make your perfume last

What if I told you that what you see above is all you need to make your perfume last from your morning meeting to date-night cocktails? It’s true–seriously.

Perfume and I have always had a love/hate relationship. I find it so pretty and feminine, but in my life, I’ve found only a few fragrances that I don’t get sick from wearing. Obviously, I need to maximize my efforts when I can, so I’ve come up with a few ways to make my perfume last all day long.

Moisturize: Perfume clings best to well-hydrated skin, but you don’t want your scents to compete–Sweet Pea lotion from Bath and Body Works doesn’t really pair well with a sexy sandalwood scent. Post-shower, lather up with an unscented lotion (I like Vaseline’s, but Jergen’s and Dove also make good ones!) in preparation.

Prep with petroleum jelly: Put a light (read: very thin) coat of petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, on pulse points, like the backs of your knees. The fragrance will cling to the jelly instead of sinking into your skin, which would make you need to re-apply later in the day.

Spritz your mane: Every girl wants that shampoo commercial moment–you know, you flip your hair and flowers and unicorns fly out and the whole room smells amazing. Well, from my experience, that rarely happens. Especially if, like me, you use heating tools. One of my favorite ways to bring fragrance to my hair is using ribbon hair ties and a few quick spritzes of fragrance. Because spraying perfume on your hair can be drying, spraying it on the elastics is a great way to lightly scent it. I usually spray my elastic, put my hair up into a high bun while doing my makeup and getting dressed and then once I take it down, it’s “infused” with a fragrance that lasts the day.

Spray and roll: So your skin is moisturized and prepped–what’s next? The perfume, of course! I spray it on the basic pulse points (wrists, nape of neck, cleavage, inside of your elbows, behind the knees) before getting dressed. A good rule of thumb: throughout the day, you should catch wiffs of your chosen scent. If you’re smelling it constantly, or find that people are ducking out of whatever room you enter, chances are you put on too much. Just in case, I always pack a rollerball version of my favorite scent (currently Viktor & Rolf’s Flower Bomb) for mid-day touchups if needed!

Do you have any make-it-last tips I didn’t mention? Share!


  1. says

    Oh I love these tips. I am the same way I’ve found two scents that I really love and I never feel like they last that long once a I put them on. I think the hair tie tip is especially clever!

    • alongobucco says

      Thanks so much, Megan! I feel like finding your signature scent is half the battle…and the other half is making it last!

  2. says

    I tried your hair tie idea while I was getting ready this morning and my hair smells great! If your fragrance doesn’t come in a rollerball (or you don’t want to buy the gift set to get the travel sized), stores like Sephora and Nordstrom sometimes have free samples. I’ll grab a couple and keep them in my purse for on-the-go spritzes!


  3. says

    great tips! i buy essential oils and either use them straight as moisturizers or add them to my lotion. they are very faint, but i love the effect! the hair band is a great idea!

  4. says

    I should start spritizing my hair, especially on those days where I don’t shower – I’m only human, so some perfume would help, hehe.


  5. says

    I love the idea of spraying hair elastics! Very clever. And I’ve been coveting Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb since it first came out but I can’t bring myself to spend that much money on perfume… Ahh maybe for Christmas?!


  6. says

    “Every girl wants that shampoo commercial moment–you know, you flip your hair and flowers and unicorns fly out and the whole room smells amazing.”

    Oh my god, I died laughing at this. Mostly because it’s so true! Anyway, I loved this post. My viva la juicy perfume just ran out so I’m glad I have these tips to extend the wear of my perfume when I invest in a new bottle.


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