Layer Fragrances – The Fragrance Society

The artwork of layering perfume is typically introduced 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 instructed 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, individuals 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 unsuitable: when you like one thing, then it’s proper. Should you don’t, you’ll be able to wash it off. It’s not a tattoo in spite of everything.)


One of the simplest ways to start layering

Begin with a scent you want so much 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 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 notice and assume which different scents you have got 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 buying!)



We very hardly ever appear to go away the home with out a minimum of a few scents on every arm (hey, it will get exhausting to decide on) and after a day of sniffing and spraying varied newest launches, there are events now we have a number of fragrances vying for consideration. Now, this isn’t the best option 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 it’s best to go about it:



layer if you would 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 properly – 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 soak up 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 certain).



layer in case your perfume is too candy

Search for dominant citrus notes like bergamot, neroli, mandarin, lemon, lime or ‘inexperienced’ notes similar 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).


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 components.

Attempt to add lower than you assume you want, as including extra is all the time simpler than taking away, and a bit of of those can go a lengthy manner!

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



layer if that you must change from day to night

Take into account 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 embody components similar to patchouli, labdanum, olibanum, vetiver, woods or musk. Or select a spicy notice 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 a bit of 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 in another way they react and challenge 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 neglect, 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 option to check and hone your new discovered scent layering expertise is by getting a Discovery Field to strive all types of mixtures – what number of a whole lot (or 1000’s?) of combos you would create by studying to layer, inside every field we don’t faux to know. However one factor we are able to say for certain: you’ll have a complete lot of aromatic enjoyable!


Written by Suzy Nightingale