Helen Keller once said, “Fragrances are powerful magicians that can transport you through the years you have lived” – and we couldn’t agree more. How many times have you walked by someone and caught a whiff of their perfume that instantly reminded you of someone or something? One too many times, I’m sure. That’s known as the Proust effect. It’s basically reliving memories through sensory stimulations. Now, what if I told you that you could create your own personalized fragrance without spending a bomb? Yes, it’s possible. Enter: perfume layering. A fun technique wherein you layer two or more scents to create a personalized scent.
Now, perfume layering can be tricky to master. But worry not, we’re here to answer all your questions on how to layer perfume. Ahead, we’re giving you a low down on all the things you need to make a note of while layering your scents. Excited? Read on…

Hydration Is Key

This may come as a surpise, but hydration is key if you want your scent to last longer. Your skin type can actually affect the longevity of the scent on your skin. Thirsty dry skin tends to ‘drink up’ the fragrance, wherein oily or combination skin have more oil molecules for the perfumes to cling onto. That’s why it’s best to hydrate your skin with a nourishing moisturizer or lightweight body oil before applying your fragrance to make the scent last longer.

Layer Perfumes With Similar Notes

If you're a fragrance layering newbie, the simplest way to get started is to gather products with similar notes. Eg: Rose, Jasmine, and Vanilla are fairly common notes in most perfumes, so products with these scent profiles usually complement one another. The more you practice how to mix perfumes, the more you can play with opposite notes such as fruity and spicy. However, if you're still experimenting, going for similar notes is preferable.

Start With A Stronger Scent

Fragrance layering begins with the strongest scents first. This is done to prevent overpowering milder notes later in the process. Stronger scents like Ylang-ylang, Patchouli, and Jasmine stand out significantly in perfume blends.

Follow Up With Floral/Clean Notes

Once you’ve layered the stronger scent, you can follow them up with floral scents like Rose, Orange Blossom, Lilies, etc. Clean scents such as Linen or Cotton Musk are great too because they add certain complexity to fragrances. PS: Avoid pairing two strong scents together as they can become too overpowering.

Layer While The Fragrances Are Still Wet

When layering perfume, you need to ensure that the perfume is still wet when you layer one on top of the other. This will ensure the notes blend beautifully together.

Where To Apply Perfume

It’s important to apply your perfume to the right places for it to really work its magic. The best places to apply perfumes are your pulse points. These are points in your body where the veins sit closest to the skin, so you can literally feel your pulse. Below are the points you can apply your perfume for longer lasting effect:
  • Inside your wrists
  • Behind your ears
  • Inner elbows
  • Behind your knees
  • Base of the throat
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