Whether you’re searching for the right festive gift for a particularly picky loved one or simply in the mood to freshen up your own signature scent, there’s a rather fabulous beauty hack that all fragrance fanatics have been keeping, quite literally, up their sleeves. Enter: fragrance layering.
Unfamiliar with the concept? Put simply: fragrance layering is the art of combining two or more different perfumes on top of one another to create an entirely new smell in personal olfactive form. Imagine them if you will, as invisible pieces of clothing, layered on top of each other as you would with any outfit. Ultimately, it's an outlet for perfume lovers to get creative in pursuit of the perfect combination(s).
Wearing more than one perfume at a time might seem a bit much. But, when done correctly it is in fact an ingenious way to achieve your own bespoke scent – without spending thousands of dirhams on a personal perfumer. While there are no rules set in stone, a good first step is to take a perfume with a strong base that you love and test out a contrasting scent on top of it and see how it sits throughout the day. Avoid making a cloud of similar smells by choosing different notes and mixing fragrances from different families because that's when it starts to get a bit overkill.
Luckily, instead of gifting someone with unique taste (or, ahem, yourself) a few random bottles of perfume, there are many brands that already have fragrance layering in their DNA.
KAYALI COLLECTION | 01 by KAYALI Dhs450 per 100ml at Sephora
Jo Malone is the scent-fusing pioneer offering fragrance consultations and the opportunity experiment with a seemingly endless number of combinations, from English Pear & Freesia to their lauded Pomegranate Noir.
Meanwhile, Huda beauty’s recently launched perfume line, KAYALI is inspired by the rich heritage and glamourous sophistication of the Middle East. The collection’s signature scent Elixir acts as a light and refreshing foundation to three different variants that are created by fusing the accompanying Vanilla, Musk and Citrus scents.
Science enthusiasts will revel in the discovery of cult fragrance label, Escentric Molecules. Exploring the art and chemistry of binary pairings (titled Escentric and Molecule) that focus on a speciﬁc aromachemical, this collection is fragrance in its purest form. Every Molecule scent has a corresponding Escentric; Molecule is made with just a single ingredient, while the Escentric refracts the aromachemical through a prism of notes.
Spiceair Eau de Parfum by Hermetica, Dhs742 at Ounass
Hermetica provides a similar concept with four different collections of alcohol-free molecular fragrances inspired by the ancient practice of alchemy, AKA transforming basic metals into precious materials to find the ultimate elixir of life. The beauty of these fragrances is that they rely on the chemical connection between the molecules within the fragrance and one’s skin. So, whether they’re worn singularly or layered, the scent will be slightly different depending on the wearer.
All the fragrant fun doesn’t have to stop at perfume. Scent connoisseurs Diptyque’s L’Ombre set includes the brand’s beloved Baies candle, to be burned and enjoyed during application of the oh-so romantic L’Ombre dans l’Eau shower oil and fragrance for an ultra-dreamy sensory journey.
L’Ombre dans l’Eau gift set by Diptyque, Dhs170 at Diptyque, Dubai Mall
Ultimately, fragrance layering is all about finding scent combinations that you love, so don't be afraid to experiment and try different combinations of your favourites. It’s a hit-or-miss process but, even if you gift a duo that doesn't go perfectly together, at least they'll have two lovely new perfumes to choose from.
Spitz and spray to your hearts content, because when you find ‘the one’ you'll never go back to a single fragrance again.