Thought that a perfume started and ended with the spritz of the atomiser? Think again. There’s a way you can a) get your fragrance to last longer and b) adapt the scent for any occasion. Layering! You might have heard our experts talking about it in-store or seen it crop up in our ultimate perfume hacks – and now we will delve into the world of layering so you too can be a pro.
What is layering?
It’s a very simple concept, but often overlooked. ‘Layering’ is when you quite literally layer up the same scent in multiple ways, for you to build it up the and give it extra staying power. So, instead of just spraying your favourite fragrance, you might choose to start with the scented shower gel, followed by the body lotion, followed by the fragrance.
Why do you need to layer?
OK, so adding a few extra steps to your usual routine may sound a bit excessive for time-strapped, don’t-talk-to-me-until-I’ve-had-my-morning-coffee types. But, trust us – it’s worth it!
The complementary body care products are formulated to extend the shelf life of the notes in the fragrance, so you’ll find it will last longer on the skin.
It’s not only for those who want a longer-lasting scent, it can also be for those who want a softer or more subtle scent. If you only use a layering product – say a body cream – you can enjoy the same notes but not at the full intensity of the fragrance.
The perfect layering combinations
If you need an extra help mastering the art of layering, here are a few of our favourite combos:
Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier
EDT + shower gel + body lotion + deodorant spray = Perfect day time combo
Good Girl by Carolina Herrera
EDP + shower gel + body cream + leg oil = Perfect date night combo
Layering essentials for her
Aside from the usual suspects (body lotions, creams and oils) there a few new heroes in the layering game. From hair mists to travel-friendly atomisers, you can enjoy new ways of topping up your perfume on the go as well as creating a full-bodied layered scent.
Layering essentials for him
For the gents, the most popular options include aftershave lotion (for closing up your pores after a shave), deodorant sticks and soaps. Including these layering products in your everyday routine will ensure your scent lasts from day to night.