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Discover the Art of Fragrance Layering with Lorna McKay

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. September 13, 2016 | 2 min read

In celebration of our new fine fragrance, Botanical Essence™ No.9, we catch up with industry expert and co-founder of The Perfume Society, Lorna McKay, to hear her top tips on how to personalise your perfume and create a truly signature scent.

Lorna’s top tips

Natural notes work best to create mystery

The fine fragrances in the Botanical Essence™ collection are ideal for layering as they share many natural notes, each behaving differently on individual skin types, helping to create a fragrance that is truly unique to you.

Go with the flow

Layering scents can mean anything from spritzing two perfumes directly on top of each other, to spraying one scent on your wrists and another on your neck. It can even start as early as when you apply a scented body lotion after bathing. The amount of layers depends on your mood, the occasion or the scent you’re trying to achieve.

Practice makes perfect

Don’t be afraid to experiment with layering. The general rule is that heavier scents should be spritzed first so they don’t overpower lighter, more delicate fragrances.

Day to night

If you’re new to layering a great place to start is by transitioning your scent from day to night. If you wear an airy floral fragrance during the day, follow by later spritzing on heady notes of musk or amber to intensify your scent and give it more staying power.


Using our new fine fragrance, here are some of our favourite combinations to get you started…

Botanical Essence™ No.10

(No.9 + No.1)

Uplifting, vibrant citrus notes shimmer in shafts of sunlight while the velvety depths of dark forest fruits softly entwine within the shadows, lingering with a daring sensuality long after dark.

Botanical Essence™ No.24

(No.9 + No.15)

The seductive embrace of exotic spices intertwine delicately with a rich tapestry of succulent woodland berries to create the essence of sophistication.

Botanical Essence™ No.29

(No.9 + No.20)

A decadent celebration of nature sparkles in the union of bright, fresh florals that dance with the sensual, juicy bite of succulent woodland fruits.

We’d love to hear what your signature scent is – do let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @lizearle!

The Liz Earle Beauty Team x