Start with unscented lotion
Lotion acts as a bind to help the perfume stick to your skin, so rub a bit in to the spot you’ll be perfuming. “Your skin is not necessarily the best clinger for perfume,” says Serrano-McClain, founder of MCMC Fragrances. “Skin is kind of oily and doesn’t absorb.” Choose an unscented moisturizer to keep from combining smells, giving all the attention to your perfume. Check out these beauty products dermatologists say are a waste.
Opt for a strong base note
Different scents have different lifespans. Citruses will fade the fastest because their molecules are so light, while floral and spices will take longer to leave. Scents that stick around longest are the ones commonly used as base notes, like vanilla, musk, and wood, says Serrano-McClain.