It seems like everyone has their perfume these days, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing – after all, perfume can be used to help you express your personality, or just simply make you smell nice all day long. However, it’s important to take care of your scents so that they last longer and don’t go bad too quickly. If you’re in the perfume market, here are some basic mistakes to avoid when using your scents to help them last longer, stay with you longer, and maintain their scent as best as possible!

1) Not choosing the right notes

This is common mistake in perfume selection. Just because a scent smells good on your mom or sister, doesn’t mean it will smell good on you. Every person’s body chemistry is different, and that means even two people who look alike can have radically different fragrance preferences. Not choosing correctly: If you don’t like how something smells out of its original bottle or packaging, chances are pretty high that you won’t like it on your skin either.

2) Not spraying it right

Make sure you’re spraying it on your pulse points, areas that get blood flow. This causes your skin to warm up and release its scent. Make sure you cover all these areas: behind your ears, inside your elbows, under your jawline, and around each wrist. After doing so, give yourself a couple of minutes for each area to absorb before continuing to others.

3) Over-applying

No matter how much you love your perfume, don’t apply more than one spray. Doing so can cause your perfume to stink up for hours instead of smelling nice and fresh. Furthermore, some perfumes should only be applied in certain areas. For example, lotions containing ingredients like menthol are best applied to your pulse points (wrists, behind ears, and neck) instead of all over your body where they could sting eyes or irritate sensitive skin. Read labels carefully when applying perfume!

4) Storing it wrong

The place you keep your perfume has just as much to do with how long it lasts as what you’re wearing. Heat, light, and even cold are enemies of fragrance. To make sure you get your money’s worth, keep your bottles somewhere cool, dark, and dry. And before you put them away, be sure to give them a good shake — fragrance molecules settle over time and might not rise back up when you spray them on later.

5) Not caring for it properly

You shouldn’t pour perfume all over your clothes or dab it directly on your skin, because that will cause it to break down and lose its scent. The best way to apply perfume is to spray onto your pulse points—the skin that’s most sensitive to temperature changes, like on your wrist, behind your ear, or on your neck. Then let dry before putting on any other layer of clothing.