If you want your signature fragrance to stick with you throughout the day, it requires a little more effort than you might think. From where to spray your fragrance and the best time to do it to what kind of scent to buy, consider this your go-to guide to getting the most out of your bottle. Before we even get to spraying your fragrance, you need to know what type to buy. An eau de cologne (EDC) is a very light scent and needs reapplying throughout the day. This is a great option for summer because they are often made with citrus notes. An eau de toilette (EDT) is more concentrated and lasts a bit longer than an EDC. An eau de toilette is one of the most common men’s colognes on the market, however an eau de parfum (EDP) has the highest concentration of pure fragrance. It will stick to your skin for up to eight hours.
If you’re after an EDC, Tommy for Men is a good choice, while an EDT like Mr Burberry captures all the right notes. If you want something lasting, try Paco Rabanne’s Invictus Victory EDP. It introduces two unique combinations for a long-lasting fragrance. A stunning initial burst of freshness with zesty lemon surrounded by powerful incense. Invictus Victory EDP is available in a 200ml size (as well as 50ml and 100ml), which retails for R2 920 at Edgars stores.
5 Hacks To Make Your Fragrance Last Longer
Our goal here is to make sure that your go-to fragrance will last throughout the day, so here are some of our cologne hacks.
SPRITZ AFTER SHOWERING
The best time to spray your cologne is after you step out of the shower. The steam and heat opens up your pores, allowing the aroma to seep into the skin. Just remember to dry your skin before applying your scent. We also recommend sticking with three to four sprays; two if the scent is very intense.
STICK TO PULSE POINTS
The location of each spray also makes a difference. Spray the fragrance on your pulse points and let the scent go to work. Pulse points are warmer areas of your body, which allow the fragrance to develop faster. The chest, neck and wrists are the main spots for men.
SPRAY ONTO YOUR SKIN, NOT YOUR CLOTHES
Do not spray the cologne onto your clothes. Cologne is full of oil and alcohol and it can damage your clothing, especially your crisp white shirts. Plus, your perfume is supposed to combine with your aroma and work its magic.
DO NOT RUB YOUR WRISTS TOGETHER
Rubbing your wrists together after applying your scent is a no-go. You’ll end up destroying the chemistry of the notes and the scent will dissipate faster. Spray a little on your wrist and let the fragrance sink in, then do absolutely nothing. Just reapply when the fragrance wears off.
MOISTURISER IS KING
According to experts, fragrances sits better on well-hydrated skin. So dry skin doesn’t hold perfume as well as oily skin. The trick is to apply an unscented moisturiser or Vaseline if your skin is dry. This will help lock in the scent for a lasting impression.