Perfume is a very delicate and sensual elixir. It was designed with the idea of not masking, but evolving the skin’s natural scent into a fragrance that is sweeter and inviting. In fact, the concept has caught on so quickly it is rare to visit another woman’s home and see a bottle of her favorite mist amiss. Yet several of us don’t realize we’re actually wasting away these glorious products. Scents, which were meant to last the whole day, wear off within the first few hours of application or become severely bruised and fade away. Here are some tips on how to apply and preserve your perfumes for more effective use!

Saving & Maximizing Your Glorious Scents

– Keep perfumes away from warm or hot areas. They are best stored in the refrigerator where their formula will not become bruised by the sun’s light. (A cool, dark bathroom would also suffice.)

— Perfume is best applied on the pressure points of the body where the skin is thin and can absorb the scent, thus making it last longer. Recommended areas include your wrists, inside your elbows, collarbone, between the breasts, behind the ears, and on the back or side of the neck. My personal favorites are the wrists, behind the ears, and on the back/side of the neck.

— Do NOT rub your wrists together after applying your perfume. This will bruise the perfume and destroy it’s fragrance.

— To add an additional sensual splash of fragrance, mist some of your perfume over your hair.

— For an added burst of scent, spray the collar and inner lining of your coat or jacket.

— Keep perfume away from your lingerie and jewelry. Perfume has a tendency to destroy certain fabrics and cause metals to oxidize and discolor.

— Perfumes do have an expiration date, expiring three years after the original purchase. The ones to look out for are the lighter and newer scents, which tend to fade over time instead. (However, some older perfume formulas are known to actually grow stronger and deeper with age, making their scent richer.)

— Before purchasing, test out samples of your perfume of choice to a small patch of skin to check for allergic reactions.

— Splurge a little extra on a sexy nighttime perfume to wear out on those special dates and events and pick a lighter fragrance for everyday use around the office.

— A great idea for dressing up your perfumes is to line up the bottles on a mirrored tray or marble slab.

What tips and tricks do you use to make the scent of your favorite perfume last as long as possible?