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“Lay­er­ing is about choos­ing a body wash and lo­tion that will ex­tend your scent through­out the day,” says Franco Wright of Scent Bar. Choose prod­ucts in the same fam­ily. “If you wear a gour­mand scent (some­thing with ed­i­ble notes), choose a gour­mand body lo­tion and wash,” says Franco. Body wash is your foun­da­tion: start with a neu­trals­cented one un­less it matches your fra­grance ex­actly. Then use a lo­tion that matches your per­fume, and spritz as nor­mal. Don’t layer if your scent makes a state­ment on its own. “With Chanel Nº5, you don’t want to over­whelm the dis­tinct smell,” adds Adam East­wood of Scent Bar.

Find your per­fect fra­grance part­ner

To save you time – and money! – here’s our easy in­gre­di­ent guide to find­ing your sig­na­ture notes.


Spicy scents are lively and en­er­getic. Ex­otic notes, such as saf­fron and car­damom, give you an in­stant boost, while cin­na­mon in­vig­o­rates your senses. You’ll find it in Revlon Char­lie Gold Nat­u­ral Spray EDT 50ml (R239).


Woody fra­grances are pow­er­ful, but not loud, and they build up in strength over time. Wood ex­udes con­fi­dence and cre­ates a base for most fra­grances. We adore the ir­re­sistible combination of blond wood and black­cur­rant in Thomas Robert Candy Pocket Per­fume EDP 20ml (R100).


If you’re look­ing for an in­gre­di­ent that’s all about en­durance, musk is it. It evokes longevity and loy­alty, lin­ger­ing long af­ter other notes have dis­si­pated. We love its fem­i­nine qual­ity in Avon Soft Musk EDP 50ml (R200).

TIP! Go for woody or musky scents. The oils in these evap­o­rate slower, which means that the fra­grant notes will linger.

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