Hi there Posse, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies here with some fond reminiscences and fragrant life surprises. Back in the 1980’s my Mum and her friends were introduced to the idea of layering scent. Back then it was important to be hefty scent wearers and having your fragrance, gasp, fade away was like running nude through the local mall carpark screaming “I’m poor, I’m poor!” at least that was how it seemed t o extremely impressionable teen me by the way it was talked about. Many of them discovered and lived by the rule of fragrant layering for extra length of scent wear. They would use the soap/gel wash in the shower, body lotion and an EdT over that and then just as they left to go out a parfum dabbed back of neck at hairline and behind elbows. This was routine for them,
LAYERING! Amouage, Guerlain, Kiehl’s, Korres, L’Artisan, Paris Hilton
So with that in mind it’s no surprise that I too love to layer stuff. My way is a bit different though because I rarely have complete sets of stuff so I have to mix and match. Here is a short list of some of the better outcomes I have with Guerlain’s Shalimar and L’Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse.
Layering Shalimar by Guerlain
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I never really need to buy Shalimar flankers because I have my own different versions of it through my pre spritz choices. I have often worn Shalimar after washing and moisturising with Korres Japanese Rose bath gel and body lotion. It creates an glorious rosy patina across Shalimar, bringing to the front spicy, fruity rose notes that are not usually so prominent. It’s a fun and different way to wear the same scent. Bath & Unwind has Korres Japanese Rose Body Milk 200ml/$22
Similarly I have an Amouage Gold body lotion. It’s an excellent fragrance all by itself but the other day without thinking I spritzed Shalimar (recent but not current EdP) over the top and it is absolutely sublime. The skank of Gold lifts and dirties Shalimar, it increases the incense value and overall gives a very modern twist to my favourite fragrance. The pair also help to make my fragrance last all day. If you want to feel like Queen Of The World, this could be your ticket. I love that the Amouage Body Lotions are far more reasonable priced that the fragrances around $85/300ml at Beauty Encounter
Layering Nuit de Tubereuse by L’Artisan Parfumeur
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One of things I love about L’Artisan is that they rarely last more than 4 hours. It means I can wear something in the morning and be ready for a change by the time I’ve had some lunch. There are times though when I need to keep fragrant beyond the regular 4 hours, if I’m working or going out with mates I don’t want to have to respritz through the night or carry a precious bottle in my bag or car, BORING!!
So I have two particular favourite body lotions that I love layering with Nuit de Tubereuse, for a dirtier, sexier tuberose that smells like it’s been madly and passionately made love to by a hefty musclebound tradesman after a long day at work then I use Kiehl’s Original Musk lotion underneath it. It’s still a beautiful fruity tuberose/jasmine fragrance but the amber is now joined by much stronger musk which creates an unusual and lovely depth. Keihl’s has Original Musk lotion $32/250ml
The other lotion I use under Nuit de Tubereuse is Paris Hilton’s Fairy Dust. In this instance the fruity white flowers of both work together in perfect harmony, as the Fairy Dust is a little skankier than Nuit de Tubereuse you’ll find it fuller, rounder and more of an alpha female/male fragrance. Instead of being a pretty wallflower Nuit de Tubereuse becomes a beautiful stand out glamour girl. Lasting power more than doubled so make sure you want to smell like this till your next shower. It is a sensational dry down too with Fairy Dust lotion adding a dose of patchouli that works really well. You can grab Paris Hilton’s Fairy Dust lotion $4/100ml from FragranceNet. It doesn’t get much more affordable than that.
Nuit de Tuereuse and Shalimar samples are both available from Surrender To Chance
So tell me about your non matching layering surprises please? I love to read new and improved frag wearing ways.
Anyone caught in the deep freeze, good luck. I hope you are all OK.