Learn how to Layer Fragrances – The Fragrance Society

The artwork of layering perfume is usually offered as a talent you need to not try till you’ve fine-tuned your nostril to the extent of a grasp perfumer. Or maybe even advised as one thing you need to by no means do. Fear not. We’re right here to information you thru with some simple suggestions 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? Generally extra! By no means be afraid to play with fragrance. (The beauty of perfume is there isn’t a proper or unsuitable: for those who like one thing, then it’s proper. For those who don’t, you’ll be able to wash it off. It’s not a tattoo in spite of everything.)


The easiest way to start layering

Begin with a scent you want lots 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 will provide 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’ve got with these notes (see for those who’ve already acquired 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 at the very least a few scents on every arm (hey, it will get laborious to decide on) and after a day of sniffing and spraying numerous newest launches, there are events we’ve a number of fragrances vying for consideration. Now, this isn’t the perfect strategy to put on them, after all – a fragrance wants time house to bloom to perfection in your pores and skin – however there are a lot of instances and differing causes you could really feel the necessity to stack up the scents, and right here is how you need to go about it:



Learn how to layer if you need 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 soak up the odor extra deeply. Do a patch take a look at, first, to make sure the perfume doesn’t discolour your hair (spray on a tissue to make sure).



Learn how to layer in case your perfume is too candy

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


Learn 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 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 at all times simpler than taking away, and just a little of those can go a lengthy method!

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



Learn how to layer if you could change from day to night

Contemplate 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 prone to embody elements comparable to patchouli, labdanum, olibanum, vetiver, woods or musk. Or select a spicy notice for further sizzle! When you’ve welcomed the darker facet of your scent and allowed it to shine with further energy, your scent path will likely 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, for those who use the eau de toilette; or a pure parfum for those who can put money into it (or ask Santa!) Learn in regards to the differing scent strengths and the way otherwise they react and undertaking or ‘throw’ your scent, right here.



What order to layer in?


Scented bathe / tub 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 wonderful strategy to take a look at and hone your new discovered scent layering abilities is by getting a Discovery Field to strive all types of combos – what number of a whole bunch (or 1000’s?) of combos you can create by studying to layer, inside every field we don’t fake to know. However one factor we are able to say for positive: you’ll have an entire lot of aromatic enjoyable!


Written by Suzy Nightingale