If your outfits call for changing it up once in a while, why shouldn't this apply to your fragrance as well? Enter, fragrance layering. The thought of combining perfumes might sound complex at first, but there's an allure to making your scents more personal and unique. Take a whiff of what we're talking about by exploring three ways to add new dimension and depth to perfumes. Now's your chance to stop and smell the roses, and much, much more.
KEY NOTES: Seawater and Neroli
IMAGE Issey Miyake, Dior
ISSEY MIYAKE L'eau D'Issey Pure Eau de Parfum, P4800, SM Makati and CHRISTIAN DIOR J'adore in Joy Eau de Toilette, P4900, SM Makati
A less complex approach to combining scents is to search for the same notes in your fragrances. In the case of Issey Miyake's L'eau D'Issey Pure Eau de Parfum, and Christian Dior's J'adore in Joy Eau de Toilette, both have hearts of neroli, which is a light and fresh floral scent; as well as hints of salinity via the former's seawater drops and the latter's fruity-salty accord.
PREVIEW TIP: Wear the heavier fragrance first by spraying it onto your pulse points, and give it time to settle for about two minutes before spritzing on your lighter choice. Once the scents dry down to the lingering base notes, the mixture of L'eau D'Issey's Pure 's ambergris and cashmeran musks should blend softly into the sweetness of J'Adore in Joy's peach note to create a delicately sultry scent.
KEY NOTES: WHITE FLORALS
IMAGE Kenzo, Chloe
KENZO Eau de Lumiere, P4450, Rustan's and CHLOÉ Love Story Eau Sensuelle, P5398, Rustan's
The idea of layering two different perfumes from the same fragrance family is an appealing concept, but it's best to start with lighter-smelling variants as you being your foray into mixing scents to avoid falling into a dizzy spell. Chloe's Love Story Eau Sensuelle and Kenzo's Eau de Lumiere have a floral fruitiness that dries down to accords of woods and musks, and each has a noticably light floral note upon first spritz that makes them pair exceedingly well: Arabian jasmine for Eau de Lumiere and orange blossom for Love Story.
Eau de Lumiere has roses in its blend, too—a ladylike trademark in fragrances—on top of its honey heart note, with a lingering aroma of white musk-these make it an ideal day-to-night partner for Love Story's sandalwood base: Light enough to wear for when the sun's up, but flirty enough for after hours.
PREVIEW TIP: Wear one scent on the wrists and the other on the neck for a seamless mix.
KEY NOTES: FRESH AQUATIC VERSUS DEEP FLORAL
IMAGE Bulgari, Marc Jacobs
BULGARI Rose Goldea, P5840, Rustan's Makati and MARC JACOBS Cucumber Splash, P2995, Rustan's
The most complex and probably the most adventurous, combining two scents from different ends of the spectrum can in fact be a good idea. Mix a clean and watery scent, like Marc Jacobs' Cucumber Splash with a warm floral fragrance, like Bulgari's Rose Goldea. The freshness of the former's cucumber top note and neutral white florals adds a layer of lumisescence to the rich and heady traces of the latter. An unusual pairing that way seem incompatible at first, it settles onto the skin as an aromatic enigma of the good variety.
PREVIEW TIP: Want to lighten up the pairing further? Amplify the lighter part of the combo by choosing an aquatic-citrus shower gel with hints of lime and mint, like Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Aqua Celestia Shower Cream for a touch of zing pre-spritz.
IMAGE Maison Francis Kurkdjian
MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN Aqua Celestia Shower Cream, P3450, Adora, Greenbelt 5
*This article was originally published in the May 2017 issue of Preview Magazine.