Given that really wonderful fragrances are often a bit of an investment, there's little more infuriating than spritzing it on as you walk out the door, only for it to be undetectable by the time your commute is over. (Like imagining dollar signs fade into thin air, no?)
But don't necessarily blame the perfume itself, because there really are right ways and wrong ways to apply a scent to make it last. What's more, seemingly inconsequential things like the way you store your fragrances are actually key to making them smell their best—and for the longest time possible. Allure spoke with fragrance guru Sue Phillips of New York City's Scenterprises, and her tips are gold. Keep reading to find out exactly why your scent might not have the staying power it should.
A rule of thumb is that fragrances in the oriental or woody category tend to last much longer than citrus, floral, or green scents. (Of course, if you prefer a lighter scent, then that's cool too.)
Important fact: Heat enhances fragrance, so it's important to spray it in places that generate the most body heat. This includes wrists, the crook of your elbows, and the nape of your neck—even behind your knees and on your ankles, especially since heat rises. (Genius, right?) That's Phillips's advice, but we've also found that spraying directly onto your hair is also a great hack, since your strands are basically a built-in diffuser (with every hair tousle or flip, some scent particles are released).
Surprise! There's actually a direct correlation between your skin regimen and how long your fragrance lasts, because scent doesn't mesh well with dry skin. (Just be sure that your moisturizer of choice is unscented.)
Did you know that fragrances have an expiration date? Phillips says that should your scent start to turn dark and syrupy, it means that it's likely aged (though she also notes that formulas with a lot of synthetic ingredients will last some time). Natural ingredients will develop and often get stronger with time, but there's a fine line between a robust scent and something downright wonky, so use your best judgment.
On the other hand, while all scents eventually go bad (or at least alter significantly), proper storage is key to making a bottle last. Ideally keep your scents in a cool, dark place (though not the fridge, says Phillips) and away from air conditioning or heating units.
Did you already know these tips for making perfume last? What are your favorite fragrance hacks? Sound off in the comments below.