Say “Eau Yes!” to Compatible Scents

You’re hot for him, he’s hot for you. The chemistry is so ridiculous, it’s like you’re on the verge of merging (and we don’t just mean your names)—we’re talking scents. While you can’t keep your hands or any other part of you off of each other (at least according to your social media feed), consider this: Few things are a bigger turnoff than PDA—as in, Perfumes Disagree Alot. Because, let’s face it, we experience each other through our scents first, and you want your coupled selves to make a very, very good impression (on each other, first and foremost). Good news: Finding compatible notes in your fragrances is way, way easier than finding a compatible mate.  Here’s the equation for living happily ever after together (at least as far as your nose knows).

Compatible Scents

His: Giorgio Armani Armani Code Colonia + Your: Ô De Lancome = Big (we mean HUGE) O’s ahead because his fresh citrusy bergamot and mandarin are the same notes that are at the heart of your sparkling fragrance.

Plus his woodsy base (can you say heliotrope?) is the perfect companion to your sweet jasmine and honeysuckle. This is the fragrance version of taking a spontaneous, crisp walk in the woods together (holding hands, of course).

Compatible fragrances: Giorgio Armani Armani Code Colonia and Ô De Lancome

 

His: Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme + Your: YSL Black Opium Floral Shock Whoa. Just Whoa.

His red ginger, woodsy, and hint of roasted coffee are taken up a notch with your slightly vanilla/coffee blend and sandalwood. Add in the bergamot, freesia and gardenia from your perfume and you’ve got the makings of quite the morning after. Intense and bold, this is most definitely not a coming together of wallflowers (but you already knew that).

Compatible fragrances: Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme and YSL Black Opium Floral Shock

 

His: Maison Margiela Replica Across Sands + Your: Ralph Lauren Collection Amber Feeling like you’re on an exotic desert vacation each time you’re together.

His fragrance is all about warm earthy notes of dates, cinnamon and other far-east spices, mixed with deep incense and patchouli. Yours has almond-like sweetness  (benzoin), incense notes of bourbon vanilla, and spicy labdanum resin. Together, these mix to evoke a hot, dark, warm—umm—journey in a faraway land. Like a weekend at Coachella or Burning Man;).

Compatible fragrances: Maison Margiela Replica Across Sands & Ralph Lauren Collection Amber

 

His: YSL La Nuit de L’Homme + Your: Giorgio Armani Code for Women = Fifty Shades of Fierce.

The woodsy, oriental notes in his cologne (black pepper, labdanum and vetiver) are the yang to your yin, which includes ultra-feminine notes of orange flower, ginger and honey-sandalwood. It’s almost as if these two fragrances were meant to fit together perfectly, just like you lovebirds.

Compatible fragrances: YSL La Nuit de L’Homme & Giorgio Armani Code for Women

 

His: Diesel Only The Brave High Diesel + Your: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom = Fresh, clean outdoor vibes.

The woody aromatic notes, plus the ginger and mint in his cologne, mix well with your fresh flowers, cool mountain air and patchouli. Neither are overpowering and both give off the earthy, nature-loving spirit that you both adore. We already envision you making epic memories on extreme outdoor adventures.

Compatible fragrances: Diesel Only The Brave High Diesel & Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom

Add Layers

A few fragrances here sound good to you? Don’t feel like you only have to wear one at a time--layering is the perfect way to customize your scent to be exactly what you want. Try a fresher, cleaner scent behind your ears, and a sexier perfume with more sensual notes spritzed on your lower back. Or layer them one on top of the other. When layering, stick to two scents at a time, the notes release in different potencies depending on how you move. A few blends to try:

  1. A scent with vanilla notes blends nicely with one containing rich woody notes, citrus or white flowers.
  2. If your scent contains white florals, layer with an oriental one with spices like incense, cardamom or clove.
  3. With a musk fragrance, go for a layer with soft green florals or strong citrus notes.
  4. A fluid marine based fragrance plays nicely with one containing soft florals like lily of the valley or honeysuckle. 

Make it Last

Once you’ve layered on your perfect pairings, keep them smelling vibrant all day--or night--by spraying on a fragrance finishing spray like FragranceLock.  Applied after your fragrance has completely dried, it works by creating a breathable mesh on your skin (think of it like netting), trapping the scent on you so it doesn’t evaporate as quickly. Just hold it 10-12 inches away and spray!

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    About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team