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How to create your own distinct fragrance by layering scents

Layering scents or mixing scents, doesn’t necessarily mean applying two or multiple perfumes on top of each other immediately. There’s a procedure to it. Read on to find out.

fashion and trends Updated: May 27, 2018 12:19 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
Fashion,Fragrance,DIY
When it comes to layering scents, the thumb rule is that heavier scents should be sprayed first so they don’t overpower their lighter counterparts. (Shutterstock)

There are no wrong or right combinations when layering fragrances. At the end, the final scent created by you, should appeal to your sense and persona. But there are some rules to follow. Abdulla Ajmal, Consulting Perfumer at Ajmal Perfumes, India and Umashan Naidoo, buying head, Studio West, share what they are.

* Layering scents or mixing scents, doesn’t necessarily mean applying two or multiple perfumes on top of each other immediately. Layering starts as soon as you apply a scented shower gel or a soap. Then comes your body lotion and finally the perfume. So, if you are already following this routine, you are on your way to master the art of layering scents.

* When it comes to layering scents, the thumb rule is that heavier scents should be sprayed first so they don’t overpower their lighter counterparts. Wear the heavier scent first, let it settle on you and then apply the lighter scent. Woody fragrances are heavy. Avoid mixing two scents which are heavy. Choose one or more lighter fragrances to mix, such that your final scent isn’t very intense.

* To create a bespoke single base perfume, you should stick to perfumes from similar fragrance families such as floral, woody, citrus, oriental, etc. Understand the perfume families-- the scent is floral, citrus-y or woody. Once you know this, layer your perfume with similar smelling scents.

If your perfume has a woody aroma or citrus-y aroma, you should match it with other products such as shower gel, bathing oil, after shave, etc. which have similar scents. This process will help you create a unique fragrance of your own.

* If you want to experiment, you should mix different perfumes together and forming your own exclusive scent. Creativity is the most crucial aspect of layering. Rose, vanilla or freesia are the easiest notes which can be mixed with any base. If you want to create a strong bespoke perfume, mix a heavy woody perfume with a light vanilla-based perfume for a sun downer with friends or a spray an oriental based perfume and finish it with a rose scent for a date night.

* Choosing different notes and mixing fragrances from different families helps in creating new fragrances with contrasts.

* There’s a misconception that one can only mix eau de toilettes with eau de toilettes and the likes of it. It is totally fine to mix and match EDTs, EDPs and body sprays.

* If you want your fragrance to last longer, dab almond oil on your skin, then layer those fragrances on top of it.

* Layering is all about the art of creativity and you can master this easily by experimenting a couple of times. At the end of the day, you are the creator of your perfume and layering should be an extension of your personality.

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First Published: May 27, 2018 12:18 IST