THE FRAGRANCE EXPLOSION

It's a little known fact that I am in love with fragrances of late - from mixing scents to wear every day to what candles I burn - the obsession goes beyond your usual run of the mill. As a matter of fact, I have been - in the past few months - on the verge of collecting every single fragrance I "must" have. And why shouldn't I? Fragrance is such a personal thing - as small as that may sound - it actually has the power to either elevate & amplify emotions. As such, I make it a point to watch how I feel every time I wake up in the morning and from there choose my scent(s) with whatever suits.

My collection consists of a range of scents - covering light to mid to heavy - allowing me to customise my fragrance accordingly. The best tip I can give you when it comes to combinations is to ensure you mix a base note (typically the heavier) with your top note (typically the lighter). Your base can either be in the form of a heavy parfum or cologne; alternatively a body creme works well too. Your top note would usually be a light cologne (floral or light fruity scent) or an eau de toilette. 

For instance on days when I feel it would be easy breezy, I would usually mix Jo Malone's English Pear & Freesia with their Wild Bluebell Cologne. Or would even consider layering just the Wild Bluebell with the Body Creme and Cologne in itself. Power days are usually when I would mix my heavier scents - consider Jo Malone's Blue Agava & Cacao as your base layered with English Pear & Freesia. Alternatively, the power pairing of Dior's J'adore with either English Pear & Freesia or Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle Parfum work best as well. Flirty days or nights out would be well-served with the combination of English Pear & Freesia as well as Coco Mademoiselle.

Makes you want to run and start shopping for fragrances no? I swear the combinations are endless if you just use your imagination and feel what you feel! To find out more about the Art of Fragrance Combining, you can read my article on Jo Malone's Fragrance Philosophy. It'll give you a few more tips to consider as you go on and purchase your next batch of fragrance paraphernalia!


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