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This Perfume Hack Will Make Your Signature Scent More Unique

Master the art of scent layering.
This Perfume Hack Will Make Your Signature Scent More Unique
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ILLUSTRATOR Bacs Arcebal
Master the art of scent layering.

If you have a stash of perfume on your vanity, then you probably own popular fragrances like the Chanel N°5, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, and Marc Jacobs Daisy. These perfumes are definitely classics at this point, so it's no wonder why so many people love catching a whiff of them.

However, since these scents are so popular, it's not impossible to bump into someone wearing them, too. Surely, there’s nothing wrong about that, but if you want to switch things up with a fragrance that’s more unique, you can try creating a whole new scent just by layering. Who knows, you might even adore it more than your current favorite perfume! But if you’re unsure, consider this your beginner's guide to to mixing and matching your fragrances.

How to Layer Fragrances

1. List down the notes of your favorite perfumes.

Creating your new fragrance concoction will solely rely on experimentation, but if you want to start in the right direction, listing down the notes that your perfume carries will help in developing a hit scent. If your two chosen fragrances share similar notes, then they’ll most likely jive well together when layered. Although, you should not be scared of mixing contrasting fragrances, too, because they can still reveal a scent that’s unexpectedly pleasant.

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2. Avoid putting two intense scents together.

The reason you should avoid pairing two heavy perfumes together is that it could cause your mix to become overwhelming or cloying. Instead, partner your concentrated perfumes with a light blend for a more balanced approach. Spray the heavy perfume on your pulse points first, then followed by your chosen light scent. This allows your lighter perfume’s aroma to flow and not be overpowered.

3. Spray different perfumes on each pulse point.

You don't necessarily need to spray your perfumes on top of each other to layer them! You can also spritz your two perfumes separately on each pulse point, which will have you smelling different from every direction.

Here are scent pairings you should try if you want to get into fragrance layering:

1. Floral: Jo Malone London Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne + Poppy & Barley Cologne + 

Jo Malone London is a brand known to promote the art of fragrance layering. Hence, all colognes that they carry are meant to work well with each other. For example, the Poppy & Barley Cologne and Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne can create a vibrant floral combination that's stunningly fresh.

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Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne, P4250, JO MALONE LONDON, LazadaPoppy & Barley Cologne, P4250, JO MALONE LONDON, Greenbelt 5

2. Fruity floral: Dior Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet + YSL Mon Paris

These two fragrances are so compatible when partnered because they share similar notes of roses and berries. Miss Dior provides a classy whiff, while Mon Paris projects a more striking scent. When spritzed together, you'll have a long-lasting scent that will surely turn heads.

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Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Eau de Toilette, price unavailable, DIOR, SM Aura Premier; Mon Paris Eau de Parfum, $128 (approx. P6444), YVES SAINT LAURENT, yslbeautyus.com

3. Powdery: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme + Vera Wang Embrace Periwinkle & Iris

If you’re into powdery fragrances, you can try combining Dolce & Gabbana's Pour Femme with Vera Wang's Embrace Periwinkle & Iris to produce a soft yet elegant aroma. They both have a powdery scent mixed with a veil of velvety jasmine that you won’t get enough of!

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Pour Femme Eau de Parfum, $96 (approx. P4834), DOLCE & GABBANA, Sephora.com; Embrace Periwinkle and Iris Eau de Toilette, P1350, VERA WANG, thesmstore.com

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