+1, on all three approaches!
One must always look at fabric as a first choice to increase longevity (as well as projection). Plus, how
a scent develops on fabric is often different than skin. Due to the greater longevity, top notes stay longer, the heart can be more revealing and the base notes gradually show as the fragrance evolves. It is very common for a fragrance to have a more 3-stage/"three-dimensional" feel on fabric versus a blast of top notes and then a movement to dry down. We have to, as wearers of the fragrance, pause and really breathe deep and take notice of the notes during the top and heart on our skin. On fabric, you have time and different notes reveal themselves. To me, a full-wearing of any scent must include at least 1-2 sprays (or more) on my shirt. An undershirt if the fragrance stains. And, it helps to spray from a bit of distance to 'separate' the notes onto fabric.
Spraying your hair is great idea. Something people tend to overlook as scent gathers onto protein well. You will smell it yourself more. I find it incredibly sexy when I smell my wife's body that has a rich, intoxicating scent on it and then when nestling my nose into her hair during intimacy finding that she (almost always) sprays a few shots of fragrance there. You, again, have more time with the scent and it projects more.
Last, but not least - for those of us who wear fragrance daily, the alcohol in the compositions can dry out your skin (on top of having dry skin already). So, applying a neutral (unscented
) After Shave Balm/skin moisturizer is very essential to me. I use both Nivea and a thicker product, Gentleman Jack, which works wonderfully. Again - make sure you buy unscented and give it 5-10 minutes to absorb into your skin. Then, using a layering method...apply (depending on the scent) a moderate/standard wearing of the fragrance. For some, since you've also applied a couple of shots to your hair (yes, including men) and also the all-important shirt/undershirt...one could be satisfied. However, you can also wait 10-20 minutes and then reapply a lighter scent on the same, exact spots you initially applied (neck - front & back, backs of hands, etc.) This increased layering only takes, for most scents, a single spray or two to really accentuate the wearing.
This is very subjective to the scent. I leave discretion up to the individual - but all of these methods truly help longevity. However, alas...there are times when one must accept that a scent (especially current formulations where oakmoss and other fixatives are no longer present) will simply not last all day...even if you followed all three of these suggestions. Longevity, to me, is somewhat over-rated in scent. I am not taking for granted Vintage juice that does indeed last, but instead - focus on the scent itself. Some things don't last long in life, no matter what. Enjoy the moment for you know it will not last long. Reapply, either from bottle or a travel spray (as you can always decant and touch-up a wearing mid-day or whenever). The key is to wear a fragrance and enjoy it. If a scent has a short duration...but you love it, come to accept it. Just plan ahead.
My final suggestion (if you really want long-lasting scent) is to pursue Vintage bottlings of fragrances, but be prepared to spend a lot of time and effort hunting them down and winning Ebay auctions, etc.
Originally Posted by southerngardens
I saw three great suggestions that I do because I have a problem with frags lasting on me too. I have dry skin.
1) Spray your clothes.
2) Spray your hair.
3( Use an unscented moisturizer on your skin before you apply your frag. It gives the frag something to hold on to to increase the longevity.