The art of layering perfumes to create a unique scent

21 August, 2023 / words by IALH Editorial Team

Written by Eudora Nwasike

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If you want to take your scent game up a notch, especially for special occasions, layering your fragrance is what you need to be doing. Fragrance layering is the art of combining two scents to create a unique scent. These are some of my favourite luxurious and affordable layering combinations that will make you the centre of attention.

Fragrance layering tip: Spray the fragrance with the stronger and denser notes first to create a long-lasting base, then spray the lighter one on top.


For her

Initio Side Effect layered with Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir

This is a dynamic duo that exudes an alluring and enchanting aura. The fusion of a dark, smoky blend combined with a rich, creamy warm amber will make you the best-smelling person in the room.

Initio Parfums Prives

Side Effect Eau de Parfume

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Grand Soir Eau De Parfum

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Matiere Premiere Radical Rose layered with Armani Ambre Eccentrico

A sensuous spicy rose with a touch of dark woods intertwined with a delicious amber that features notes of plum, dried fruits, cinnamon will have you leaving the most astonishing scent trail. Main character energy certified!

Matiere Premiere

Radical Rose Eau de Parfum

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Ambre Eccentrico eau de parfum

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Franck Olivier Oud Vanille layered with Valentino Donna Born in Roma

An intoxicating wonderment of a smoky woody rose with a strong blend of vanilla complimented by sweet, fruity, and floral notes of blackcurrant, jasmine, and bourbon vanilla. This layering combination is perfect for the Huns that love floral fragrances with an added warmth and coziness in the dry-down.

Franck Olivier

Oud Vanille Eau de Parfum

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Born in Roma Donna Eau de Parfum

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Jimmy Choo I want Choo Forever layered with Kayali Vanilla 28

Picture this! You’re wearing a halter-neck low back dress with a high slit in the front. To finish off the look, you spray a sultry juicy cherry married with delicious almonds, rose and an overdose of vanilla. That is a tantalising olfactive experience for you!

Jimmy Choo

I Want Choo Forever Eau De Parfum

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Vanilla 28

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For him

Parfums de Marly Layton Exlusif layered with Xerjoff Alexandria II

On their own, these scents have wonderful compositions but together?  They are a force to be reckoned with.  Coffee, woods, vanilla, and almond mingling with an audacious oud. A loud, proud, and suave combination that is perfect for the assertive man.

Parfums de Marly

Layton Exclusif eau de parfum

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Alexandria II Eau de Parfum

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Nishane Tero layered with Roja Parfums Manhattan 

A spicy gourmand with notes of caramel, black pepper, cinnamon, and amber meets a sparkly creamy cherry-like tobacco. Wear these two together and someone might just fall in love with you.


Tero Extrait de Parfum 

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Roja Parfums


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Franck Olivier Oud Touch layered with Armani Stronger with You Intensely

Oud touch is a powerhouse oud/rose combo but the addition of spices, vanilla, and sweet toffee from Stronger With You makes this blend irresistible. This is what you want to wear during colder months, to fully experience how all the notes unravel to indulge your senses.

Franck Olivier

Oud Touch

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Stronger With You Intensely Eau de Parfum

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Bentley For Men Intense layered with Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum

You may not have broken the bank to smell good but layering these perfumes together will make people think you did. Rum, leather, and hot spices collide with fresh and aromatic notes of apple, bergamot, juniper berries that contrasts beautifully with warm woods, befitting for any special occasion!


For Men Intense

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Yves Saint Laurent 

Y Eau de Parfum

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IALH Editorial Team


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