Scent Layering: 1+1=?

Just a quick post in passing:

Remember my struggle with this scent?

I never tried to layer scents before, probably because I was afraid to end up with a sillage to empty a stadium or of ruining otherwise perfectly good perfumes by inexpertly combining them. But in the spirit of exploration for the greater good of the blog, I boldly ventured into the unknown today.

I don´t really have a working relationship with Annick Goutal´s Vanille Exquise as you know, so nothing to lose there, but what to layer it with?

Still being very cautious, I decided to stay within brand limits and chose Goutal´s Un Matin d´Orage (review coming up soon).

Bracing myself and fully willing to hop right into the shower should the experiment fail, I spritzed away.

Lo and behold – sweet, many layered wonder, I smell divine, if I may say so myself.

Feeling very pleased with myself for both bravery and finding an inspired combination, I close this short post urging you to find your inner perfumer to better what you find lacking and perfect what is already good.

Have a nice day!


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4 Responses to Scent Layering: 1+1=?

  1. kjanicki says:

    I’ve always been reluctant to layer as well! I’m afraid of turning 2 things I love into ane hot mess. But recently I was wearing Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia and impulsively added a little LV Sandalo to give the basenotes some oomph… and it worked out really well.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Once I got the knack for layering, I started to really enjoy it. Like you say, enhancing certain aspects of a perfume can be very nice, and: Variatio delectat 😉

  2. G D simon says:

    AS a guy ,I find myself intrigued my this reference as I had been taught by my stepfather -an old school barber,to practice layering of a sort .Namely to choose a basic real aftershave,usually of foreign origin thin it with water and slap it onafter a razor shave.The real trick was to find a matchable cologne that would sort of blend with the light lingering of the aftershave. Remember the American barber standards of aftershaves were long established outside of the men’s cologne arena

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hello G D,
      thank you for your interesting comment. That sounds very good. I never thought much about after-shave (being a woman, obviously 😉 ) but it sounds like very good advice.
      My own perspective on layering has changed quite a bit over time, though. I am currently writing a new article on the topic, which makes your well-timed addition here, even more interesting for me!

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