The way to Layer Fragrances – The Fragrance Society

The artwork of layering perfume is typically offered as a talent you have to not try till you’ve fine-tuned your nostril to the extent of a grasp perfumer. Or even perhaps steered as one thing it’s best to by no means do. Fear not. We’re right here to information you thru with some simple ideas and methods 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 a proper or improper: in case you like one thing, then it’s proper. When you don’t, you possibly can wash it off. It’s not a tattoo in any case.)


The easiest way to start layering

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

Now, choose a favorite word and assume which different scents you will have with these notes (see in case you’ve already obtained a few of these the genius algorithm suggests, or add them to your Should Sniff Checklist, subsequent time you’re procuring!)



We very hardly ever appear to depart the home with out at the least a few scents on every arm (hey, it will get onerous to decide on) and after a day of sniffing and spraying numerous newest launches, there are events we now have a number of fragrances vying for consideration. Now, this isn’t the perfect technique to put on them, in fact – a fragrance wants time house to bloom to perfection in your pores and skin – however there are various instances and differing causes you could really feel the necessity to stack up the scents, and right here is how it’s best to go about it:



The way to layer in order for you your perfume to last more

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

Attempt 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 scent extra deeply. Do a patch check, first, to make sure the perfume doesn’t discolour your hair (spray on a tissue to make sure).



The way 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 (typically described as being like Champagne bubbles).


The way to layer & soften a scent

Vanilla and tonka bean can ’spherical’ a fragrance, making it swoon in your pores and skin (and addictive to scent), 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 prime. These notes really feel cocooning, including a layer of soppy consolation to spikier elements.

Attempt to add lower than you assume you want, as including extra is all the time simpler than taking away, and slightly 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.]



The way 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 usually the final to linger in your pores and skin, being product of heavier molecules, and are more likely to embrace elements equivalent to patchouli, labdanum, olibanum, vetiver, woods or musk. Or pick a spicy word for further sizzle! When you’ve welcomed the darker aspect of your scent and allowed it to shine with further energy, your scent path might be stronger, longer lasting and can add slightly wiggle to your stroll, because it had been.

Additionally take into consideration investing in a stronger model of your scent – an eau de parfum, in case you use the eau de toilette; or a pure parfum in case 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 / tub gel

Matching physique lotion / oil / balm (or a pick 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 technique 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 tons of (or hundreds?) of combos you would create by studying to layer, inside every field we don’t fake to know. However one factor we will say for certain: you’ll have a complete lot of aromatic enjoyable!


Written by Suzy Nightingale