Use Carlos Huber’s tip for proper perfume application to make the most of your scent.

Spa Week Carlos Huber perfume expert

One of our least favorite moments is when we go to spray our favorite perfume and we realized the bottle is empty. Not only because scents are the finishing touch to your look but because they are quite the investment. So, being that we love a good deal (after all, we are the brains behind Spa Week), we spoke to Carlos Huber, founder of Arquiste, to find out how to make ours (and your) fragrance outlast your workday.

Where should fragrances be stored? 

Keep your fragrances in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources (such as radiators). Extreme heat or cold will upset the delicate balance of the oils and change their scent. Once a bottle of perfume is opened, use it! A spray lets in less air and evaporates slower than a bottle with a cap but even the finest essence fades with time. The best place for opened fragrance is in a closed drawer or wardrobe.

Will travel size perfumes be less potent from being in a purse all day?

No, travel size perfumes are not less potent from being in a purse all day but may leak if not sealed properly.

How can you prep your skin to make sure your fragrance has staying power? 

Take a shower or bathThe steam from a warm shower or bath helps open your pores, so your skin will absorb the fragrance more readily. That helps the scent linger throughout the day, and keeps you from having to reapply.

Moisturize: Hydrated skin is more likely to soak up your cologne than dry, parched skin, so it’s a good idea to apply a body lotion or cream over your entire body beforehand, paying particular attention to areas where you plan to spritz the cologne.

Reapply: After a day out, be sure to reapply your fragrance when you head out again in the evening.

Spray your pulse points: Applying your cologne to the right areas of the body is key to making the scent last. You want to spritz your pulse points, including behind your ears, the base of your throat, the inside of your elbows, your wrists, and behind your knees. That’s because these are the warmest spots on your body, which will help keep the scent strong!

If you go overboard, how can you lessen the smell?

My recommended method is to remove fragrance with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Although, washing thoroughly with soap is fine too.

Any other tips or tricks you can share with us? 

You should build a perfume wardrobe, a good number to start with is five. One for daytime (during the work week), one for the week’s evenings, one-weekend daytime option (so you look forward to wearing it and you don’t think about work) and one for the weekend nights (which should be a more sexy option). Then your fifth scent should be the one to shake it up (a special treat to change seasonally). But above all, have fun with your perfumes! Don’t take it too seriously – and don’t be afraid of it. It’s supposed to make you happy and give you pleasure!

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