How I Make My Perfumes Last Longer In Humid, Sweaty Weather – iDiva.com
August 18, 2020 - Body Fragrance
Humid and sweaty weather can be quite a struggle if you like smelling nice. Spray perfumes, even expensive ones, just seem to melt off. So how do you smell nice all day? Allow us to explain.
There are some basics unrelated to fragrance-layering, like bathing daily, drying towels in the sun, using a deodorant, and wearing clean clothes, which make you smell nicer. But, we won’t be talking about these basics. We will be discussing fragrance layering for humid weather.
You might think we’ll ask you to use fragranced scrubs and shower gels, but since bath soaps, shower gels, and scrubs are wash-off products, you don’t have to invest a lot in them. Skipping this step and using any shower gel or soap also works, as long as you have clean skin.
However, there are some steps which are crucial, and here, we list those.
A scented body moisturiser or after-bath body oil helps create a base your perfumes can cling to
You might think it’s counter-intuitive to use a moisturiser in humid weather, but that’s not the case. The oil-rich creams and oils you hate are the only ones which last in humid weather, because the watery ones just dissolve in sweat and don’t last. As far as fragrances go, lipids intensify them, so any moisturiser helps your perfume smell stronger. Using a scented body cream allows your entire body to smell nice and sweet, and there are loads of such products in the market.
Since the difficult (and sticky) truth is that oils bind perfumes best, an oily moisturiser like the Natural Bath & Body Moroccan Rose & Argan oil will last all day on your skin.
Using a perfume oil on the pulse points makes your fragrance bloom
The key part of this whole routine is this step: using a perfume oil. Perfume oils last much longer than you can imagine, and if you want your fragrance to last all day and all night, and even be there when you wake up the next morning, this is the way to go. Oils are also resistant to sweat, so they only really come off once you use soap.
Essentially, fragrances are made of perfume concentrates mixed with alcohol and water. The more water and alcohol there is, the weaker a perfume will be. These perfume oils, also known as attars, are really concentrated. So, they tend to have the lasting power of a lot of luxury eau de parfums.
Now that you understand why they are important, here’s how you should apply them. Usually, they come with roller balls. So, just rub them behind your ears where the skin is warm, down the centre of your neck into your décolletage, and onto the navel and slightly below. Women tend to have a warm lower belly, so applying perfume there helps enhance it. You can also apply it on your wrists, behind the knees, and behind the elbows. Do not rub your wrists together or try to spread this perfume. Just apply with the roller and let it be.
Finally, spritzing on a spray body mist or Eau De Toilette, especially over the oil on the pulse points, helps lock in the perfume
In skincare, we don’t apply mists on top of oils, right? They don’t penetrate! That’s not the case with scents, though. Using a spray perfume on an oil helps the oil grab the fragrance of the EDT or mist you’ve sprayed, enhancing it. In muggy, sultry weather, this is a great way to make weak scents louder. That helps you smell fresh, too.
Remember: your scents should be compatible with each other
You cannot pair a screeching lemon-scented product with a sweet, vanilla-scented one. Understanding the basics of what works together and what doesn’t is essential in perfume layering. Some people take a shortcut by buying multiple products from the same range. For example, you can buy the scrub, shower gel, lotion, and mist from the Body Shop British Rose range. As another example, take the fact that Bath & Body Works also has a body scrub, lotion, butter, and spray mist in all their ranges, making layering them all simpler. However, buying the whole collection is pretty expensive, because most of the products cost a lot individually.
How to make sure your layering routine is budget-friendly
It’s actually cheaper to buy products separately from different brands and pair them according to the notes. For instance, you can get the Body Shop British Rose Shower Gel for Rs 345. Then, after drying yourself, use the Dabur Gulabari to add a light scent to your skin for Rs 75. Now, use the Natural Bath & Body Moroccan Rose & Argan oil to lock in the moisture and fragrance of the Gulabari. This oil costs Rs 899, but on discount, can go much lower. Use a rose perfume oil bought from a local market—they usually cost between Rs 100 to Rs 300. On top of that, use a mist, such as Zara Rose, which is Rs 990. In total, this will cost you Rs 2,609, if you buy everything at full price. If you buy a whole kit with a scrub, shower gel, cream, and mist from one brand, it’s much more expensive. So, stick to buying only that which you can’t get at a lower price from some other brand from these ranges.
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