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January 20, 2022 8 min read

There is a boost in confidence when you know that you smell nice. That is why when you are looking for the best perfume to give you that signature scent; you want to find one that is memorable and lasts longer. It's frustrating and disappointing when it doesn't last or fades quickly.

Long-lasting perfumes are the most expensive and hardest to find. People have been spending fortunes to find the best long-lasting perfumes that can leave them smelling fresh all day long. It takes trial and error for you to find the fragrances that match your specific needs, but when you find them, it is all worth the trouble.

With the increasing focus on health and wellness, more and more people are becoming conscious about what they are applying to their skin. That is why so many perfume brands have developed long-lasting fragrances to cater to this need.

There are many different perfumes out there with a lot of different scents. Some people prefer the fruity scent, while others prefer something heavy and woody with musky notes. Normally, a good perfume should last for 4 to 6 hours. How long perfume lasts depends upon the type of perfume and how you apply it.

There are many different types of perfumes, and here is a list of perfumes starting from the long-lasting to the least long-lasting perfume.

Parfum

Spritz some parfum, and you are good to go for up to 24 hours. With a concentration of 15 to 40% fragrance oil, this is the perfume that will last all day long. It is heavy and stronger because of its high concentration of fragrance oil. It might be the most expensive perfume, but the investment is worth it because it has base notes that will last for hours.

Eau De Parfum

This will last on your skin from 6 to 8 hours, so it still keeps your smell nice for longer periods. Eau De Parfum normally has a 10 to 15% concentration, and it is either alcohol or water-based.

Eau De Toilette

It is a lighter fragrance with 4 to 15% concentration. It will last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. It is cheaper and great for people with strong smell allergies. Eau De Toilette is housed in spray bottles.

Eau De Cologne             

Over the years, it has been branded as a perfume for men, but there are some women colognes. It is lighter with a fragrance concentration of 2 to 5%. It generally consists of between four to ten ingredients. It lasts for 2 hours; thus, it needs to be reapplied more frequently. It is also cheaper.

Eau Fraiche

This is the most diluted, and it lasts for an hour or two only. It is affordable, and anyone wanting to smell nice for a few hours can get it. Eau Fraiche mostly consists of water and 1 to 2% fragrance oil.

So as you can see, the long-lasting perfumes are the ones with high fragrance oil concentration. Now some scents linger longer than others. This, too, must be considered while choosing the perfect perfume for you.

Types of scents

A perfume scent can evoke a variety of emotions, which is why it is important to choose the right one for your mood. Some scents are meant for everyday wear, while others are made for special occasions such as weddings or proms. There are different categories, and each category has its own unique scent.

Woody scent

Here we have a combination of woody moss notes. Otherwise known as Chypre fragrances, perfumes with woody notes are soothing and fresh. Woody scents bring out masculinity in people who wear them, so masculine colognes usually have this scent. Some woody scents are patchouli, bergamot, oak moss, and sandalwood. Fragrances with woody base notes are good for the work environment because they are subtle but fresh.

Floral scent

Orange blossom, tuberose, black locust, rosehip, rose, lavender, black orchid, ylang-ylang water lily, vanilla bahiana, jasmine, and sunflower are some examples of floral scents. Floral aromas are soft and romantic, while spicy scents will get your adrenaline pumping. There are many because the world has lots of flowers as you know. Floral scents work perfectly as the top, heart, or base notes.

Green scent

The smell of freshly cut grass and leaves is what we get from green scented perfumes. Green aromas have a calming effect on your mood, and oriental aromas have a sensual appeal to them. Some examples are cilantro, tea, thistle, thyme, ylang-ylang, vine, sage, marigold, ginseng, ginkgo, mint, rose-leaf, and nettle.

Citrus scent

Citrus scents are light and invigorating, perfect for people who want to wake up their senses. A perfume with this scent will be great to be worn as an everyday fragrance. This is because perfumes with citrus scents are usually lively and tangy. If you are a lively person and you want to make a bold statement, you can wear your citrus perfume in the nighttime too. We have lemons, lemon zest, yuzu, clementine, finger lime, mandora, pomelo, lime, mandarin, tangerine, grapefruits, lemongrass, and orange.

 

Spicy scent

We have cinnamon, ginger, coffee, saffron, sesame, cacao, nutmeg, coriander, and pink pepper in this category. These scents will have you feeling sensual and amazing.

Fruity scent.

From the fruits family, we get perfumes that are sweet and spicy. Fruity scents are sweet and lively. They uplift the spirit. Examples include strawberries, apples, pears, berries, plums, mangoes, apricots, beetroot, coconut, fig, carrot, cherries, grapes, guavas, and melons.

Oriental scent

It has a musky note which is considered intimate and classy. The smells are musk, sandalwood, amber, animal notes, suede, black truffle, skin, milk, seashells, meat, leather, and ambroxan. Perfect for a date night because of its sensual fragrance.

Oceanic scent

Oceanic scents are soothing, and they can help you relax. The smell is associated with cleanliness. Warm base notes of this scent are mild but cool. It resembles mountain air and ocean breeze.

Factors affecting the duration of fragrance staying on your skin

The type of perfume you choose

As we saw when we talked about the types of perfumes that last longer, the type of perfume you choose plays a major role in how long you will smell fresh and sweet after you spray yourself. Scents that are less diluted last longer. To smell fresh all day long, you need to choose perfumes with the most fragrance oil. Stay away from citrus notes because they do not last, and choose woody scents and floral notes such as sandalwood, resin, jasmine, tuberose, patchouli, and iris root for longevity.

The humidity of your surroundings

Summer comes, and you start feeling like your perfumes are not working anymore. Well, the thing is, heat and humidity make you sweat more, and natural sweat destroys fragrances. So opt to spritz your body with heavier scented perfumes that have notes of soft bergamot, white musk, sandalwood, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli, amber, and others similar to them. It is also wise to use the proper perfumes for different seasons. Cold weather scents will not work in the summer.

Your body chemistry

A scent should smell different in every person. Whether it will last longer on you or not, it all depends on your pH levels. The way your body chemistry reacts with the ingredients in a fragrance is what makes it smell differently on every individual.

How do you apply it

Do not rub your skin after you spritz. Rubbing your wrists or any other sprayed area causes heat, messing with your scent dab instead of rubbing. Instead of rubbing, you can dab then spray the air and walk through the perfume mist because if you spray the perfume directly onto your skin, it will last longer than if you put it on your clothes.

How do you store your bottles

Protect the fragrances of your perfumes by storing them in cool dark places. This will preserve the precious notes and leave them smelling as intended during manufacturing. Leave them in their boxes if you must because direct sunlight is bad for them. Also, if you store your fragrances in the bathroom and it has high humidity levels, take your perfumes out of there and keep them in a cool and dry place. Humidity affects the molecules that compose your perfume, so they become unstable and break down faster.

Experiment with layering your perfumes

Layering helps with getting a long-lasting scent. You can layer multiple perfumes for a novel scent that is all your own. Since everyone has unique body chemistry, and since perfumes have different ingredients in them, the end result is sometimes unpredictable. Here are some simple guidelines you should follow.

 

Layering can be done by applying one perfume on your wrists, behind the ears and neck, then wearing another perfume on top of it. Use the lightest scent first. Wait about 20 minutes before applying the next scent, and wait 20 minutes for each additional layer. There are several things you can do to make your favourite fragrance last longer.

Layering is great but remember to take your time and not rush. When you apply any type of perfumed product, it needs time to dry. If you spray it and run out the door, you will be using up the fragrance before it has had time to absorb into your skin. This means that not only will you not smell good, but you will also use up your perfume much faster than someone who takes the time to let their fragrance sit.

It is best to wear light perfumes during the summer and heavy perfumes during the winter. The most important thing to remember when you are layering is not to overdo it. The more perfume you apply, the stronger the final scent will be on your body.

Additional tips on applying perfume

- To extend the life of your perfume, never spray it directly onto clothing or linens; instead, spray it into the air and walk through the mist to lightly scent your body and clothes. This way, you won't wear out your favourite scent too quickly!

- Perfumes generally last longer on fabrics like silk or cashmere because they absorb more oil than other materials. For example, if you want a light scent that lasts all day, try spraying some on a scarf or tie rather than directly onto your skin. Another factor involved in how long a perfume lasts the weather.

Things to consider while buying perfume

When you buy perfume, there are three main notes that you should take into account: the heart notes, the base notes, and the top notes.

The heart notes are the warmest and most intimate perfume scents, and they linger for around two hours.

 The base notes provide body and depth to perfume, and they last for about four hours. The base note of a fragrance can be more expensive than any other part of it because it is usually made from essential oils and resins, which evaporate slower than other ingredients in a perfume.

  And finally, the top notes make up for what we call "freshness" – they dissipate after about one hour.

Many people don't know how to tell which kind of perfume they should buy because of all these different things to take into account. 

I hope that was an eye-opener for you, my fellow perfume lover. The long-lasting fragrance made for you s out there waiting for you to discover it. Have fun and enjoy the process because smelling nice and superb is what you will be rewarded with.