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Perfume Layering 101: Mixing Scents The Right Way

By Tariemi Oreoritse 
02 October 2022   |   8:00 am
Ever wondered what it feels like to walk into a room and have your fragrance engulf everyone in a warm hug for hours while lingering around in the air with everyone asking what scent you're wearing? If this dream sounds like the one you always have, then you need to learn about perfume layering.  Perfume…

Ever wondered what it feels like to walk into a room and have your fragrance engulf everyone in a warm hug for hours while lingering around in the air with everyone asking what scent you’re wearing?

If this dream sounds like the one you always have, then you need to learn about perfume layering. 

Perfume layering, scent mixing or fragrance cocktailing, regardless of what name you choose to call it, involves mixing two or more scents to form a unique signature scent. 

However, because of the concentration of different perfumes, there is a tendency that you might not get the smooth blend you require, especially if you need help with what to do. 

Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with this 101 guide to perfume layering the right way:

What is Perfume Layering? 

Perfume layering is an expert mixture of two or more fragrances to create one unique signature scent. This signature scent becomes a lot of work for even expert perfumers to determine. It excites the wearer and always makes them feel like the belle of the ball. 

Layering fragrances can be both a retail strategy and a way to encourage more unique scents. And regardless of which it is, there’s a lot more work that goes into layering perfumes than just picking out random scents to wear on top of each other. Sometimes you’d have to include different body products within the same range to increase the longevity and uniqueness of a single perfume. 

Why You Should Layer Perfumes 

Perfumes often capture an individual’s personality, and custom scents accentuate this personality, adding uniqueness to them. 

With perfume layering, you’re not just stuck wearing one fragrance for the rest of your life but also enjoy the liberty to whip and adjust these scent blends to whatever mood suits them. 

You enjoy the freedom to custom blend a signature scent to reflect your personality or how you’re feeling. 

Our advice; try thinking of it as a mood alert but for the nose.

How to Properly Layer Perfumes 

The first thing to note is that layering perfumes doesn’t only end at spraying two perfumes directly on each other. 

Sometimes, it starts with applying a scented lotion right after your shower; in some other cases, it could be spraying one scent on your wrists and another on your neck. 

But one rule you should stick to every time is spraying heavier scents first before lighter ones so they don’t overpower them. 

Find a stronger, less fussy fragrance; it could be musk or have typical base notes like vanilla, then move on to the more complex scent for a pleasant remix. 

Another option is to use a single-note perfume under or over an existing scent. For instance, citrus, a short-lasting fragrance, can be layered over sandalwood or cedarwood.

Knowing What Scents Work Together 

To understand how to combine your scents, you need to first know the different layers in each individual layer. The top note is what you immediately smell when you spray the perfume, which usually includes sparking and vivacious, fresh notes. At the heart of the fragrance is the middle note, which is warmer and softer; finally, the bottom note is the last scent to develop and stays for hours after the top notes are gone. 

Keep the notes in mind as you experiment with scents. If it’s your first time layering, try combining two fragrances with a common note, for instance, jasmine. For the more adventurous types, combine two opposite scents like, spice and vanilla. 

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to combining fragrances; you either get it or don’t. 

What Scents Don’t Work Together?

Dark and heady scents don’t work great together, mainly because they can be overwhelming. Mixing two complex perfumes can end up jarring, so do a maxim of three scents when layering; choose one stronger note and other lighter fragrances.

Let your scent speak for you, stay patient and have fun experimenting with perfume layering.