My Guide to Layering Perfume

If you’re a regular reader of WhatLauraLoves, you’ll know two things; one, I am obsessed with perfume and two, I love to layer my fragrance.  I guess you could say that layering my perfume is a bit of a ritual for me, especially if I’m going to be out all day or attending an important event as I want my perfume to last for as long as possible.  Today, I am going to share with you my guide to layering fragrance.

My current perfume collection- if you’d like to see a post on it, let me know in the comments

So, what is fragrance layering you might ask?

Its the process of layering different products with the same scent onto the skin and it fits right into your getting ready routine.  The result is that it makes your perfume have more impact and more importantly, it makes the scent last much longer than simply using one of the products, or the perfume itself, alone.

Layering your perfume is something that you can do on a daily basis or you could save it for a special occasion like I did on my wedding day.  I would really recommend it for days where you’re going somewhere special with lots of people.  Even when you’re off to a festival like Glastonbury, layering your perfume is a good idea because its going to help you to smell and feel fresh.

If you’re wondering how to layer your perfume, its simple and now I’ll show you how using the Carolina Herrera 212 VIP perfume as an example.

It all starts in the shower.

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Bath and Shower Gel

Whether you prefer to have a bath or shower, using a bubble bath or shower gel in the same scent as your perfume is a great place to start.  Perfumed shower gels tend to leave a subtle hint of the scent on your skin which is the perfect base to layer more of the scent on top of.

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Body Lotion

Next move onto moisturising your skin.  This should generally be an essential step anyway but when layering fragrance, it is an opportunity to use a perfumed body lotion or cream which will not only soften your skin but add another layer of the scent to intensify it.

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Deodorant

Now you can add in optional extras like the deodorant version of your perfume, like this one from Click Fragrance or the hair mist variety or, if you’re a man, now is the perfect time to opt for an aftershave balm in your favourite fragrance.

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP EDP Spray

Finally, finish up with a spritz of your perfume.  Where possible, try to look of for the eau de parfum version if it is available as this type of scent always lasts longer than an eau de toilette but by layering the perfume in this way, it will last all day regardless.

Don’t worry if you feel as though there are lots of steps here- they’re very much interchangeable.  For those times when you’re not showering before you’re going out or if you don’t have a shower gel in the same scent as your perfume, simply skip the shower gel step and have a perfumed body lotion and eau de parfum on hand which will do the job just as well.

A quick and simple way to get into fragrance layering is with a gift set.  They’re not just for Christmas, you can buy them all year round and they often work out much more cost effective than buying the items separately.  They usually come with at least a body lotion and a perfume like this cheap Carolina Herrera perfume gift set but you can get them with the perfume, body lotion and a shower cream too like this cheap Beyoncé Pulse gift set.

Aside from layering products of the same scent,  you can also layer complimentary fragrances to create your own unique scent.  There are lots of different perfumes are great for this and I explained all about my experience of combining two different fragrances in this post, however you can actually do this with any perfume, you just need to look out for perfumes with similar or complimentary notes.  Its a great way to create your own signature scent.

What is your signature scent?  Do you like to layer your fragrance?

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  1. Jessie-Ann Lewis
    June 26, 2014 / 7:53 am

    Great ideas 🙂 like you I am obsessed with perfumes!

  2. Anonymous
    June 26, 2014 / 9:29 am

    I love your perfume posts, our taste is so similar. I also have molecule and Gucci Guilty and have not long finished Flowerbomb, Nicki Minaj and Bronze Godess. Want to try the Jo Malone fragrances as I am sure I will love them.

  3. Anonymous
    June 26, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    Would love to see a perfume collection post! 🙂 I don't have any Jo Malones but I've heard wonderful things about them!

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