In the blog series Perfume Hacks we tell all our favorite tips & tricks that you as a perfume lover should know! Perfume Hack #1 has been used for years by experienced perfume wearers and has been quite popular for a couple of years now. We think this trend is well worth it! It is the ultimate hack to develop a unique 'signature scent'. We're talking about ...
What is perfume layering?
Perfume layering is simply wearing multiple perfumes instead of one. This can be two, but even three or four. You spray the perfumes, layer by layer, on top of each other. This way of wearing perfume is called 'layering', because it creates an actual layering of perfume on your skin. By combining several perfumes, you develop a new, unique scent.
What makes perfume layering so special?
Nothing is more annoying than smelling a whiff of your personal signature scent on someone else. This is where perfume layering might come in handy. Stop looking for a perfume that has it all... Create your own! Because you can mix and match endlessly, the perfume creations you can develop are without limit. We say: keep experimenting until you find your signature scent!
Are there any rules?
In principle, there are no rules in the world of perfume layering. Just keep in mind to not mix perfumes that both have heavy elements. The best combination is to mix a heavy perfume with a light perfume. Spray the heavier perfume first and let the perfume dry before spraying the lighter perfume. This way, the fragrance molecules can develop on your skin without disappearing in the second perfume. The heavy notes from the first perfume thus create a 'base' for the light perfume.
In what order should you spray?
There are three basic rules when it comes to when you spray which perfume. Anything is possible, but this order is the most effective to ensure that you smell your unique creation all day long:
1: Perfumes that you spray on first have a predominant character of the following notes: woods, musk, vanilla, patchouli, amber. These fragrance notes create a powerful, long-lasting base.
2: If you are going for 3 or more perfumes, make sure that the middle perfumes preferably have a predominant character of the following scent notes: floral, spices, fruits. These fragrance notes provide an aromatic heart.
3: Finally, you spray preferably a perfume with a predominant character of the following notes: citrus, aromatic, green. These notes form a welcoming top layer.
What ingredients go well together?
Don't let yourself be limited and try to find a combination of perfumes that you like! We do have a number of tips for combining perfumes and ingredients. We have put together a number of delicious combinations for you per fragrance family:
Perfumes from the Floral fragrance family, with sweet and delicate notes such as rose or jasmine, go well with: oud, vanilla, musk and leather.
Perfumes from the Citrus fragrance family, with fresh notes such as bergamot or orange, go well with: woods, leather, aromatic and floral notes.
Perfumes from the Woody fragrance family, with warm, earthy notes such as sandalwood and cedarwood, go well with: citrus, vanilla, oud and floral notes.
Perfumes from the Fruity fragrance family, with juicy, light notes such as pear or red fruits, go well with: musk, oud and citrus.
Perfumes from the Gourmand fragrance family, with tasty, sweet notes such as vanilla or praline, go well with: woods, floral and oriental notes.