How to Effectively Layer Fragrances

When you wear cologne, you might find that some fragrances fade away quickly or others you might wish were a bit different. This is when experimenting with fragrance layering can come in handy.

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What is fragrance layering?

In essence, it is the layering of different smells to create a unique and one of a kind fragrance. You can layer different versions of the same cologne (think aftershave + deo + cologne) to create a longer-lasting scent or you can mix and match scents until you find a unique combination that you particularly love.

Whatever you choose, there are some basics steps you will need to take to create a great fragrance layering experience.

How do I get started?

It can be really difficult to layer blended colognes of already multilayered fragrances. Chances are, there will be something in these layered mixes that may not “jive.” So most people layer start layering within a fragrance family. 

Keep in mind there will be a lot of misses and probably just a few hits. That's okay, once you find your signature scent, you'll know it and be happy you made the effort.

A tip is to not try out initial fragrance combinations on your skin, otherwise, you will have to shower between every application or all the smells will become muddied. A lot of people use strips of paper as testers for different smell combinations. Once you have narrowed down your favorites, it is time to try it on your skin.

You will want to keep in mind that the first, base layer, which a lot of people choose to have something bright and citrusy, will only be distinguishable for about 10 minutes after application, then it will begin to blend in a mix with the other scent layers.

What's the best way to combine scents?

There are four main categories of scent that you are likely to have access to: exotic/spicy, floral, woodsy, and fresh. Whichever of these appeals most to you should be the base and focus of the finished product. Be creative when trying out combinations and just try to think with your taste buds. Minty smells pair well with citrus and so on. A lot of people will stick with complimentary scents within these categories, but feel free to try anything. There are some wonderful, yet strange fragrance concoctions just waiting for you to discover them.

When it comes to choosing your signature scent, you are by no means limited to the options premade for you. Using fragrance layering, you can create your own custom scent that is unique to you alone.