The first glorious spray of perfume is one of those coming-of-age steps that take us from girlhood to womanhood. Christian Dior once said, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” To us, that encapsulates why a flagon of fragrance is as highly prized as a designer bag.

But are all perfumes built to last as long? Not quite. Depending on their formula, the weather, and your skin type, you’ll find that even the most expensive scents fade fairly quickly. Luckily, that can be remedied with strategic spritzing and your trusty new keyword—layering. Here’s what to do!

1. COVER ALL YOUR PULSE POINTS.

It’s not just your wrists that need a spritz! Here’s a complete list of pulse points that your fragrance should grace:
- Behind your ear
- The base of your throat, where the little dip is
- Inside both your wrists
- The backs of your elbows (also called the “inside”)
- Behind your knees

Exactly why is that? Your pulse points are the areas of your body that generate the most heat. Heat helps trigger a perfume’s formula, bringing it to life and keeping it alive for longer.
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2. TRY LAYERING.

Check if your fragrance comes in a body lotion, hand cream, or soap version. If so, use that first, and then spray the actual scent on top. (Layering—get it?) This is especially important for people with dry skin, as oily skin types are able to retain scent longer.

3. APPLY BALM.

If your perfume doesn’t come with a range of related products, you can easily substitute the primary layer with a balm. You’ll want something plain and scentless, like Vaseline—right now, we’re also digging Zenutrients’ Solid VCO Balm and Lush’s Ultrabalm. Apply this to all your pulse points, then perfume yourself. This will make the scent adhere to your skin better, if not make it more potent.

4. FINALLY, DON’T RUB.

Contrary to popular belief, rubbing your perfume into your skin so it “absorbs better” will only diminish its staying power. Woops!

Illustration by Erika Gue