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An Unusual Way to Make Perfume Last Longer

Blessed with oily skin, my fragrances have always worn well and for a long time, because oily skin holds perfumes and fragrances longer. Now, approaching 40, my skin has lost some of that natural oil, and with it the ďmake your fragrance last longerĒ benefits. Not to mention the other problems that come with aging skin, because for now weíre just going to focus on making your fragrance last longer.

Youíve probably heard (or could find very quickly) plenty of references to layering fragrances to keep them wearing and smelling good longer. First, you start with a shower gel, then a lotion, then a powder, then your fragrance. That doesnít work for me, because I am not going to stock that many ingredients in my perfume arsenal, and most body products developed to match fragrances arenít products Iíd reach for anyway. Shower gel in particular has never been a friend of mine: I want cleansers that cleanse and donít conflict with the way I smell after my shower. Thereís not much point in spending a lot of money on something that will only be in contact with your skin for a short while, anyway. It may have an impact, but youíre better off using an extra spritz later than relying on a fragranced shower gel.

Body lotions can have a significant impact on a fragranceís longevity on your skin. However, my experience is that even big name manufacturers quite often donít get their lotions to match their fragrances, and the lotion isnít the better smelling product! Nor am I convinced I want a product that contains ingredients I canít even pronounce (and I make lotion!) slathered all over my skin for the evening. For instance, my favorite summer scent we donít make at Body Moose Skin Care (bodymoose.com) right now is Amor Amor, by Cacharel. I have the lotion because it was offered in a gift set, and to my nose, the lotion has a definite plastic scent. It is cosmetically elegant and looks nice on, but it does not smell right.

What I decided to try was to create my own oily skin again, hoping it would make my perfumes last longer. Using squalane (squalaneoil.com), which is a greaseless, colorless, odorless oil, I rub a few drops inside my inner wrist, wait a minute or so, and then spritz equal amounts of perfume on both wrists. It seems to last longer on the oiled wrist! I can generally smell it the next morning on the wrist that had the oil.

Iíve tried to attribute it to many different things, such as sleeping postures (did I sleep harder on one hand?), using one hand more than the other, hanging one hand in the wind through my window, but Iíve also switched back and forth and I canít figure out what could be doing it except maybe my trick actually works.

If you donít have squalane at home, I think you could try this with any oil. Iíd pick the one with the least odor and try it with a perfume other than the one youíre saving the last few drops of in case it doesnít work for you, but I think it just might make your fragrance last longer.

The habit of rubbing a little oil on your skin isnít a bad one to develop anyway. In my business, I have a lot of lotions and body butters available at all times, and I still love to use straight olive oil sometimes!

Please donít hesitate to contact me and let me know how your experiment went. Happy spritzing!

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