Finding the perfect scent for your tastes can be tough. Whether you prefer clean smells, flowery scents, or something more musty, you are likely part of the large group of perfume wearers who find their scents quickly disappearing. No matter how expensive your perfume is, there are some things you can be doing to help the scent last longer.
Healthy Skin and the Perfect Scent
Keeping your skin well hydrated is important, especially when chilly weather hits. According to perfume guru Kalliope Amorphous, well-moisturized skin is the key to fragrance longevity. Swipe on unscented moisturizer before spritzing on your perfume, or grab a humidifier and stay hydrated. One pro tip is to apply your scent right out of the shower for maximum power.
Another way to make it last longer is finding a scent that meshes well with your skin chemistry. Perhaps fruity smells aren’t quite right, so try herbal scents like basil or lavender. You can test out travel-sized perfumes to find your perfect match since different skin types play a role. Those with dry skin will find the scent absorbs quickly, so choose wisely.
Perfuming Pulse Points and Your Hair
Have you ever heard of the pulse points in the wrists, neck, inside of the elbows, and behind the knees? It turns out that those are the perfect places to spray your perfume because they’re warm, making the scent last longer. You can also try swiping on some petroleum jelly or Aquaphor first as it creates an oily barrier for your scent to stick to.
Another thing you may have never thought of is to spray your favorite fragrance on your hairbrush! According to skincare queen Christina DiFerdinando, your hair holds onto fragrance very well. Avoid direct hair spritzing, though, and instead spray the perfume onto your hairbrush. Swipe it through your locks for an even scent. You can also spritz on your shirt collar or scarf.
Scent Stacking Secrets
Perfumer Kalliope Amorphous shares that stacking different products from the same scent line is the key to a fragrance that lasts all day. Whether pairing lotion with perfume or blending perfume oil with Eau de parfum, layering will amp up your scent’s staying power.
No matter what you do, make sure you enjoy the process of finding and wearing the perfect perfume for you. There’s nothing better than finding that one go-to scent that makes people think of you when they smell it!
Meal prep has been gaining more and more speed in recent years, especially because of all the social media influencers dead-set on showing people how to eat right and do things quickly. However, food prepared beforehand and posted on Instagram and other social media always looks beautiful and is set in a certain way, but that’s not necessary. Try these four big-batch meal recipes used for supper that can be part of your meal prep for days to come – as leftovers!
Peanut Coconut Pork Noodles
Coconut-based sauces have been prevalent for a long time, especially in Southeast Asian cuisine, but in recent years, they have been getting more popular around the world. You don’t have to use more than one can of coconut milk, but the recipe makes enough servings for supper and leftovers. And there you go – easy big-batch meal prep you can eat the next day! If you’re feeling healthy, you can add a touch of kale for taste and color!
Big-Batch Slow-Cooked Pork
If you enjoy meal prep, you probably own a slow cooker, which is perfect for this recipe. It calls for slow-cooked pork with added noodles. The taste can be empowered by adding peppers and tomatoes – serve all that over rice, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic meal for some days to come!
Smoky Slow-Cooker Chili
Don’t let the fancy wording fool you – the big-batch three-bean chili has the same base recipe as the chili you’re used to eating, with the addition of something to spice it up and make it smokey. You add tempeh bacon, often found next to tofu in most stores, and some chipotle chilis. It will have a smokey flavor, and you can always substitute the bacon for regular think-cut bacon slices if the tempeh is not to your liking.
Chicken and Wild Rice Bowls
Most meal prep recipes on social media indeed include chicken, avocado, and rice, but this recipe has something more to it that makes the three ingredients taste perfect when cooked together. Use your slow cooker, mix up the ingredients and add the carrot-ginger sauce as a zinger to the otherwise simple recipe. Your tastebuds will enjoy the flavor!
Big-batch meals are great because they can feed the family one day and be leftovers for you the next day. Just because you see all those fancy meal prep posts on social media doesn’t mean you have to follow the same display. Meal prep doesn’t need to be fancy. You can try these recipes, and as long as you can eat them hot or cold the next day – your prep is set for a delicious leftover meal!