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7 Surefire Ways To Make Your Perfume Last In Summer Weather

Summer is totally awesome, amirite? The gorgeous sunny weather, cocktails on patios, cute summery outfits, you name it. I love it all.

One thing that gets on my nerves is how quickly some of my favourite fragrances evaporate the minute the mercury heads north. As a perfume lover, I’ve tested out some ways to ensure your favourite scents stay put during the summer months and don’t disappear into thin air.

YSL Black Opium Perfume Bottle on vanity with Chloe sunglasses and candles

Before I do so though, I’m featuring a new perfume goody that I recently acquired and fell in love with – Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense Eau De Parfum.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense Eau De Parfum

As mentioned, this sexy scent was sent to me courtesy of YSL and I immediately fell in love with it. Those of you who love the original version as much I do will also be appreciate this stronger, sexier perfume. Sweet yet bold, it has a spiciness that is lovely for those warm summer nights.

With its hints of coffee, blue absinthe and orange blossom, it’s memorable and feminine…and just strong enough to get you noticed. And let me tell you – the stunning bottle looks beautiful on any vanity.

Now – onto those tips to make your perfume last during the summer weather…

Dominique Baker holding bottle of YSL Black Opium Perfume

Moisturize Your Skin

Ok – there are two ways you can ensure your perfume lasts during the summer weather:

  1. Ensure your skin is well-moisturized: perfume lasts longer on hydrated skin. Dry skin is conducive to your perfume evaporating more quickly.
  2. Use a perfumed moisturizer preferably by the same brand and the same scent as your perfume. Many brands offer matching moisturizers for the perfumes they sell. Layering is a fantastic way to ensure your fragrance stays put.

Baby Your Perfume Collection And Store It Properly

If you leave your perfumes in the sun or store them in hot steamy bathrooms, they will eventually degrade and possible smell differently.

Be sure to store your perfumes in a cool, dry place to preserve the chemical bonds that give fragrances their unique scents.

Dominique Baker spraying perfume on her wrist

Be Mindful Of The Scents You Choose

I am a huge fan on citrus scents but sadly, due to the nature of their composition, they do not last as long as others.

You can try layering citrus scents (applying a citrus moisturizer, spritzing on a citrusy perfume and adding a little to your hair), but if you want a longer lasting scent, you may have to opt for a different fragrance all together.

Can’t say now to the powerful spell of a wonderful citrus perfume? Just keep the bottle on you and spritz away!

The Magic Of Vaseline

If you add a little Vaseline to spots where you spray perfume on, it will typically last longer. You’re welcome.

Side note: Vaseline is comedogenic and could make you break out. Test out a little on a small, innocuous patch of skin before trying out this tip.

Mother's Day Beauty

Perfumed Hair = Fabulous

Spritz a little perfume into your hair before you head out for the day. Each time you move your head, you’ll get a lovely little shot of your favourite fragrance.

Opt for “hair perfumes” – they contain less alcohol and more moisturizers to keep your hair from drying out.

Quit Rubbing Your Perfume In

Rubbing perfume into your skin vigorously causes it to dissipate fast. It can also overheat perfume and change the scent.

Apply Your Perfume Properly

Spray your favourite scents onto pulse points like your neck, inside of elbows and wrists. These parts of your body are warmer than others, therefore warming up the perfume and making it last longer. Personally, I also add perfume to my decolleté and tummy for extra oomph.

For the love of God, don’t spray perfume directly onto your clothing. It can stain, and I feel this makes the perfume overwhelming. It’s also impossible to wash out properly.

Apply these tips to your perfume routine and I guarantee you’ll get the most out of your fragrance collection.

*YSL Black Opium sample provided by YSL Beauty. All opinions are my own.

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. Nathalia
    June 12, 2019 / 3:49 pm

    Great tips. I’ll try a few for sure.

    • Dominique
      June 12, 2019 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you, Nathalia!! I think you’ll see that they’ll definitely help you out. Thanks for reading! xo

  2. Dorcas
    June 12, 2019 / 5:33 pm

    😄😄😄😄 for the love of God, I am African, and spray perfume on my clothes. These were tips from a perf. connoisseur. Thanks

  3. July 14, 2020 / 8:22 am

    It is a wonderful article stating the how to make perfume last longer, which can be the best option as per your need. I like how you have researched and presented these exact points so clearly. I love this blog; please keep updated us with such information.

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