The $3 trick to making your signature perfume last all day

This $3 trick could be the key to making your fragrances last....

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Want to make your signature scent last longer? Well, according to this $3 perfume trick, all you need is a dab of Vaseline...

We all know the heartbreak of spritzing on your favorite fragrance first thing in the morn, only to discover that by the afternoon, it's all but vanished from your skin. While you can of course hunt down the best long-lasting perfumes—which are blended with perfume notes known to pack a punch—there is actually a simple trick that could lock every precious drop of your best perfume into the skin all day.

So, what is the magical scent-locking hack, you ask? Well, to put it's Vaseline. It turns out that applying a dollop of $3 petroleum jelly to your skin before spritzing the area with your favorite vanilla perfumes and oud perfumes could be the key to making them last longer...

Does Vaseline make perfume last longer?

We know what you're thinking—can adding Vaseline before perfume actually make it last longer? Well, according to the experts, yes, yes it can!

According to Natalia Ortiz, Chief Commerical Officer at The Fragrance Shop: "Rubbing a small amount of Vaseline on your pulse points before applying your fragrance is one way to add life to your fragrance."

She explains: "the balm will act as an additional moisturizing lock to hold the scent onto the skin," adding that, "perfume smells best and lasts longest when able to meld with the natural oils of your body."

If you don't have a tub of Vaseline on hand, Ortiz recommends using an unscented moisturizer instead: "this will help lock the fragrance in better as it gives a moist skin impression."

Vicken Arslanian, Re-Founder of fragrance brand Commodity, also adds that applying Vaseline before your perfume is a very similar concept to the slugging trend. She says: "Vaseline for fragrance works the same way: locking in a scent and preventing skin from drying out."

Where to apply Vaseline before perfume

So, how do we go about applying Vaseline and perfume together? Ortiz suggests applying Vaseline to your pulse points, which are located on your wrists, elbows, and neck—just to name a few—then simply spray your perfume over the top. These areas will help the scent emanate throughout the day as fragrance reacts to heat.

Beware of your clothing though, as Arslanian notes: "this works best if you can keep fabric and clothing away from the skin as this can obstruct your fragrance's ability to latch onto the skin."

Here's to entering our good-smelling era!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.