I Fell for Le Labo's Santal 33 Just Like the Rest of the World and I Don't Care if That Makes Me a Sucker
I mean, even Justin frickin' BEIBER wears it.
Fragrance is a somewhat new frontier for me. Up until the last couple of years, I had only owned about two or three "fancy" perfumes. When I make a decision to purchase a fragrance (or ask for it for the holidays or my birthday), it's usually a pretty long process of trying it, taking home a sample, and then setting aside money until I can treat myself.
Since I take my sweet time making fragrance-buying decisions, my collection is still relatively small (although ever-growing), and I've turned to mixing fragrances to get the most out of what I've purchased.
I'm not sure if there's any one right way to layer fragrance, but I typically spray whatever fragrance I want to be my “base” or grounding fragrance on my left wrist and then dab my wrists together and tap behind my earlobes. Then, I take whatever fragrance I want to be the stronger influence, and I spray it once on the same wrist, dab my wrists together and then take my ring finger and dab a little on the back of my neck and at the hollow of my throat. I do this so the two scents can blend together but you can still get a whiff of each on their own.
Here are some of my favorite fragrance combinations.
Demeter Paperback on its own makes me feel like I'm sticking my face in stack of library books (which I've totally done). I think it captures the essence of an old paperback perfectly, from the softness of the paper, to the rich, almost amber scent of binding glue, to even just a dash of mildew (which would be gross on its own but somehow works with everything else).
I think the woodsy base notes in Chanel No. 5 really work well with Paperback, and together they give me a sophisticated, sensual vibe.
I often like to mix soft and edgy components in my wardrobe, and I realized I could bring this combination to my fragrance selections as well.
Nest White Sandalwood is a beautiful, creamy, soft scent (my skin especially pulls almond with this one) and is gorgeous on it's own. When paired with Demeter Leather, it's sweet with a little bit of badass. Leather smells exactly like fresh leather, and I think that element really grounds the sweetness of White Sandalwood.
This is a combination that's heavy on the woodsy notes but also has a spicy element to it. Sandalwood and violet, the key components of Nirvana Black, are lovely together, but I feel like the added leather, cedar, and black pepper that comes from CDG Black give it a sophisticated and complex edge.
This is probably my most complimented scent combination and makes me feel quite sassy!
See what I did there? *nudge* *eyebrow wiggle*
I think these two scents together are a perfect combination. Honeymania smells straight-up like honey with a slight floral hint, and Eau Des Baux is woodsy and sweet. Together, they create a scent that just speaks of comfort and warmth to me.