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. 

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!

*and sister company

7 Best Summer Perfumes For 2022

7 Best Summer Perfumes For 2022

Summer is the season for letting your hair down and soaking up the sunshine with family and friends. It’s also the ideal time to try out new fragrances, finding that *perfect* signature scent to see you through the season. 

The main reason for swapping out your perfume in summer is because heat and humidity can change your body chemistry, changing the scent of your fave fragrance. You might also find that your perfume wears off quicker, usually due to the combination of sweat and a perfume formulation that hasn’t been designed for high temperatures. 

A well-chosen summer perfume sits on your body like your favourite sundress, perfectly complementing an idyllic day. But, finding that unicorn fragrance usually requires a lot of trial and error. Thankfully, we’ve done the hard part for you.

We’ve filtered through all the most popular scents and new releases to create this curated list of the best summer perfumes for 2022. 

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Intense EDP

If you love the original Daisy fragrance, you’re sure to be smitten with the recently released Daisy Eau So Intense. Bright, clean and sweet, Eau So Intense features the same strawberry, white floral, and musk notes you know and love but leans further into the gourmand genre of fragrances. 

Honey, vanilla and pear bring a rich decadence to an otherwise light summer fragrance. This fruity-floralscent is anything but boring, so get ready for the compliments to start rolling in.

Valentino Born In Roma Coral Fantasy EDP

A fruity fragrance with a deep, musky dry-down, Valentino Born In Roma Coral Fantasy is a feminine summertime fragrance that retains enough sophistication to make it office-friendly. 

Imagine kiwifruit on the beach, and you’ll have an inkling of how Born In Roma Coral Fantasy smells in person. The lighter notes of kiwi, Brazilian orange and rose are balanced by musk, ambrette, muskmallow and cedar. The result is a clean, sweet and well-rounded perfume for long summer days.

Lancome Oui La Vie Est Belle EDP

A brand new release for 2022, Oui La Vie Est Belle is the latest flanker in the popular Lancome range. A fruity, floral gourmand fragrance for women, this is a toned-down version of the original, with notes much better suited to the warmer months.

Iris is the dominant floral in both versions of the fragrance, but while the original was a creamy sweet scent, Oui La Vie is much fresher. In place of praline, vanilla and tonka are raspberry, pear and bergamot – with a touch of pepper – because Lancome knows you like life to be a little spicy.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Skies Edition EDT

Another Marc Jacobs Daisy flanker? Well, it is a summer round-up after all, and the Daisy collection is quintessentially light and breezy. From the same master perfumer who brought you the other fragrances in the range, Daisy Love Skies brings a fresher, more aquatic update.

Boasting the same DNA as the original, the berry notes are joined by slightly more unusual notes in the form of whipped cream and salt. Sure, it might not be a winning flavour combination, but in this scent, it just works. Creamy, fruity with a waft of salty sea breeze, you’ll reach for this beauty all summer long.

MUGLER Alien Goddess EDP

While MUGLER is very open about targeting Gen-Z with their latest fragrance, this one is likely to be a winner with all ages. With powdery white floral notes, the core of this perfume is a traditional, classy, feminine scent. But that’s not where it stops. 

What truly cements MUGLER Alien Goddess in the summer category is the blast of bourbon vanilla, and coconut water that layer over the other notes. Cosy, warm, but unmistakably tropical, it’s like being wrapped in a cashmere shawl after sunset at a beachside cocktail bar – heavenly.

Viktor Rolf Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid EDP

Quickly becoming the darling of the Flowerbomb family, Ruby Orchid is a simple, syrupy vanilla fragrance that’s utterly perfect for summer. While the original very much lived up to its name, the newest addition plays it lighter on the floral notes, concentrating solely on orchid.

Along with the floral heart, you’ll find peach, vine and vanilla bean – a sensual, sweet, sugary combination that will turn heads for all the right reasons. Viktor Rolf Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid also packs a punch, with enough longevity to last morning till night. 

Jimmy Choo I Want Choo EDP

The final fragrance to make our shortlist of the best summer perfumes for 2022, Jimmy Choo I Want Choo is the most floral of the bunch. If you were intrigued by the peach and vanilla notes of Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid but want something a little less sweet, I Want Choo is a match made in heaven. 

In this fragrance, vanilla is the standout note, paired with jasmine and red lily to create a creamy, powdery scent. The top notes of peach and mandarin provide the bright, vibrant twist that makes this perfume effortlessly wearable from Spring through Fall. 

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New Fragrance Launches That Smell Amazing

New Fragrance Launches That Smell Amazing

If you’re a perfume aficionado, you’ll have been eagerly awaiting the release of a new collection of luxury perfumes, eager to try something fresh and exciting. Well, you’ll have to agree it’s been worth the wait when you cast your eye over this line-up of beauties. With new releases from all your favourite brands, including YSL, Chloe and Marc Jacobs, you’re sure to find a new obsession amongst this season’s fragrances.  

Free, Untamed, Nomad

Chloe Nomade Naturelle boasts an exotic blend of olfactory notes, including dates, mirabelle and Egyptian jasmine, celebrating the mingling of cultures and the poetry of encounters. The combination of stone fruits and white florals is layered over a vanilla, sandalwood and oakmoss base, creating a warm, addictive and effortlessly timeless fragrance.

Nomade Naturelle is incredibly unique in the world of modern perfumes in that it is a 100% natural origin fragrance and uses only naturally-derived alcohol and water. Nothing but the best – for you, and the planet.  

Oui, C’est Très Bien

If you thought that Lancome La Vie Est Belle couldn’t possibly be improved upon, you’re in for a treat with this new release. Lancome Oui La Vie Est Belle offers a fruitier, refreshing take on the more gourmand, woody notes of the original yet still perfectly encapsulates the La Vie Est Belle DNA. 

Rose, iris and ylang-ylang provide a strong floral heart to Oui La Vie Est Belle, while pink pepper, bergamot and patchouli bring depth. Finally, the piece de resistance, a burst of juicy, sweet raspberry, steals the show. 

A Fraiche Scent For Summer

Givenchy Irresistible Fraiche is a winning choice for a light, fresh scent that will carry you through summer. If you liked the original, you’ll be pleased to know that the heart and base notes of rose, iris, cedar and musk remain untouched; only the top notes have been given a refresh for this easy-wear daytime scent. 

While the original used opening notes of pear and musk mallow to create its fruity, musky appeal, Fraiche substitutes notes of orange and pink pepper in their place, creating a citrusy, bright fragrance, ideal for work or play.  

Nothing But Blue Skies Ahead

No perfume launch line-up is complete without a new addition to the Marc Jacobs Daisy collection, which now boasts more than 20 flanker fragrances. Whether you gather up each new release to add to your Daisy bouquet or have tried a few and haven’t found “the one”, Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Skies Edition is a must. 

Juicy notes of cloudberry and raspberry are joined by whipped cream to create the sweetness synonymous with the line, but in Daisy Love Skies, this is cut with an edgy addition of salt. Among the usual bottom notes of white woods and amber is oakmoss, giving the fragrance an earthier, greener base. A must-try for the season.

They’ll Be Green With Envy

The original YSL Opium will forever be one of the most renowned women’s fragrances created. But, like all good things, it’s improved with age, spurring a wide range of flankers, each with their own unique take on the original. The newest iteration? Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Illicit Green.

The Black Opium (2014) line is loved for its headline notes of vanilla and coffee beans, and Illicit Green stays true to these but adds a unique green accord with notes of fig and green mandarin. In this edition, you’ll also be treated to stronger coffee notes than previous versions, ideal for those who found the original too sweet. 

Blooming Beautiful

As a follow-up to the 2021 release of Beautiful Magnolia, Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia Intense is the perfect perfume for the turning of the seasons. While the original formulation was very much suited to bright, sunny days, the heavier, intense version includes subtle changes that make it more interesting and versatile. 

Every bit as elegant as a magnolia’s cream-coloured flowers, this perfume wonderfully translates that exquisite springtime bloom into an intoxicating floral fragrance with earthy undertones. The floral notes include magnolia, violet leaf and iris, layered over cardamom, patchouli and mandarin orange, with a base of vanilla, cedar, musk and leather. 

Spring Home Scents You’ll Love

Spring Home Scents You’ll Love

Throw open your doors and windows and embrace the sweet smell of spring. As the hyacinths and roses begin to bloom, the air is filled with gorgeous fragrance, but if you’re not green-fingered or don’t have the luxury of a large garden, there’s no need to miss out. From tantalising tea lights to delectable diffusers, we have everything you need to fill your home with fragrance.

Yankee Candle Sakura Blossom 18 Tea Light Delight Gift Set

New from Yankee Candle is this Sakura Blossom set, featuring six spring-inspired fragrances – Sakura Blossom Festival, Majestic Mount Fuji, Sweet Plum Sake, Mango Ice Cream, Berry Mochi and Tranquil Garden. Like a chocolate selection box, but better, you’ll receive three tea light candles of each scent. Also included is a ceramic tea light holder, perfect for displaying your candle while keeping your surface safe. 

Presented in a beautiful hexagonal box, this Yankee Candle set is perfect for gifting, but you’ll definitely want to keep one for yourself. 

WoodWick Lavender Spa Large Jar Candle

WoodWick is renowned for its luxurious candles that feature a natural wooden wick to simulate the relaxing crackle of a roaring fire. The soothing lavender fragrance transports you to the countryside and makes this candle a perfect addition to any room of your home.    

Enjoy the calming effects of lavender while drifting off to sleep, soaking in the tub, or as a gentle background scent in your living space. 

Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime Medium Candle

If you gravitate towards candles that smell good enough to eat, the Vanilla Lime fragrance from Yankee Candle is sure to be a winner. Smooth and creamy, with a zesty twist, vanilla and lime are joined by notes of cocoa and tonka bean, making this candle a feast for the senses.

The generous medium jar boasts 35-50 hours of burn time, but be warned; you’ll want to keep it lit night and day. 

AromaWorks Soulful Candle

Create an aromatherapy experience at home with the Soulful candle from Aromaworks. This exquisite blend includes frankincense for mental clarity, juniper berry for soothing nerves, bay for confidence and patchouli to de-stress. Calm your body and mind with the 100% natural, vegan-friendly soy wax candle, crafted here in the UK. 

Spring into the new season feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, with this little piece of bliss from AromaWorks.

Sassy Shop Wax Soft Towels Room Spray

Makers of wax melts with a cult-following, Sassy Shop Wax give even the biggest names in home fragrance a run for their money. New to the collection, the Soft Towels Room Spray captures the smell of fluffy, freshly laundered towels, straight out of the dryer. Spritz around your home to freshen the air, or spray near fabrics for a slower release of fragrance.  

Explore our full range of room sprays and pick the perfect scent for every room. 

Cristalinas Cherry Blossom Reed Diffuser 

Nothing says “spring” quite like cherry blossom, and this diffuser from Cristalinas will fill your room with a fragrance just as delicate. Juice top notes of red fruits, raspberry and cherry are layered over a heart of orange blossom and rose, with aromatic vanilla at the base. Presented in a hexagonal bottle, the coloured liquid and reeds make a stunning addition to any room. 

With 180ml of natural essential oils and 0% alcohol, this long-lasting diffuser will continue releasing scent for at least 16 weeks. So, you’ll be well into summer before you’re ready to try a new Cristalinas diffuser. 

From floral to fruity, you’ll find a great range of candles and home fragrances at FragranceDirect. Which will be your go-to scent this spring?

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