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Layering: The Secret To Lingering Fragrance

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011

Layering: The Secret To Lingering Fragrance

Making Your Fragrance Last

Have you ever wished your favorite fragrance would last longer so that you don’t come home smelling so worn out and wasted after a day’s work?  A blessed few get to find a scent that’s not only right for their taste and body chemistry, but also one that lasts pretty much the entire day that they can just forget about it the moment they spray it on, just as sure as they are that they’ve got clothes on.

However, for a good majority of women, the fragrance certainly lasts only a few hours.  So what do most of us do?  We lavishly spray or splash on some more… but then that only leaves us with a smell that is too overwhelming to even appreciate the scent.


The secret is in layering your fragrance.

The concept behind fragrance layering is similar to applying several thin coats of paint on a wall, or nail polish on your finger and toe nails, as opposed to applying one very thick coat.  The result will be a smoother, more refined finish, and a color that will last much longer.


How To Layer Your Fragrance

Remember the various brands of gift packs you see at the fragrance counter of your favorite mall?  They were not packed that way just because they want to sell you more products at a time.  Believe it or not, they were packed specifically for the very purpose of fragrance layering.  So before we get into this step by step, make sure you have chosen your fragrance.


The Bath Soak, Body Wash or Shower Gel


For the first layer, you must first take a bath or shower using the foaming bath soak, body wash or shower gel that is included in the pack.  Some packs come with an all-in-one shampoo and shower gel.  That would also be good except that you’ll probably use it all up faster than you would the rest of the products, especially if you have very thick or long hair.

Body Lotion, Body Cream or Body Butter

Body Lotion

For the second layer, lock in the moisture by applying the body lotion, body cream or body butter that is included in the pack on your damp skin.

Perfume or Cologne


The final layer, of course, is the perfume or cologne.  Make sure you spray or splash it on to your skin and not on your clothes.  One, the perfume might stain your clothes.  Two, you want the perfume to blend in with the first and second layers of the fragrance that you saturated your body in.  This completes the process of layering and making your fragrance last longer, which was kind of the point, wasn’t it?  So the perfume has to go on your skin, not on the clothes.  Again – skin, not clothes.  Furthermore, each person has a body chemistry that reacts differently to different fragrances. Because of this, your body then, upon contact with the fragrance, emits a scent that is uniquely and distinctly your own.  This is why the perfume or cologne should go on the skin and not on the clothes. This will unquestionably work in your favor because you want to be remembered for your own unique personality and characteristics. The same goes for your scent.  You wouldn’t want to be remembered as someone who smelled like… someone else.  Would you?


Does It Have To Be Expensive?

Now, you don’t have to spend so much on a signature fragrance layering set in order to achieve what I’ve been talking about here.  I will advise you though to try to identify the most dominant note of your favorite perfume.  Let’s say it’s vanilla – in that case, any vanilla scented body wash and body lotion will do the job just as effectively for your first and second layers.


Freebie Friday #2 – Signature Fragrance Layering Set

On our second Freebie Friday, I am very excited to be giving away one of my most favorite fragrance layering sets to one lucky subscriber of MyMy Blog!  Yaaaay!!!  I am so excited and I am sure you ladies (along with your men) will be drooling over this (I did, haha)!

This is what’s in store for our winner:

Freebie Friday #2  – “Desire Me” Fragrance Layering Set by Escada

Escada Desire Me Layering Set

The enhancing aroma of chocolate and coffee will leave any woman wearing this scent literally delicious and every man would have this longing to have a portion of her. This scent transforms a woman to something edible, very luscious with the fruity nuances and cloyingly sweet for dessert. The floral combination would just make her pretty and angelic. It contains a shower gel, body lotion and a 50ml bottle of eau de parfum. Available in stores for $79

How to Win This Fabulous Freebie

So the same procedures will apply.  All I will need you guys to do in order to qualify is:

  • Share this post on your Facebook wall and/or Retweet it on Twitter
  • Comment on this post using the comment box below

Following these two easy steps will officially qualify you to our Freebie Friday for this month of July 2011.  One winner (based on the Facebook name or Twitter name you used) will be drawn from all eligible entries.

Deadline for this is on August 4th at exactly 12 noon EST.  I will be announcing the name of the winner on Friday of next week, August 5th.

So what are you waiting for, Ladies?  Like.  Share.  Tweet.  Comment.  Do whatever you gotta do to snag this beauty!  ;)

**UPDATE**: I asked my daughter to do the honor of drawing the winner’s name.  So I, along with my beloved daughter Arra, would like to congratulate Aprille Tunnard for being our July Freebie Friday contest winner!  Please PM me your mailing address, Aprille, so I can send the gift to you the soonest.  Thank you again for joining and I hope you’ll continue supporting my blog.  Enjoy your “Desire Me” Fragrance Layering Set by Escada.  You’re surely gonna love it!



About The Author: Myla “MyMy” Upshaw

Myla “MyMy” Upshaw is a stay-at-home mom who prides herself on her status as a Filipino Christian wife and mother and “domestic goddess”. She blogs about popular subjects for stay-at-home moms such as fashion, family, beauty, relationships, entrepreneurialism (“mompreneur”), movies, self-improvement, health & wellness as well as about her faith as a follower of Christ.

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  1. Nielma E. Verzosa

    Thanks a lot for the very useful advice, My. I’ll do that from now on.

  2. G. Black

    A good beauty idea.

  3. Aprille Tunnard

    Oh goodness! This is surely one of the freebies I would love to win & I hope I do win this time! Hahaha… :)

    During one of the perfume product seminars I attended, the product consultant suggested that it is best to spray your perfume/cologne slightly in front of you and walk through the mist so that the scent is evenly distributed to your body.

    I do agree that we all have different body chemistry that reacts to certain fragrances. I think if you’re not yet sure what type of scent agrees with your senses, try a scent or two on the inside of your wrist and let it stay for about a minute or so. This will give your body time to react on the scent which will provide you the chance to choose the fragrance that suits you best.

    Good luck everyone!

    ~Aprille :)

    • Myla Upshaw

      Well, I’m happy to see you join in on the fun again, Aprille. Best of luck to you. Thank you also for sharing with us what you learned on this subject. I will only add that another great way to find out which fragrance smells best on you is the fool-proof “ask a friend”… or your hubby, or your boyfriend. Ask them which scent they love smelling on you and which suits your personality in their opinion. Of course, you should be willing to listen to their opinions. Yes, it is ultimately your choice, but if the scent is just too repelling to everyone else then that is worse than not smelling good all day – because then you end up smelling atrocious all day, haha! :D

  4. alona nava-auto

    thanks for the advise, now i know that this the way to smell good the whole day… thanks a lot!

  5. Almira F. Alcause

    Hi My! Thanks for sharing one of your beauty secrets..and im going to try this. Im having a hard time figuring out how will my perfume/cologne last longer on me. I keep on spraying every two hours just to keep the scent stays longer. Good luck to me and hope I win….God Bless always!

  6. Jasmin Magpantay Danao

    Hi mymy! My first time to join here. Read about your blog and will surely try this.This is interesting and helpful.Thanks mymy!!! ;)

  7. Stacy

    Great post! I learned a lot and I sure will try doing it this way the next time I plan on staying out all day. Aside from the Escada you mentioned, what other layering brands can you recommend? Thanks again and more power to your blog. Good luck to all the ladies here.

  8. tweethalili

    i like it!! dyosa ako sa product na ito! panalo!

  9. Tuttie

    hi my!!!!
    your ideas are really great!!! pano mo naiispi ang mga yan? i loveeet!!!! good job!!!!

    • Myla Upshaw

      Thanks, Tuttie! I wish I could say that I invented the idea but no. I learned it also from other beauty experts. However, I only blog about stuff that I have personally tried and can attest to or stuff that are interesting enough to share. :)

  10. Myla Upshaw

    I would like to thank each one of you, dear friends and blog subscribers, for joining this month’s contest and for making our Freebie Friday a resounding popular success. Please stay tuned for the announcement of winner happening in a few hours.

  11. Myla Upshaw

    I’ve just announced the name of our winner. Congratulations! Please scroll up and see the “update”. Thank you all for joining! ‘Til next month.

  12. Michelle C.

    Congratulations Aprille! Happy layering : D

  13. Aprille Tunnard

    Thank you MyMy & Michelle! I will surely enjoy this prize, big time! :D ;)

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    Is it okay to post part of this on my page if I post a reference to this webpage?

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    You ought to take part in a contest for one of the
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