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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

What is the right way to layer on a fragrance? 

Chanel’s fragrance expert suggests to firstly use the scented bath line to cleanse the skin. Next, apply the scented body lotion or body cream or body oil depending on how much hydration your skin needs, and also taking into account the type of body moisturiser you prefer. “When your skin is cleansed and hydrated, it is well-prepped for perfume,” she says. “By layering it on this way, your scent is bound to your skin with moisture and is also subtly transferred to the clothes you wear, allowing it to move and diffuse throughout the day.”

Are there any new ways to layer on fragrances?

Besides the usual bath and body perfumed products, both Dior and Chanel have scented hair mists or hair perfumes as well as scented hand creams to compliment a selection of its fragrance lines. These are also wonderful ways to make your fragrance more “mobile” as the scent drifts as your hair and hands move.

Is fragrance layering only to make a scent last longer? What other benefits are there?

The gesture of fragrance layering enables the scent to become a part of your skin instead of just sitting on top of it, according to Chanel’s fragrance expert.  It also serves to enhance the notes of the compositions, making the notes more clear and precise. What’s more scented bath soaps can also be used to scent your wardrobe and drawers.

Dior’s training manager adds that as fragrances smell different on different people, layering will help to reinforce the true notes of the fragrance that you’re applying. Also, most perfume body products have the added benefit of hydration for your skin, which also help to effectively lock in your scents. Afterall Christian Dior once said “long after one has forgotten what a woman wore, the memory of her perfume lingers.”