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Perfume Layering Is The Key To Creating Your Signature Scent, & Here Are 5 Combos To Try

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If you love mixing, matching, and making your mark, mastering the art of layering scents is your next must-try. It’s not just about smelling fabulous — it’s about creating a one-of-a-kind fragrance story that’s uniquely you. Because why not make your perfume as dynamic as you are?

Perfume layering not only makes you smell incredible, but also expresses your individuality in a subtle, powerful way. From sweet, chocolatey concoctions to citrus splashes, the possibilities for creating your personalized scent are endless. Begin with a fragrance family you love — be it gourmand, floral, or woody — and start experimenting. Combine a rich, creamy base like cocoa or sandalwood with lighter, uplifting notes such as grapefruit or jasmine. The trick is to find a balance that feels harmonious yet distinct. 

And definitely don’t be afraid to mix high-end perfumes with the more affordable options out there. Sometimes the best combinations come from the most unexpected pairings, so take a moment to blend your scents thoughtfully with these five best perfume layering combos from TikTok.

Chocolate Delight

Let’s kick things off with a scent profile that’s as tempting as your favorite late-night snack. Imagine the seductive allure of Kayali Vanilla 28 ($32) combined with the decadent richness of Montale Chocolate Greedy ($80), topped off with the warm, cozy notes of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush 71 ($24). This combo is like wearing a chocolate fondue fountain — sinfully sweet and irresistibly inviting. Perfect for those moments when you want to leave a trail of sweet seduction in your wake.

Fruity and Fresh Fantasy

Next up, we have a playful blend that’s perfect for those days when you want to feel like you’re walking on sunshine. Start with Ariana Grande’s Cloud ($48), add a spritz of Burberry Her Elixir ($40), and finish with a dash of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush 68 ($24). This trio is like a fruity cocktail for your senses — bright, fun, and refreshingly unforgettable. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for those marathon study sessions or a casual day out with friends.

Vanilla Dream

I promise these layering perfumes aren’t a basic vanilla choice if you get what I mean. If you’re a fan of creamy, dreamy vanilla, this combination will be your new best friend. Layer Kayali Yum Pistachio ($32) with Billie Eilish’s Eilish No. 1 ($52), and finish with Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush 62 ($24). This blend is the scent equivalent of a warm hug, with a hint of nutty sweetness that’s perfect for a night in or a relaxing weekend at home.

Sweet Powder Perfection

For a soft, powdery finish that’s sweet yet sophisticated, try layering Ariana Grande’s Mod Vanilla ($48) with Glossier You ($78) and Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush 40 ($38). This blend is like a soft, fluffy cloud of sweetness, perfect for those moments when you want to feel effortlessly chic and irresistibly approachable.

Ravishing Rose

Last but certainly not least, here is a romantic and elegant blend for the true romantics at heart. Combine Lancôme Idôle ($52) with Bath and Body Works You’re the One ($14) for a floral masterpiece that’s as enchanting as a moonlit stroll through a rose garden. This pairing is perfect for date night or anytime you want to channel your inner (hopefully not hopeless) romantic.

With these fabulous perfume layering combinations, you’ll be ready to make a scent-sational impression wherever you go. So go ahead, mix it up, and find your signature scent that makes you feel truly unforgettable.

Lily Brown

Emerson '25

Lily Brown is the Wellness Intern for Her Campus Media. She writes for the Culture, Style, and Wellness verticals on the site, including Beauty, Decor, Digital, Entertainment, Experiences, Fashion, Mental Health, and Sex + Relationships coverage. Beyond Her Campus, Lily is a rising senior at Emerson College in Boston, MA, majoring in Journalism with a Publishing minor. She works as the Creative Director for the on-campus lifestyle publication, Your Magazine, where she establishes and curates the conceptual design and content for the entire publication ranging from style, romance, music, pop culture, personal identity, and college experiences. She has written and photographed for Your Mag along with several other on-campus magazines. Lily was recently recognized for her work on YM and awarded two EVVYs for Outstanding Print Publication. In her free time, Lily maybe spends a little too much time keeping a close eye on captivating red carpet and runway fashion, and binge-watching her favorite shows. She also enjoys expressing her thoughts through creative writing, exploring new destinations, and blasting ABBA, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, and Lady Gaga on Spotify. Additionally, she actively contributes to fostering a sense of community among college residents as a dedicated Residential Assistant.