Simply Scents-ational

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There’s nothing like a spritz of your favourite perfume to make you feel feminine! To help you get the most from your chosen scent, try these helpful hints from the beauty experts at

Perfume Tips:

  • Rub petroleum jelly on pulse spots

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

  • Spray perfume on 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 your perfume bottles 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 complexions will retain the fragrance for longer.

  • Spray on your scent after showering but before getting dressed

Damp skin helps lock in the scent but if you get dressed immediately it will rub off. Wait a few minutes for your perfume to dry.

  • Don’t rub your wrists together

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 evaporate and base notes are the heaviest scent that lingers longest.

  • Pour the 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 are more pungent and last the longest.

  • Spray your 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.

  • Line your dresser drawers with scented tissue paper

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 make sure you check out reviews for fragrances before you buy to see if it’s worth investing.

  • Don’t shake your perfume

Perfume is designed to stand still. If you shake the bottle, you will 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 to keep your perfumes on display, keep them in the pretty boxes they came in.

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Audrey Patterson

Having started my career at My Weekly on Real Life stories, for the past 8 years I have been Beauty and Fashion Editor. I also write Travel and Homes features, plus the odd book review. We’re a flexible team! I also write features for Your Best Ever Christmas covering a variety of topics.