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How long does your perfume last? Scott @madlc from Sarnia told us & won!

How long does your perfume last? Tell us & win! When actress Sarah Jessica Parker unveiled her first signature scent during the peak of her popularity on Sex and the City, fans and fragrance lovers alike were universally enthusiastic about the scent. It was a soft floral with a little bit of spice housed in a feminine, rounded bottle. Initial sales were very strong around the globe.

Shortly after the launch, I started to get emails from Cityline viewers saying the scent didn’t last more than an hour. They loved it but were disappointed with its staying power. For that reason, they didn’t repurchase. I hear this often with new fragrance launches.

Time and fragrance are closely connected. A perfumer needs to blend a scent that isn’t too overpowering but still lasts long enough to make an impression. “The tricky part with how long a fragrance lasts is the more you wear a fragrance, the less your nose registers it,” says Firmenich Fragrance expert Roman Poquet. “That is why it is important to have four or five scents that you rotate often. By doing this, you’ll notice the perfumes you truly love and you’ll smell the strength that others smell around you.”

Of course, when it comes to perfume, there are different concentrations. And each lasts a certain amount of time. For those that want their fragrances to last all day, opt for a parfum version. A tiny dab will last 8 to 10 hours. These versions are typically the most expensive because they have the highest percentage of oils.

Eau de parfum is the next strongest concentration of fragrance and these will last four to five hours with one spritz. If you find they wear off faster than this, try this pro trick: apply a the scented body lotion then spritz the scent over it. This step will add an extra hour to your fragrance.

Eau de toilette is the most common form of fragrance and one spritz will last three to four hours. Most men’s fragrances are produced in this format.

For those who really like light scents, eau de colognes or “splashes” as they are often called, are the best option. These work very well in hot, humid climates and are made to splash on liberally after a shower.

annick goutal eau d'hadrien

“Citrus notes burn off the fastest,” adds Marie Duron, Director of Perfume Development for L’Oreal in New York. “If you like the notes of lemon, mandarin, grapefruit and lime, expect them to last about 30 minutes.” The very finest citrus scent I’ve found is Annick Goutal’s Eau d’Hadrien, a classic in France. The lemon notes are so fresh and uplifting, it will instantly lift your mood. I find this scent lasts a little longer than most citrus fragrances. And it can be worn by women and men.

wittnauer women's watch

The Giveaway: This is kind of fun. Not only am I giving away a bottle of the wonderful Eau d’Hadrien, but I’m including this stunning Wittnauer Women’s Chronograph Blush Ceramic Bracelet Watch. (Wittnauer is a division of Bulova since 2001.) It’s inspired by the energy and elegance of metropolitan nightlife (hear that Nina?) and puts a new spin on a dress watch. I particularly like the rich luster of the ceramic band. The brand itself was founded in 1880 but is gaining a new following thanks to its updated styling. (I just learned Amelia Earhart made her first solo flight over the Atlantic with her Lockheed Vega-5B plane equipped with Wittnauer instruments.)

wittnauer women's watch annick goutal eau d'hadrien


Now you’ll be able to time how long your different fragrances launch. Does your eau de toilette really last three hours. And how long does your eau de parfum last? We asked readers to tell us how long your fragrance typically lasts in a blog post comment below. Scott @madlc from Sarnia told us and won! Congrats Scott! 

  • Helen
    March 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve worn an unusual French parfum for years. I’m so used to it I sadly can’t really smell it after application…my family do tho’! 🙂 #itsthelittlethings

    December 1, 2015 at 7:38 am


  • Erika
    August 19, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Lots of confounding variables, and complicated of course by the fact that the wearer quickly desensitizes to the smell, but I would guess that my perfume lasts between 2-3 hours.

  • Michele Baron
    August 19, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Mine lasts about 3 hours or so

  • Jennifer H.
    August 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Mine last about 3-4 hours.

  • Melanie Gray
    August 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Usually depending on the type of Perfume but mine usually lasts upwards of 5 hours. I guess I go for the ones that are a little more potent 😉


  • Jean Powers
    August 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Like the Parker launch, depends on which fragrance, not only style, eau de toilette, cologne or parfum. Green Tea (eau de t & p) by Arden= nice scent, vanishes quickly, within an hour, altho her Green Tea & Lavender lasts longer, maybe 3 hours. Tea Rose (eau de t & p)) by The Perfumer’s Workshop Ltd. is very long lasting. I’ve forgotten I put it on in early morn & in afternoon a child will say: “Mommy, I smell roses!”

  • Carole Sauve
    August 19, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    My GIORGIO ARMANI Acqua di Gioia eau de parfum seems to last about 6 hours and my White Musk oil lasts about 8 hours. I’m going to try rotating them as your informative article suggests. PS–that watch looks beautiful. I also liked the fact trivia you included about Amelia Earhart making her first solo flight over the Atlantic with her Lockheed Vega-5B plane being equipped with Wittnauer instruments…very cool @CJ_in_Canada

  • Beverly Metcalf
    August 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Not long enough. I wish it would smell nice all day! Thanks.

  • Jennifer Johnson
    August 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    2-3 Hours @Joshsweeping

  • Debby Kulchar
    August 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    never long enough that is for sure – smells great when you put it on and once in a while i get a whiff of it but wish it stayed with me longer

  • rickel bart
    August 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    1-2 hrs

  • Janet Boyanton
    August 19, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    It doesn’t last long, but I put on very little.

  • clynsg
    August 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I am not really certain, since once I have it on, I can’t really smell it myself. Will have to ask my daughter!

  • Charlene Kuser
    August 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    My perfume only lasts an hour,it is hard for me to find a perfume that lingers.My twitter account is

  • Kimberly Bischoff
    August 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    My fragrance usually lasts maybe 2 hours….if I am lucky 🙁

  • vivian
    August 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    a few hrs.

  • Sara Cehennemden
    August 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Usually last a few hours, because it put a little on hair too and it last a lot there 🙂

  • Nicole Huckins
    August 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    A couple of hours!

  • DanV
    August 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Mine lasts a few hours

  • Nicole Bertram
    August 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Dave, yes my perfume lasts many hours. I put a little bit on my hair and on my neck. Unfortunatelly i self can’t smell it after an hour or so. But my friends are still able to smell the scent. When you drop some favourite perfume in an nonscented creme it will last longer too!
    I dont have a twitter account. Sorry. But i am on instagram as “kensha74”.
    Have a nice day. Yours Nicole.

  • Brenda C
    August 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    As a rule usually between a hour to two hours unfortunatly @Highway90

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