Smelling nice in the summer is a must to impress, but how do you make your perfume last longer in warm weather with the heat, sweat and sunscreen?
A perfume expert has revealed her top tips for how to use your scents to make sure the scent lasts as long as possible.
Elizabeth Richards of The Perfume Shop says so moisturizing before spraying, keeping the bottle in the fridge, and spraying the scent on your hair instead of your skin can all help.
Here, Elizabeth shares with FEMAIL her ultimate advice for wearing your favorite fragrance in the sun.
If you want your scent to last all day in warmer weather, there are a few key tricks to know, such as not rubbing your wrists together and layering with scented moisturizers or different perfumes (stock image)
Layer it up
Instead of a few scents fading during the day, a great way to combine your favorite perfume is to use it in different forms, or wear several scents at once.
When you think of the products you apply in the morning — from shower gel to moisturizer or body oil — there are plenty of options for maximizing a hit of your favorite perfume, or top it all off with a spritz of hair mist.
Layering also offers the opportunity to create a unique and personal scent that lingers all day long.
Elizabeth said: ‘Each fragrance family has different characteristics and by wearing more than one perfume at a time, you can create your own bespoke fragrance.
Do you know your eau de toilette from eau de parfum, and which is the best choice for you in warmer weather?
Elizabeth said, “Depending on how long you need or want the fragrance to last and when you will wear it, will depend on whether you should opt for an EDT or EDP. Warmer weather and higher body temperatures slightly increase the rate at which the scent develops and spreads.’
Eau de Toilette lasts about four hours, they contain a smaller amount of essential oils, which means the scent is lighter and doesn’t have an overpowering aroma, which is great to wear in warm weather.
Eau de Parfum, on the other hand, offers a richer and deeper scent that lasts for about six hours, these are perfect for those who are out all day and want a perfume with a long life.
Notes like mint, basil, orange blossom and tangy citrus are synonymous with summer and are the perfect ingredients to pile on top of each other.’
Spray on different parts of the body
It’s time to forget about spraying your wrists and neck and focus on other parts of the body if you want to make sure your scent has lasting power.
Spraying your scent on alternate parts of your body, including your elbows and belly button, can make it last longer in the summer months.
Think of anything where there is no skin and you are on the right track
Elizabeth explains: ‘In the summer, the heat can make your perfume evaporate faster, so I recommend spraying your favorite scent on your elbows, behind your knees, and even on your belly button.
That way you prevent it from peeling off your skin quickly, because they are usually places that are protected from direct sunlight.’
Your hair may not be somewhere you would think to spray perfume, but it’s another place that makes your scent last longer.
“Now you can sprinkle your daily perfume on your ends after shampooing when it’s wet to release your favorite aroma,” said Elizabeth.
“With hair that provides a greater surface area for your perfume to stick to, spray on your neck, hairline and center of your head for a longer-lasting scent in the sun.”
Don’t keep your bottle in the bedroom – keep it in the fridge!
Your bottles may look nice on the dressing table, but the brightness and humidity will cause the notes to break down and this will affect the scent over time.
Tips for wearing fragrance in your hair
1. Waltz through a cloud of scent
Spritzing perfume into the air and running through it will allow the scent to settle on your hair rather than saturate it (as happens when you spray your bottle up close), limiting the alcohol’s impact on your hair .
2. Perfume your hairbrush
Have you ever tried spraying the perfume on your hairbrush and then brushing your hair?
This method creates a nice light scent that is evenly distributed while brushing.
3. Enjoy a hair mist
If you prefer something more substantial to make more of an impact, try a specially formulated hair mist.
Not only are they designed to provide fragrance, they are often formulated with additional hair-loving benefits, such as moisturizing properties, that work with the hair, not against it. Major brands such as Chanel now offer their most popular fragrances such as N°5 as hair mists.
Elizabeth recommends that you keep your favorite scents in a dry, cool place or even in the refrigerator. Cooling a perfume with refreshing, icy notes will give the maximum effect.
Scents with notes of lemon, grapefruit, sea accord and blackcurrant sorbet, such as Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Forever Pour Femme, leave you smelling light and fresh all day long.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
If you want your perfume to last even longer, make sure your skin is well hydrated.
“Showing moisturizes the skin, giving the fragrance a boost, and once you’re hydrated, it makes a great base for your fragrance, just like a primer makes a great base for your foundation,” said Elizabeth.
Do not overspray or rub wrists together
You might think liberally spraying your favorite perfume is the best way to make it last, but overdoing it isn’t necessarily beneficial for you.
Heat enhances the scent, so you run the risk of your scent becoming overpowering.
If you like to wear a lot of perfume, then a light and fresh scent is the best choice for the summer months.
Elizabeth also suggests not rubbing your wrists together after spraying, as this will affect the smell.
“The friction and heat can affect the top and mid-tones, causing flowers to lose their crispness,” she said.
“It also vigorously mixes the perfume with your natural oils, which can alter the scent.
“So it’s best to just spray and let the scent soak into your skin.”