15 handy tips for perfume fans
  • Pop petroleum jelly on your pulse spots

The ointment in the jelly will hold the fragrance for longer. Apply to your wrists, neck, inside elbows, behind knees and on ankles and calves.

  • Perfume your hairbrush

The alcohol in perfume can dry out your hair so don’t apply it directly. Instead lightly spray your hairbrush with it or purchase a hair perfume specifically designed to take care of your locks.

  • Don’t store them in the bathroom

Humidity and dampness will break down the perfume and weaken the fragrance. Keep them in your room instead.

  • Moisturise

Apply an unscented lotion before spritzing - oily skin will retain the fragrance for longer.

  • Spray after your shower but before getting dressed

Moisture is becoming a theme here - damp skin will lock in the scent but if you get dressed immediately it will rub off. Wait a few minutes for it to dry.

  • Don’t rub your wrists together

It's something we all do naturally, but it turns out wrist-rubbing is bad for your scent. Friction will cause the top notes of the perfume to fade faster and your perfume won’t last for as long.

  • Get to know the jargon

The notes in a perfume are very important. Top notes are the first scent you smell which fades quickly, middle notes are the scent that develops after top notes evaporates and base notes are the heaviest scent that lingers - something to keep in mind when you shop.

  • Pour last tiny bit of perfume into unscented body lotion

Don’t waste those last few frustrating drops, mix them into an unscented body lotion to make your favourite scent last even longer.

  •  Know the different types of perfume

Anything with body spray, eau de cologne or eau de toilette has a low concentration of fragrance oils and a subtle scent. Eau de parfum and extrait de parfum is a lot more pungent and lasts the longest.

  • Spray pillow with calming perfume

Having trouble sleeping? Try spritzing your pillow with your favourite relaxing scent to help you reach the land of nod. Lavender, jasmine and camomile notes are the ultimate snooze aiders.

  • Carry around cotton buds swabbed with perfume

Lugging around your perfume bottle can be heavy and you might lose it. Instead, carry around some cotton buds swabbed with your fragrance for touch ups throughout the day.

  • Line dresser drawers with tissue paper and spray with scent

To keep your clothes and towels smelling fresh, line your drawers with tissue paper sprayed liberally with perfume.

  • If buying online do your research

We all love online shopping but not being able to test a scent puts many people off buying perfume online. Just make sure you check out reviews before you buy to see if it’s worth investing.

  • Don’t shake your perfume

Perfume is designed to stand still. You don’t need to mix up the scent, it will only let air into it and reduce the quality.

  •  Keep the box

Perfume needs to be stored away from daylight; sunlight degrades the oil and breaks down the fragrance. If you still want them on display, keep them in the pretty box they came in.