Did you know that how you wear scent day to day doesn’t start and end with a spritz of your favourite perfume? Oh no, with fragrance layering, you can amp up the effects of your chosen scent by pairing it with complementing products. Want to learn how to layer perfume like a pro? Here’s everything you need to know about layering perfume and the combos we love here at The Perfume Shop.
What is Fragrance Layering?
Fragrance layering is a way to combine more than one scent on your skin to create a truly unique aroma. You can custom build a scent that works for your mood, aesthetic, or the occasion you’re getting ready for.
It’s also used as a technique to enhance the effects of your go-to scent, by using complimentary body care and grooming heroes (think deodorants, body lotions, shower gels, and aftershave lotions).
How to layer perfumes with matching products
Layering perfume kind of sounds like you spray one perfume on top of the other. But that’s not always the case. For starters, you can choose to layer perfumes with matchy-matchy body care products from the same fragrance house. They’re often easy to spot on the shelves, as they’ll be packaged similarly to your favourite scent. Ranges can be simple (like a complimentary shower gel and deodorant) or extensive – similar to a 10-step Korean beauty regime! One of our favourite brands that showcases the true expanse of body care layering is Chanel – from talcs, to soaps, to oils, your favourite Chanel fragrances have plenty of complimentary counterparts.
For fragrance beginners, you can start experimenting with the products that come packaged in a fragrance gift set – as the brand has done the hard work for you (and sometimes have thrown them in for free! Extra win!).
How to layer different perfumes
If you want to experiment and change the profile of a scent to create something truly bespoke, then you can mix and match fragranced body care as well as multiple scents. This often requires a process of trial and error before you get to a scent that you feel is totally ‘you’. But a good rule of thumb is to reach for scents and scented products that carry notes that can work together in harmony, like starting off with a light floral base scent, then kicking up the drama with a woody or spicy overlay. Or play it safe by fusing two fragrances with notes in common, like jasmine or rose, and go from there.
Word of warning: before you go spritz-crazy, go light and little, working up the scent bit by bit to avoid a scent explosion – bold notes fighting for attention might be a bit much or they might clash and create something that’s head-turning for the wrong reasons.
Infographic: How to Layer Perfume For Women
Infographic: How to Layer Scents For Men
What are the Benefits of Layering Perfume?
Okay, we hear you! Adding a few extra steps to your morning routine may not be for everyone, especially those don’t-talk-to-me-until-I-have-had-my-morning-coffee-types, but trust us – it’s completely worth it!
With fragrance layering, not only do you get the freedom of creating a scent to reflect your personality, but you can also extend how long the fragrance lasts on your skin. When crafting matching body care products, most fragrance houses meticulously tweak the formula of the product to enhance the longevity of the scent that comes next, while also staying true to the product function. For example: A perfumed shower gel, will cleanse the skin, without stripping it, to help the scent last longer.
Also, if you prefer a more subtle fragrance experiences, you can ditch the perfume part and simply stick to the scented body products, for a more minimalistic vibe.
Fragrance layering Combos we Love
We love a fragrance layering moment, here at The Perfume Shop. Which is why, we get excited when brands expand their collections to bring us our favourite scents in different varieties. Here’s some of our favourites, that can enhance your fragrance routine, whatever the occasion.
The Perfect Bundle: 1 Million By Paco Rabanne
We all know the head-turning super powers of Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million. But, if you want to keep those adoring compliments pouring in all night long you can’t go wrong by layering the shower gel, deodorant, aftershave lotion and bestselling Eau de Toilette.
Date Night Loving: Sauvage by Dior
Want to leave a lasting impression come date night? Dior’s Sauvage is up there for good reason, but you can take it the next level by elevating your get-ready routine. Take the scent in the shower, apply it as a deodorant, soothe your skin with an aftershave balm, and finish off with a spray of Eau de Parfum. Trust us, the extra effort has a massive scent payoff!
Made For Brunching: Good Girl by Carolina Herrera
‘Girls who brunch’ is an entire aesthetic. Take yours to fashionable new heights with Carolina Herrera’s stiletto-clad Good Girl scent. The classic shower gel and body lotion combo, will enhance the notes of the Eau De Parfum. While the leg oil will add an extra dose of moisture (and silky-smooth glossiness) if it’s a legs out kind of vibe.
For Creating Special Memories: Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
Undisputed luxurious fashion house Chanel, know how to indulge the senses to create a ritual that’s worthy of those extra special occasions. Whether it’s your wedding day, birthday, or a seasonal soiree, you’re going to want to leave your skin delicately scented with the foaming shower gel, build up the fresh, amber notes with the silky body lotion or opt for a moisturing oil, and finish it all off with a delicate spritz of the iconic Eau de Parfum spray. Ooh la la!
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About Elena Chow
Elena is a creative copywriter who’s been around the beauty block for more than a decade, writing for brands and glossy magazines. A self-proclaimed fragrance addict (her ‘open’ collection is at 14 bottles, but who’s counting?), it’s no wonder she loves penning pieces on our newest releases and trending notes. Her signature scent? Elle by Yves Saint Laurent.