Even after more than 20 years as an executive in the beauty world, Francine Gingras had never asked herself a very simple question: “Why can’t fragrance last longer?” But when her then 21-year-old daughter posed it to her one day in the kitchen, Gingras had a lightbulb moment. She quit her job to team up with her daughter, Josephine Sullivan, and a fragrance house. Their mission: develop a perfume-setting spray that would make a scent last on the skin for longer than the average (four hours, give or take). But they had to admit that none of the ingredients in perfumery would get the job done. “We needed to change direction and look for a new way in,” says Gingras. She and her daughter went back to the drawing board and—working with chemists familiar with skin care—found inspiration in part from the way deodorant forms a film on the skin.
HOW IT WORKS:
They created a sprayable, fragrance-free mesh (made of oils and acrylate copolymers) that acts like netting over fragrance, trapping it against the skin and slowing its evaporation rate. In company- sponsored clinical trials, the spray made eau de parfum last for at least 12 hours. “This film anchors fragrance molecules to the skin without disturbing the perfume’s chemistry,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. “That’s very impressive.”
WHAT IT IS:
A perfume-setting spray
WHAT IT DOES:
Creates a film that anchors fragrance to skin and slows evaporation
HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS:
It’s fragrance-free but initially smells a bit like a high-alcohol hair spray once it’s on the skin. The odor disappears as it dries, however, so it won’t mess with your perfume. You can actually feel the extra layer on your skin once it’s dry, but it’s not sticky or unpleasant—in fact, it feels smooth to the touch.
WHY WE LIKE IT:
“This film anchors fragrance molecules to the skin without disturbing the perfume’s chemistry,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. “That’s very impressive.” We sprayed on our signature scent, let it dry, then topped it with a couple of blasts of FragranceLock. The average perfume remains strong for about four hours, but FragranceLock helped ours stay on for a full workday.
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