Perfume Layering

Perfume Layering – 2 min read by Fiona

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This is my quick guide to layering.  When we talk about layering there are two kinds:

Helping fragrance longevity

Originally when we spoke about ‘fragrance layering’ we meant layering up the same fragrance by using the shower gel, body lotion, soap, perfume in the same fragrance. Honestly, this is a good money-saving tip – if you can’t afford the EDP or parfum in an expensive perfume, it can be worth seeking out the cheaper version in shower wash, and particularly in body lotion.  Body lotion acts as a fixative – the more hydrated or even oily your skin is, the better the scent will ‘stick around’.  If you don’t have a body lotion in the same perfume, use an unscented emollient on your skin and then spray your perfume on top. This will help it last longer.

Mixing scent

The second way of layering refers to wearing different scents together. It’s a good way to experiment and make something really unique to you.

I often use this as a way to use fragrances I find too floral for me personally. I like mixing a man’s woody scent with a soft floral. You can pair it down any way you like. My favourites are tobacco/ woody /smoke /lavendar with girly floral, citrus scent.

I like to mix fresh greens with oceanics, or leather and rose (Schwarzlose with Daisy or Kate Moss for example) or creamy woods with florals (Armani Privé Cuir Noir with one of your floral favourites).

LEATHER + ROSE | Schwarzlose and Daisy

If you have a fragrance that is very sugary/sweet, try mixing it with a spritz of male scent borrowed from a friend or partner, as the woody, spicy or leathery fragrances for men often give a great kick on top of your own scent.

It’s really trial and error and what works for one person might not be right for you, so don’t be afraid to mix it up!

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