Who doesn’t love to smell nice? Some of us have favourite scents we keep returning to over and over again while others love experimenting with different perfumes to find one – or more – that we think suits us best.
Jason Lee, Founder & CEO of Scent by SIX, says that the primary benefit of multi-purpose perfumed products is the ability to create a personal, signature scent. So, by using different products like perfume oils, hair perfumes and scented body lotions, one can layer various scents to create a unique fragrance that evolves throughout the day. Additionally, these products often contain moisturising and nourishing ingredients that benefit the skin and hair.
“The longevity of a fragrance can be increased by applying the scent to moisturised skin – a perfume balm or body lotion serves well for this,” he explains. “The oils in these products give the fragrance something to ‘hold on to’, making it last longer.”
Perfumer Roja Dove, founder of Roja Parfums, says that multi-purpose perfume products work to enhance the fragrance you wear on your skin: “I created hair perfumes as an extension of some of my fragrances (Elixir, Enigma, 51, Amber Aoud and Taif Aoud) as they enhance the fragrances’ aura, offering another level of luxury and refinement to the ritual of applying fragrance.”
If you want to use more than one scent, Jason advises to avoid very heavy, complex ones when layering as this can often result in a confusing or overpowering fragrance. As a rule of thumb, it’s better to pair a complex base fragrance with simpler, more linear scents to ensure a harmonious blend.
“When layering with products like a hair perfume, shower gel, body lotion, perfume balm or perfume oil, begin with the product that has the lightest scent (often the shower gel), then layer on products with increasingly stronger scents,” he says. “Remember that perfume should be a personal reflection of the wearer, so I encourage experimentation until you find the combination that makes you feel most ‘you’.”
Roja reveals that the secret to making a fragrance last is in the concentration – some 50 per cent will stay on your skin for approximately 24 hours. How you apply fragrance is also important.
“When applying fragrance to your body, put two or three sprays on your wrist. Having a concentrated volume of scent in one place on your body is something you will really feel throughout the day,” he explains.
“We move our arms throughout the day, and it is movement that brings a fragrance to life. Another beautiful place to put scent is the clavicle. As you move your head, you have the beauty of smelling it right under your nose, as do people you greet.”
Also ensure you’re not mixing fragrances that are too different. “I would suggest being mindful of complex fragrances that already have distinctive characters. Layering two fragrances with two different stories to tell could be like listening to Guns N’ Roses and Schubert at the same time,” says Roja.
Here are six products to try out for a beautiful, long-lasting scent.