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!
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.
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 😉
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
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!