I never blended fragrances.
I was wondering about people's favorite combinations. Sometimes I have a fragrance that is just okay, or it seems like it's lacking... something. I can't resist messing with it, especially if it's a sample - adding another fragrance I think will improve it, or add the missing ingredient.
Two of my favorites right now (because I happen to have the perfumes on hand):
Serge Luten's Rose de Nuit and Tauer's Le Maroc pour Elle - who would think these two would meld so beautifully? I had part of a sample of Le Maroc left, so filled it out with my Rose de Nuit, and left the sample for a day or two. Wow, I liked LMPE a lot better with the addition of Rose de Nuit. Not quite as big and opaque, a little more sultry and smooth. It was a little addictive for me and I wore the sample for three days straight until it was gone.
Thierry Mugler Cologne and Chanel No.19 edt - I love TM Cologne fragrance, but sometimes it's just too light. No. 19 gives it a really nice body, a little more substance, and they blend very nicely.
I also have V'Tae's Five Flowers, which has the same problem - it's lovely, but has no bottom, is all air. Somehow, TM Cologne gives it more substance, and the combination gets compliments. One clerk insisted I give her the names of the mix, which was cool. Adding a bit of No. 19 to the blend gives it even more body, though I haven't been cornered by a clerk on this one.
Has anyone tried blending acquatics? I have a bottle of Antica Farmacista Acqua I can't seem to blend with anything, and it doesn't totally thrill me on its own. But it is trickier to blend...
I never blended fragrances.
I've never blended fragrances, either, but I do layer from time to time.
Yesterday, I wore Diptyque Tam Dao and a few dabs of Serge Lutens De Profundis to the funeral of my friend's father. It was lovely.
The De Profundis and Tam Dao combo sounds really nice - I'll have to try that. De Profundis is one of my new favorites, but I never thought of layering it with Tam Dao.
Layering works for me just as well as blending... I'm not partial to either way.
Last edited by flathorn; 14th January 2013 at 06:40 PM.
I think layering/blending can be fun; the result is seldom what I had expected! I often layer Un Lys with A la Nuit, but maybe that doesn t count?
A crazy combo that actually turned out to be very nice on me was CSP Vanille Abricot topped with Cabotine EdT.
I blended LAP Vanilia with Poivre Piquant and Piment Brulant; also very nice.
Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
Tam Dao with De Profundis really works. I see why you wore it for your friend's father's funeral (sorry ...). It's sort of contemplative, uplifting and calming.
I also wasn't sure about trying Fumerie Turque again - it was too sweet on my skin a long time ago. But I thought I should give it a go again. Layering is the way to go for this one. A La Nuit turned it into a leather for me.
Musse's Un Lys and A La Nuit - lovely, something I would have never tried without prompting.
Last edited by flathorn; 20th January 2013 at 08:01 PM.
I wear Aveda Patchouli Oil with most of my patchouli based fragrances. Patchouli is my favorite note!
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I liked doing 10 spritzes of Lady Stetson cologne with i shared out spritz of Avignon and then another round of Lady Stetson So about a 20:1 ratio .Might work well (perhaps less spritzes) with Chanel's #22.
Flathorn, I'm glad the Tam Dao/De Profundis and Fumerie Turque/A La Nuit combinations worked for you. I really enjoy them both.
I remembered one other combination I've tried before -- CdG Avignon and SL Un Bois Vanille. That one works decently, too, but I prefer the other two.
I used to add civet oil by Alysha ashley (darn that was a wonderfull oil) to Fracas, the orifinal, this was during the 70's. Guys would fall at your feet spellbound. Recently (spring) I was mixing a little Yves Rocher Pur Desir de Rose with Codray's Jacinthe et Rose. Two really lovely soft roses.
I've historically been a purist in that I have avoided layering, but I've recently been enjoying Goutal's Encens Flamboyant layered over Shalimar. Possibly not a million miles in effect from ExtremeK's Avignon and Un Bois Vanille combo.