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Making scents go on and on

Signorina in fiore, $173 for 100ml, from Salvatore Ferragamo, available at Tangs, Takashimaya Department Store, Robinsons, Metro, Isetan Scotts and BHG Bugis.
Signorina in fiore, $173 for 100ml, from Salvatore Ferragamo, available at Tangs, Takashimaya Department Store, Robinsons, Metro, Isetan Scotts and BHG Bugis.PHOTOS: BVLGARI, CALVIN KLEIN, GUCCI MONTBLANC, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

Spraying perfume on pulse points after a shower will help it stay on longer

How do I make a spritz of perfume last all day?

Having a signature scent can make more of an impression than people think. Smells can impact emotions and influence how people wearing them are remembered.

So it is no wonder that people often take a while to find their favourite perfume.

But once they have found it, how do they make it last throughout the day?

Ms Elaine Lim, 41, senior trainer at fragrance and cosmetics distributor Luxasia Singapore, offers the following tips:

  • Here are some new scents to try:

    Signorina in fiore, $173 for 100ml, from Salvatore Ferragamo, available at Tangs, Takashimaya Department Store, Robinsons, Metro, Isetan Scotts and BHG Bugis

    This romantic floral and fruity fragrance has notes of nashi pear sorbet, pomegranate, cherry blossom and jasmine.

    Bamboo EDP Limited Edition, $216 for 75ml, from Gucci, available in Sephora and all leading department stores

    The woody floral scent is both soft and intense, with notes of Casablanca lily and Tahitian vanilla.

    ck all, $121 for 200ml, from Calvin Klein, available at Sephora

    A refreshing scent for both him and her, this fragrance has notes of crisp paradisone, rhubarb, mandarin and grapefruit flower.

    Le Gemme Ambero, $499 for 100ml, from Bvlgari, available at The Heeren Robinsons, Takashimaya and Escentials Paragon

    This is a deep, warm and woody fragrance for men with notes of vetiver, olibanum and ginger.

    Legend, $120 for 100ml, from Montblanc, available at Sephora and all department stores

    This masculine yet subtle perfume for men combines notes of lavender, bergamot, evernyl and a touch of sandalwood.

•Spray on pulse points

Pulse points are the best places to spray fragrance as they produce heat, which is vital in releasing the different notes in the perfume. These points include the wrists, neck, inside the elbows and behind the knees, ankles and calves.

•Spray right after a shower

The moisture on your skin will help lock in the scent. However, wait for a few minutes for the perfume to dry before getting dressed to prevent it from getting rubbed off.

•Spray on the hair

Hair is also a great fragrance carrier. However, the alcohol content in perfumes can dry the hair out, so do not apply it directly. Instead, spray it onto a hairbrush and comb it into your hair. The scent will be released every time you flick your locks.

•Use petroleum jelly

Dab a little petroleum jelly on your pulse points before you spray on the perfume. The ointment will help hold the fragrance longer.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2017, with the headline 'Making scents go on and on'. Print Edition | Subscribe