Scent mixing. Perfume layering. Fragrance cocktailing. Whatever you may call it, the art of mixing two or more scents together is an under-the-radar technique that women have been using for ages. Layering perfumes means that you create your own unique perfume.

What are the benefits?

Custom scents capture the personality of an individual. It allows you to whip up your own scent blends whenever the mood suits you. In other words, you get the freedom of custom-blending a truly signature scent to reflect your personality or how you are feeling.

How do you layer perfumes?

Layering scents does not necessarily mean spraying two perfumes directly on top of each other—it can start as early as when you apply a scented lotion after your shower. Or, you can spray one scent on your wrists and another on your neck. As a general rule of thumb, heavier scents should be sprayed first so they do not overpower their lighter counterparts.

What scents go well together?

In order to understand how to best combine your scents, you first need to understand the different layers in individual fragrances. The top note is what you smell right away when you spray it and usually consists of the sparkling and vivacious fresh notes. The middle note is the heart of the fragrance and is usually warmer and softer. And finally, the bottom note is what develops last and what stays with you for hours—long after the top notes have disappeared.

"No one wants to smell their 'signature' perfume on someone else."  

Houd deze informatie in gedachten wanneer je begint met het combineren van je parfums. Als je nog nooit eerder parfums hebt gelayered, probeer dan twee parfums te combineren die een gemeenschappelijke toon hebben - jasmijn bijvoorbeeld - en werk vanuit daar verder. Of, als je avontuurlijk bent, probeer dan twee of meer tegenovergestelde parfums te combineren - een kruidige en een vanille bijvoorbeeld. Er is geen goed of fout. 

Keep these notes in mind when you start to combine your scents. If you have not layered fragrances before, try to combine two fragrances that have a common note—jasmine, for instance—and go from there. Or, if you are adventurous, try combining two or more opposite fragrances—a spice and a vanilla, for instance. There is no right or wrong.

Which scents should you avoid layering?

If you are really nervous about causing any “what is that smell??” moments, keep this in mind: avoid combining two scents that are too dark and heady—they can be overwhelming when used together.

Reference: Byrdie

31 July 2019