Long Lasting Fragrances: The Best Long-Lasting Fragrances (2022)

So, why do some perfumes last longer than others? Claude Dir, a renowned perfumer and master nose at the international fragrance manufacturer Mane, has been creating perfumes for fashion designers, beauty brands, and celebrities for over 40 years.

Dir explains that the construction of a fragrance and the ingredients used both play a big part in the longevity of the scent.

"A perfume is constructed as a poetic blend of natural ingredients and nature-identical raw materials," he says. "The molecular system of ingredients creates a pyramid structure consisting of top, middle, and base notes."

When shopping for your next fragrance, Dir suggests that there are a few ingredients you can look out for that often contribute to a long-lasting scent.

"From an olfactive point of view, longer-lasting fragrances typically present variations in wood, musk, and resin ingredients; this will establish the base foundation on the skin which will extend the wear for six hours and up," he explains.

Another key factor is the oil concentration in the fragrance.

"Whether a fragrance is an eau de toilette (EDT), eau de parfum (EDP), or parfum will help determine the lasting power based on the fragrance oil concentration percentage," says Linda Levy, who currently serves as president of The Fragrance Foundation and has worked with leading fragrance houses and retailers for over 30 years. "A higher fragrance oil concentrate can help a consumer distinguish how strong and how long-lasting the fragrance will be on their skin."

Parfums or eau de parfums often have over 20 to 25% of fragrance oils, compared to eau de toilettes, which have much lower concentrations of oil.

"When sampling a fragrance in person, you should spray it on your own skin and wait beyond the first impression, the top note," says Levy. "Let the scent linger and go beyond the middle note to the base note in approximately 20 minutes or more. Climate, weather, geography and your own body chemistry affect how a fragrance lasts on you personally."

But where you spray your perfume and how you layer it can also help the scent last longer.

"The pulse points of the body are the most common for fragrance application," explains Dir. "If you have a signature scent that you wear daily, my recommendation would be to spray it on your clothes as there is no reaction to body chemistry so the scent can last longer. Also, if the fragrance is available in ancillaries such as body cream or oil you can also establish the base prior to application."

With a base of vanilla from Madagascar paired with fresh notes of lime and coriander, Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée Pure Perfume is one of our favorite fragrances.

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Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume

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A unisex fragrance that plays well with the unexpected contrast between vanilla and woody moss. Its character is fresh and elegant without being heavy, so feel free to use liberally. Its exotic ingredients are 91% natural and include vanilla from Madagascar, lime from Mexico, and coriander from Russia.

Price at time of publish: $111.99

Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum

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Great for a busy day, this spicy, floral scent leaves behind a subtle, sweet linger in the air. Jasmine, pink pepper, and vanilla are just a few of the ingredients that help give this fragrance a warm depth.

Price at time of publish: $116 for 1.7 oz bottle

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel, Paris-Edimbourg

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This new unisex fragrance presents an aromatic, woody scent that conjures the wild and majestic landscape of the Scottish Highlands. A powerful burst of juniper berry and cypress evolves into a warm vetiver accord with earthy undertones and smoky accents, for a long lasting, fresh scent. 

Price at time of publish: $140 for 4.2 oz bottle

Christian Dior Oud Rosewood Eau de Parfum

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Infused with a duo of oud and sandalwood, this potent blend creates an instant presence. The contrasting ingredients provide an evocative signature and are enhanced by essences from the far east.

Price at time of publish: $310 for 4.25 oz spray

Gamine Eau de Parfum

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The heavy influence of natural raw materials gives this fragrance a greater diffusion on skin. Composed of blue hemp, vetiver root, chocolat noi, and wild Indonesian patchouli, this scent has an aromatic quality that is both herbaceous and woody.

Price at time of publish: $185

Giorgio Armani Si Passione Eau de Parfum

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This is the perfect fragrance for any time you want to be remembered. Infused with cedarwood and highlighted with woody vanilla and rose blooms, this fruity, floral combination creates an intense, uncompromising scent for every type of woman.

Price at time of publish: $104 for 1.7 oz bottle

Hermès L'Ombre des Merveilles Eau de Parfum

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The blend of incense, black tea, and tonka beans captures the senses and leaves behind a timeless, tender trail. This is a unisex fragrance that is truly captivating.

Price at time of publish: $158 for 3.3 oz bottle

Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum

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This perfume embodies the Jimmy Choo brand: glamorous, sexy, and seductive. At the heart of the fragrance, an aura of rich and exotic tiger orchid. The lingering scent is created with sweet toffee and Indonesian patchouli, leaving a subtle, sensual memory on the skin.

Price at time of publish: $66 for 1.3 oz bottle

Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne

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This luxurious, fresh fragrance from the iconic British brand fills the room with its combination of peonies, red apple, jasmine, rose, and gillyflower. A contrasting infusion of blush suede enhances the scent, bringing an enticing sensuality to the fragrance.

Price at time of publish: $80 for 1 oz bottle

Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum

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A unisex fragrance created with the perfect blend of ingredients. The combination of cardamom, iris, violet, cedarwood, and musky notes come together to form a unique aroma that smells great on just about anyone.

Price at time of publish: $90 for a 0.5 oz bottle

La Vie est Belle Soleil Cristal Eau de Parfum

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This fragrance captures the essence of a sunny summer day – warm yet fresh, made for those who live to bask in the sun. The white floral, mandarin top notes are infused with ylang-ylang, vanilla, and coconut accords. The ingredients come together to create a textured aura that makes the iconic smell resonate with a unique intensity.

Price at time of publish: $102 for 1.7 oz bottle

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte

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This radiant fragrance captures the scent of the sea meeting the sky. Made up of a rich burst of blackcurrant, jasmine, mimosa, and bergamot.

Price at time of publish: $235

Maison Margiela Replica Sailing Day Eau de Toilette

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Transport your mind by awakening memories of walking along the shore of a sandy beach. This light, fresh fragrance is inspired by a memory of the warm sea breeze and sailing towards the horizon. The lasting scent is intensified by base notes of red seaweed, rose essence, and iris absolute.

Price at time of publish: $76 for 1 oz bottle

Narciso Rodriguez For Her Pure Musc Eau de Parfum

A woody floral scent that will grab the attention of any bystander, while the signature musk at the heart of this fragrance is combined with jasmine and orange blossom to add freshness. The base notes, cashmeran, amber, and patchouli create a seductive lasting aroma.

Price at time of publish: $103 for 1.6 oz bottle

Philosophy Amazing Grace Magnolia Eau de Parfum

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Created to enhance your well-being, lift your mood, and leave you feeling energetic, this is definitely a feel-good fragrance. A fan favorite, the woody, floral scent is sophisticated, serene, and whimsical.

Price at time of publish: $58 for 2 oz bottle

The Harmonist Moon Glory Parfum

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Enriched with notes of lychee, organic honey, ylang-ylang, and warmed with amber musk. This sensual fragrance captures that in-between moment after the sun has disappeared below the horizon, yet before night falls. Its complexity reveals itself gradually, like the night sky, recalling the intoxicating scent of flowers at dusk.

Price at time of publish: $350

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum

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Walk into a room and let your perfume do the talking for you. This fragrance is all you need to create a luxurious, sensual impression. The rich accords of black truffle, black orchid, and plum, enhance this timeless scent.

Price at time of publish: $150 for 1.7 oz bottle

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Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Intensément Eau de Parfum

Remember the last time you received a bouquet of fresh roses, bursting with a sweet aroma? Now, imagine that smell bottled up. This new variation of the classic fragrance Mon Paris is literally a lush bouquet of roses in a bottle. The intense scent is made up of bold blackcurrant, roses, and white musk.

Price at time of publish: $108 for 1.6 oz bottle

FAQs

How do you know a fragrance is long lasting? ›

Look for notes that linger

Top notes are most volatile and will float away first, perhaps after thirty minutes or so. Mid notes will last up to four hours, and base notes linger the longest, eight hours or more."

Which perfume lasts for 24 hours? ›

Louis White London Perfume Spray 100ml Eau de Parfum - 100 ... OSCAR Forever Perfume for Female, Rose Gold Eau de Parfum - 100... LIBERTY Luxury Oud Perfume for Men 24 Hours, Long Lasting Smell E...

What is the strongest smelling 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.

Which perfumes are long lasting? ›

  • Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume.
  • Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum.
  • Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel, Paris-Edimbourg.
  • Christian Dior Oud Rosewood Eau de Parfum.
  • Gamine Eau de Parfum.
  • Giorgio Armani Si Passione Eau de Parfum.
  • Hermès L'Ombre des Merveilles Eau de Parfum.
  • Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum.
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What are the 3 types of perfumes? ›

The Different Perfume Categories

Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne, and the less well known Eau Fraiche.

Which lasts longer perfume or toilette? ›

An Eau De Toilette typically contains around 8-15% fragrance oil which lasts around 4-6 hours, in comparison to an Eau De Parfum which typically contains 15-30% and can last up to 8-10 hours.

Is Victoria Secret perfume long lasting? ›

Some of Victoria's Secret perfumes are long-lasting while others are not. There are a few fragrances from the brand that reviewers say are not very long-lasting. Take longevity into consideration when choosing your scent, and keep in mind body sprays tend to be less long-wearing than eau de toilettes.

What ingredient makes perfume last longer? ›

The ingredient that makes a fragrance last longer is the concentrated essential oil, which is why Anuket's roll-on fragrances are all 100% oils. One important thing to remember is that just because YOU can't smell your fragrance on yourself after a certain period of time, doesn't mean the scent is no longer there.

How do you know if perfume is strong? ›

Underneath the name of the perfume on a bottle will normally be the fragrance concentration. A fragrance concentration refers to the strength that a fragrance has. Perfumes with a higher fragrance concentration contain more perfume oils and less alcohol.

How do you know if a perfume is good quality? ›

Inspect the box closely.
  • Examine the text on the back of the packaging. Check for grammatical errors, misspellings, poorly laid out information, etc. ...
  • Real packaging is made from high quality paperboard. ...
  • Look for the barcode on the packaging. ...
  • Check to see if there is any excess glue or tape.

Does EDT or EDP last longer? ›

An Eau De Toilette typically contains around 8-15% fragrance oil which lasts around 4-6 hours, in comparison to an Eau De Parfum which typically contains 15-30% and can last up to 8-10 hours.

How do you know if a perfume is good? ›

You should know within a few minutes after putting it on your pulse points whether you like it, or it it is just falling off your skin." Further, Knotek suggested that it is important to try something you're not sure you will like, and to that end, always try it on your skin, as what's in the bottle might not smell the ...

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