Fragrance layering – the 411 on how it’s done
January 19, 2016
Earlier years it was believed that layering a lotion and fragrance of the same kind will make the scent so intense that bees will start circling you. Granted, sometimes people get it so wrong, you can’t help but get a headache or have your stomach turn every time they pass you. Nowadays, there is an art to scent layering and I’ve done some research on exactly how to master the art of it.
Layering a lotion of fragrance of the same kind will not only intensify the smell, but actually compliment certain notes, for instance the smell of violets might be the key note everyone picks up when you walk past. Layering lotion first then the complimenting fragrance after will be a godsend if it’s one of those light fragrances that don’t last all that long – your scent will last the whole day without watering down around lunch time. Adding different products to compliment is also another way of layering. For instance, if you’re wearing a certain fragrance, using the shower gel or bath oil will compliment the lotion and fragrance greatly and make it last even longer.
Layering different scents is also something that is hugely popular, but knowing what works with what is extremely important. Here’s a rough guideline to which scents you can layer together successfully:
- musk and floral
- oriental and fruity
- oriental and gourmand
- citrus and woody
- fruity and floral
- floral and oriental
Something you must also make sure you are aware of is what NOT to layer. Green notes and oriental ones tend to clash a bit and create something that can become offensive to those around you. The bottom line is, if you want to dapple in a bit of fragrance layering, make sure you know what can be combined (see above) or stick to a lotion/bath oil/shower gel that is the same as the fragrance you are wearing – you can’t go wrong!
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