Why won't perfume last that long during winter?

Why won't perfume last that long during winter?

Apparently, during cold weather, the scent of your favorite perfume doesn't last as long as it does during summer. Why does this happen? We'll figure it out in this article. And we'll find ways to prevent that, too!  

You have probably noticed, by now, that your perfume seems to vanish faster during colder months. But before you contact the manufacturer to find out if you got a bottle from a bad batch, you should know that this is absolutely normal, unfortunately. The reason is quite simple: dry skin.

“The more moisture on your skin the longer your fragrance will last,” says Dom De Vetta, founder of fragrance brand Shay and Blue, so when the skin is less hydrated (as it usually happens during colder days) that's when you're likely to experience fragrance fade.

Do all fragrances vanish that fast?

Some scents tend to fade faster than others. For example, citrus notes are more volatile and fade quickest. For a fragrance that lasts from dusk till dawn, opt for wood and musk scents. Look for ingredients such as sandalwood, vetiver, and oud. “Woodsy or heavy notes, like patchouli, in the base, will last longer than volatile notes, like citrus, which are fleeting by nature,” confirms Mona Maine de Biran, of genderless fragrance brand Kierin NYC.

If you’re looking for fragrances to last longer, your focus should be on eau de parfums.

It also depends on the type of fragrance you use.  “If you’re looking for fragrances to last longer, your focus should be on eau de parfums,” she adds. “They offer a quality scent experience that will last longer than its diluted cousin, the eau de toilette, due to the eau de parfum’s a higher concentration of perfume oils.”

Here's how to make it last longer

Well, considering the cause of fragrance vanishing faster is dry skin, it makes sense that the short answer here is keeping it as moisturized as possible. “I always recommend moisturizing with unscented body lotion before applying fragrance,” says fragrance doyenne Jo Malone of Jo Loves. “Unfragranced lotion gives a base for your scent to cling to, a little like applying a primer before foundation."

Don't rub your wrists together after applying fragrance.

You also need to be aware of where you apply your fragrance. "Don't rub your wrists together after applying fragrance,” advises Jo. “Let it dry freely on the skin because friction can break down the fragrance molecules and dull the scent.”

Pro tip: if you really want to hack winter, you should know that hair holds fragrance best, so you might want to find a hair mist you like. Don't overdo it, because large amounts can dry your hair, but a little bit will do no harm at all. If you are not convinced about hair perfume, you can scent your clothes. “Try spraying a little scent on the clothing you’re wearing,” says Dom de Vetta. “It lasts longer on fabric - but don’t spray on to delicates like silk!"

Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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