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Perfume Layering

Have you ever wondered why Clive Christian perfumes are always created and released in pairs? The answer lies in both a love story and in celebration of perfume creativity. Our love story relates to our patron Queen Victoria and her enduring love for her husband prince Albert, a love story written in perfume. The creativity in pairing comes from the endless possibilities to create a signature scent through perfume layering.

 

How to layer perfumes

Perfume layering is a wonderful way to create a signature scent by combining two different perfumes. The art of pairing scents gives you so many more options by experimenting with your favourite perfumes and exploring your existing fragrance wardrobe – creating a truly personal scent that is completely unique to you. It is important that you pair perfumes that have a similar perfume concentration so one fragrance doesn’t overwhelm another. You will get the most striking results by mixing perfumes with different notes rather than pairing perfumes with similar characters. For example, do not pair florals with other florals but do pair florals with woody perfumes.

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Guide to perfume layering

Explore the exciting art of perfume pairing with the help of our guide to perfume layering.

FLORAL

Either fresh and spring like or heady and intoxicating florals span a variety of ingredients and effects.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Rose, Jasmine, Tuberose and Violet.

 

Pair with 
CitrusCitrus notes cut through florals to freshen and lighten.
FruityA touch of juicy fruits adds richness to floral notes.
WoodyA woody note can cool and deepen top heavy florals.
OrientalSpice spiked florals are rich and exotic.


CITRUS

Sharp, zesty and refreshing this top note adds energy and sunshine to perfumes.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Lemon, Bergamot, Petitgrain and Mandarin.

 

Pair with 
WoodyThe perfect combination creating green freshness.
FruityCreates a sweet cocktail when paired with citrus notes.
FougereBrings lightness and a more zesty top to fougere.
ChypreA bright opening delves into a dry mysterious scent.


FRUITY

Sweet and juicy fruity notes bring a playful note to perfumes.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Peach, Rhubarb and Berries.

 

Pair with 
FloralCreates a sweet and more energetic bouquet.
GourmandSweetening fruity notes to create a juicy edible tone.
ChypreLifts the dryness of a chypre from the top.


CHYPRE

Warm and dry and almost all built round a woody, mossy accord, takes its name from the French word for Cypress, birth pace of Aphrodite symbolizing the beauty and aphrodisiacal appeal of these perfumes.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Oakmoss, Patchouli and Rock Rose.

 

Pair with 
FloralBrings a soft romanticism to chypre fragrances.
OrientalBrings a spicy richness to dry woods and moss.
WoodyAdds further dryness or aromatic characteristics.


OZONIC / AQUATIC

Like a breath of fresh air, icy and fresh like laundry or a sea breeze.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Sea Salt, Watermelon and Galbanum.

 

Pair with 
CitrusCitrus is an exciting offset to cool blue notes.
FloralCreates a light breezy floral affect.
WoodyGiving depth and anchoring top notes to the earth.


FOUGERE

Meaning “fern like”, these perfumes are green and fresh but with more depth than simple top notes, often incorporating herbaceous accords.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Lavender, Vetiver and Geranium.

 

Pair with 
WoodyGives a more robust depth by enhancing woody notes.
FloralBrings warmth and delicacy to fougere.
CitrusBrightens and lifts to create a vibrant energy.


WOODY

A variety of different characteristics come out of this family from rich ad smokey to clean and smooth, aromatic and fresh, dry and damp. These ingredients are incredibly versatile in the perfumers’ palette.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Hinoki and Oud.

 

Pair with 
OrientalAdding warmth and mysterious depth to create complexity.
CitrusLifting from the top to create a harmonious balance.
GourmandAdds a touch of sweetness with vanilla or cocoa notes.
FloralSpring like notes lift darker woods from the base.
Ozonic / AquaticAquatic notes cool and lighten deeper woody notes.


ORIENTAL

Spices, musks, incense and resins, these ingredients make up some of the oldest in perfumery and are warm, rich and multifaceted.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Cardamom, Black Pepper and Frankincense.

 

Pair with 
FloralAdds romanticism where exotic spices meet sensuous florals.
FruitySpicy and fruity, a combination that creates tantalizing delights.
AquaticA surprising combination adds depth to ozonic notes.
WoodyIncreases depth and resinous accords.


GOURMANDE

Edible but not necessarily obviously sweet (coffee and salt are the new gourmande trends), warm and comforting gourmandes are perfect for winter.

Classic ingredients in this scent family include: Vanilla, Cocoa, Milk and Coffee.

 

Pair with 
FruityA touch of fruit can add juiciness to overly sweet notes.
FloralCreates a charming delicacy like sugar dusted roses.
WoodySweetens resinous tones, bringing candy to dry woods.
OrientalA rich blend of spices and sweetness, an exotic delicacy.

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