Trust Us: These 12 Perfumes Last on Your Skin the Longest (2023)

There's nothing like a spritz of our favorite scent to help us feel confident, put together, and ready to take on the day, which is why we count fragrance as the finishing touch to our daily beauty routines. For me personally, my morning generally looks something like this: I wake up; drink coffee; apply mascara, brow gel, and concealer; spritz on a perfume du jour; and head out the door. It's why I—along with the rest of the Byrdie team—have so many different fragrance bottles scattered on vanities, shelves, and desks. (Well, that and the fact that we're beauty editors and testing new products comes with the territory.) So whether it's a rich and cozy winter fragrance or a light and breezy summer scent, it's important to us to find the longest lasting perfume that stays all day. Otherwise, we'd have to lug around a glass perfume bottle in our bags for the purpose of reapplication, which is just a disaster waiting to happen.

While we have many fragrance favorites, we know which ones to reach for when we want a scent to last throughout a long (and busy) day. From bright and fruity florals to subtle earthy scents, these are the fragrances we swear by for all-day wear.

Meet the Expert

  • Bee Shapiro is the founder of Ellis Brooklyn, a clean and sustainable fragrance brand.
  • Eduardo Valadez is the director of marketing for Diptyque Paris.

Ex Nihilo Fleur Narcotique Eau de Parfum

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Ex NihiloFleur Narcotique Eau de Parfum$225.00


Byrdie's editorial director, Faith, swears by this fragrance, called Fleur Narcotique, from luxurious brand Ex Nihilo. It's described as a "floral overdose," even though the floral notes are balanced with other citrus and musk counterparts. Top notes of bergamot and peach mix with middle notes of jasmine and peony and base notes of woody moss and musk. In short, it's a decadent scent that smells like the height of summer, and it lasts for hours after a single spritz. To us, that makes the exorbitant price tag well worth it.

Byredo Bibliotheque Eau de Parfum

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ByredoBibliotheque Eau de Parfum$180.00


Another one of Faith's favorites, this Byredo pick is named Bibliotheque, which is the French word for library. The best way to describe the scent, in our humble opinion, is to describe a scene. Picture this: You're reading an old book next to an open window that looks out onto a flower garden in the South of France. It combines top notes of peach and plum with a heart of violet and peony and a base of patchouli, leather, and vanilla.

The spicy and woody notes are precisely what helps the scent last longer according to Eduardo Valadez, director of marketing for Diptyque Paris. As a good rule of thumb, Valadez advises sticking to perfumes with prominent base notes like woods, spices, and musks for longevity.

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Key Ingredients

Patchouli oil, with its recognizable musky, sweet, spicy aroma, is used widely as a base note and fixativeingredientin modern perfumery.

Le Labo Santal 33 Perfume Oil

When searching for a long-lasting fragrance, Ellis Brooklyn founder Bee Shapiro recommends sticking to potent concentrations like eau de parfums, parfums, Attars, or concentrated oils.

Senior Editor Hallie Gould loves this vegan and cruelty-free fragrance from cult-favorite brand Le Labo. It lasts so long because it's not a traditional perfume that's formulated with a base of alcohol. Instead, it's an oil. It sinks into the skin and stays put all day long. As for the actual fragrance, it was inspired by the American West and smells equal parts fresh and smoky. (That sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but it's somehow true). Expect to pick up on hints of cardamom, iris, violet, sandalwood, cedarwood, and musky, leathery notes.

Glossier You Perfume

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GlossierYou Perfume Solid$22.00


Byrdie'ssenior editor, Lindsey Metrus, likes Glossier's debut fragrance, Glossier You. What many people don't know is that it comes in a solid version as well as a liquid. (The solid version is no longer in stock, but you can still shop the liquid version.) As for the former, it quite literally sinks into skin wherever it's applied, lasting all day long and wafting out hints of warm ambrette, smooth ambrox, musk, iris root, and pink pepper. It's the perfect long-lasting summer perfume for minimalists or for people who just want to smell like themselves but better.

Clean Reserve Blonde Rose Eau de Parfum

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CleanReserve Blonde Rose Eau de Parfum$98.00


One of the fragrances I swear by for all-day staying power is this one, called Blonde Rose. I spray a bit on both of my wrists before rubbing them together and pressing them against either side of my neck. From there on out, I get lingering soft and subtle rose scents, but it's not a powdery, dated rose scent, it's (for lack of a better word)clean. Watery rose is paired with peony, jasmine, cedarwood, and sandalwood, which keeps it feeling fresh and light.

One way to stretch out the wear of your favorite scents is to make sure your skin is hydrated. "Fragrance is attracted to oils so having well moisturized skin is key," Shapiro says. "An easy hack is also putting a heavier moisturizer on your pulse points before spraying—think Aquaphor type products."

Nest Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum Spray

Nest's Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum is a fragrance I just discovered earlier this spring, and I'm so happy I did. It can be described with one word: fresh. A single spritz lasts for hours and keeps me feeling alert and clear-headed, thanks to a combination of watery French wisteria, Bulgarian rose, and jasmine. I'm completely obsessed and plan to wear it all summer long.

Another way to maintain the integrity of a fragrance is to properly store it. "It is important to take care of your fragrance in the bottle, as well, by storing it in a cool, dry space," Valadez says. "Placing your fragrances in direct sunlight, for example, will degrade the perfume oils, effecting its quality, scent, and lasting power."

Chloé Eau de Toilette Spray

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ChloéEau de Toilette Spray$175.00


This Chloé perfume is the closest thing I've ever had to a "signature fragrance." It was originally created by the high-fashion house in the '70s under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld who was the creative director at the time. The flower bulb–shaped bottle contains an amber-colored liquid that smells strong, smoky, and floral thanks to honeysuckle, jasmine, orange flower, lilac, coconut, and tuberose. I wear it almost every day throughout every season, but I especially wear it in summer. I'm a sucker for the comforting tropical floral feel.

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Lancôme La Vie Est Belle

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LancômeLa Vie Est Belle$132.00


A cult classic for a reason, this beloved formula stacks up against newer options out there. Notes of vanilla and iris team up to create a modern and complex warm floral. Patchouli layers in earthy notes while zesty orange blossom adds some unexpected brightness. Its vanilla core aids the scent's longevity. In fact, reviewers rave that it only improves as the day progresses.

Parfums de Marly Oriana Eau de Parfum

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Parfums de MarlyOriana Eau de Parfum$335.00


Like other eau de parfums, the Oriana scent from Parfum de Marly boasts an eight-hour wear time. Though the Delina fragrance is one of the brand's most popular SKUs, the Oriana landed a spot on this list thanks to its decadent base notes (hello marshmallow and chantilly cream) and its refreshing, citrusy finish. Also nice: After wearing for a few hours, the fragrance mingles with your skin's PH levels for a unique-to-you, signature scent.

"When it comes to application, it is best to dab, rather than rub your fragrance into the skin, as rubbing can dull the top notes of a fragrance," says Valadez.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum

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Carolina HerreraGood Girl Eau de Parfum$73.00

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From the iconic packaging to the sultry yet sweet scent, Carolina Herrera's Good Girl fragrance offers many reasons why it should be a part of your regular rotation. However, we think this formula's best feature is its longevity. After its initial dry-down, spicy notes take the lead, but as the day (or night, this works for both!) wears on, sweet smelling jasmine and tonka bean mingle in.

Lake & Skye 11 11 Fragrance Oil Rollerball

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Lake & Skye11 11 Fragrance Oil Rollerball$48.00


Shapiro and Valadez agree for a long-lasting scent, eau de parfums are typically a safe bet, but fragrance oils are also known for their wear time. This scent in particular clings to both your skin and clothes, so you smell just as fresh post-workday as you did post-shower. The light and fresh fragrance is like the white tee of your scent wardrobe. It can be worn on its own for a simple look or it layers easily with other pieces in your collection.

Don't be thrown by the small rollerball. Like the Le Labo and Glossier option listed above, this formulation sinks in the skin, making a little go a long way.

Maison Margiela REPLICA By the Fireplace

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Maison MargielaREPLICA By the Fireplace$144.00


Inspired by special memories, the REPLICA line from Maison Margiela explores the intimate relationship between scent and experience. Infused with comforting vanilla, tangy orange, and crackling chestnut, this scent promises to transport you to your best memories of cozy nights by the fire no matter where you are.

"Spritz the fragrance directly onto your pulse points(nape of your neck, insides of your elbows, wrists, or the back of your knees) as these spotsemit heat, helping fragrance develop faster and acclimate to the wearer, helping it to smell stronger," Valadez says,

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What perfume lasts the longest on skin? ›

Eduardo Valadez is the director of marketing for Diptyque Paris.
  • Ex Nihilo Fleur Narcotique Eau de Parfum.
  • Byredo Bibliotheque Eau de Parfum.
  • Le Labo Santal 33 Perfume Oil.
  • Glossier You Perfume.
  • Clean Reserve Blonde Rose Eau de Parfum.
  • Nest Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum Spray.
  • Chloé Eau de Toilette Spray.
Dec 10, 2022

Which perfume last for 12 hours? ›

Husn e heaven Mahram Attar Perfume 12 hours Long Lasting Itar Roll On Men Women Floral Attar (Tuberose/Rajniganda) Safe and Secure Payments. Easy returns. 100% Authentic products.

What perfume has the longest lasting smell? ›

There's also a knack to making your perfume last longer – find out how on our blog.
  • La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme. ...
  • THIS IS HER! ...

What perfume lasts more than 24 hours? ›

Dior Homme Parfum, Spicebomb Extreme, Sauvage Elixir, and Encre Noire a L'Extreme are four major fragrances that can last over 24 hours.

What kind of perfume lasts all day? ›

When it comes to long-lasting fragrances, Tom Ford is king. You'd better be sure you like a Tom Ford scent before you spray one on, because it'll stick with you no matter how dry your skin is. Black Orchid perfume has a captivating quality that exudes sensuality and luxury for 10+ hours before you need to reapply .

What is the strongest perfume? ›

Eau de Parfum (EDP) is the strongest type of perfume we sell. Eau de Parfum contains between 10-20% of perfume oil, and is a popular choice with both perfume brands and customers. Eau de Parfum will generally last around 8 hours. Eau de Toilette (EDT) is next, containing around 5-15% of perfume oil.

How do you make perfume last all day? ›

7 Tricks to Make Your Perfume Last Longer
  1. Apply your fragrance after your shower on damp skin. ...
  2. Spritz directly on your pulse points. ...
  3. Spritz don't mist. ...
  4. Avoid rubbing your wrists together. ...
  5. Prep with a little Vaseline on your skin. ...
  6. Spritz on the top of your ears. ...
  7. Apply on your hairbrush.
Sep 22, 2021

What is the best smell of all time? ›

Well, a team of scientists from the University of Oxford think they've worked out the best and worst smells in the world. According to their study, the best smell is vanilla and the worst smell is sweaty feet.

What is the most iconic perfume of all time? ›

Chanel N°5 is, without a doubt, the most iconic fragrance of all time. It's been a staple within many a glamorous woman's fragrance wardrobe since its creation back in 1921.

Does perfume last longer on skin or clothes? ›

Perfume will stay longer on textile than on your skin. If you want your perfume to last longer, praying some on your clothes or scarf is a good idea. But be careful: some perfumes can cause stains on your clothes, especially the more concentrated perfumes with a darker, ambery color.

Which is best perfume for female? ›

List of the Top Perfumes for Women in India
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris EDT.
  • Davidoff Cool Water EDT Spray.
  • Carlton London Blush Eau de Parfum.
  • Body Cupid Secret Love Perfume.
  • Armaf Club De Nuit EDP.
  • Nike Up or Down EDT.
  • Just Herbs Silk and Spice Luxury Perfume.
  • Layer'r Wottagirl Mystic Island Body Splash.
Jan 13, 2023

Which Bath and Body Works perfume lasts the longest? ›

Best Long-Lasting Fragrance: Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes Fine Fragrance Mist. One of the best scents from Bath & Body Works, A Thousand Wishes, exudes joy and celebration.

What scent is most attractive to guys? ›

Having the same percentage of 19.4, woodsy and musk are without a doubt the top main accords that men find attractive when worn. The 3rd place goes to vanilla-scented fragrances with 17.3%, 4th place for sweet scents with 15.3%, and 5th place for floral ones with 14.3%.

Does putting perfume in the fridge help? ›

Yes, absolutely! Storing your perfume in the fridge is the best way to help it stay fresh, especially during the hot summer months. Sunlight, heat from radiators and changes in temperature can all destroy perfume over time, but when stored in the cool, dark fridge it can last for years.

How can I smell expensive? ›

How to Smell Luxurious Without Breaking the Bank
  1. Use Deodorant. First up, a daily necessity that we are familiar with - deodorant. ...
  2. Use Scented Skincare. Another way to smell good without spending too much on a single product would be to invest in scented skincare instead. ...
  3. Use Essential Oils. ...
  4. Use Affordable Alternatives.
Feb 3, 2022

How can a woman smell good all the time? ›

Read on for our top beauty tips—eight to be exact—on how to smell good all day.
  1. #1. WASH REGULARLY. First and foremost, proper hygiene is a must to ensure you smell good! ...
  2. #2. USE SCENTED LOTION. ...
  3. #2. BOOST YOUR PERFUME. ...
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What foods make you smell good? ›

Foods that make your sweat smell good
  • Apples. The naturally occurring anti-bacterial agent in apples helps fight bad breath and act like a mouth freshener. ...
  • Citrus fruits. ...
  • Yoghurt. ...
  • Green tea. ...
  • Celery. ...
  • Fennel seeds. ...
  • Lemon water. ...
  • Cardamom and cinnamon.
Oct 24, 2022

Who is the best smelling person in the world? ›

Rihanna Is The Best-Smelling Person On Earth, According To A Long List Of Celebs | HuffPost Life.

How do you know if you smell bad to others? ›

If you're worried you're one of these people, one trick is to lick your wrist, wait ten seconds, then sniff the patch you licked: If it smells, chances are, so does your breath. An even more reliable method, of course, is simply to ask someone. IS YOUR BATHROOM A MESS?

Why can't I smell my perfume all day? ›

Olfactory adaptation

When we wear a fragrance regularly, the brain associates it with our own body odor. The fact that we no longer smell our perfume is part of a physiological process of olfaction. With our own scent, the stimulation of our olfactory sensors is permanent.

How many times a day should you apply perfume? ›

Reapply your perfume once throughout the day if you're wearing eau de parfum or every four hours if you're wearing eau de toilette. The most potent perfumes don't require a second spritz and can work their magic for a full 24 hours. When you reapply, spritz your perfume only three or four times.

What lotion makes perfume last longer? ›

Use Petroleum Jelly. If you have too dry skin, apply a little bit of petroleum jelly to the pulse points before spraying the fragrance. It will make your perfume last longer because oily skin keeps the scent of the fragrance better.

Why do people put Vaseline on before perfume? ›

Smooth a little Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying your perfume to make the scent last longer. The ointment holds the fragrance to your skin longer than if you were to spray it onto dry skin.

Does keeping perfume in the box make it last longer? ›

Keep Your Perfume in the Original Box

Storing a bottle within the original box can drastically increase the life of a scent.

What is the prettiest smell in the world? ›

Vanilla seems to have the most pleasing scent in the world, according to the new study. Researchers tested different smells with 235 people from a variety of backgrounds, many of them from indigeneous populations who have little contact with Western culture.

What is the number one smell in the world? ›

A study conducted by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Oxford has found that vanilla is the world's most universally-loved scent.

What is the nicest smelling thing in the world? ›

But vanilla has now been crowned the world's favourite smell by a team of international experts. Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm presented 10 scents to 235 people from nine different cultures around the world.

Which perfume most celebrities use? ›

Smell like the stars with these celebrity-favourite perfumes
  • Hermès 24 Faubourg Eau de Parfum – Princess Diana. ...
  • TRUSSARDI Donna Eau de Parfum – Priyanka Chopra. ...
  • DIOR Hypnotic Poison Eau De Toilette – Adele. ...
  • The Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue – Anushka Sharma. ...
  • Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne – Meghan Markle.
Mar 16, 2023

What is the top selling celebrity perfume? ›

The Most Popular Fragrances Created by Celebrities
RankFragrance NameCelebrity
1CloudAriana Grande
2Sweet Like CandyAriana Grande
3AriAriana Grande
4White DiamondsElizabeth Taylor
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Where should I spray my perfume to last longer? ›

Spray your fragrance towards your pulse points: wrists, neck, décolleté, behind the ears. Concentrated areas of heat will diffuse the perfume and help it linger longer.

Do perfumes last longer on some people than others? ›

Perfume likes to 'cling' to skin, so they tend to last far longer on oilier-complexioned people. The strength of the fragrance is also a factor, and so are the notes: deep, smouldering base notes – the woods, resins, leather and tobacco etc. – are 'heavier' in structure, so evaporate more slowly.

Where should you apply perfume? ›

When applying perfume correctly, you want to hit all the right spots. "It's important to select the areas of the body that are naturally warm and moist, like the insides of the elbows, back of the knees, chest, and the sides of the neck," says Milèo. "These areas allow the perfume to be truly enjoyed.

What is the number 1 million perfume? ›

main accords. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne is a Woody Spicy fragrance for men. 1 Million was launched in 2008. 1 Million was created by Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, Michel Girard and Christian Dussoulier.

What are the top 5 women's perfumes? ›

The 38 best perfumes for women
#BrandBest for
1Viktor & RolfMost popular
2Tom Ford Black OrchidBest luxury
3Ariana GrandeBest value
4Maison Francis KurkdjianMost expensive
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Mar 19, 2023

How do you make Bath and Body Works perfume last longer? ›

If you want to keep your routine fragrant all the way through, start with a matching shower gel and body lotion, then spritz the fine fragrance mist as your very last step. If you want something a little simpler, use the mist on your pulse points (basically the warmer parts of your body: wrists, neck, elbows, etc.)

How long does Bath and Body Works perfume last on skin? ›

How long does perfume last on the skin? Most highly concentrated eau de parfums will stay on for about 12-24 hours. Of course, if you want to keep the scent super noticeable all day long, we recommend adding matching goodies like a bubbly body wash or hydrating body lotion.

Which perfume stays most? ›

Our Top Picks
  • Best Overall - Ajmal Amber Musc EDP 100ML Long Lasting Scent Spray Woody Perfume Gift for Men and Women - Made In Dubai. ...
  • Best Fragrance - Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale Blu Eau de Toilette. ...
  • Best For All Seasons - Mercedes-Benz Eau De Toilette for Men, 100ml.

What makes perfume last longer on your skin? ›

Spray your fragrance towards your pulse points: wrists, neck, décolleté, behind the ears. Concentrated areas of heat will diffuse the perfume and help it linger longer. Maintain some distance between the perfume's vaporiser and your skin.

Does perfume last longer on clean skin? ›

As a result, if you shower, moisturise, and then apply perfume right away, it will smell better and last longer because the skin will be free of dirt and other contaminants that could interfere with its performance. Heat also helps to keep perfume on your skin, so it's a good idea to apply perfume to your pulse points.

Where should females put their perfume for long lasting scent? ›

For long-lasting fragrance that can carry you throughout the day, where you spray your scent definitely makes a difference. Pulse points, including behind the ear, at the base of the throat and on the wrists, are regarded as being among the best places to spray perfume.

Which perfume has the strongest fragrance? ›

“Parfum”, “Parfum Extrait”, “Extrait de Parfum”, “Perfume Extract”, “ pure perfume” or “Elixir” is the strongest concentration of fragrance and can have between 15% and 40% of aromatic compounds. International Fragrance Association (IFRA) says that 20% is to most common concentration for this type of perfume.

Why does perfume never last on me? ›

You Aren't Moisturizing Enough

There's a direct correlation between your skin regimen and how long your fragrance lasts because the scent doesn't mesh well with dry skin. (Ensure your moisturizer is unscented so it doesn't compete with your perfume of choice.)

Where do you put perfume to last all day? ›

For even longer staying power, spritz your fragrance onto pulse points. These areas include your wrists, the nape of your neck, behind your knees, behind your ear, and inside your elbows.

Why can no one smell my perfume? ›

Olfactory adaptation

The fact that we no longer smell our perfume is part of a physiological process of olfaction. With our own scent, the stimulation of our olfactory sensors is permanent. This is also the case with the smell of our home, or a perfume that we wear very often.

What is the best lotion to make perfume last longer? ›

Apply petroleum jelly to your skin before spritzing

Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly onto your pulse points. Spray the perfume onto your pulse points immediately after. Your skin absorbs the jelly for a moisturizing effect, allowing the scent to last longer.

Does Vaseline increase perfume longevity? ›

The short answer is: Yes, Vaseline does help to make a perfume last longer. Even a light Eau de Toilette can become a longlasting perfume.

Do perfumes last longer on clothes or skin? ›

Perfume will stay longer on textile than on your skin. If you want your perfume to last longer, praying some on your clothes or scarf is a good idea. But be careful: some perfumes can cause stains on your clothes, especially the more concentrated perfumes with a darker, ambery color.

Should I spray perfume on clothes or skin? ›

“Don't cover it up with your clothing,” he says, and instead target areas exposed to the air: the pulse points of the neck and the wrists or inner elbows, if you're wearing a sleeveless blouse. The only exception, however, is if you're in an intensely hot climate—then it's best to not apply scent directly to your body.


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