There are no hard and fast ‘rules’ to fragrance mixing, matching and layering, so we encourage you to be as experimental as you like.
However, a good tip to bear in mind is that if things smell good together in life, they will likely smell good on you. For example, try combining ‘Fireplace’ and ‘Marshmallow’ to conjure a cosy evening spent toasting marshmallows in front of a roaring log fire. Or, combining ‘Dirt’ with almost any scent that represents something that grows from the ground!
Things to Bear in Mind
Remember to write down the combinations you try out and how many sprays you applied of each; there’s nothing worse than getting a great result and not being able to create it again.
If you’d prefer not to experiment on yourself straight away, spray each scent on a perfume strip or a tissue (ideally labelled so you don’t forget which is which). Hold the strips or tissues together to sniff a first impression of what the combination might smell like on you.
The order in which you apply different fragrances can make a difference to the end result. It’s usually best to apply heavier, stronger scents first and apply lighter, fresher scents on top of these, to avoid the lighter notes being ‘drowned out’ by the heavier. If you find that this is happening with your favourite combinations, try spraying the difference scents on different parts of you and your clothes, rather than directly on top of one another.
Remember that every individual has differing opinions about scents that they like and dislike, so don’t worry about what other people will think of your efforts; all that matters is that you like it (and if others compliment you on it, all the better!).
If you would like some help to get started, please feel welcome to email our resident layering expert, firstname.lastname@example.org, for a free and non-obligation e-consultation to design a bespoke blend of our colognes, that is perfectly tailored to your unique preferences.