There’s no better feeling than coating yourself with a spritz of your favourite perfume. It becomes a second skin that not only completes your outfit but leaves you smelling incredible and feeling confident. However, fragrances are getting a makeover on the trends front.
The art of fragrance cocktails
Fragrance layering is having a star-of-the-show’ moment right now and invites you to infuse complementing scents to create a powerful perfume altogether, by extending the longevity of a single fragrance for something unique.
Mixing your fragrance cocktail captures your personality and allows you to switch it up according to your mood.
How to layer perfumes
Layering scents doesn’t necessarily mean spraying two perfumes directly on top of each other. Although this is one method of doing it.
You can start a scented shower gel or body lotion and progress onto spritzing 2-3 more fragrances. Generally, heavier-smelling scents should be sprayed first to avoid overpowering lighter scents.
Pro Tip: Play around with different combinations and don’t be afraid to experiment!
Experts say that the easiest way to build up your fragrance cocktail is to start with one that has a musk base note, like vanilla. The scent gives a smooth and clean canvas to add your next layer and will leave enough room for all the notes will to be experienced.
Another option is to highlight a single-noted fragrance. This means choosing a fragrance with one note, like citrus, as your prominent scent but to ensure that it lasts longer, you can layer on with sandalwood or cedar underneath, extenuating the citral scent.
Which scents work well together?
To understand how to combine scents, it’s good to understand the layers of a scent.
Top note: This is what you smell first.
Middle note: This is the heart of the fragrance. This is usually softer.
Bottom note: This is what develops last and what stays with you for hours when the top note has disappeared.
Common layering combinations
- Vanilla, resins, and bergamot.
- Rose and patchouli.
- Herbs with citrus.
If this is your first time fragrance layering, try to combine two fragrances that have a common note. If you have a daring side, combine two or more opposite fragrances like spice and vanilla.
Things to avoid when fragrance layering
Avoid combining two or more scents that are extremely hard on the nose, it can be overwhelming! Also, try not to blend more than three fragrances at a time. Don’t overdo it.
Best areas to apply your scent
- Pulse Points – behind the ears or the wrists. It allows the scent to ‘melt’ better onto the skin and makes the fragrance stronger since it’s warmer in that area due to blood flow.
- The cleavage.
- Arm crease.
- Back of your knees.
- Hair – Optional as perfume contains alcohol which can damage your hair and scalp.
Pro Tip: Having mini fragrances on hold is great to have for layering.
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