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Here's How To Layer Your Fragrances The Right Way

We ask two luxury fragrance houses to let us in on the proper way to scent yourself and make it last

Coco Chanel once famously declared that “a woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” So if you want to heed the advice of the famous founder and namesake of the ever popular luxury French brand, you best never forget to spritz on your signature scent.

Unfortunately, the reality is that fragrances fade. Especially in ever-sunny Singapore where the heat and humidity can make a sweaty, less than sweet-smelling mess of even the best of us, the perfumes we spritz on with the best intentions never seem to be able to take us through the day without fading to obscurity.

What’s a girl (or guy) to do then? Well, your best bet to smell fresh throughout the day just might be the art of fragrance layering. And for the lowdown on stacking your scents, as well as expert tips and how-tos, we consulted the fragrance expert from Chanel as well as the training manager of Parfums Christian Dior.

What is fragrance layering?

Fragrance layering is a technique to prolong a fragrance’s scent by applying fragrance ancillaries such as body lotion, body mist, body crème and body oil says Dior’s training manager.

Practicing the art of layering your fragrance also helps to helps to intensify the trail of your chosen scent, according to Chanel’s fragrance expert.

Do you need to use products from the same brand and fragrance line for layering?

“As many Chanel fragrances are complex compositions, we recommend to layer within the same fragrance range to enhance the beauty of its composition,” advised Chanel’s fragrance expert. However, Chanel’s Les Exclusifs Body Cream is a scented moisturising body cream that’s made to be used with any other fragrances for layering.

And according to Dior, it is best to layer with products from the same fragrance range to retain the uniqueness of the scent. But if you really want to experiment, you may choose the perfume ancillaries which contain the same key raw materials or main olfactory notes to avoid clashing scents.