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Regardless of your scent preference, no one wants their perfume to fade into thin air moments after applying it. Fragrances are meant to be savored, like the last bite of your favorite dish. Expensive bottles and highly concentrated formulas equal a longer wear time, but learning how to apply your perfume the right way can be more beneficial. Sure, it can save you some coins, but most importantly, it will ensure that your signature scent remains with you throughout the day.

Keep reading for our tips on applying your favorite fragrance. 

Determine the concentration of your perfume

Perfumes come in various forms, which can affect how long they last. Eau de toilette is a lighter formulation with a smaller concentration of essential oils and more alcohol. This means it dries down fast but also dissipates quicker. On the contrary, eau de parfum has a high concentration of perfume oils, allowing it to stay prominent for longer periods.

Layer your scents

This may be the most obvious for longevity's sake, but it's probably the most overlooked. No matter how expensive your perfume is, you'll get the most out of the scent if you build it up in layers. Before you start spritzing yourself like crazy, start by using a scented body wash while showering. Even if it's not the same scent as your perfume, you can still benefit from lathering up with a wash with similar scent notes. If you're using a gourmand perfume, try showering with a light vanilla or caramel-scented wash beforehand.

Apply to your pulse points

The pulse points are the areas of your body where your veins are closest to the skin's surface. As the name suggests, you can feel your pulse in these areas, but it's also a spot that emits a lot of body heat. Applying fragrance to these areas helps diffuse the scent as it settles into your skin. There are a few pulse points on the body, but the most notable locations for fragrance are your wrists, inner elbows, and just behind your ears.

Resist the urge to rub 

It may make sense to spray first, then rub the perfume in, but it's not ideal. The fragrance needs to sit on the skin and diffuse naturally, mixing with its natural oils. Not only does this allow the scent to last, but it also ensures that all the top, middle, and bottom notes are diffused evenly as the perfume wears.