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How to Layer Scents
Dana Manuel
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Layering fragrances is a simple technique to create unique scents. Think of your perfume as an accessory that you can mix and match depending on your mood. The possibilities are endless, but be careful not to go overboard. There are a few things to keep in mind so you don't end up with a headache-inducing scent. 

Ready to get creative? Here's how to create your own bespoke scent.

1. Test it on paper.

Try your fragrance combination on a piece of paper first. It's a lot easier than trying to scrub off the scent from your wrists. Once you found a combination you like, spritz one on each wrist then rub them together. 

2. Keep it light.

Light and subtle scents are a lot easier to layer than heady scents. Look for fragrances with only a few notes and build from there. It’s also easier to experiment with notes from different families. For instance, you can intensify a floral scent by layering it over a spicy note like musk, or with a rich woody note like sandalwood. 

iamClaire. Recommends: Light scents like Bath & Body Works Sheer Cotton & Lemonade Mist and Missha All Over Perfume Mist Pear & Rose have simple fragrance compositions that make it easy to layer.

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3. Wear the heavy scent first.

If you do decide to play around with your heady or nighttime fragrances, it's best to apply it first so it doesn’t overpower the other scents. Match it with a light fragrance with a singular note to avoid creating a strong and overwhelming scent. 

iamClaire. Recommends: A rich scent like Paco Rabanne Lady Million should go on first before a light fragrance mist such as Missha All Over Perfume Mist Woody & Orchid.

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4. Mix scents with common notes.

Scents that belong in the same family will usually go well together. For example, you can try mixing fragrance notes such as bergamot and grapefruit, which belong to the same citrus category; or a combination of nectarine blossom and peony from the floral category. 

iamClaire. Recommends: Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon Mist’s fruity composition of cucumber and fresh honeydew will go well with Adidas’ Pure Lightness composition of melon and red apple.

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5. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Keeping all these tips in mind, have fun and feel free to experiment with your scents until you find the perfect one for you. That’s the great thing about perfume—it’s a reflection of your personality, so make it your own.

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What scents do you like to layer? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Facebook and Instagram @iamClaireph.