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The Beginner’s Guide To Layering Scents

Here’s how to create your own unique scent.

It’s easy to experiment with makeup to come up with your own unique shade, and you can do the same for fragrance. But unless you go to a store that offers a create-your-own-scent service, the only other way to create your own scent is to do it yourself. Here are some tips on layering your scents:

1. Know the different scent families and how each one generally smells.

Scents are categorized into four main families: Floral, oriental, fresh, and woody. Rose, lily, frangipani, and jasmine fall under the floral family. Known for their sweet and sensual notes, the scents in the Oriental family include vanilla, musk, cinnamon, and cardamom. You’d know a scent is part of the Fresh family if it has clean, fruity, and zesty notes; some examples would be the smell of fresh linens, coconuts, and tangerines. Lastly, the Woody family is composed of sandalwood, leather, and other scents that remind you of hiking and Baguio.

2. If you’re trying a scent combination for the first time, test it on a small piece of paper first.

It’s like when you go to the department store and the attendant hands you a piece of paper she spritzed some perfume on. Remember that your fragrance will last for a few hours, and you won’t want to be stuck with an unpleasant smell, so it’s best to test it on paper first.

3. But do note that it will smell different on your skin.

Give your new scent an hour to fully incorporate before you decide whether or not you like the combination.

4. For a foolproof combination, go for two fragrances with a common note.

Even if two scents seem like total opposites (like lemon and wood), their common note will make the overall scent cohesive.

5. If you want to play it safe, use a perfume with only one or two fragrance notes.

A scent described as a “creamy vanilla scent” would be much easier to layer than one that’s described as, say, “vanilla rose with hints of cardamom.”

6. Start with the heavier scent.

If you apply the lighter scent first, it’s more likely to be overpowered and canceled out by the heavier scent.

7. Apply each scent right after the other and on the same spots.

This is to ensure that the scents really mix together, versus having one on top of or beside the other.

8. Layering scents isn’t limited to mixing perfumes.

You would usually mix two or more fragrances to create a unique scent; but if you use a scented shampoo, soap, or body lotion, that’s also a form of layering scents!

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