Scent Layering 101: How To Create Your Signature

Scent Layering 101: How To Create Your Signature

Finding the perfect signature scent is a right of passage for the modern woman. The idea that someone would smell a wonderful aroma and immediately think of you is too good an opportunity to pass up. But finding the fragrance that represents you is easier said than done. 

Perhaps you’ve had a signature scent for years, but it no longer suits your stage of life, or maybe it’s become popular, and you’re tired of smelling it everywhere you go. Whether it’s time to take a fresh look at your signature fragrance, or you still haven’t found “the one”, scent layering may be the answer. 

What Is Scent Layering?

Scent layering is the process of taking two different fragrances and layering them to create something new. The concept has been around for years, but the popularity of this method for tailoring a signature scent is growing.  

Importantly, layering doesn’t necessitate wearing multiple perfumes; you can use any scented product. One of the most common options is to apply a body lotion before spraying your fragrance of choice, the notes blending into a unique aroma. Even your bath and shower gel can influence the scent, impacting the overall bouquet that pulls through. 

How To Choose Your Dominant Fragrance

When creating a signature layered scent, the best place to start is with a “close but no cigar” fragrance that you enjoy but isn’t quite right. It’s much easier to complement something already in your collection than to start from scratch. And, let’s face it, we all have a perfume in our vanity that we wish was a little less floral or a little more something

Once you’ve selected your fragrance, it’s time to deep dive into what notes go into its creation. The Fragrantica website is a great place to start, as it contains nearly every perfume known to man and gives a breakdown of the top, middle and base notes. Identifying what you can smell helps you pinpoint what you do and don’t like, which you can then use to choose a complementing layer.  

How To Choose Your Complementary Layer

Now that you have your dominant fragrance, it’s time to find the perfect addition, something that elevates your scent from satisfactory to signature. There are two ways you can approach this, depending on how you feel about the perfume you’re working with. You can either amplify what you already love about it or add something you think is missing. 

Amplify Existing Scents

Once you’ve researched the scent profile of your favourite fragrance, it’s easy to intensify the notes you like the most or wish were more prominent. If you’ve always wished Black Opium leant more into its almond note or felt that the peony gets lost in Miss Dior, you have the power to finetune it to your liking. Look for a body lotion, shower gel or fragrance with the notes you want more of and layer them to perfection.

Add Something New

For a unique signature scent, go wild and add notes not found in your go-to perfume to create a totally new scent profile. This option is also ideal for helping a perfume transition through seasons, as you can add brighter or warmer notes to make it more appropriate. Layer with lemon and bergamot to add freshness or with spicier notes for winter. You might even choose to layer a men’s fragrance with an overly floral perfume to help create more balance.

Above all, layering fragrances is an art, not a science. Explore the scents that most appeal to you and experiment until you discover your perfect signature scent. 

Beauty For The Eco-Conscious

Beauty For The Eco-Conscious

Being an eco-savvy shopper in 2022 is easier than ever before, but that’s not to say it’s a walk in the park. We all know we should be shopping consciously, aiming to reduce our waste and our contribution to landfill. But with every other brand claiming to have eco-credentials, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. 

If you’re a lover of beauty products and want to make sure your money is supporting brands that align with your values, it pays to do your research. From the origin of ingredients to the manufacturing conditions, many brands have weak links in the chain. If you’re looking to make more sustainable purchasing decisions this year, here are a few things to consider…

Quality Over Quantity

When you love all things beauty, it can be easy to get carried away, filling your basket with lots of things you don’t need. A great way to be more eco-conscious in this regard is to get your sampling fix when you’re visiting pharmacies and department stores, and save your money to purchase fewer, higher-quality products. 

A great example of this is the best-selling Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Rich Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Spray. Vegan friendly and with 98.1% natural origin ingredients, its eco-credentials are just as impressive as its versatility. The spray can be used on your hair, face or body to provide light-weight moisture making it a great value all-rounder that you’re sure to get plenty of use from.

Choose Eco-Friendly Packaging

One of the simplest changes you can make to how you shop is to make sustainable packaging an element of your purchasing decisions. By choosing easily recyclable packaging, be it cardboard, paper, glass or curbside plastics, you reduce your contribution to landfill. 

A growing number of beauty brands now use recyclable packaging, so there’s no reason to support those that aren’t making it a priority. Look for the three green arrows going in a triangle for confirmation that an item can be recycled. And for bonus points, check if there is a number in the middle of the symbol, this signifies how much of it has been made from recycled materials. 

Natural Ingredients

As well as choosing planet-friendly packaging, it’s worthwhile considering the ingredients that go into your favourite skin and beauty products. Natural, fair-trade and organic ingredients are the creme de la creme, not just for the environment but for your skin too. 

Moisturisers and cleansers from high-street brands frequently contain synthetic drying agents, one of the main ones being sodium lauryl sulphate. These cheap synthetic additives have the potential to irritate the skin, clog pores, and cause redness. Organic and natural skincare avoid these harmful ingredients, making them less prone to leave your skin feeling tight, dry and irritated.

Shop the Vegan, Cruelty-Free and Organic ranges and find a new favourite.

Support Great Brands

The skincare and beauty industry is a competitive market, so show eco-friendly brands the love by supporting them with your purchases. Along with buying from brands that are in line with your values, there are plenty of other ways you can support them too. 

Brand awareness is a massive focus in the world of marketing, so tell your friends all about the products you love and give them a shout-out on social media. Makeup and skincare products go viral on social media platforms every day, and by helping to increase awareness of great brands, you can support a good cause without spending a penny.  

Ready to discover new eco-conscious brands you’re sure to love? Explore The Organic Pharmacy, Nuxe, REN Clean Skincare, Biolage and more.

Festival Faves: Beauty Headliners & Support Acts

Festival Faves: Beauty Headliners & Support Acts

It’s festival season ladies, time to embrace your inner wild child, dress to impress and party like you mean it. With not a cloud in the sky, the festival forecast predicts plenty of sunshine and good vibrations – so get out there and blow off those cobwebs. 

But why should the musos get all the fun? We’re having a festival of our own, and you’re invited. With a few heavyweight headliners and newly discovered supporting acts we think you’ll love, there’s something for everyone at BeautyFest ‘22. Take a look at what names have made the lineup.  

Scentsational Supporting Acts 

Headliners are great, but nothing compares to seeing an upcoming act before they make it big. These up and comers might be new on the scene, but they’re sure to become favourites.

Coach Wild Rose

A fragrance for the free-spirited, Wild Rose is the newest release from Coach. Inspired by prairie floral prints, Coach Wild Rose is a delicate feminine scent with a fruity pop of sparkling redcurrant and citrus, a floral heart of rose and jasmine sambac and a meadow-like base of moss and Ambroxan.

Boss Alive For Her Intense

The diva of supporting acts, Boss Alive For Her Intense is a daring fragrance for those who are unapologetically the BOSS. With just three notes, this scent won’t leave you reading between the lines. Raspberry brings the energy; vetiver, the confidence; and benzoin leaves them wanting more. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Le Parfum

Meet this year’s biggest heartthrob, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Le Parfum. An exotic temptation of the senses, it’s one you won’t soon forget. Enjoy the juicy, spicy opening courtesy of ginger, pineapple and coconut, and the masculine base of tonka, sandalwood and ambergris.

Skincare Stage: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream

From over on the Skincare Stage, don’t miss the ultimate supporting act, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream. A lightweight gel-cream that combines makeup, skincare and SPF into one step, the oil-free formula dramatically improves hydration, is SPF30 rated and comes in 20 natural shades. Now that’s a triple threat. 

The Headliners 

The moment you’ve been waiting for, this year’s BeautyFest headliners. The Kings and Queens of the season, these fragrance and beauty giants are taking the world by storm. If you haven’t experienced them for yourself, you don’t know what you’re missing, so here’s a sneak peek of what to expect.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Skies

Taking inspiration from a clear summer sky reflected on a crystal blue sea, Marc Jacobs Daisy Skies is a fresh floral fragrance with a burst of aquatic freshness. A “sky” scent, it’s light and versatile, the perfect accompaniment for bright days, but with a scent profile that is anything but boring.  

The fragrance opens with refreshing quince, violet and mineral notes before the floral notes of lotus, violet and jasmine take centre stage. At the base, seaweed, musk and sandalwood combine to create a slightly salty, yet clean and warming aroma you’ll be drawn to time and time again. An absolute show stopper. 

Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Infrared

He’s the bad boy of the stage, taking seduction to the next level. It can only be Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Infrared. Fiery, spicy and ultra hot in every way possible, this fragrance isn’t for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s strictly reserved for those who can stand the heat.

Starting slow with notes of juicy berries, this scent quickly spices up with a burst of red hot chilli peppers and cinnamon. The base of benzoin and tobacco set an unmistakably masculine undertone that is sure to separate the men from the boys.

Skincare Stage: Dermalogica Age Smart™ Dynamic Skin Recovery Serum

In such a huge industry, for a skincare product to get headliner status is no small feat. But Dermalogica Age Smart™ Dynamic Skin Recovery Serum is no ordinary skincare product. 

A Dermalogica best-seller, this medium-weight anti-aging serum has a deeply hydrating formula that protects skin from free radicals and ageing. With SPF50 defence and antioxidant-rich ingredients including white tea, the serum neutralises free radicals and encourages collagen production. Incorporate this into your daily skincare routine and you won’t regret it. 

With such a great line-up of outstanding performers, it’s easy to see why festival season is the best time of year. Explore more ladies fragrances and best-selling skincare, then get out there and make some memories. Plus, don’t forget to visit our Festival Faves site edit.

Marc Jacobs Decadence Makes Her Return

Marc Jacobs Decadence Makes Her Return

It’s back and exclusive to Fragrance Direct!* Finally it can be yours again. It’s been missing from your life (and shelves) but now its back. Marc Jacobs Decadence has officially made her return. If this was one of your all-time favourite scents, don’t miss out.

Marc Jacobs Decadence is a sensual, luxurious, woody fragrance, embodying the spirit of irreverent glamour. An invitation to indulge, Decadence elevates the spirit of Marc Jacobs Fragrances to a new level of luxury.

The ultimate statement maker, Decadence is designed as a clever nod to Marc Jacobs fashion aesthetic. A decadently feminine bottle inspired by Marc’s classic handbag shape. The cap features a gold chain and deep green python print. A black tassel hangs from the chain on the caps. Magnets secure the cap to the green bottle so that the entire package can be carried by the chain.

Fragrance Notes

The Sultry Top Note

A succulent opening with Italian plum and the glamour of iris flower, edged with the temptation of saffron.

The Luxurious Heart

Intoxication blooms with Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac and orris, creating an opulent extravagance.

The Indulgent Dry-down

Sumptuous sensuality glows with liquid amber, vetiver, and papyrus woods for a lavishness that lingers on.

The original Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP 100ml is available exclusively to Fragrance Direct*
Stocks are limited – don’t miss out!
GET IT. IF YOU CAN.

*and sister company allbeauty.com

The Graduation Gift Edit

The Graduation Gift Edit

Endless parties, late-night cramming sessions and packet noodles may be the stereotypical university experience, but we all know that students have had a rough time over the last few years. The abrupt shift to distance learning brought with it a fair share of ups and downs, but the Class of ‘22 took it all in their stride and are set to graduate in a few short weeks. 

Whether you’re celebrating the graduation of yourself or someone you love, make sure to do it right. Take a look at this collection of stand-out gifts to say an epic well done to someone who thoroughly deserves it. 

Graduation Gifts For Her

Whether she’s heading into her first full-time role or is taking a break to enjoy summer and make memories with her friends, fragrance makes the perfect graduation gift. Light and feminine, bold and fearless, or a combination of the two, it’s all about finding the right scent to suit her personality. Browse a few of the best-sellers she’s sure to love. 

Marc Jacobs Daisy

The first in the exceedingly popular line of Daisy fragrances, Marc Jacobs Daisy is a quintessentially bright and youthful perfume. With a clean cotton scent that boasts a touch of strawberry and hint of vanilla, it’s an easy-to-wear fragrance that can be worn to interviews or brunch with friends. 

And, in a huge 200ml size, this show-stopping bottle makes clear that this is no everyday gift. 

YSL Black Opium 

A timeless classic, YSL Opium has been a sultry signature scent since the seventies. Today the more modern, Black Opium, entices the senses and has something for everyone, with new flankers being released annually. 

Treat her to the newest edition, Black Opium Illicit Green or a large 150ml size bottle of the original Black Opium.  

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle

A classic scent that perfectly embodies the elegance of womanhood, Lancôme La Vie Est Belle is a symbolic fragrance to mark the transition from studenthood. With an ethos of enjoying the little things in life, this perfume draws its name from the French motto, “Life is Beautiful”.

Equal parts delicate floral and juicy gourmand, she’ll reach for this versatile fragrance for both work and pleasure.  

Graduation Gifts For Him

Notoriously difficult to buy for, young men can often be missed when it comes to gift-giving. But, with this lineup of signature scents, finding the perfect present has never been easier. Browse our top picks and choose something that he’ll appreciate in the next phase of his life.

Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb

A luxurious fragrance that is renowned for its spicy masculine scent, Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb makes a great gift for a man coming up in the world. Fiery paprika, pepper and cinnamon give this fragrance its spicy kick, while more traditional notes of leather, vetiver and bergamot ground place it firmly in the high-end fragrance category. 

A classic that he’ll thank you for in years to come. 

BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum

One of the newest men’s fragrances from HUGO BOSS, BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum is a versatile scent he can wear to the office with confidence. With bright notes including apple, cardamom, chestnut and musk, this is light parfum that will be universally appreciated by men and women alike. 

Ralph’s Club

Smart, suave and fresh, Ralph’s Club is a deceptively simple aromatic fragrance that uses its four signature notes to great effect. Lavender and clary sage offer a subtle combination of herbal and floral aromas, which, when paired with vetiver and cedar create a crisp, clean scent.  

Available in both 50ml and 100ml sizes. 

Celebrate the Class of ‘22 in style, with thoughtful fragrances for every taste. 

Your Guide To Gifting A Cancer Sun

Your Guide To Gifting A Cancer Sun

The most instinctively caring of the zodiac signs, Cancers always put their needs aside to care for those around them. So, if you know someone celebrating a birthday from June 21st through July 22nd, return the favour by treating them to a thoughtful gift they’re sure to love. 

Ruled by the moon, Cancers are most comfortable at home and love to entertain. They also have an intuitive sense of style, appreciating the finer things in life. When choosing a gift, remember that crab signs prefer quality over quantity. Not sure where to start? Here are a few suggestions to delight anyone born under the Cancer Sun.

Keep It Sentimental

As the nurturing ones of the zodiac, Cancers are big softies when it comes to gifts, so something sentimental will always be a winner. Scent plays a significant role in memories, which is why perfume makes an ideal gift for this star sign. 

Choose a fragrance you know they associate with a particular time in their life, or pick something new that will serve as the backdrop for creating new memories. Use the Frangrance Finder tool to help narrow your options and find the perfect scent. 

Remember also that style and aesthetics greatly appeal to crab signs, so they will appreciate a beautiful perfume bottle almost as much as the fragrance itself. 

Explore a full range of best-selling women’s perfumes.

Make Things Cosy

If there’s one thing you can be sure of, a gift for the home will always go down a treat with Cancer star signs. Like a crab and its shell, a Cancer’s home reflects their personality and tastes, down to the candles on the mantle. 

And, as luck would have it, a candle makes the ideal gift for a Cancer birthday, with one thing of note – the cosier, the better. Yes, gifts for the home are ideal for these homebodies, but being very particular about the way their home looks and feels, candles are a safer alternative to decor that might not hit the mark. Look for brands renowned for their atmospheric qualities, such as WoodWick or Yankee Candle.

WoodWick candles, in particular, have a unique wick that replicates the sound and flicker of a fireplace, upping the cosiness ante. If she has a sweet tooth, consider the WoodWick Café Sweets Ellipse Trilogy Candle, which has three layers of scent, vanilla bean, caramel and biscotti – a feast for the senses. 

Promote Self Care

As the nurturing one of the bunch, Cancers can be guilty of not taking time for themselves to rest and recharge. Acknowledging all that they do, paired with a gift that encourages them to put themself first for a change, is a winning combination. 

When it comes to bath and body gifts, there’s no end of options to choose from, so it can help to have an idea of what you’re looking for before you start browsing. Remember that style and substance are equally important to Cancer signs, so one luxurious item will be better received than a handful of cheaper items. 

Explore a range of bath and body gift sets, or opt for the personal touch by piecing together a pamper box of hand-chosen products.   

Gift Good Vibes

It’s not just their physical environment that Cancers pay attention to; it’s the overall atmosphere and spiritual energy of their home too. In fact, those born under the sign of the crab can be particularly sensitive to negative energy. While a bundle of sage for “smudging” would have made an ideal gift a few hundred years ago, today, we’ve got a few more low-key options to choose from.

Combining the benefits of fragrance and self-care, aromatherapy can lift the mood and elevate the atmosphere of a room. The Yankee Candle Sleep Diffuser is a great example of this, gently release a relaxing fragrance into your room. And, when it’s time to mix things up, try a scented cartridge in a different scent profile, like Starry Slumber with jasmine, sweet florals, and warm sandalwood notes.

And of course, whatever gift you choose for the Cancer sign in your life, don’t forget to appeal to their sentimental side with a thoughtful card reminding them of all the reasons you love them. With these tips, you’ll make this birthday one to remember.