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    Default Re: How do you layer fragrances?

    Either spraying on-top of each other or next to each other. One weird but wonderful combo I found was a spray of l'eau d'Issey on each pec & a spray of Lolita Lempicka au Masculin just above the belly button.
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    Simple: in my case and my humble opinion, one example, although not the only one, for it:

    a few spritzes - although quantity not definitely established- of Dior Homme

    a few spritzes - again, quantity not definitely established- of Eau de Cedre Bleu (unisex) by Yves Rocher

    The great thing is that, even if one tends to dislike these two scents taken separately, the combination is far more complex and balanced than these two fragrances "going solo".
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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Tesla View Post
    One of my favorite layering techniques is with Encre Noire where I use two sprays of Encre Noire and one of Ambre Gris. The Ambre Gris adds the demension of slightly fruity gourmand to the dry woods of Encre Noire.
    Ooh ! Cool one N_Tesla ... I really like the sound of your combination here. I can already smell it with my "mind" . And I'm pretty sure that that would definitely "rock" ! ... I'm off to go try them out right this minute ! ... Thanx !

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    Default What are your favourite perfume combinations?

    I wonder what would it happen if I layered two or three perfumes, but I have no idea what goes with what (total newbe here)... Which families (or even better... perfumes) would you layer together? Which combinations do you like?

    For instance: if I'm wearing Allure EDP today, what would be a good pair to make it more "summery" (it's warm here)?

    Thanks for all you input...

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    I'm thinking something light and hesperidic up top, Badufita, but I am no expert!

    By happy coincidence, today I am layering Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Tiaré Mimosa with L'Artisan's Timbuktu: a creamy floral meets a translucent woody spice. It's serendipitously superb!
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    Mmmmhhhh... I might try to layer Aqua di Parma Colonia to see if that makes a good combo... Thanks for your input!!

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    I haven't done a great deal of layering, but so far my best combo's are:

    Teo Cabanel's Alahine layered with By Kilian's Liasons Dangereuses

    Chanel's Coco layered with Comptor sud Pacifique's Vanilla Abricot
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    There are others on the board who are terrific at combos. I have a few that I enjoy:
    Tea Rose and Chanel no. 19
    Jo Malone's Orange Blossom with her Pomegranate Noir
    Pomegranate Noir with Tea Rose
    Pomegranate Noir with Philosophy's Falling in Love
    Cristalle with Fresh's Lemon Sugar

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    I've done one myself today which I enjoyed: Allure EDP+Flowerbomb Extrême... Quite dramatic for daytime but "doable"... :P

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    Default Re: What are your favourite perfume combinations?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    There are others on the board who are terrific at combos. I have a few that I enjoy:
    Tea Rose and Chanel no. 19
    Jo Malone's Orange Blossom with her Pomegranate Noir
    Pomegranate Noir with Tea Rose
    Pomegranate Noir with Philosophy's Falling in Love
    Cristalle with Fresh's Lemon Sugar
    Goldie, the Cristalle and No 19 combo's sound especially good!
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    I layer Lea St Barth quite a bit. It softens/warms/edible-izes. I especially like it layered with Monyette Paris.

    Escentric Molecules Molecule 02 (is this the one? the one that is the single note?) also softens some frags I find too sharp.
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    Default Re: What are your favourite perfume combinations?

    I have success layering scents that are basically soliflore or fairly straightforward in their composition. Like YSL Paris and DK Black Cashmere. I should definitely play around more with layering, maybe use up some samples that I'm so-so on, like Chanel Chance and D Squared He Wood. Hmm.
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    I once layered Douce Amere, Gucci by Gucci and A la Nuit on a marathon
    sniffing session and received more compliments from complete strangers in the department store than I care to mention!!

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    Baghari & Jo Malone Orange Blossom! I normally don't layer different scents (I figure that if the perfume is done well, there is no need). But there is something about these that make the sum greater than the two parts. I suspect that most Jo Malone colognes are perfect for layering.

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    Default Re: What are your favourite perfume combinations?

    Quote Originally Posted by vintage*red View Post
    Baghari & Jo Malone Orange Blossom! I normally don't layer different scents (I figure that if the perfume is done well, there is no need). But there is something about these that make the sum greater than the two parts. I suspect that most Jo Malone colognes are perfect for layering.
    I can easily see how this combo would work. Put this on my list to try!
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    I don't do a lot of layering, but will often pair a vanilla scent with some of my more masculine woody scents to "femme" them up. My favorite is layering a bit of Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar from La Maison de la Vanille with Tauer Lonestar Memories, smells amazing, deep smoky and sweet!

    I also have Iris Poudre lotion and layer it with a lot of things -- my favorite is Parfum d'Empire Cuir Ottoman. I also once found that layering SL Douce Amere with Daim Blond smelled great. And based on a recommendation here, I tried Montale Black Aoud with Crystal Flowers, which is very nice.

    I like layering better when the scents blend into something new -- a lot of times I just end up smelling each scent at different times, which is kind of distracting.

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    I found out that Samsara layered with Tam Dao was fantastic.
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    Concentree D'Orange Verte and Lavender by Molinard are a nice combo on me. (IMHO)
    Of the several disastrous attempts I've made at layering, those were the only two which "worked" together.
    Other combinations have been too complex and bring out some kind of chemical, cheap smelling yuck. Even great fragrances have smelled terrible in combo. I guess it just takes practice (and a matter of taste of course).

    Good luck!

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    Not a favorite but I had to post: had a spritz of Bois Farine on one wrist and FM's Dans tes Bras (thanks Haunani!) on the other. After giving husband a hug, he asked if I'd been eating popcorn. Popcorn??? Apparently the combo smells like just that! How strange! Off to make the real thing :-)
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    Default Crazy layers = something fab

    I've been sampling like a fiend lately and got a little impatient moving on to the next scent before the first had completely disappeared. Today I stared with CBMusk, then on to Guerlain SDV, and then finally Bandit edp. Each lovely on their own but now that I have faint whispers of each intermingling, I swear I smell positively swoon worthy. (Of course I am at home alone so I may actually be frighteningly stinky).

    It got me curious about your more sophisticated noses, your favorite layers and how you came to them: by chance or by design.

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    I've had similar experiences while sampling.
    The problem was, I didn't know how exactly I'd gotten around to smelling the way I did,
    so I wasn't able to deliberately recreate the effect.

    For example, I wore Samsara one day. Showered and test L'Eau D'Issey the next day. Swam in a river.
    Afterward there was a wonderful base of one of those frags left on my wrist, or a combination.
    I couldn't be sure it was L'Eau D'Issey with the great longevity because it could have been the Samsara (which I know has great longevity).

    That's why I try to discipline myself when sampling-and take my time- so I know what's what. But sometimes it's hard to do that. I can be a little "fiendish" myself at times.
    Otherwise, I'm hesitant to layer because I want to discern each individual fragrance. Maybe someday ...
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    I have good success layering amber and rose -- I have a lot of amber scents but after a while they may get too "pure amber" so if I add a bit of a rose scent in the afternoon, it's like wearing a new fragrance (and without them clashing). I don't typically wear rose based scents so it's a good way for me to use up my seemingly countless Rosine samples.

    Another crazy combo I achieved (quite unsuspectingly) was when I tried Nassomato China White. I accidentally applied Antonia's Flowers Floret nearby and after 10 min or so I started getting whiffs of Joop Homme (someone I knew used to wear it). I began to suspect hat it was the combo, because China White alone on the other wrist produced no Joop. So I applied Floret on the other wrist and voila -- Joop again. That was quite a blast from the past, I tell you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by misscasey View Post
    Otherwise, I'm hesitant to layer because I want to discern each individual fragrance. Maybe someday ...
    I hear ya, I need to be a better student!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kess View Post
    I tried Nassomato China White. I accidentally applied Antonia's Flowers Floret nearby and after 10 min or so I started getting whiffs of Joop Homme (someone I knew used to wear it)
    I am so envious of you all here who can define what you're smelling (CW+AFF= JOOP!!)

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    These are my two favourite "layers" ... which I came upon due to thinking that they might work together, and then experimenting. ... And they did ! Yay !!! ... And I now wear them often layered, when I feel like a little variety.

    Tom Ford Extreme + Tom Ford Black Orchid

    And ...

    Givenchy Organza Indecence + Chanel Coromandel

    Actually I quite like layering these Diptyque's too
    At ... 1 part Philosykos + 2 parts Tam Dao (if not even 3?)

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    Hmm, I'll have to try the Organza Indecence and Coromandel combo--sounds interesting, although they both are complex enough in their own right, I'm not sure how it will smell to my nose, lol.

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    Hmm, I'll have to try the Organza Indecence and Coromandel combo--sounds interesting, although they both are complex enough in their own right, I'm not sure how it will smell to my nose, lol.
    Hiya Asha ... Yep I definitely think it works. The Coromandel just makes the Indecence a little more patchouli rich, and the Indecence just makes the Coromandel a little more woody/ambery ! ... And I really like the combo ! They have pretty much the same "resonance". ... It's well worth giving it a try !

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    Here's something I noticed today:

    Tested L'Instant de Guerlain on my bare wrist the other day- liked it just fine.
    Tested it today after I thought a different frag had worn off my wrists, and yuck. Yucky yucky chemical reaction I think. Washed wrists. Still yuck.

    I think that was more than just clashing scents there- those perfumes weren't made to go together and by golly they sure don't. Not to discourage layering by any means, but thought I'd mention that. Maybe it's be safer not to spray more than one frag on the same spot- maybe I'll try layering onto clothing, or different areas on the body. Or at least let one dry before applying the next. That way you're only smelling the scent and not the two juices being mixed up with each other. Just thought I'd throw that out there. A word of caution I guess. I don't actually know what I'm talking about but rather wanted to share that experience.
    I send thee this sweet perfume a fragrance to the fragrant, as one would offer wine to the god of wine.

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    Tested L'Instant de Guerlain on my bare wrist the other day- liked it just fine.
    Tested it today after I thought a different frag had worn off my wrists, and yuck. Yucky yucky chemical reaction I think. Washed wrists. Still yuck.

    I think that was more than just clashing scents there- those perfumes weren't made to go together and by golly they sure don't. Not to discourage layering by any means, but thought I'd mention that. Maybe it's be safer not to spray more than one frag on the same spot- maybe I'll try layering onto clothing, or different areas on the body. Or at least let one dry before applying the next. That way you're only smelling the scent and not the two juices being mixed up with each other. Just thought I'd throw that out there. A word of caution I guess. I don't actually know what I'm talking about but rather wanted to share that experience.
    I agree, some scents really just don't layer well at all. ... And I agree too that some layerings are better done sprayed on seperate parts of your skin. So just the sillage intermingles. Or even drifts in and out ... so you smell one now, then the other, then both together. All at seperate times. . ... But some do work mixed on the same spot too. The Coromandel/Indecence one blends well on the same spot (in fact it is actually better that way !) ...
    Half the fun is working out which work, which don't, and in what manner.

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    Default Re: Crazy layers = something fab

    Oh who was it who had a bunch of fabulous layering suggestions in her signature recently?
    I tried one of them - Feminite du Bois + Bulgari Black and it was gorgeous.

    Moondeva always used to come up with bonkers but brilliant layering ideas too.
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