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Here's How To Layer Fragrances So You'll Smell Fresh All Day

You can even create your new signature scent.
January 27, 2020
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When your favorite fragrance doesn’t cut it for you anymore, don’t just throw the bottle away or leave it on your dresser with the rest of your long-forgotten, half-empty beauty products. You can actually still make the most out of old fragrances with a few tricks. The easiest one? Layering scents. Below, what you need to know to get started:

1. Apply different scents to different areas of your body.

FYI, this is exactly how you’re supposed to layer fragrances; not by spraying them right on top of each other. For example, you can spray an invigorating fragrance, like Light Blue Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, on your wrists, while applying something cooler, like the Light Blue Pour Homme Eau Intense, on your neck. These fragrances complement each other because they have similar fruity top notes of mandarin and grapefruit. The Pour Homme Eau de Toilette carries spicy notes of Sichuan pepper, while the Pour Homme Eau Intense finishes off with a refreshing note of sea salt accord.

2. Study your fragrance notes.

There are three main notes when layering scents: the top, middle, and base notes. Together, these notes make up your personal fragrance and it's best to know the importance of each. Top notes give off the first impression. They usually have hints of citrus and light fruits that lure you into the scent. Middle notes, which are commonly floral and fruity, further set the aroma and offer the transition to the heaviest layer—the base notes. These notes are in charge of the full body fragrance and can linger for hours. Common base notes are musky ones like oakmoss and rosewood. By familiarizing yourself with these notes, you get to plan the kind of fragrance you'd definitely want to wear.

3. Experiment with men’s fragrances, too!

You don’t have to smell floral and fruity all the time. Wearing men’s cologne is a completely unexpected move that’s far from basic, and once you’ve layered it with other scents, you can create a very unique blend. For example, spritz on K by Dolce & Gabbana before layering on Light Blue Eau de Toilette. The scent of K captivates with citrus notes from Sicilian lemon and blood orange, before revealing lavender and pimento essence blending together with cedarwood and patchouli. At the same time, Light Blue’s more feminine feel becomes the ideal complement to K for a perfect mix of fruity, musky, and floral scents.

4. Find fragrances with similar top notes, then go from there.

The top notes give off the first impression. These notes can lure you in to the full fragrance so you can use them as a unifying factor when experimenting with scents. It’s also important that the top notes easily transition to the middle notes and base notes. BTW, there’s no set of rules in layering fragrances—ultimately, you have the freedom to get creative with scents so you can come up with a fragrance that will match your personality perfectly.

5. Don’t depend on just perfumes when layering fragrances.

In your daily routine, you’re likely to apply body washes, lotions, or oils on your body that have scents of their own, which means they, too, play a part in layering fragrances. To further use your shower and post-shower scents to their fullest potential, combine them with the refreshing scents of Light Blue Eau de Toilette or Light Blue Eau Intense. Both have similar top notes of lemon and apple. Eau de Toilette carries earthy and floral hints of bamboo and white rose, while Eau Intense finishes off with touches of amber and cedarwood.

Find out more about Dolce & Gabbana fragrances by visiting their website.

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