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The Art of Layering Perfume Like A Fragrance Master

How to layer fragrances to create your signature scent

If you are a perfume enthusiast, it is important to embrace the numerous benefits of layering fragrances. In case you are unacquainted with perfume layering, think of it this way. You can layer one perfume over another in such a way that the notes of the two complement each other to create a third unique accord that helps your fragrance stand out. Recently, many brands are releasing one-note perfumes that are easier to layer so even those new to the perfume world can slowly build up a fragrance with the help of perfume layering.

It is important to note that layering need not be limited to just perfumes. You can also use the layering technique to pair perfumes with body products that have similar scent notes to increase the former's longevity.

The primary and most popular benefit of perfume layering is that individuals can create custom scents that are able to showcase their personality better than any off-the-shelf perfume. Having the power to whip up custom scent blends is magical, and it allows for limitless versatility when you are choosing your scent for the day. If you are someone who has been unable to find your signature scent until now, you may want to consider perfume layering to create your own very signature scent concoction. The best part is that you can rest firmly in the knowledge that you will smell unique no matter which room you walk into.

Scent combinations that work wonders

You can start the scent layering process as soon as you step out of the shower. Scented lotions are just as effective layering tools as other perfumes. If you are planning to combine two perfumes, it is better that you do not spray them on top of each other. Instead, you can spray a different perfume on each of your wrists when you are in the mood for experimentation. Do not shy away from trying out different combinations because experience often teaches us better what we like and dislike. Heavier scents are usually sprayed before their lighter counterparts so the latter can hold on to their scent profile.

A good starting part is pairing perfumes with a common note even if they belong to separate families. You can also choose to layer a rather simple perfume with commonly loved notes with a complicated one to create something daring that is not over the top. Another option is to use a single-note scent to enhance the notes of your primary perfume. For example, if you want to highlight the rose note in your perfume, consider layering a one-note rose fragrance underneath. On the other hand, if you want your citrus/aquatic fragrances to last, you can layer them with woody, earthy fragrances.

Once you understand the fragrance cycle and the characteristics of the different fragrance families, the process of perfume layering becomes demystified to an extent. Here is a handy guide that you can follow.

Best perfume layering combinations

The below perfume layering chart offers a perfect guide to start out pairing:

Fragrance Family

Pairing Options

Aromatic

Spicy, Woody, Citrus

Fruity

Floral, Gourmand, Aquatic

Woody

Aromatic, Citrus, Oriental, Floral, Aquatic, Spicy

Spicy

Woody, Oriental, Aromatic

Gourmand

Fruity, Floral, Woody, Oriental

Floral

Aquatic, Fruity, Citrus, Woody, Oriental, Solar

Oriental

Floral, Fruity, Woody, Gourmand, Spicy

Chypre

Floral, Oriental, Woody, Citrus

Solar

Aquatic, Citrus, Floral

Fougere

Woody, Floral, Citrus

Aquatic

Citrus, Floral, Solar, Woody

Citrus

Aquatic, Chypre, Fougere, Woody, Aromatic

 

Limitations of layering: What to avoid?

As mentioned before, experimentation is crucial for your journey to discovering your likes and dislikes. Sometimes, you have to experience something that you do not like to appreciate what you love and understand how you can enhance it. Having an open-minded approach will always help you uncover more secrets than you could ever anticipate.

Whenever you come across a combination that smells repulsive, note it down for future reference. For example, you will often find that combining two dark and rich perfumes can lead to strange results, especially if they have clashing notes. Similarly, pairing two strong perfumes with dominant heady notes can lead to an overwhelming fragrance.

The key is not oversaturate or over-layer so that the balance of the resulting scent is maintained. Any body mist or lotion that you wear alongside has to complement the notes of the chosen perfumes. Following the chart given above will give you an idea of the combinations you should ideally avoid as well as a comprehensive idea of the versatility of the different fragrance families. You can use that knowledge to list out all the plausible combinations in your fragrance wardrobe and then embark on a lengthy perfume exploration journey to find that elusive signature scent.

After trying out different layering experiments, we can repeat often enough to take notes and track what works and what doesn't!

What about layering perfume with lotion? 

Moisturising your skin can improve your confidence, but layering body lotion with your perfume can be a game-changer! Before going into details, we should know what we are trying to achieve, so, What are the benefits of layering your favourite perfume with body lotion?

  • Make it last longer: Applying a good moisturiser will amplify and maintain the fragrance of your skin.
  • Complement your fragrances: This is where the fun part begins, scents from the same family are an incredible way to start, but if you are willing to have an outstanding fragrance, you can start complimenting your fragrances from different families to achieve a more unique smell.

How To Layer Perfume and Lotion

Follow these steps to start layering lotion and perfume:

  1. Apply your lotionApply your favourite lotion on which parts you would apply perfume, and if you are going to complement it with your fragrance, then use a moisturiser that goes well with the scent category that you are interested. You can use the combinations chart above as a guide.
  2. Spritz on Your Fragrance: Apply and pair with the fragrance of your choice. At this point! You just have to enjoy the incredible fragrance that you will have, achieving unique and irresistible scents!

Other considerations when creating a signature scent with perfume layering

Perhaps a disadvantage of crafting your signature scent by layering different perfumes is the lack of convenience. You will not be able to pick up one bottle and spray it on effortlessly. Maintaining the delicate balance of the two perfumes is key if you want to achieve a consistent result every time. Opening up to the idea that your signature scent will not smell exactly the same every day will go a long way in accustoming you to the process. Embrace the flexibility that comes with being able to vary the proportions of your layering items depending on your mood and preference for the day.

If you are hesitant to layer your expensive perfumes without prior experience, you can consider picking up a few compatible samples or one-note perfumes that will open up multiple opportunities of experimentation with layering.

Comments

Sam

I love the idea of layering perfume! It’s such a great way to create a unique scent that is totally your own. I’m definitely going to try this the next time I’m looking for a new fragrance. Thanks for the tips!

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