How can one get more "run time" out of a short-lived fragrance? Spray it on freshly-moisturized skin, on fabric (such as a handkerchief or the inside hem of one's skirt), or on one's hair. Whereas the natural oils exuded from skin will weaken or alter a perfume's scent over time, clean hair will absorb scent readily and radiate it with great fidelity for a considerable length of time.
The 'hair' method turned out to be ideal for Five O'Clock Gingembre, which wilted on my skin faster than a Southern belle during an Alabama heat wave. If I hadn't applied it to my coiffure, I wouldn't have known it had ginger in it at all. And even then, it only lasted a scant three hours, which hardly gave me time to appreciate its charms.
Granted, I was charmed. What I smelled entranced me enough that if I had Five O'Clock Gingembre in sufficient quantities, I'd dip my hairbrush in it every single morning. But I can get nearly the same effect by whipping up a batch of my own citrus-ginger shampoo or ginger-spice spritz, as detailed below. (The immediate benefit? My concoctions will set you back about three dollars, whereas Five O'Clock au Gingembre costs anywhere from $95 to $120 per 50 ml. bottle.)
Grate 1 small knob of fresh ginger root into a ceramic or glass bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over it and let it steep until cool. Strain off liquid into a clean cosmetic bottle. Add 2 oz. Dr. Bronner's Citrus Liquid Castile Soap and swirl gently to dilute. Wash hair with mixture and rinse well with cool water.
Ginger-Spice Spritz for Clean Hair
Grate 1 ginger root into a ceramic or glass bowl. Add one cinnamon stick and several cloves. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over contents of bowl and let it steep until cool. Strain and transfer into a spray-pump bottle. Mist clean hair with mixture and let air-dry. Brush from root to tip to release scent.
Scent Elements: Ginger, tea, bergamot, cinnamon, cacao, honey, amber, vetiver, patchouli, pepper, vanilla, woods