The basics of successful perfume layering
Posted on 18 November 2017
You don’t need to shop for niche perfumes online for long to start wondering what the possibilities may be for the use of several of them at once.
You might have heard ‘perfume layering’ referred to by various other names – such as ‘scent mixing’ or ‘fragrance cocktailing’ – but the principle is much the same. It’s all about mixing together two or more scents to produce interesting results.
Why might you want to layer perfumes?
It’s easy to see the appeal of perfume layering. It’s a great way for fragrance lovers to flaunt their creativity, of course, but the results of that creativity are usually just as important – scents that are truly distinctive to the individual.
You might blend fragrances as a way of signalling your mood at a given time, or you may fancy cultivating something truly memorable and evocative for your wedding. Almost irrespective of the situation or occasion, it’s possible to create a captivating signature scent for it.
Where does one start with scent mixing?
You might think at first that fragrance layering is basically just about spraying one perfume directly on top of another, but of course, the truth is more complicated and subtle than this.
You can consider yourself to be mixing perfumes when you apply a scented lotion after your shower, or spray one scent on your neck and another on your wrists.
There aren’t really that many ‘rules’ to perfume layering – it’s all about experimenting with different combinations and seeing what results. However, it’s generally advisable to spray heavier scents first, so that they do not overwhelm any lighter fragrances with which they are paired.
Are there scents that you should or shouldn’t layer?
We obviously don’t have the time or space here to describe all of the possible scent combinations and how well – or badly – they may work together. In any case, if you are to layer your fragrances in truly original ways, it’s much more important to understand how individual perfumes’ own layers work.
The top note of a given fragrance is the one that you smell as soon as you spray it – its fresh notes are usually especially sparkling and vivacious. By comparison, the middle note is the fragrance’s heart, and tends to be warmer and softer, while the bottom one is the last one to develop, and typically stays on you for hours, long after the top notes have vanished.
Keep this principle in mind as you toy around with perfume layering for the first time – as you may do by combining two fragrances with a common note such as jasmine, or blending two or more scents that have little to do with each other, such as spice and vanilla.
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However, as scientific as certain considerations in the perfume mixing process may be, it is ultimately an art more than anything else. It’s all about cooking up a feeling in your fragrance that communicates a certain emotion, mood or vibe, which gives you plenty of scope for creativity when you next shop for niche perfumes online from a source such as Scent City!