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
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
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.
Patchouli oil, with its recognizable musky, sweet, spicy aroma, is used widely as a base note and fixative ingredient in 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
Byrdie's senior 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
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
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.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle
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
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
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
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
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 spots emit heat, helping fragrance develop faster and acclimate to the wearer, helping it to smell stronger," Valadez says,