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    Default The blending of fragrances

    So lately, I've begun blending many of my fragrances on my skin when I'm in the mood for a semi-custom scent.

    Successful blends
    a) L'Artisan Voleur de Roses to start, LV Musk to smooth out the sharper plum notes of VdR and to warm everything up, and finally a tad of Ungaro III to add more dark, earthy, floral notes but most importantly, more masculinity to the overall blend. What you get is a very melancholic yet beautiful rose centered blend. I wear this when I'm in a quiet mood.

    b) YSL Rive Gauche as a clean warm spicy woodsy base, Guerlain Vetiver its fresh dirty citrus earthiness, and LV Musk to soften, warm up, and smooth everything out. When you first apply RG and Vetiver, it smells pretty damn nasty but once it dries down, it smells sooooo damn sexy. Like, REALLY sexy - at least to me. With LV Musk, it's more of a romantic-sexy but without it, it's down right in-your-face dirty-sex-me-up sexy (for use in clubs or bars or whenever). I love it! haha ;D

    c) Guerlain Vetiver and a bit of LV Musk. For those who find Vetiver a little too sharp, the addition of a little LV Musk smoothes this fragrance out completely. It also makes Vetiver a lot more suitable to wear in cooler temperatures

    These are my favorite blends so far. As you can tell, I like using LV Musk as a base for my blends. It goes well with most fragrances and it really warms up and smoothes out everything. I just purchased 20mL decant of LV Musk and I can't wait until it comes in When I have the money, I'll be getting the larger bottle.

    Failures
    a) Chanel Pour Monsieur and Guerlain Vetiver. What I had in mind when blending these two was to have the fresh citrus bitter earthiness of Vetiver with the sweet, mossy, muskiness of Chanel PM's drydown acting as a base to warm Vetiver up. This was a complete failure. Chanel PM opens up very citrusy and dries down very nicely (which is what I was looking for). However, the addition of Vetiver completely prevented the dry down so all I was left with was a highly citric mix of lemon, bergamot, neroli, etc. Definitely not my cup of tea.

    Anyways, if anyone else likes to experiment with blends, please post your "recipes" here!

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    Do you consider wearing three different fragrances on three different parts of the body to be "blending"? Because I'll usually have a home-sprayed fragrance on my chest/neck, and then go out and test two different fragrances on my wrist.

    I've done the LAYERING thing on purpose once. When I first joined Basenotes, I was given recommendations for YSL Rive Gauche PH and Azzaro Pour Homme because I liked Faberge Brut. So, last week, I layered Rive Gauche and Azzaro Pour Homme. It didn't smell bad, but I LOVE them on their own and generally prefer it that way. I'll have to experiment with more layering on my days off.
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    Default Re: The blending of fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by Hysteria
    Do you consider wearing three different fragrances on three different parts of the body to be "blending"? Because I'll usually have a home-sprayed fragrance on my chest/neck, and then go out and test two different fragrances on my wrist.

    I've done the LAYERING thing on purpose once. When I first joined Basenotes, I was given recommendations for YSL Rive Gauche PH and Azzaro Pour Homme because I liked Faberge Brut. So, last week, I layered Rive Gauche and Azzaro Pour Homme. It didn't smell bad, but I LOVE them on their own and generally prefer it that way. I'll have to experiment with more layering on my days off.
    I'm pretty selective where I wear the fragrances, depending on the effect I'm looking for.

    For example, for the RG Vetver Musk blend

    I first spray my wrists (from a far distance so a light mist is hitting the entire length of my inner arm including my inner elbow and pulse point) with Rive Gauche. Next, Vetiver goes on the the pulse points of the wrists (opposed to the entire length). Then I spray my midsection/torso (but not upper chest or neck) with Rive Gauche. Vetiver goes on my pectorals. Then I apply LV Musk to my neck / upper chest. I do this specifically because if I'm dancing with a girl, her head will most likely be closest to mine/my neck. Hopefully, she'd be smelling Musk the most - which I find a very nice intimate snuggling type scent. I suppose in my crazy reasoning, the musk will make her want to stay closer and longer ;D

    So basically, Rive Gauche is the base for everything. Vetiver is there to add a sexy raw dirtiness to the overall blend. Musk is to keep me from seeming too raunchy. I guess RG/Vetiver is to 'reel them in' while musk is there to 'keep em close.'

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    LOL, that's insane, and I like it. ;D It's so methodical. I have over 40 fragrances (most of which are decants) and it will take me a while to try out all the combinations. ;D
    No longer offering decants. Sorry!

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    So I wore my RG V M blend today when I went out with a lady friend. She said it was very pleasant... then proceeded to jump me. haha jkjk .. or not

    Just wanted to say it's a successful blend ;D

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    Don'ts: Jaipur EDP and Geir, Chergui and Le Male...this one especially [smiley=bath.gif]
    These were done by accident

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    My younger brother did an Armani Code & Le Male blend yesterday. Wasn't bad but still smelled very generic and not unique - which is what I'm looking for when blending: something unique and special and hard to reproduce without knowing the recipe or ingredients

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    Default Re: The blending of fragrances

    1 spray of Gucci Pour Homme + 1 spray of Givenchy Pi = Homemade Dzing! *

    I'm kidding, but this combo seems like it would work...


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    Quote Originally Posted by teflondog
    1 spray of Gucci Pour Homme + 1 spray of Givenchy Pi = Homemade Dzing!

    I'm kidding, but this combo seems like it would work...
    Yeah, I can see that working but I'm not sure how it'd be like Dzing!, which is pretty heavy on the sweet leather/canvas note. I've never been a huge fan of Pi. In fact, I would never wear the stuff - way too sweet on me. But the addition of the heavier spicy and smoky woods of Gucci PH might change that. Hmm.. I gotta try that one day!

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    So today I blended two L'Artisan fragrances: Voleur de Roses and Tea for Two.

    Nothing ground breaking but quite wearable if you find that either scent on their own just doesn't cut it for the day. They actually go together very nicely and it's hard to pick them apart. I think it's the smoky, thickness of each one that allows them to meld together so well.

    In fact, right now, I actually feel like I'm sipping tea while sitting in a rose garden! : ) Quite the... spring scent.

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    Keep experimenting and updating, and I will keep reading, especially if it pertains to fragrances in my wardrobe. Hint hint. Just kidding. ;D I'll have to be more daring on my off-days and try out some combinations. ;D
    No longer offering decants. Sorry!

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    Default Re: The blending of fragrances

    I remember good old Serpent dared me to layer Kouros and Kingdom. It actually smelled pretty good on the drydown.
    I know PaulG likes to wear L'Artisan Tea for Two and Vanilia together but I've never tried it. Of course there were some thread in the past about mixing all sorts of Creeds together. The only one I've tried is MI and SMW which is nice.
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    Excellent, I have Millesime Imperial and Silver Mountain Water. I'll try those. ;D
    No longer offering decants. Sorry!

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    Default Re: The blending of fragrances

    I had great success applying Dior Homme first, letting it dry through that intense powdery stage, and then putting one Bulgari Black. With this recipe, I get the amazing dry, smoky rubber of Black, but with a more complex base than its bland vanilla undertone. Its a smell that reminds me of the inside of that Bentley I'll never own.

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    The blend for today isn't too original but it works. I'm not trying to set any landmarks when I blend, I simply look for fragrances that can be meld together to create something different, unique, and at times, better. Again, I was going for a rose based blend and something rather melancholic. It was a gloomy day and I'm was in a gloomy mood. Since I ran out of LV Musk, I was left with two rose fragrances to work with. Here goes:

    I started off with a spritz of Ungaro III to the chest and one to my wrist, which I dabbed onto the other. Voleur de Roses was applied next. First lightly to all areas of the neck and a little on the nape of my neck for sillage and then more heavily to both sides of each wrist. At first, I was going to stick to just this but the scent wasn't melancholic enough! - the plum notes of VdR were just way too bright for my liking.

    I stood there thinking of how to bring the mood down .. minutes passed .. then I had an idea! Why not add a smoky note to the blend? So I pulled out my vials of Tea for Two and Dzing! I gave them both a small whiff and decided to use Tea for Two - Dzing!'s rubber-leather note just didn't cut it for me.

    The addition of TfT was pretty complimentary to the entire blend. It's deep smoky, sweet-black-tea character worked quite well with UIII / VdR and dropped the mood a couple notches. However, though it was a good blend, it didn't become the dark, melancholic blend I was searching for - it was more artistically, quiet, if you know what I mean. It became a spend-time-alone-reading-or-at-an-art-museum type scent. Maybe it was the plum notes of VdR (I wish they were toned down a bit). Perhaps it was actually UIII that stirred things up. UIII does have this fresh, clearness to it that prevents it from being a true 'dark' scent to me.

    I don't know, ladies and gents. I'm still on the search for a truly melancholic blend. Any ideas?

    Next time, I think I'm going to try using Gucci PH. I was a little ticked off this morning because I didn't find out that my package (containing gucci ph and envy) arrived until AFTER I finished applying the fragrances. The deep smoky woods of GPH seem like they would make a good base for layering fragrances on top.

    That's all for today

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    Yea, thus would be created a historical Eastern-European fragrance:
    Tsar Visit Bulgari

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    Default Re: The blending of fragrances

    I went out to a club last night with some buddies and wore a blend of Gucci Envy and Rive Gauche.

    *thumbs up*



    yeahhhhh... not in the mood to type right now

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    A bit tired right now, but 4-5 sprays Tommy Bahama + 1 spray Creed Spring Flower= AMAZING! Well I like both individually, but this blend works wonderfully.
    .

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    Default Re: The blending of fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by nefertem
    I had great success applying Dior Homme first, letting it dry through that intense powdery stage, and then putting one Bulgari Black. With this recipe, I get the amazing dry, smoky rubber of Black, but with a more complex base than its bland vanilla undertone. Its a smell that reminds me of the inside of that Bentley I'll never own.
    Hmm, that sounds like an interesting combination, I must try it some day!
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    a mix of villoresi vetiver with a little etro patchouly is the one my gf likes to breathe in deeply it's not what i'd call subtle though

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    I tried Madini's rose oil in combination with FM Musc Ravageur. I didn't care much for it, but my girlfriend melted. Seriously. I had to scrub her out of the carpet.

    Took ages.

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    Today I am wearing M7 plus JHL.
    All these moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

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    Rive Gauche with LV Musk is awesome. Intimate night in scent.
    So is Gucci Envy with LV Musk. Intimate night out scent.
    But both would lead to intimate mornings as well, if you catch my drift


    In fact, I'm so in love with LV Musk, I'd add it onto anything! haha jkjk


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    I was wondering if you mixed some perfumes together and people really liked it and people were willing to buy it off you. Would you be allowed to sell it under another name or would you get into patent, trademark problems?

    shah

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    I'm sure it's legal as long as you don't claim the original ingrediants are your own creations, as well. So if you list what's in it, it should be legal.

    I'm not too sure though

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    Here are some nice ones:

    30% Acqua di Gio, 50% Lauder's Obsession, 20% Eau Sauvage = Wonderful blend! The harsh, cloying citrus of the ADG is nicely reduced and balanced by the ES and Obsession. Still a bit citrussy, but has a nice, refreshing depth

    50% Lauder's Obsession, 50% Eau Sauvage: A darker, richer, musky scent with a slight powdery note. my female officemate (VERY good nose, recognizes a lot of scents immediately) was very intrigued and liked it a lot.

    50% Cool water, 20% ADG, 30% Tommy Freedom: A fresh, citrussy blend that lasts for a long time. Helps avoid the sick, cloying note of the Tommy Freedom

    50% Burberry Touch, 50% Herrera for Men: Whoah! Now this blends NICE! Real depth, warm yet fresh... Hard to place, but mixes wonderfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae
    Here are some nice ones:

    30% Acqua di Gio, 50% Lauder's Obsession, 20% Eau Sauvage = Wonderful blend! The harsh, cloying citrus of the ADG is nicely reduced and balanced by the ES and Obsession. Still a bit citrussy, but has a nice, refreshing depth

    50% Lauder's Obsession, 50% Eau Sauvage: A darker, richer, musky scent with a slight powdery note. my female officemate (VERY good nose, recognizes a lot of scents immediately) was very intrigued and liked it a lot.

    50% Cool water, 20% ADG, 30% Tommy Freedom: A fresh, citrussy blend that lasts for a long time. Helps avoid the sick, cloying note of the Tommy Freedom

    50% Burberry Touch, 50% Herrera for Men: Whoah! Now this blends NICE! Real depth, warm yet fresh... Hard to place, but mixes wonderfully. *
    Do you mix the actual fragrances?

    I only layer because I'm scared of creating something that really sucks and be stuck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myaccolades

    Do you mix the actual fragrances?

    I only layer because I'm scared of creating something that really sucks and be stuck with it.
    I mixed them in a small vial first, then tested it on my skin for a couple hours. If it's only so-so or worse (i.e., not an improvement on the original scents) i just try something new. If it's a real "WOW!" scent (like the above), I mixed them permanently. They have a different scent when blended rather than layered.

    Tip: If you are using ADG in any blending or layering, use at little as possible. That stuff is just waaaaay too overpowering, but in small amounts can give a lasting citrus fragrance if it's tamed by other fragrances.

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    As I do appreciate perfume as Concerto Grosso (ie they has their beginning-heart-base, their own rhythm, speed and mood) so I do not go for blending\layering.

    But one day I made some Leather Stereo Effect - my left side was PEau d`Espagne SMN, and right side was Gomma by Etro. They both are Leathers, so it`s a minor crime!

    Well, result could fight for existence. ))

    I believe, that some day I make more Stereo Leathers...
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    Default Re: The blending of fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by Esan Sal
    I tried Madini's rose oil in combination with FM Musc Ravageur. I didn't care much for it, but my girlfriend melted. Seriously. I had to scrub her out of the carpet.

    Took ages.
    ROFL ;D

    Is the Madini a deep powdery rose, tea rose or more 'fresh bloom' rose?
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