Perfect Perfumes

Perfume is such an integral part of many women's beauty routines and it seems that one of the best assets a fragrance can offer is longevity. Many's the time I've invested in a new perfume which smells amazing in the store, but dissipates to nothingness in seemingly no time at all. I know you stop smelling perfume after a while when you wear it, but there's nothing nicer than for someone to comment on the scent you are wearing, especially if you've been wearing it for a little while and it's not freshly applied!

One of the best ways to ensure that you get the most from your fragrance is to layer it. Layering isn't just for clothing, it works really well on scents too and can really help to boost the longevity of a perfume or scent that you like to wear. I thought I'd share a few of the ways that I like to make perfume last and really get the most of your scent, as perfume is probably one of the most expensive beauty products that you'll have in your makeup bag, so it's prudent to be able to get the most from it.

Perfume itself is the obvious place to start, and one of my current favourites is this Body Shop 'Moroccan Rose' which I've sadly just used up. I love rose scents and this one is slightly spicy which takes the sweetness off. I also have used in the past Dolce & Gabbana Rose The One which I also love, and through a recently discovered website, Click Fragrance, I have discovered plenty of cheap Dolce & Gabbana and other designer perfumes including this one, which I am tempted to re-buy now my trusty Body Shop one has run out! I apply this to my pulse points on the wrists and neck and also inside my elbows to make sure I get the most from the scent.

I've recently discovered hair mists, too, and this fragrance and shine one from James Brown leaves a really delicate scent in my hair. It's floral so doesn't clash with the rose perfume; I think when you layer scents they work best if they are all from similar groups. Being as the majority of what I wear are floral scents with an emphasis on rose, a lot of other skincare and haircare products I have also have this sort of scent; it's just my preferred one! In this way I can layer products up without feeling like there are many different scents battling for attention!

A bodyspray is a handbag must have and I often use them to fragrance the items of clothing I wear. You shouldn't really spray perfume onto delicate fabrics as the alcohol can damage them, so I'll often spray a lighter mist of body spray onto a scarf or jacket. This is great because you get hits of fragrance through the day, when you move around or if you take off or put on, for example, a scarf, which can really help to make your scent more long lasting. My chosen fave at the moment is from good old Marks and Spencer, it's a rose scent which has a slightly oriental take, which works perfectly well with the morrocan spiced rose perfume I like.

Often you'll find that your favourite fragrance will come with a matching body lotion, and this is the easiest way to make your scent really all encompassing. Layering a lotion with a perfume intensifies the scent and makes it last longer, with the added benefit of making your skin super soft and moisturised! This is a mega easy beauty hack if you're pushed for time, slap on your lotion and fragrance and you're good to go!

As a final aside I had to include the fragranced nail polishes which have made a bit of a comeback of late! I reviewed the red coloured one in a blog post here, they are a bit of a novelty but also a bit of fun and are definitely an interesting facet to making your fragrance last!

Have you got any tricks to make your perfume last all day?

XO Amie
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