Tips on how to Layer Fragrances – The Fragrance Society

The artwork of layering perfume is typically offered as a ability you have to not try till you’ve fine-tuned your nostril to the extent of a grasp perfumer. Or even perhaps advised as one thing you need to by no means do. Fear not. We’re right here to information you thru with some simple ideas and tips to make sure a aromatic concord each time you spritz…

Do you know that within the Center East, folks layer as much as SEVEN fragrances at a time? Typically extra! By no means be afraid to play with fragrance. (The beauty of perfume is there isn’t any proper or fallacious: when you like one thing, then it’s proper. In the event you don’t, you may wash it off. It’s not a tattoo in spite of everything.)


One of the best ways to start layering

Begin with a scent you want loads however want might final even longer / add extra character to. Write the identify of that perfume into our intelligent Discover a Perfume database, and it provides you with an outline of the notes (particular person uncooked supplies and perfumer’s accords) that make up the composition.

Now, decide a favorite observe and suppose which different scents you might have with these notes (see when you’ve already obtained a few of these the genius algorithm suggests, or add them to your Should Sniff Listing, subsequent time you’re purchasing!)



We very hardly ever appear to depart the home with out a minimum of a few scents on every arm (hey, it will get arduous to decide on) and after a day of sniffing and spraying varied newest launches, there are events we’ve a number of fragrances vying for consideration. Now, this isn’t the perfect approach to put on them, in fact – a fragrance wants time house to bloom to perfection in your pores and skin – however there are a lot of occasions and differing causes it’s possible you’ll really feel the necessity to stack up the scents, and right here is how you need to go about it:



Tips on how to layer if you’d like your perfume to last more

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Notably in hotter climates. Nothing makes perfume disappear extra rapidly than dry pores and skin. Strive utilizing an identical physique lotion or oil to your perfume (many have matching merchandise like bathe gels as effectively – the extra layers of the scent the higher!) Aroma molecules evaporate far slower on well-hydrated pores and skin.

Strive additionally spraying the scent into your hair, too, so it wafts round you all day. Hair doesn’t warmth up as a lot as pores and skin, and can take in the odor extra deeply. Do a patch check, first, to make sure the perfume doesn’t discolour your hair (spray on a tissue to make sure).



Tips on how to layer in case your perfume is too candy

Search for dominant citrus notes like bergamot, neroli, mandarin, lemon, lime or ‘inexperienced’ notes equivalent to galbanum, tomato or violet leaf, inexperienced tea, marine/aquatic accords (artificial recreations of sea-like, watery smells) and aldehydes (usually described as being like Champagne bubbles).


Tips on how to layer & soften a scent

Vanilla and tonka bean can ’spherical’ a fragrance, making it swoon in your pores and skin (and addictive to odor), as can touches of artificial notes described as ‘caramel’ or ‘dulce de leche’, ripe fruits, chocolate and even sweet floss. For a smoother, woodier sheen to a scent, add a sandalwood-rich or cashmere/powdery scent on high. These notes really feel cocooning, including a layer of soppy consolation to spikier elements.

Attempt to add lower than you suppose you want, as including extra is all the time simpler than taking away, and just a little of those can go a lengthy approach!

[See many more suggestions for how to change-up a fragrance you’re not getting on with, here.]



Tips on how to layer if it’s good to change from day to night

Think about boosting the bottom notes of the scent you’re sporting – these are typically the final to linger in your pores and skin, being fabricated from heavier molecules, and are prone to embody elements equivalent to patchouli, labdanum, olibanum, vetiver, woods or musk. Or select a spicy observe for further sizzle! When you’ve welcomed the darker aspect of your scent and allowed it to shine with further energy, your scent path can be stronger, longer lasting and can add just a little wiggle to your stroll, because it had been.

Additionally take into consideration investing in a stronger model of your scent – an eau de parfum, when you use the eau de toilette; or a pure parfum when you can put money into it (or ask Santa!) Learn in regards to the differing scent strengths and the way otherwise they react and venture or ‘throw’ your scent, right here.



What order to layer in?


Scented bathe / bathtub gel

Matching physique lotion / oil / balm (or a select one of many notes of your chosen scent to echo that within the physique product)

Eau de Cologne

Eau de toilette

Eau de parfum


Fragrance oil / attar

Fragranced hair mist (or just spritz your scent into your hair, on to garments (having patch-tested!)



Don’t overlook, the Experimental Fragrance Membership fragrances have been particularly designed to combine at residence and layer to your coronary heart’s content material!

One other glorious approach to check and hone your new discovered scent layering expertise is by getting a Discovery Field to attempt all kinds of mixtures – what number of a whole lot (or hundreds?) of combos you possibly can create by studying to layer, inside every field we don’t faux to know. However one factor we will say for certain: you’ll have an entire lot of aromatic enjoyable!


Written by Suzy Nightingale