Layer Your Scents with Katie Craig

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Layer your scent using body wash, lotion and body butter, use scents that complement one another by Katie Craig

There are no hard and fast rules on how to layer scents and aromas it is a very personal and individual choice. The scent that you create for you may smell entirely different on someone else. Layering allows you to create something unique for you that captures your personality, your signature scent.

Scents have powerful associations and are important in our lives. Our sense of smell can invoke the senses bringing back memories, it might be a scent in the garden that makes us think of a lovely walk or a holiday we once had, it could be a perfume perhaps worn on a wedding day or your childs first birthday.

How it works

A fragrance is made up of multiple notes, notes are the building blocks of scents, top, middle and base notes, this is why the fragrance you wear will change over time, as the different notes express themselves over different timescales.

There are 3 ‘notes’, evaporation starts with the top notes, middle notes and then the base notes.

  • Top notes: these are the notes of the fragrance that first hit you; they are usually light and fresh
  • Middle notes: these are the notes that are the main body of the fragrance, it is from these middle notes comes the scent that lingers on your skin. These notes can be different on each individual as they develop their scent over time. These notes tend to produce soft, ‘warm’ aromas.
  • Base notes: these produce an intense and heavier scent, these notes come to the fore after the top notes have evaporated, it is these notes that cause your scent to develop, these notes provide you with a lasting memory of the fragrance. An example of a base note aroma would be a woody or musk aroma.

How to Layer Scent

You can layer your scent by using fragrance sprays or by using scented products such as shower gel, body lotion, body butter and even shampoo and conditioners.

Katie Craig body products are made to be used together, each of the washes, lotions, body butters and soaps will complement each other, using a Rosemary & Mandarin Body Wash followed by a Lavender & Orange lotion, will mean that your aroma will initially be citrus and zesty, as the scent develops you find notes of Lavender and Rosemary with base notes of Ylang Ylang.

Start to layer fragrances, by combining two scents that have common notes. You will need to experiment to find out what suits you. You can but you don’t need to spray them onto each other, you may want to spray one on your wrist and one on your neck.

The one thing to ensure is that you spray the fragrance heavy in base notes under the fragrance heavy in top notes.

A vanilla, musk, citrus mix is a good example of layering, think of the vanilla as soft and sweet, the musk is spicy and some say sexy, the citrus is light fresh and zesty.

You can layer scent by first using a body wash, followed by the body  lotion and then add your fragrance this will create a much longer lasting scent on your body. Mixing fragrances will create a fragrance that is entirely unique to you.

What to Avoid

This will vary with each individual, scent is a very individual thing, we all react differently to scent, the scent that smells divine on you, may smell terrible on your friend. It all comes back to how the aroma notes react with our skin. So it will come down to experimenting to find the scent that is YOU.

We wouldn’t recommend layering two very heavy scents, i.e. two musk heavy scents, this could be overpowering for both you and those around you. When layering fragrances, the one thing to avoid is scents that clash with each other.

This doesn’t mean that you cannot wear different scents; but you will find that by wearing scents that complement each other you create your own even more gorgeous scent, a scent that becomes unique to you.

Katie Craig body products are made to be used together, each of the washes, lotions, body butters and soaps will complement each other, using a Rosemary & Mandarin Body Wash followed by a Lavender & Orange lotion, will mean that your aroma will initially be citrus and zesty, as the scent develops you find notes of Lavender and Rosemary with base notes of Ylang Ylang.

Enjoy and smell gorgeous.

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