Thanks to the rising trend of blendable fragrance kits and services, scent is becoming more and more personal. From simple rollerballs like Kai's Fragrance Duo to Joya's appointment-only custom perfume service in Brooklyn, it's getting easier to find a signature scent that no one else will have. (Especially for your wedding day, a time when you want to be able to tie a specific scent with a memory.)
Aside from getting a custom blend, an easy way to create your own unique scent is by layering two fragrances together. Here, perfumer Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, owner of French Girl Organics, tells us how.
Before you choose your fragrances, consider the scent profile of your whole wedding.
"If you're having scented flowers, like gardenias or lilies, in your bouquet or on your tables, you may not want to wear a heavy floral fragrance—it will overwhelm everything," Griffin-Grimes says. "In that case, I would go for something a little softer, maybe a little more herbal or citrusy, which wouldn't conflict with the scent." If you're carrying roses, however, don't worry because they complement a variety of scents, whether citrus, spicy, or floral.
Rose is the scented floral that's the exception to the rule—it goes with almost anything.
Whether you're carrying roses in your bouquet, using them in centerpieces, or just love rose fragrance, you're in luck because this scent can be mixed with just about any other notes. Griffin-Grimes favorite combination, though, is rose paired with something spicy, like cardamom or frankincense. "The rose softens the spice and you get a luscious scent that warms up the rose a lot," she says. Her picks: Le Labo Rose 31 or Stella McCartney Stella with Byredo Bal d'Afrique or Serge Lutens Chergui.
Pair florals with citrus scents.
"It adds sophistication and depth," she explains, and recommends pairing Chanel Gabrielle or Kai Perfume Oil with Parfums de Nicolai L'eau Chic or Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino. (Masculine scents pair well with florals, too, she says, and suggests Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique or Tom Ford White Suede with Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau or French Girl Parfums Rose Noir.)
Gourmand notes, like vanilla and chocolate, can be tricky to layer.
"In this case, think about what plays well together in the kitchen," Griffin-Grimes says, and recommends sticky to spicy scents. "It's almost like cooking—if you're dealing with vanilla, something that's not sweet, like a spice, will pull down the fragrance a bit." Try Montale Intense Cafe or La Maison de Vanille Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar with French Girl Parfums Ambre Noir or Diptyque Tam Dao.
Pair fresh scents with woodsy, earthy scents.
"I use vetiver—it's the root of a blade of grass, actually, and if you combine that deep fragrance with something that's lighter and fresher, you'll mellow out the earthy, woodsy scent a bit." Try Atelier Cologne Cedrat Envirant or French Girl Parfums Madame Blond with Commes des Garcons Black.
Before you purchase, test them on your skin.
"Don't just smell fragrances and combinations on a strip of paper—that doesn't work," Griffin-Grimes says. "When it comes into contact with skin, it becomes a different creation." Go to the perfume counter, test drive a few different combinations, and see how they wear throughout the day.
Mix eau de parfum or oil with eau de toilette.
Use the eau de parfum or oil for the fragrance you want to be dominant, and the eau de toilette for the fragrance you want to be the accent. "The eau de toilette is like the added detail—the cherry on top," Griffin-Grimes says.