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    Default Layering frags from the same house?

    GENERALLY speaking, do frags from the same house have enough in common that they could be layered? In other words, I am going to layer, are most frags from the same house similar, at least in mid or base notes? If not, which frags (from the same house) are completely different than each other?
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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Usually, I'd say no. Most perfumes are not done in-house, but at the aromachemical companies and often using a different perfumer. So there's no assumption that a perfume from the same brand is any more appropriate than any other perfume.

    A few houses do have a standard perfumer (like Hermes, with JC Ellena, for instance), though I'm not sure this is enough.

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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Depends on the house. Tom ford private and Tauer- yes to most i know. Atellier- kinda. Others less so.

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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    I would also say that in most cases no.
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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Generally no, but there are exceptions. CREED fragrances often layer/blend together quite nicely. I enjoy blending them, often with great results.

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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Never tried this so far, but if I ever will, it will probably be flanker-based ("main" fragrance and its adjacent flankers).
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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    I would have to say no.

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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    It certainly appears most frags from the same house CANNOT be layered, but Jo Malone has an interesting page where you can choose which ones to layer. either to make warmer or fresher: http://www.jomalone.com/products/380...nce-Combining#
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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Usually, no.

    But at one time, Thierry Mugler vendor reps in the US suggested layering A*Men with Mugler Cologne. Not sure if that is still the case.
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    Sometimes it can work - I've got Encens Flamboyant and Ambre Fetiche from Annick Goutal and they work really well together. I think the trio along with the Myrhhe that has been discontinued were made to work well together. I read an article where Jean Claude Ellena and Francis Kurdjkan gave their ideas on what could work well together but the perfumes they selected were from different houses.

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    I am a great fan of Etro fragrances and own a few.
    At each purchase the SAs informed me that all Etro fragrances were made to be matched. Never trusted them, but once I layered Patchouly and Heliotrope and the result was beautiful, I'd say Shalimaresque! I guess it can be done relatively easily with fragrances that are almost solinotes, like the two ones I tried..
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    I've always perceived layering as a very evil thing to do.

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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    I am of the mind that a perfumer makes a scent to be enjoyed on its own. Layering disrupts the intention of the artist that makes the scent. If it were that easy the perfumer would have mixed two complete scents themselves to make a new scent. Perhaps I am old school, but layering is contrary to my own sensibilities.
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    In my experience TF's Privee's are great for base layering and Creeds are great as a top layering heavy ones : although I'm against this format and will only allow myself a TL/Aventus layering to be worn by mua
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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Very interesting question because while common sense tells me "no", I've heard from retailers of different brands that certain houses are actually meant to be layered. Bond No. 9, Creed, and Tom Ford are all ones where layering works pretty well. You can even stick several Montales together for good results.

    But it does seem true that houses tend to stick to a "house formula", so that makes me wonder if fragrances can be layered. Creed, Bond, Tauer, Le Labo, etc.

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    I have done this on rare occasion with CDG and Creed, but in general don't like to do so.
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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Creed fragrances are very good for layering withing themselves.

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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Depends on whether the house shares a common house base accord. Makes it easier to layer their different fragrances if they do. Unless you have a clue about which notes are complementary, chances are it'll be a hit-or-miss kind of experiment.

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    Jo Malone's are designed to be layered with others from the same house.
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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen-on-Holiday View Post
    GENERALLY speaking, do frags from the same house have enough in common that they could be layered? In other words, I am going to layer, are most frags from the same house similar, at least in mid or base notes? If not, which frags (from the same house) are completely different than each other?
    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Usually, I'd say no. Most perfumes are not done in-house, but at the aromachemical companies and often using a different perfumer. So there's no assumption that a perfume from the same brand is any more appropriate than any other perfume.

    A few houses do have a standard perfumer (like Hermes, with JC Ellena, for instance), though I'm not sure this is enough.

    cacio
    I love this thread so far!

    In the case of Chanel Allure Homme (AH), Allure Homme Sport (AHS), and Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme (Eau Extreme), I find they layer nicely. Layering can be done in so many different ways. A small spritz of AH on top of a full wearing of Eau Extreme adds a kick. It's nice.

    The limitation is that this is with a specific line, and even Edition Blanche, which is also in the line, might not mix as well; although maybe with AH - I haven't tried that yet. That's coming up soon!

    For me it seems to work. These fragrances are criticized for being boring, but I find it quite the opposite.

    I guess layering fascinates me.

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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    My gf has had success in layering her Jo Malones, but she doesn't layer her Chanels. I think the Jo Malone perfumes were actually made for layering, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul H View Post
    My gf has had success in layering her Jo Malones, but she doesn't layer her Chanels. I think the Jo Malone perfumes were actually made for layering, no?
    Maybe, as a marketing move, and why not? Tom Ford Private blends supposedly benefit from layering!

    I love a broad fragrance: YSL Oud Absolu and Carven Homme that I've tried recently both accomplish this, and layering doesn't cross my mind with these. Tom Ford Oud Wood does leave me thinking that it needs something else.

    With the Chanel Allure Homme line, a little layering is to take it over the top. To use an old joke, I'm trying to crank up my good smell from a 10 to an 11!

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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Eau Sauvage edt and edp didn't work at all. The edp smothered the edt.
    Eau Sauvage edt and Dune worked very well for me.
    When the Prada Vetiver arrives I will layer it with the Infusion d'Homme.
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    Default Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chanel1 View Post
    Maybe, as a marketing move, and why not? Tom Ford Private blends supposedly benefit from layering!

    I love a broad fragrance: YSL Oud Absolu and Carven Homme that I've tried recently both accomplish this, and layering doesn't cross my mind with these. Tom Ford Oud Wood does leave me thinking that it needs something else.

    With the Chanel Allure Homme line, a little layering is to take it over the top. To use an old joke, I'm trying to crank up my good smell from a 10 to an 11!
    Chanel 1, from a 10 to an 11? Nice I agree it's a marketing move on the part of the companies. I'm going to try out your idea with the Chanels and see how it goes: Eau Extreme over AHS. Thank you for the inspiration/novel idea.
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