We don’t need to worry much about how to store our fragrances in monsoons, but how to apply them when it rains. The hot and humid weather makes the application ineffective to a certain extent and the sillage (the degree to which a perfume’s fragrance lingers in the air when worn) is reduced.

Be selective in choosing your base, mid and top notes of the perfume.

The top notes are what you smell at the first whiff but they fade quickly, middle notes, also called heart notes are richer and longer lasting. They include aromatic herbs and spices such as lavender, rosemary, nutmeg, and cardamom, as well as headier florals like rose, jasmine, and gardenia. Base notes are the most dramatic and longest lasting. Notes like cedar, patchouli pine, and musk are called woody and are ideal to beat the musty monsoon mood.

Besides the notes, during monsoons, look for formulations with a higher concentration of oils, such as Eau de Parfum rather than eau de toilette, to ensure that it stays on the skin for longer. Or you could be smart and layer your fragrances. Many of us do this unconsciously. What if we do it consciously, letting your nose take center-stage as you select the smells which are layered on the body?

Layering is taking different product categories that have the same fragrance, and you apply them at different times.

For instance, start with a scented body wash, follow it with a body cream, then spray on some mist and finally apply EDT or EDP, all of the same fragrance. You could add a few drops of scented bath oil to a warm bath. Perhaps wear a scented ceramic bracelet and carry the same fragrance with you all the time.

Layering could also be combining two or more fragrances. There are no hard and fast rules. It is all about personal taste, and the mood that we want to create. Sometimes we want to smell fresher and at other times more glamorous. You can work with complementary notes such as fresh-floral-fruity, spicy-woods or contrasting notes such as green woody or floral aromatic. For instance, if you feel your regular floral scent is too light for the present mood, try spritzing a bit of your partner’s spicy cologne to get that zesty vibe.

So if you want your fragrance wardrobe to multitask, get creative and experiment with ‘layering scents’.

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