“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.