How to wear perfume the new way

At least 1,000 new fragrances will come out this year. (To put that number into perspective, only 76 new scents were released in 1991.) With so many fragrances to choose from, you’d think that finding your ideal scent would be easier. But how many times have you smelled a perfume and wished it were a hint sweeter or a little lighter? Instead of sniffing thousands of scents in search of the perfect one (which sounds like a major headache — literally!), wouldn’t it be great if you knew how to wear the perfume you already have —better?

That’s where layering fragrances comes in. In this case, we’re not talking about mixing two perfumes, which experts say can be extremely tricky even for a trained nose. Instead, it’s about incorporating the right scents into other aspects of your beauty routine to make your perfume work better for you. “Ideally, layering is about choosing a body wash and lotion that will help extend your scent throughout the day,” says Franco Wright, co-owner of the Scent Bar in Los Angeles.

Not only can you make your fragrance last longer, but there are also tricks to change your scent for different seasons or wear it in unique ways for more impact. Basically, how you wear perfume is just as important as the fragrance you wear. So, follow these seven tips to get the most out of your favorite perfume now.

Start simpleOne and two-note fragrances are ideal for layering, and they are becoming increasingly popular. So popular, in fact, that you probably already own at least one. Take, for example, the Gucci Flora Garden Collection, $100 each, which is comprised of five scents: Gorgeous Gardenia, Gracious Tuberose, Glorious Mandarin, Generous Violet, and Glamorous Magnolia. Each perfume highlights a single flower. “Simplicity makes fragrances more approachable,” says Scent Bar co-owner Adam Eastwood. “They’re unfussy and casual at the same time — you don’t have to think too much about it.” Wright points out that vanilla, amber, or coconut-based scents are also easy to layer because these notes tend to go well with everything.

Meanwhile, the only time you should avoid layering fragrances altogether is if you’re dedicated to a statement perfume. “With something like Chanel No. 5 you don’t want to overwhelm the fragrance — it’s meant to be distinct,” says Eastwood. “You want to go unscented with your bath and body products if you’re wearing a scent like this.”