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    Default The Art Of Layering - Successful Stories

    Good day Basenoters,
    I know layering might be an abomination in some circles on BN but I also know that there BNers out there that have been practicing and have mastered the art of layering with successful stories they'd like to share.

    The urge to layer fragrances for me was triggered by the desire to have a certain note in fragrance X complement or harmonize with fragrance Y. I haven't been practicing that long (just the last couple of weeks to be precise) but I've had two success stories already... the first being 1 part MiP, 2 part DH (vintage), what I got was a blissful composition "similar" to DHI. Second success story was an equal part layering of Ermenegildo Zegna's Uomo and Uomo by Mila Schön, this composition gave off a rich and slightly thicker BdC vibe with an assortment of citrusy nuances complementing each other.

    What are your success stories? Please do share...

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    One time I got multiple compliments while layering floris santal with Chanel allure homme edition blanche. It was on a warm summer night and everything just blended in perfectly

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    I quite liked Avignon applied on top of Odoon.
    I've added 2 Man to LIDGE to make it woodier and smokier.
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    Amouage- Sandal Attar, with almost any scent which has a prominent sandalwood note, such as Egoiste.

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    My 'most successful' was an accident, but it worked quite well.

    Diptyque Eau Duelle parfum with Tam Dao Parfum. Delicious vanilla and woods!
    Currently wearing: No. 88 by Czech & Speake

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    I layered Opus Core [Vilhelm] with Zegna's Sicilian Mandarin the other day -- was amazing

    A meta super citrus

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    Rasasi Al Wisam Day is a good masculine clean fragrance. Warmed up with Midnight in Paris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    I've added 2 Man to LIDGE to make it woodier and smokier.
    This sounds very interesting, I'd like to try this out.
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    Diptyque Eau Duelle parfum with Tam Dao Parfum. Delicious vanilla and woods!
    I might try this since I own both and have been feeling overwealmed lately by Tam Dao's potency.

    Another combination I like is layering two Tom Fords: White Patchouli and Champaca Absolute. In this case, I don't layer by spraying one on top of the other; I wear both at the same time but sprayed in different places. For example, White Patchouli to the décolletage and a shot of Champaca Absoltue to each wrist.

    Generally, I don't practice layering out of respect for the artistic vision of the fragrance creator. Effort goes into perfecting a formula and that is the experience I want to appreciate.
    Currently wearing: No. 19 Poudré by Chanel

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    When I work from home, I've been putting on something new every three hours, which is essentially layering, and any number of scents go well together in this context if they have a common note, for example vanilla in the base of Dior Homme Intense followed by Egoiste with some vanilla.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
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    I might try this since I own both and have been feeling overwealmed lately by Tam Dao's potency.
    It's worth it, you get a creamy sandalwood/cedarwood and vanilla bomb which goes together quite well. Definitely don't overspray as the parfums are actually quite strong.
    Currently wearing: No. 88 by Czech & Speake

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    Just wanted to share that once I layered Tsar with Kiehl's Musk - on top of each other.

    It was a disaster.
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    Only success story experience was Drakkar Noir layered with Allure Homme...pure magic. Both are lacking.
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    I've layered Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver and Tom Ford's Italian Cypress with amazing results!
    That's Dior Homme, not Dior Homie

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    VC&A Tsar with Roger & Gallet Jean Marie Farina Extra Vieille - fresh in spring.
    Galimard Bois des Indes with Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise lately - different!
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    Eau des Baux layered with Vanille Insensee (Atelier Cologne)

    Fahrenheit layered with Burberry London

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    I regularly layer oud oils of mine with some many fragrances without oud alrwady in them in my collection to give it to my nose a bit more depth. I have been doing this for some time as I love oud and I love western perfumes also. Sometimes I get the balance wrong as one will overpower the other, but if I get it right it works to the right effect to my nose.
    Does anyone else here do this out of interest...

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    One of my favorite layering combos is Tom Ford Extreme layered with Tom Ford Noir pour Femme.
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    Thierry Mugler's Alien sprayed and allowed to dry.

    Then spray 1 spray of Black XS (vintage formulation).

    It is milky, creamy, vanillic, red fruit goodness!

    The cold mint vibe of Alien and the tart strawberry rhubarb accord mix so nicely.

    I got two compliments the first time I tried this combo.
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    Muscs Koublai Khan with Tobacco Vanille. Was very nice. Almost like the opening to Musc Rav went on forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LearnToSwim View Post
    Eau des Baux layered with Vanille Insensee (Atelier Cologne)

    Fahrenheit layered with Burberry London




    Just tried this combo out...YES, these 2 play very nice together. Thanks!!

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    So far, only the layering of the regular Dior Homme EDT with Eau de Cedre Bleu by Yves Rocher, using a fairly similar amount of sprays, turned out decently well

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    Quote Originally Posted by MimramMan View Post
    Galimard Bois des Indes with Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise lately - different!
    Different good or different bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nouveau Nez View Post
    Fahrenheit layered with Burberry London

    Just tried this combo out...YES, these 2 play very nice together. Thanks!!
    Glad you liked it

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    Monsieur Balmain with Habit Rouge edt (75%/25% respectively). It's like sweet Habit Rouge lemon candies.

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    Sounds pretty good.
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    My 'most successful' was an accident, but it worked quite well.

    Diptyque Eau Duelle parfum with Tam Dao Parfum. Delicious vanilla and woods!

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    I used to layer Gucci Rush with Sui Dreams all the time when I had them both. Lots of compliments.

    I've also "layered" Mitsouko over Peach Bellini body lotion. Together they're very fizzy.

    I always layer Poivre Piquant with Safron Troublant and its 1:2 PV to ST. Excellent combo.

    I often layer Kenzo Flower over Flower Le Parfum. I don't really like Flower LP on its own anymore, but together they are nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    It's worth it, you get a creamy sandalwood/cedarwood and vanilla bomb which goes together quite well. Definitely don't overspray as the parfums are actually quite strong.
    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Sounds pretty good.
    Would be interested to know how this works for you
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    This thread got me thinking...

    I tried some of April Aromatics Precious Woods and Papillon's Tobacco Rose on top of each other, both from my non-spray sample vials...

    ...the result is SUPERB!
    I getting wafts of rose and sandalwood/cedar wood/Vetiver. It's not cloying at all and smells luscious!
    Currently wearing: No. 88 by Czech & Speake

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    Glad to see more love for layering. Rum's Diptique and Kotori's L'Artisan combo sound right up my alley.

    I have gotten some compliments when I layered Aedes de Venustas and Mure et Musc together ( one next to the other, not on top of each other).




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