In my early days of Perfumista-dom I experimented with layering perfumes. When I look back, I really don’t see why I thought I had the ability to do that, and what’s more – I don’t see why I felt the need.
Well, one reason probably was that my collection was smaller, so layering what I had into new combinations seemed like a great way to increase the possibilities. The operative word here is seems, though.
Now that I have more experience and undoubtedly a larger collection too, I am horrified at my audacity. Who am I to tamper with well-thought out and finely balanced creations? (We are not talking about “Smell one, know them all!” mainstream scents here!)
I am a lot humbler now, because I realize the kind of work that goes into a well thought out perfume much more.
I shake my head at myself and my early lack of respect for perfumes.
I know some lines encourage layering, Jo Malone for one, makes it sound like the done thing. But honestly, there is a reason for that, and the reason is more sales. Why not make the customers buy two or more bottles if you tell them to…
On the other hand there are undoubtedly some combinations that bring out the best in one another, but personally I do not layer anything anymore. I have become a purist.
What do you think about layering? What do you layer, when, how and why?