Scent Layering 101: Mixing Scents the Right Way | The Guardian Nigeria News
By Tariemi Oreoritse
October 02, 2022 | 8:00 a.m.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to walk into a room and your scent engulfs everyone in a warm hug for hours while lingering in the air, everyone asking what scent you’re wearing? If this dream is like the one you always have, then you need to learn more about layering scents. Scent…
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to walk into a room and your scent engulfs everyone in a warm hug for hours while lingering in the air, everyone asking what scent you’re wearing?
If this dream is like the one you always have, then you need to learn more about layering scents.
Perfume layering, perfume blending, or perfume cocktail, whatever name you choose to give it, involves the blending of two or more perfumes to form a unique signature scent.
However, due to the concentration of different flavors, you may not get the smooth blend you need, especially if you need help figuring out what to do.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this 101 guide to layering scents the right way:
What is Scent Layering?
Scent layering is an expert blend of two or more scents to create a unique signature scent. This signature scent takes a lot of work, even for expert perfumers. It excites the wearer and always makes them feel like the belle of the ball.
Scent layering can be both a retail strategy and a way to encourage more unique scents. And no matter which one, there’s a lot more work to layering scents than just picking random scents to wear on top of each other. Sometimes you will need to include different body products in the same line to increase the longevity and uniqueness of the same scent.
Why You Should Layer Scents
Fragrances often capture an individual’s personality, and custom scents accentuate that personality, adding uniqueness to them.
With scent layering, you’re not only locked into wearing one scent for the rest of your life, but you also enjoy the freedom to whip up and adjust those scent blends to suit your mood.
You enjoy the freedom to create a custom scent to reflect your personality or how you feel.
Our advices; try to think of it as a mood alert but for the nose.
How to layer perfumes well
The first thing to note is that layering scents is more than just spraying two scents directly on top of each other.
Sometimes it starts with applying a scented lotion right after your shower; in other cases, it might be spraying one perfume on your wrists and another on your neck.
But one rule you should stick to every time is to vape the heavier scents before the lighter ones so they don’t overpower them.
Find a stronger, less harsh scent; it can be musk or have typical base notes like vanilla, then move on to more complex scent for a nice remix.
Another option is to use a single note fragrance under or over an existing scent. For example, citrus, a short-lived scent, can be layered over sandalwood or cedarwood.
Know Which Scents Work Together
To understand how to combine your fragrances, you must first know the different layers of each individual layer. The top note is what you immediately smell when you spray the perfume, which usually includes fresh and sparkling notes. At the heart of the perfume is the heart note, warmer and softer; finally, the base note is the last perfume to develop and remains for hours after the top notes have disappeared.
Keep notes in mind when experimenting with scents. If this is your first time layering, try combining two scents with a common note, for example, jasmine. For the more adventurous, combine two opposite flavors like spices and vanilla.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to combining fragrances; you get it or not.
What scents don’t work together?
Dark and heady scents don’t work well together, mainly because they can be overpowering. Mixing two complex scents can end up shocking, so make a maxim of three scents when layering; choose a stronger note and other lighter scents.
Let your scent speak for you, stay patient and have fun experimenting with layering scents.