Designer perfume can cost anywhere from $40–80 per bottle or more. Even though there are several ways to get perfume for less than retail, making the most out of each bottle will cut your costs even more. Here are seven ways to get more mileage out of your perfume:

1. Know your terms

Fragrance is categorized by how concentrated the scent is, and knowing the main types can help you get the most out of your next fragrance purchase. Fragrances with the most concentration of scent ingredients are more expensive, but may also need to be reapplied less frequently than weaker formulas and may save you in the long run.

  • True perfume: With the highest concentration of fragrance at around 20 percent or more, perfume extract is also the most expensive and is usually only sold by very high-end brands.
  • Eau de parfum: Eau de Parfum typically has around a 15 percent concentration of fragrance and tends to provide a long lasting scent, but with a less exorbitant cost than a true perfume.
  • Eau de toilette: With a more diluted formula than eau de parfum, eau de toilette fragrances are more affordable, but often don’t have the same staying power. If you find your scent fades quickly and you are using an eau de toilette, it may be worth the cost to move up to a higher-concentrated formula. One of my favorite scents happens to cost the exact same price in an eau de parfum as it does in an eau de toilette, so knowing what you are looking at can really help you get the most for your money.

2. Layer Scent

One of my favorite scents fades so quickly that it needs to be reapplied three or four times per day. A sales rep suggested I try layering it over the same scent’s lotion for a longer-lasting scent. Since they had a gift set that included the lotion for free, I decided to give it a try. I was amazed at how much longer it lasted when it was layered over the lotion, and with less reapplying, that bottle lasted much longer than my previous one. If you don’t want to splurge on an expensive matching lotion you could try getting a cheaper one that has similar base notes to layer with your favorite scent. For example if you like Dior's Hypnotic Poison you could look up a description and see that it had strong vanilla notes and could be layered on top of any vanilla-scented lotion. Some trial and error might be necessary, but if you have a signature scent it could be worth the effort.

3. Unscented moisturizer

If you have very dry skin you may find yourself reapplying your fragrances more often than you want to. This is because dry skin absorbs the oils in the perfume. Try applying unscented moisturizer or a little Vaseline before you put on your perfume next time, and you may get a little more mileage out of each spritz.

4. Apply correctly

Perfumes can fade if they are not applied effectively. Perfumes should be applied after you shower but before you get dressed. It is recommended that you apply to your pulse points (wrists, neck and behind the ears), because the blood circulation and body heat generated in those areas will help diffuse the fragrance. Fragrances should not be sprayed onto clothes as they can cause staining.

5. Consider switching

Some perfumes can be made to last a lot longer by using these tricks, but some scents just fade quickly. If nothing seems to help your favorite fragrance go the distance, consider switching. You may be able to find something similar if you talk to a beauty consultant.

6. Test it out

Before you invest in a large bottle of a particular scent, try it out. Most major department stores have samples you can put on, so give it a spritz and see just how much staying power that great new scent has. If you find it fading in the first hour, it may not be worth the investment since you could find yourself having to reapply several times per day.

7. Store it properly

Like most beauty and cosmetic products, perfume can expire, and you will notice it in the smell. Perfume should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, which means you should not store your fragrance in the bathroom or on a windowsill. Many people like the convenience of storing their perfume in the bathroom, but the heat and moisture from the shower will harm the perfume. If you go through perfume slowly or like to have several bottles at one time, the absolute best place to keep it is in the refrigerator. I thought my mom was crazy for doing this when I was young, but it really works to prolong the life of your perfume—and there is nothing worse than having to throw away a bottle because it has gone bad.

This is a guest post by April from Grand Blanc, MI
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