What Scents Go Well Together?
In order to understand how to layer best combine your scents, you first need to understand the different layers in individual fragrances. “The top note is what you smell right away when you spray it [and usually consists of] the sparkling and vivacious fresh notes,” Rahme says. “The middle note is the heart of the fragrance, and is usually warmer and softer. And finally, the bottom note is what develops last and what stays with you for hours—long after the top notes has disappeared.”
Keep these notes in mind when you start to combine your scents. If you’ve never layered fragrances before, try to combine two fragrances that have a common note—jasmine, for instance—and go from there. Or, if you’re adventurous, try combining two or more opposite fragrances—a spice and a vanilla, for instance. “There is no right or wrong,” Rahme says. “Creating a perfume is part science, but it really, really is an art—the art of translating and emotion into a feeling.” Her ideal combination? She suggests pairing Bond No. 9's Central Park West ($200)—a warm, springtime fragrance with Narcissus, tangy ylang ylang, and hints of jasmine—with Bond No. 9’s Central Park South ($200)—a vivid, heady scent with common notes of jasmine and ylang ylang, but also sandalwood, cedar bark, and musk.