While wearing fragrance is easy, wearing fragrance well requires a little more skill. Here are five common mistakes that all of us have made at some point when it comes to buying and wearing perfume. Luckily, a few simple tweaks can put you back on the right olfactory track.

Never rub

Spraying a little scent on your wrists and then pressing them together is somewhat of an unconscious bad habit. The friction created by rubbing heats up the skin, which produces natural enzymes that change the course of the scent. To ensure that it lasts longer on your skin, spritz both wrists lightly, let the liquid sink in, and follow that with nothing at all.

Consider your environment

When it comes to storage, perfume is extremely sensitive to environmental changes. Shifts in temperature set off unexpected chemical reactions within the natural ingredients, and therefore age the perfume faster. The best place to store fragrance is the box it originally came in, and at room temperature.

Bigger doesn’t mean better

Perfume should be used at a brisk pace. Keeping a half-used bottle on your shelf allows oxygen to slowly break down the scent’s molecules, altering its composition. Smaller bottles can keep their contents fresh for longer periods of time, so you’ll get the most value for your rupee.

Use your hair

Being in an intensely hot climate like that of Sri Lanka means it’s best to not apply scent directly to your body. As you sweat, the natural oils of the skin destroy your perfume faster. Lightly mist your hair instead; because hair moves with the air, it helps with the diffusion of the scent.

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Clayton Durant

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