
Layering a scented body lotion with your perfume is also a good way to making your fragrance last. The oils in the lotion trap the smell, so it sticks to your skin for a longer time. If you don’t have any scented lotion, guess it's time to ask the girlfriend for a recommendation.
5) Switch to a stronger perfume
Obviously if it's a stronger perfume, chances are you will still be able to smell it even after sweating most of it off. Our suggestion? A musk. Musk, aside from being the most resilient type of perfume, are also known to mix well with the body's natural sweat. It endures in the summer better than many lighter, more citrusy notes.
6) Always be hydrated
Hydrated skin is the best foundation for a longer lasting scent. "Moisturized skin reduces dryness and in return makes fragrances last longer," advised Dr. Michael Marc Maaño, a dermatologist at Skin MD Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology.
7) If all else fails… re-apply
Instead of overly applying in the morning (which doesn’t work by the way), spray a moderate amount at first, then re-apply as needed.