A perfumer has revealed his insider tip for creating your own signature scent – by layering your favorite scents.
Perfume Direct has provided the ultimate solution to stop you from falling in love with your day-to-day fragrances and help people prevent others from potentially becoming ‘overused’.
A recent survey found that on average people in the UK have five bottles of perfume open at a time, ‘scent layers’ could be the perfect way to update your signature scent this fall.
Jonny Webber explains Perfume Direct Explained: ‘Fragrance layers are ideal if you just can’t find that’ one ‘, a perfume you absolutely love. Instead, you have the chance to create your own signature scent with perfumes you already like.
Perfumer Jonny Webber has shared his secret trade secret of ‘layers of fragrance’ to help people who feel discouraged by their ever-expanding collection of perfumes they can no longer smell. Photo: Stock
Layering your perfume can also make the overall fragrance last longer, because your skin doesn’t absorb all of the fragrance oils that quickly.
He suggested that while there are no set ‘rules’ to it, there are some general guidelines that people should adhere to, such as spraying the heavier scent first so as not to overpower the lighter scent.
Understanding the different tones and layers within each individual fragrance is also possible.
‘The top notes of a fragrance are what you normally smell immediately when you spray it; they are usually fresh and light, ‘he added.
Tips for Layering Perfumes
1. Understand the layers of a fragrance
2. Avoid combining two heavy scents
Mix jasmine nuts
4. Combine opposite scents
5. Carry combined notes often
Middle notes are the heart of the fragrance and often consist of warmer and soft scents. The lower notes develop last and linger for hours. ‘
Everyone has a different perception of scent, so try to experiment until you find a combination that you love.
It is wise not to combine two heavy scents as this can result in an overpowering blend.
“Black Orchid by Tom Ford, for example, is absolutely best worn on its own, because it is already very intense and complex.”
COMBINE JASMINE SCENTS
Jonny revealedTo: If you’ve never layered your scents, consider pairing two perfumes that share a common tone.
“A good example of this is jasmine, which is very popular and used in many different scents.”
Which perfumes to combine: ‘Combining Daisy Eau So Fresh, with heart notes of jasmine and fresh and fruity top notes – grapefruit, raspberry and pear – with Michael Kors Glam Jasmine, creates a great combination of two jasmine-based scents.
Pairing jasmine notes can produce a beautiful new fragrance that is totally unique (photo left, Jonny recommended Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, 75ml (£ 32.99) and right, Michael Kors Glam Jasmine, 100ml (£ 53 , 99))
‘The mixture gives a wonderful result of a sensual, rich and sweet scent that is slightly more unique.’
Or, if you’re feeling a little bolder, I recommend pairing Gucci Bloom – a floral fragrance with notes of jasmine – and Mugler Alien – a wood-based fragrance with jasmine.
Other popular floral woody scents include Channel No5 and Baccarart Rouge, as well as Marc Jacobs Daisy and Jimmy Choo Blossom.
For those feeling a bit bolder, Jonny recommends starting with a floral scent and pairing it with a woody-toned perfume (photo, left, Gucci Bloom, 30ml (£ 42.99) and Mugler Alien, 30ml (£ 43.99))
MIX CITRUS WITH DRY SCENTS OF WOOD
Jonny revealed: ‘Bringing citrus and dry wood scents together creates a spectacular and combination.
“Since they are both sitting next to each other on the fragrance wheel, you can feel confident that these two scents will blend well.”
He added: ‘In many cases, woody and musk-based scents are the easiest to combine as they can be effortlessly paired with fruity notes, floral notes or even something spicy.
Which perfumes to combine: ‘While CK One is the fragrance most people associate with a strong citrus scent, Versace Yellow Diamond Intense has top notes of Amalfi Lemon and middle notes of African Orange Blossom.
And with woody mid and base notes Estee Lauder ‘Sensuous is a luscious woody fragrance for women that, when combined with citrus, creates an intriguing scent with a lot of personality.
Another Jonny recommended combination was citrus with dry wood tones (photo left, Versace Yellow Diamond Intense (30ml – £ 37.99) and right, Estee Lauder Sensuous (50ml – £ 34.99))
TRY TO WEAR FLOWERS WITH ORIENTAL SCENTS
Jonny revealed: “Oriental notes are typically herbs and spices or dry, powdery, resinous notes and described as exotic and seductive.”
Which perfumes to combineTo create a popular floral oriental scent, such as the much-loved Coco Mademoiselle and Tom Ford’s Private Blend Soleil Blanc, people new to layering are advised to go for an overtly floral scent.
“Taking Jimmy Choo Floral and pairing it with a more intense oriental perfume like Secret Obsession would create an incredibly unique fragrance.”
He also revealed that a floral scent like Jimmy Choo’s Floral (left) could be nicely paired with a heavier oriental scent (photo right, Secret Obsession)
DO NOT FEAR TO WEAR AGAINST FRAGRANCE
Jonny revealed: ‘If you’re feeling a little bolder, choose two opposing scents; for example a spicy note mixed with vanilla.
Or if you combine two notes from opposite sides of the fragrance wheel, you can get something really exciting.
Which perfumes to pair: For a popular vanilla perfume, try Lancome’s Idole and then add the spicy notes of Diesel Loverdose, a playful composition of spicy with a hint of floral.
Another perfect combination is to mix fresh citrus scents with soft oriental scents that sit on either side of the fragrance wheel.
“To create such a fragrance, people can try applying a base coat of Versace Yellow Diamond Intense with Calvin Klein’s Secret Obsession.”
Jonny also advised choosing opposing scents to create a new fragrance, including vanilla scents such as Lancome Idole, 25ml (£ 43.99) with spicy notes like the one in Loverdose, 75ml (£ 45.99)
Jonny also revealed that a unique fragrance could be created by combining citrus scents with soft oriental scents (photo left, Versace Yellow Diamond Intense, and right, Calvin Klein’s Secret Obsession. ‘)
WEAR GENERAL COMBINED NOTES
Jonny revealed: ‘Some scents already combine nuts, which you can also make from your collection’.
Which perfumes to combine: ‘With a price tag of £ 235.99 for a 100ml bottle, Tom Ford’s unisex fragrances like the Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum can stretch the perfume budget somewhat.
For a similar combination of spicy notes with vanilla, try combining a spicy, familiar scent, such as Calvin Klien’s Obessession with Miss Dior, which has vanilla base notes.
Chloe Nomade is a fragrance known for its perfectly balanced fruity, floral and woody notes.
Floral scents provide a great anchor to mix, so start with a classic floral boutique like Viktor + Rolf’s Flowerbomb and pair it with a sophisticated scent like Cartier La Panthère, with woody base notes such as oak moss, leather, patchouli and musk, for a more sophisticated odor. odor.’