Perfume that doesn’t last long – WHAT A DRAG! 

Ever pick up a bottle of perfume from Zara for $25 and notice that is doesn’t last nearly as long or smell as nice as your iconic designer perfume for $100’s of dollars? Maybe you have a designer perfume you love and spent tons of money on but it seems to disappear an hour or so after applying it. How about you just got a bottle of Dossier $29 perfume and it impressively lasted all-day?

What gives?

Truth is, the money you spend on perfume does not always mean it will last longer or smell nicer. As a matter of fact, there are a few things to consider when thinking about perfume that lasts long.

From men’s long-lasting perfumes to women’s long-lasting perfumes, you must consider perfume type, concentration, how you apply it, quality, notes — it’s all SO, SO, SO important.

To get to the bottom of perfume that lasts longer, let’s take a closer look at those key factors.

Application method – 

How and where you apply your perfume is a big part of how long it lasts.

Things like rubbing your wrists will actually make the perfume notes fade. Also, “believe it or not, your epidermis could be the culprit. If you have dry skin, you probably don’t have the necessary oils the perfume needs to absorb into your skin. Therefore, the fragrance will evaporate faster.” Luckily, there are some tricks to make a perfume last longer — but, it is very important to pay attention to application and skin.

Storage – 

This one you may not have thought of, but — how long have you had that perfume and where are you storing it?

“Did you know that fragrances have an expiration date? If the perfume changes color or texture, it’s likely aged and lost some of its integrity. Natural ingredients will develop and often get stronger with time, but there’s a fine line between a robust scent and something that just smells wrong, so use your best judgment. On the other hand, while all fragrances eventually go bad (or at least alter significantly), proper storage is key to making a bottle last. Ideally, keep your scents in a cool, dark place (though not the fridge) and away from air conditioning or heating units.” We like to store our perfume in the vanity drawer! 

Blend notes – 

One of the biggest things to consider when thinking about a perfume and how long it will last is it’s fragrance make up. “A rule of thumb is that fragrances in the oriental or woody category tend to last much longer than citrus, floral, or green scents.”

But why?

Simple answer — the notes! Heavier base notes last longer.

Longer answer — “top notes are the first you smell in a perfume. They evaporate more quickly than the rest of the scents. The middle notes are the “body” of the perfume and take longer to develop on the skin than top notes. The base notes are the final scent to develop and last the longest. They’re also a fixative that slows down the evaporation of the top and middle notes, making the overall scent last longer. The stronger the base note, the longer the fragrance lasts. Some cheap fragrances don’t even bother with base notes — and, unsurprisingly, they don’t last long at all.” So, a perfume with stronger base notes will last longer.

Quality – 

And, speaking of cheap perfumes — the quality of a perfume has a lot to do with how long it lasts.

If a perfume is made without more pricey base notes as mentioned in the section above, you can bet it will only last an hour or so. That is why it is generally believed that an “expensive fragrance is more likely to last longer. Most cheap perfumes can replicate a pricier version’s top notes (the scent that lasts about a half-hour after spraying), but without the proper essential oils to add mid-notes and base-notes, it won’t be able to wear as long.”

With research you can find out if a bottle is made with top-quality ingredients or not. Take Dossier for example, we source the best ingredients from the South of France and ALWAYS include base notes.

Concentration – 

Ever heard of perfume types?

When you are shopping for perfume, you want to think about the percentage of each ingredient. “The higher the concentration, the more fragrance — and the longer the scent will last. For example, an Eau de Parfum will always be more concentrated than an eau de toilette. A body spray would be much less concentrated than an eau de toilette. Remember, though, that concentrations vary among product lines. Generally, the more alcohol in the scent, the faster it will lose its scent.”

So, if you want a perfume to last longer, go for an EDP.

And, there you have it, price is not the deciding factor in how long a perfume will last!

Actually, if you shop by price, you could miss out on some amazing top-quality, long lasting perfumes — like DOSSIER’s entire line.

We at Dossier understand people want perfumes to last all day or smell lighter, that is why we  make EDT and EDP blends. We also only use the best ingredients possible, sourced from the same place as your favorite designer brand – Grasse, France. And all of our blends are developed to last well into the day!

Looking for a perfume with heavier base notes that will linger longer? Try Dossier’s Oriental 1inspired by YSL’s Black Opium.

Or, for a light perfume that will stay all day but not overpower, we suggest you try Dossier’s Fresh 1 for men – Inspired by Armani’s Acqua Di Gio.

With so many scents to choose from, Dossier wants to help you find the best perfume to suit your style and personality, take our perfume quiz now and find out your perfect blend!

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