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We love our fragrances. They come in beautiful bottles that make our vanity tables look better, and make a subtle statement about our sense of taste. The only gripe we have – they may smell fantastic right after our first spritz when we are still at home, but by the middle of the day, when we want to make an impression, it can’t be smelt anymore.

If this sounds like what you’re complaining about, you’re on the right article. Read on to see tips and tricks to prolong the staying power of your perfumes, and our top recommendations for long-lasting perfumes among the most recently launched ones.

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Understanding fragrances: What makes a perfume last longer?

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“Parfum”, “Eau de Parfum (EDP)”, “Eau de Toilette (EDT) ” may be terms you’ve often heard associated with fragrances, but do you know what each of them mean?

The difference among each of them is the level of essential oils present in the perfume. Parfum is the strongest version, with 15-30% of its content consisting of concentrated essence of the fragrance. EDP contains 8-15% of concentration, and EDT has 4-8% of the perfume essence.

While Parfum is the most potent fragrance you can find, they are typically very expensive and not every fragrance that you love come with a parfum version. So if you’re looking for a long-lasting perfume that’s affordable enough for daily wear, between the more accessible EDP and EDT, go for the one with the “EDP” label. An EDP can usually last up to around five hours (compared to EDT, which usually last for three hours or less).

How to make your perfume last longer on you

  • Apply it on your pulse points: Areas that are warmer, such as behind your ears, behind your wrist, at the fold in front of your elbows, behind your knees, are called “pulse points” and are the best places to spray your perfume on. The higher temperature at these areas will help accentuate the scent.
  • Learn the art of layering: If your signature fragrance comes with its shower gel and body lotion, include them into your stash too. Having the same fragrance infused into your skin in different ways lock in the scent so it’ll linger longer on your body.
  • Moisturise your skin: Perfumes stay on moisturised skin for longer. So, if you want your perfume to last all day, do this: after you step out from the shower, moisturise your body with lotion, then spray on your perfume before you get dressed.

6 perfumes that last all day

Remember we mentioned that EDPs last longer than EDTs? These recently launched fragrances don’t just smell great but are also EDP that will give you more mileage especially if you apply them with the tips we’ve just shared.

1. Michael Kors Sexy Blossom

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A floral woody musk fragrance, Sexy Blossom by Michael Kors is inspired by the scent of spring’s blossoms. This limited edition fragrance is sweet (lychee) and fresh (dewy leaves), and come in three sizes: 30ml (SGD82), 50ml (SGD120), and 100ml (SGD154).

2. Mugler Angel Muse

Mugler Angel Muse

Love the gourmand genre for fragrances? The Mugler Angel Muse will win over your palate with accords of delicious hazelnut cream and elegant vetiver. Besides the addictive scent, you’ll also love the look of the bottle, featuring smooth, streamlined curves, and definitely set apart from the usual perfume bottles you see. The Angel Muse EDP retails at SGD115 (30ml) and SGD164 (50ml) and will be available at the pop-up store at Manifesto (#02-19 Capitol Piazza) from now till 31 December, and at Takashimaya, Metro Paragon, Metro Centrepoint, Tangs @ Tang Plaza, Tangs VivoCity, Robinsons The Heeren, Robinsons Raffles City, and Sephora @ Ion Orchard.

3. Hollister Wave for Her


This bright and juicy citrus scent is inspired by fun in the sun. Featuring top notes of sprightly starfruit, the Hollister Wave for Her is reminiscent of that refreshing drink you crave for when you’re baking at the beach, while the middle notes of wild orchid reminds you of California flowers. Finally, it dries down to the warm scent of amber crystals to finish off the scent, rounding it up like a perfect evening after a fun day. This fragrance is available in all Sasa stores, and retails at SGD37 (30ml), SGD47 (50ml), and SGD60 (100ml).

4. Chloe Fleur de Parfum

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Tender, soft, and almost dreamy, this rosy scent also contains accords of raspberry, which gives the fragrance a tangy touch. The heart of cherry blossom in this fragrance also diffuses into milky almond notes, which give the sweet scent a more rounded edge. Elegant and sensual, the Chloe Fleur de Parfum feels like the touch of soft silk on bare skin, and retails at SGD103 (30ml), SGD147 (50ml), and SGD176 (75ml).

5. YSL Mon Paris

ysl mon paris

Just like passionate love that gets you heady, the new YSL Mon Paris promises to be a fragrance with vertigenous accords. Featuring intoxicating notes of red berries, pear, and exotic white Datura flower, this fragrance is concocted to take you on what seems like a passionate and unforgettable whirlwind journey to Paris. YSL Mon Paris retails at SGD112 (30ml) and SGD229 (50ml).

6. Ralph Lauren Polo Blue EDP

Ralph Lauren Polo Blue EDP

This is a sophisticated scent for men, featuring the sparkling freshness of bergamot and cardamom, but it doesn’t mean you can’t steal it from your beau for your own use. The refined and vibrant accords in the fragrance are well-balanced with a good combination of spicy, floral, and woody notes. Recommend this to your male companion if he’s looking for a sleek scent that lasts for a long time. The Polo Blue EDP retails at SGD109 (75ml) and SGD132 (125ml).

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