If you’re reading this, you probably love your fragrances and and spend quite a fortune to collect them by the dozen. However, in all likelihood, you’re committing at least one of these cardinal sins while wearing your favourite perfume.

You spray perfume on your wrists, then rub them together

Rubbing your wrists together crushes the scent and damages it. Perfume spreads through the air through evaporation. When you rub the perfume on, it evaporates faster. It also increases the heat which can cause your perfume to smell different than if you let it naturally evaporate off your skin, as it’s designed to.

You regularly spray perfume on your hair

While it’s okay to do it every once in a while, if you do this often, you’re harming your locks! The alcohol in the perfume negatively reacts with the proteins in your hair, making your strands weaker. Repeated practice leads to frizzy and damaged hair. Instead, opt for hair fragrances specifically designed to scent the hair.

You spray perfume on your clothes

Perfumes are designed to give off a scent as they gradually heat up from contact with your skin. When you spray perfume on cloth, you prevent the scent from developing as it should. You also risk staining your clothes!

You don’t moisturize before

Moisturized skin slows down the evaporation rate of your perfume and makes it last longer. The best time to moisturize skin is after a warm bath. Follow it up by coating your skin with a thick body lotion or oil before you spray on the perfume.

Tip: After moisturizing, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the areas where you’ll dab your perfume.

You re-apply perfume every few hours
Every perfume tells a story, from beginning (topnote) to end (endnote/drydown). If you think re-spritzing yourself every couple of hours boosts the scent, you’re sorely mistaken. You’re actually interrupting the unfurling of the scent to its last notes. Before reapplying, make sure the first application has disappeared completely off your skin.

You’ve been wearing the same perfume for years

We know, some perfumes are just so perfect you don’t want to wear anything else! But over time, the perfume blends with your body chemistry and doesn’t give off the scent as strongly as before. To remedy this, switch between perfumes every now and then. It’s also advisable to change your fragrances with the seasons, opting for lighter, floral or citrusy notes in the summer and shifting to woody, musky and oriental scents through the winter months.

Pallavi Dhingra
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