Do you think you have had enough of your old perfume? Changing it with something just as potent and to your liking may be quite a challenge. Consider this fact: more than 1.000 new fragrances are being launched every year, which is a huge number, when compared to 70-75 new perfumes released on a yearly basis 20 years back. How can you choose from so many new and fresh scents, and how can you make sure what you pick will be at least as beautiful and strong as your old perfume? Have you considered reinventing your own perfume of choice? Sometimes not all new perfumes are the best and revisiting the classics is always a very good idea.
Layering and mixing are very good ideas. Here are a few tips:
You have heard about it before: this is an easy way of making your perfume last longer throughout the day. Layering usually starts in the shower with a washing gel that is ideally from the same fragrance family with the perfume.
Keep in mind that fragrances that are made of one or two notes are usually ideal for layering and mixing and this is a very popular trend altogether. A very good example of such perfume series is Gucci’s Flora Garden collection. This includes the classic scents that can be found in garden perfumery, from violet to magnolia, from gardenia to tuberose. Each of these fragrances highlights the strengths of a single flower. These perfumes can be easily used for layering, and mixing as they are based on simplicity and this is a very good way of making perfume more approachable. Other notes that are good for layering are vanilla and amber based ones.
Below are a few very good combinations:
- Vanilla goes with florals and the result will be a tropical smell.
- Vanilla and woodsy notes will give you the sweetest perfume ever
- Combine musk notes with citrusy ones.
- Marine scents will blend well with light floral but stay away from mixing with gardenia..
Keep in mind that this is not something that can be done with all perfumes. For instance, very distinct fragrances that are built of more notes and are more sophisticated in their design may create truly horrible results if you attempt to layer and mix them with something that is not complementary. In truth, experts recommend that you use either unscented bath and body products for such perfumes, or you use the complementary bath products that come with the same signature. A very good example of such a perfume is Channel no. 5.
Many people who are wearing perfume find it frustrating how a fragrance can be strong in the morning and it loses its olfactory impact in only a few hours. If your perfume doesn’t seem to last too long as it should, it isn’t always because it is not a good perfume. There are many explanations available and one of them has to do with the chemistry between the fragrance and your skin. But if you want to ensure longevity of your perfume throughout the day, you may want to learn layering.
This is in fact the art of applying various forms of a chosen scent, in order to create a longer lasting impact on your skin. As you well know, the perfume you bought will most likely come with a wide range of associated products, from perfumed soaps or shower gels to lotions, bath oils or powders and even deodorants. Well, this doesn’t necessarily mean you will have to break the bank and buy all these for perfect layering. In fact, it will be enough to purchase only two or three of these associated scented products. Just think of it in these terms: the most expensive of all still remains your eau de parfum, so, by associating it with similarly scented oils, bath gels or creams, you save a lot of money on the long run, because you won’t be using the perfume so much anymore.
Keep in mind the fact that the sequence with which you apply these associated fragrances is largely dependent upon the products you buy. Have you decided to purchase a similar bath product? Obviously, layering will start with that. Once you are out of the shower, make sure you reinforce the scent with a complementary body lotion, which will serve as a base for the perfume you will apply later. For dry skin, perfumed oils can be a blessing as they will help with hydration. For oily skin, a fragranced bath powder is recommended. After you have finished that stage of the process, compete the layering process by spraying a light coating of the perfume. In order to maximize scent retention, focus on the areas where your skin tends to get oiliest.
Remember: layering, even if made with an eau de cologne and a denser perfume, doesn’t have to be a pairing of equal concentration scents. Products like Chanel or Guerlain have separate formulations for eau de parfum, eau de toilette and so on.
Learning how to make your chosen fragrance last longer by means of layering is not easy but it can be learned, provided you choose to buy quality products belonging to the same line. This really works and you will be able to save money since you don’t need to keep reapplying perfume throughout the day.