Who wouldn’t love to smell great all day? Wearing your favorite fragrance can certainly help, but you may have noticed that many perfumes wear off by lunchtime. This is likely because you’re not applying your perfume the right way.

Most people don’t realize there are best practices for applying fragrance, many of which make perfume last longer. That is why we decided to share the most simple and effective techniques for perfume application. Let’s discover!

1. Take a shower & moisturize

Starting with proper application helps ensure your fragrance lasts all day. For best results, spray your perfume right after you shower and apply unscented to moisturize your skin and lock in your fragrance better.

2. Apply to your pulse points

Fragrance reacts to heat, and applying to your pulse points can help release scent throughout the day. Try spritzing the nape of your neck, insides of your elbows, wrists, behind the ear lobes, or the back of your knees.

3. Spray adequate amount

The amount of perfume you apply depends on the type and strength of your fragrance. A fresh citrus scent will spread quickly and leave a subtle trail, so you can go wild spritzing without worry. If you’re dealing with a warm, ambery, vanillic or gourmand fragrance, less is often more, as these scents are often heavier on the nose. On average, 2 to 5 spritz will keep you smelling nice without overpowering the senses.

4. Don’t rub the fragrance in

Rubbing your wrists together breaks down the chemicals and causes top notes to break down faster than they would have otherwise. To preserve the integrity of your fragrance, gently dab it on your skin instead.

5. Spray onto your hairbrush

If you want some extra scent in your hair, you can spray it on your brush and run it through dry hair. Misting the hair with fragrance is a great way to leave a subtle scent as you move through your day. Make sure to not spritz directly onto your hair, as the alcohol in many perfumes can dry it out.