Methods to Layer Fragrances – The Fragrance Society

The artwork of layering perfume is usually introduced as a talent you have to not try till you’ve fine-tuned your nostril to the extent of a grasp perfumer. Or maybe even prompt 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 tips 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? Generally extra! By no means be afraid to play with fragrance. (The beauty of perfume is there isn’t a proper or mistaken: in the event you like one thing, then it’s proper. If you happen to don’t, you may wash it off. It’s not a tattoo in any case.)


One of the best ways to start layering

Begin with a scent you want quite a bit however want may 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’ve gotten with these notes (see in the event you’ve already obtained a few of these the genius algorithm suggests, or add them to your Should Sniff Record, subsequent time you’re purchasing!)



We very hardly ever appear to go away 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 varied newest launches, there are events we have now a number of fragrances vying for consideration. Now, this isn’t the best method to put on them, in fact – a fragrance wants time house to bloom to perfection in your pores and skin – however there are numerous instances 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:



Methods to layer if you’d like your perfume to last more

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Significantly 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 nicely – 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 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).



Methods to 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 (typically described as being like Champagne bubbles).


Methods 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 sentimental consolation to spikier substances.

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



Methods to layer if you’ll want to change from day to night

Think about boosting the bottom notes of the scent you’re carrying – these are typically the final to linger in your pores and skin, being fabricated from heavier molecules, and are more likely to embrace substances similar to patchouli, labdanum, olibanum, vetiver, woods or musk. Or select a spicy word for additional sizzle! When you’ve welcomed the darker aspect of your scent and allowed it to shine with additional energy, your scent path will likely be stronger, longer lasting and can add a little bit wiggle to your stroll, because it have been.

Additionally take into consideration investing in a stronger model of your scent – an eau de parfum, in the event you use the eau de toilette; or a pure parfum in the event you can put money into it (or ask Santa!) Learn concerning the differing scent strengths and the way otherwise they react and mission 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 dwelling and layer to your coronary heart’s content material!

One other wonderful method to check and hone your new discovered scent layering abilities is by getting a Discovery Field to attempt all types of combos – what number of lots of (or 1000’s?) 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 positive: you’ll have an entire lot of aromatic enjoyable!


Written by Suzy Nightingale