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    Default Do you mix scents?

    I really like Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford but on it's own it lacks something for me so I mix it with Joop Thrill which seems to do it for me.

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    I personally don't as I enjoy each scent on its own merits but many Basenoters do and have favorable results like you.
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    In the past I never mixed scents because I enjoyed them all as they were. They had their personalities and I did not want to treat them disrespectful by mixing them.

    Only recently - and being intrigued by Basenoters - I tried mixing perfumes, but all from the same house.
    I splash myself generously with Caron - Royal Bain de Champagne.

    Then I dab Tabac Blond on my neck and chest. This way I get the unimitable Caron vanilla drydown + the leather note from Tabac Blond.

    Instead of TB sometimes I use Poivre from a decant. Poivre also blends very well with Bellodgia, where it enhances the spicy note of carnation. I never found it easy to wear Poivre on its own.

    I found this way of layering was very successful, as it adds a twist of wickedness to the perfumes.
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    Try one spray of Neroli Portofino and then one spray of Tobacco Vanille over it. It's fantastic.

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    Default Re: Do you mix scents?

    Just wondering - has anyone tried mixing scents by decanting portion of each scent into a decant and actually mixing them (as opposed to layering)? Wonder if the effects would be different from merely layering....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaaon View Post
    Just wondering - has anyone tried mixing scents by decanting portion of each scent into a decant and actually mixing them (as opposed to layering)? Wonder if the effects would be different from merely layering....
    You can mix them in a decant. However, it is more difficult to find the right ratio. With spraying you can easily vary as you like.

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    I've only done it once or twice. Accidentally lol

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    it's all a matter of preference.

    Me, I'm a purist. I do what I do. I let the perfumers do what they do. I don't fancy myself an artist. I wear it the way they designed it. Which is not to say I only buy one clothing designer top to bottom, but you know what I mean. Someone spent months or years crafting the creation, if i trust them I let them do their job. If I'm at a crappy restaurant, I request changes when ordering. When you're at a good restaurant, you know they've done the experimenting for you. I'd only layer if it were something I thought was junk or playing around with. With most of my niche stuff I let the artist express their idea and I tag along for the ride to see where they want to take me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaaon View Post
    Just wondering - has anyone tried mixing scents by decanting portion of each scent into a decant and actually mixing them (as opposed to layering)? Wonder if the effects would be different from merely layering....
    I have and still do sometimes. As Puma mentioned, finding the right ratio is the tricky bit but I enjoy it.

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    Deliberate layering: not so much. Unwilling mixing from other scented body care/grooming/cosmetic products- slightly more often, though I tend to go more frequently either for the unscented ones or the matching scented ones, so as to get both more flexibility or a slightly increased longevity while choosing a fragrance.

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    bbqer.

    It's not like
    putting pineapple in curry where the end result is harmonious.

    It's like putting bbq sauce on cheesecake.

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    Default Re: Do you mix scents?

    I layer a few fragrances but mostly I appreciate them one at a time.

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    I usually mix fragrances when at home, never going out somewhere. When I go out of the house I stick with one fragrance but when I'm at home, sometimes I mix up fragrances just because I'm bored but usually I get severe olfactory fatigue when I do that and it's just a waste.

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    It is best to spay or dab them next to each other on your skin. Don't actually let the liquids mix on your skin, and never pour one into the other in the bottle.

    The rationale is this: You like the way each one smells. You like the combination of the two aromas. You do not want to change the aroma of either, only smell them together.

    If you mix the fragrances, the chemicals will react in an unpredictable way. The way chemistry works is that the electrons in their outer valances will recombine, sometimes making new chemicals that you do not expect to make.

    Each perfume is carefully composed to remain as stable as it can be. That is why companies allow formulas to macerate, or mix together and develop, before they are considered finished. All the changing is done before the customer buys them. If you introduce new chemicals, it may smell great initially but turn bad over time, and that is a waste of two bottles of fragrance.
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    Default Re: Do you mix scents?

    Never - I always purchase a fragrance because I like it the way it is and I wouldn't have the creative talent or imagination even if I had the inclination to experiment (which I don't).

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    Default Re: Do you mix scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    It is best to spay or dab them next to each other on your skin.

    The rationale is this: You like the way each one smells. You like the combination of the two aromas. You do not want to change the aroma of either, only smell them together.
    I also do this. Most of the time I love the scent by itself because that's what I bought in the first place. However for some scents, it's so much fun to smell their simultaneous developments next to each other.

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    I generally don't mix scents, (mostly because I don't know which ones go together) but after reading this thread I tried EdB with Pure Havane giving me a Herod by PdM type effect

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    Very rarely, and never successfully I've mucked around with sometimes trying to up the sandalwood in something that I like by taking a sandalwood prominent scent and spraying on chest while wearing the other. But that is about it.

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    Rarely.

    Although this weekend, my wife suggest I spray some of her Serge Lutens carnation frag (that I can't spell) over the top of my Costume National Homme. She thought the pair smelled close to PdN Maharajah (which she likes as a room diffuser) but missing the lavender. One quick spray of Caron Pour Un Homme and she thought it was bang on I'm not convinced, but it did smell bloody good. I'm sure anything clove heavy could be used instead of the Serge Lutens to similar effect.

    I once accidentally forgot I'd already put something on and layered Declaration Essence with Joop Thrill. The combo worked surprisingly well!

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    Rarely

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    I mix all the time, no problems

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    I don't but I have have mixed Pure Malt and A Men together to make it last longer when going out to club and after party

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    I have a few things I layer all the time. Penhaligons Violetta with MdO Violette Fumee or Bois de Violette, Fleurs d'Oranger with Carnal Flower, and Timbuktu with JPG2.

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    Never - I don't get the point.
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    Did it by mistake had applied SL MKK the previous night and next morning could still smell it...applied Shalimar on top of it after bath smelled awesome!

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    Default Re: Do you mix scents?

    I layer with complementary fragrances when I want to make a slight change to a particular fragrance, key word being complementary. I only apply fragrances on clothes and not the skin.

    If I want to make Xerjoff Nio slightly dryer, because it's sometimes too juicy I will layer with a little Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. Or if I'm bored with MFK Aqua Universalis Forte, I'll layer with a little Jardin d'Amalfi. The only time I've actually mixed fragrances is with oils. Mixing 1/3 Amouage Tribute, 1/3 Rose TRO and 1/3 Indian Oud may not be very adventurous but it smells great.

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    Hello, I also like to learn layering new perfumes, can u suggest me how to layer and mix scents.

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    Default Re: Do you mix scents?

    Personally I have never layered any scents. A few weeks ago I went to Barney's to sniff out some fragrance. I was at the serge lutens stand and the SA was helping me sample different scents. He tokd me something I didn't know about. He said that serge lutens fragrances were meant to be layered. Although they are good on their own, he said they are amazing layered. He told me to try it and I did. He layered Five O`Clock Au Gingembre on top of Daim Blond. And I must say WOW! it was a gorgeous mix. Each scent complemented each other very well. I want to get a bottle of both these scents just so I can try the layering again.
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    Sometimes I mix Bond No.9 scents...

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    I have occasionally, I think it adds something new to the fragrance.

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