There’s nothing nicer than having someone compliment you on how great you smell. You want your signature smell to last all day. But sometimes it feels like your cologne has faded the moment you put it on. The trick is to know where and how to apply the fragrance and how to store it, so it maintains its quality.
Keep reading below for the best ways to enhance the strength of your fragrance to last you from morning to night.
APPLY A FRAGRANCE AFTER A SHOWER
The best time to apply perfume on your skin is just after a bath or shower. The remaining moisture on your skin gives the scent something to latch on to. Spraying cologne on freshly washed and damp skin strengthens the staying power, keeping you smelling fantastic all day. Remember to let it dry off before getting dressed. This will also avoid the fragrance from staining your delicate silk shirt or jewelry.
PAIR WITH SIMILAR OR MATCHING PRODUCTS
Apply a set of fragrant products such as a matching body wash combined with one of your preferred best men’s colognes. This will help keep the scent on your body longer. Sometimes the scent of one product can even enhance the scent of another, making this a win-win combination.
SPREAD ON SOME MOISTURIZER FIRST
It’s not only the ladies who should moisturize their skin. Applying lotion or moisturizer prevents aging and dryness. But it is also known to keep your favorite scent potent all day. The moisturizer creates an effective base for your fragrance. Apply an unscented lotion or matching moisturizer, before spritzing on your fragrance. Oily moisturized skin retains the scent longer.
ADD PETROLEUM JELLY
The composition of petroleum jelly holds fragrances longer instead of applying onto dry skin. Put the jelly on your pulse points such as your wrists, neck, inside elbows, calves, ankles, and behind the knees. Then proceed to spray your fragrance. The petroleum jelly will serve as a base to keep your favorite scent lasting all day long.
SPRAY COLOGNE ON YOUR PULSE POINTS
If you find petroleum jelly too sticky to apply, opt for applying your cologne on your body’s pulse points. Your pulse points are the regions on the nape of your neck, inside your elbows, wrists, and the back of your knees. These special points react to the natural changes in your body temperature, helping you diffuse your signature scent across your entire body throughout the day. Spraying your ankles and calves with cologne also leads the scent to rise.
APPLY COLOGNE TO THE TOP OF YOUR EARS
This may sound strange, but it works. The oiler your skin, the better it will hold the fragrance. So try to apply some fragrance to the top of your ears and behind your earlobes.
DAB DON’T RUB
It’s not advisable to rub your perfume into your skin. Instead, lightly dab on your pulse points. By doing so, it won’t break the aroma of your cologne and help it last longer. Friction causes the top notes of the fragrance to fade faster. Also, don’t shake the bottle of your cologne before application; this will only let air in and reduce its distinction.
SPRAY YOUR COMB OR HAIRBRUSH
For men who love to keep their hair smelling good, the best way is to spray a bit of cologne on your brush or comb. Don’t apply it to your hair or scalp directly. The alcohol content in the bottle can dry out your hair. The market now carries special hair perfumes that are expressly designed to look after your hair and keep it smelling good all day or keep your hair fresh in between washes.
KEEP IT AWAY FROM THE BATHROOM
The varying temperatures and humidity in a bathroom can break down the aroma of cologne and weaken its strength. Heat and light are points to consider. Best to keep your bottle in your bedroom or find a cool, dry place, away from windows.
EXPLORE THE TYPES OF MEN PERFUME
Eau de cologne, body sprays, or eau de toilette has lower concentrations of fragrance and a lighter scent. Eau de perfume and Extrait de perfume or perfume extract are stronger. Familiarize yourself with the fragrance terms. Top note is the first scent you smell after applying your perfume. This fades easily. The middle note is the scent that evolves after the top note evaporates. The base note is the heaviest base that lingers the longest.
USE A COTTON SWAB
Carrying around a whole fragrance bottle in your bag may be heavy. It’s also disheartening to break an expensive bottle. Instead, you can carry around some cotton buds sprayed with your signature fragrance so you can touch up throughout the day or night.
SPRAY IT ON YOUR CLOTHES
Fragrances are not only meant for the body; you can also try to spray them over your clothes too. The microfibers in your clothes can hold the scent in place.
DON’T SPRAY AND WALK
Some people have this crazy idea that spritzing fragrance into the air and then walking into the mist will give the best effect. It is a waste of product, and the fragrance will evaporate in a short time. Instead, directly spritz or dab onto bare skin.
LAYER YOUR FRAGRANCES
Combine different scents that match or complement each other. Spray the strongest fragrance first and then top it off with a lighter one.