How to get the most out of perfume

ELIZA ASHE
Last updated 10:47 13/03/2013
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SCENT OF A WOMAN: Layering fragrance will help it last the distance.

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Perfume is up there with foundation as one of the most expensive purchases in our beauty repertoire, yet it remains an area that very few of us know much about. Here, we conquer the most commonly asked fragrance questions to help you get the most mileage out of your favorite perfume.  

Q. How can I get my fragrance to last the distance? 

It's about learning how to layer scent. If you're after serious staying power, it's worth incorporating the matching body lotion and/or shower gel into your daily routine before topping things off with the perfume.  

 Q. How should I store my perfume? 

Heat and light exposure will disrupt the composition of oils used in a fragrance. As a general guide, always keep your scents stashed in a cool, dry area such as the wardrobe or the top drawer of your dresser away from direct sunlight. 

Q. How can I tell if a fragrance has expired?

Once opened, a bottle of perfume can last anywhere between six and 18 months but as soon as you detect a change in the colour or consistency of the perfume, or notice the scent has soured that's your cue to splurge on a new one. 

Q. What's the difference between an Eau de Parfum and an Eau de Toilette? 

The term Parfum or Toilette is used to refer to the strength of the oil used in the fragrance. To cut a long story short: an Eau de Toilette is less concentrated so you can get away with spritzing it generously throughout the day without overdoing, it whereas as a Parfum will leave a more intense fragrance. 

Q. Is it true wearing perfume can cause pigmentation?

Yes. Perfume contains alcohol which can react to UV light. If you're wearing perfume during the day, avoid spraying it on exposed areas like the neck and chest and keep it concentrated on the small of your back, the inside of your elbows, wrists, or your clothes instead.

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