Scent Layering: The Dos and Don'ts a handy guide to avoid sensorial trauma
Okay the title was a bit intense but it got your attention-haha.
Fragrance is an important aspect of our daily routine, and layering scents is a great way to create a unique and personal fragrance that suits your style.
Sometimes the layering of two fragrances can be a pleasant surprise or a nightmare that will not wash off your skin for awhile (I'm still recovering from my last shopping experience - LOL), so to save you from the trauma, I've put together this guide on the do's and don'ts to help guide you. At the end of the day, have fun with it, but let's explore the dos and don'ts of scent layering and I'll give you some examples of fragrance types that go well together, as well as what to avoid.
1. Don't mix too many fragrances
While layering scents can be fun, it's important not to go overboard. Mixing too many fragrances can create a chaotic and overwhelming scent that may not be pleasant. Stick to two or three fragrances at most. Also, if the scent smells complex, try using scents with singular notes to wrap it with.
2. Avoid clashing fragrances
Some fragrances just don't go well together. For example, a strong musky fragrance may clash with a fresh and citrusy fragrance. Avoid pairing fragrances that have opposing notes or are too similar in scent. If the perfume smells big, as in you can smell the sillage from a mile away, just don't layer it with anything, please, it just won't come off the way you would like to. Use a blotter first if you want to experiment.
3. Don't layer fragrances on top of each other
Layering fragrances on top of each other can create a muddy and confused scent. Instead, give each fragrance a chance to breathe and develop before applying the next one.
Here is a handy guide of Fragrance Types that Go Well Together
Floral and Woody
A floral fragrance, such as rose or jasmine, pairs well with a woody fragrance, such as sandalwood or cedarwood. This creates a romantic and earthy scent that is perfect for date night.
Citrus and Floral
A citrus fragrance, such as bergamot or grapefruit, goes well with a floral fragrance, such as lavender or ylang-ylang. This creates a fresh and uplifting scent that is perfect for a summer day.
Spicy and Woody
A spicy fragrance, such as cinnamon or clove, pairs well with a woody fragrance, such as patchouli or vetiver. This creates a warm and exotic scent that is perfect for a cozy night in.
If you're new to fragrance, here is a light reference guide of what each fragrance type means.
The most popular Fragrance Types include:
Floral fragrances are one of the most popular fragrance types and are often associated with femininity. These fragrances are made from a blend of floral extracts such as rose, jasmine, and lavender. Floral fragrances are light and refreshing, making them perfect for everyday wear.
Citrus fragrances are made from a blend of citrus extracts such as bergamot, grapefruit, and lemon. These fragrances are fresh and zesty and are perfect for wearing in the summer months. Citrus fragrances are often paired with other fragrance families such as floral and woody fragrances.
Woody fragrances are made from a blend of woody extracts such as sandalwood, cedarwood, and vetiver. These fragrances are warm and earthy and are often paired with other fragrance families such as floral and spicy fragrances.
Spicy fragrances are made from a blend of spicy extracts such as cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. These fragrances are warm and exotic and are perfect for wearing in the fall and winter months. Spicy fragrances are often paired with other fragrance families such as woody and floral fragrances.
Amber fragrances are made from a blend of warm and sensual extracts such as vanilla, amber, and musk. These fragrances are often associated with luxury and sophistication and can add a touch of elegance to any outfit. Amber fragrances are perfect for wearing in the fall and winter months, and they pair well with other fragrance families such as spicy and floral fragrances.
Scent layering is a fun and creative way to experiment with fragrances and create a unique scent that reflects your personal style. While there are some guidelines to follow, and our very own ASCENTION BLENDING GUIDE HERE, such as avoiding clashing notes and using no more than two or three fragrances at once, don't be afraid to try new combinations and see what works for you. With a bit of patience and experimentation, you can create a fragrance that's perfect for any occasion and truly captures your individuality. So, have fun with scent layering and let your creativity run wild!
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