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How Scent Layering Works

How Scent Layering Works


Perfumes are complex. Not a single perfume on the market uses only a single ingredient to produce a singular scent. Fragrances usually combine different scents or scent profiles to create a unique product that can be recognised by the olfactory senses alone. More often than not, one perfume is enough to create an alluring scent, but sometimes it is necessary to combine different perfumes and scents to create the desired effect. In the article below we will explain how scent layering works while giving examples of scents you can layer yourself at home.

Understanding Fragrance Notes

Before we give you more information on how scent layering works and how you can use it in your everyday life, we first need to distinguish it from the concept of fragrance notes (i.e. the actual scents you can detect in a perfume or cologne, like citrus or vanilla). There are three different groups of notes, which we will explain below.

  • The first aroma that hits your olfactory sense when you spray your perfume is the top note. These notes only last for a short period of time. They are dynamic and light to account for the initial impact of the fragrance and are usually comprised of citrus or fruity scents.
  • After the top notes fade, you may detect a more robust scent. Middle notes usually have “heavier” scents like woody or spicy aromas. They linger in the air for longer than top notes and give the perfume more character.
  • Finally, the base or bottom notes are the scents that remain the longest. Much like the heart notes mentioned above, the base notes have more pronounced aromas (like wood or musk). After spraying a perfume and enjoying a night out or an intimate dinner, this is what you will smell the next morning (or the scent that lingers on your clothes days or weeks afterwards).

A More In-Depth Explanation Of Scent Layering

Scent layering involves combining perfumes with different notes to create a new fragrance. It works by building up layers of scent that complement each other and create a unique aroma. To create a scent layering effect, you can apply one perfume as your base fragrance and then add another perfume on top of it. The result is a scent unique to you, especially if you factor in that everyone has their own unique biochemistry that reacts differently to perfumes.

Best Perfume Layering Combinations

Now that you understand how scent layering works, let's explore some of the best perfume layering combinations. Here are some suggestions:

  • Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb + Lancôme La Vie Est Belle
    • Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb has top notes of green tea and bergamot, middle notes of jasmine, orchid, and rose, and base notes of musk and patchoulli.
    Viktor & Rolf Women's Perfume 20ml Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Women's Perfume Spray (20ml, 50ml, 100ml)

    • Lancôme La Vie Est Belle has top notes of blackcurrant and pear, middle notes of iris and jasmine, and base notes of patchouli and vanilla. By layering these two fragrances, you can create a sweet and floral scent that is perfect for a romantic night out.
      Lancome Women's Perfume Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum Women's Perfume Spray (30ml, 50ml, 75ml, 100ml)

      • Thierry Mugler Angel + Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
        • Thierry Mugler Angel has top notes of melon, coconut, and mandarin orange, middle notes of jasmine, rose, and lily of the valley, and base notes of vanilla, patchouli, and musk.
        Thierry Mugler Women's Perfume Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Toilette Women's Refill Bottle (100ml)

        Yves Saint Laurent Women's Perfume YSL Black Opium Le Parfum Women's Parfum Spray (30ml, 90ml)

        • Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue + Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
          • Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue has top notes of lemon, apple, and cedarwood, middle notes of jasmine and bamboo, and base notes of amber and musk.
          Dolce & Gabbana Women's Perfume 25ml Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette Women's Perfume Spray (25ml, 50ml, 100ml)

            • By layering it with Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, you can create a fresh scent for everyday use.
            Viktor & Rolf Women's Perfume 20ml Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Women's Perfume Spray (20ml, 50ml, 100ml)

              In conclusion, scent layering is a great way to create a unique fragrance that suits your personality and style. By combining perfumes with different notes, you can create a scent that is truly one-of-a-kind. So, go ahead and experiment with different perfume layering combinations and find the perfect scent for you.


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