Tips on Getting More From Your Candles by Scent Layering

We often associate scent layering with perfume but what if I told you that scent layering can also be used with your home fragrance. What if I told you, you can burn two or multiple complimentary scents at the same time creating a new aroma and atmosphere inside your room. You can use various forms of fragrance by using a mix of wax melts, reed diffusers, sprays, or candles; creating a whole new fragrance altogether.  So, before we dive into mixing our scents we do need to know a few things about fragrance and how to find fragrances that pair well together. 


Fragrance is often described in the fragrance industry similar to musical notes with a Top Note, Middle Note, and Base Note or Low Note. These Notes can be thought similar to music in that when expressed at the right time, creates a melody or in the case of fragrance a certain aroma. The first fragrance note that is expressed is the Top Note, and the Top Note is the first scent a person smells. This scent is often a sharp or strong smell that quickly evaporates leading into the Middle Notes. Some examples of Top Notes are the following: Citrus, Peppermint, Lavender, and Bergamot, that are combined with Middle and Base Notes to complete the scent. 

Middle Notes are often referred to as the heart of the fragrance, it is the fragrance that helps round out the strong scents you initially smell. These notes often emerge just after the Top Notes dissipate. Middle Notes are often floral or herbal and here are some examples: Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Rose; just to name a few. 

Finally, we get to the Base Notes and these are the smells we re left with or come away with, because it is often the last remaining scent a person experiences. This scent usually lingers and is often an earthy heavier fragrance that evaporates slowly. Some examples of Base Notes are: Cedar-wood, Patchouli, Vanilla, Musk that help complete the scent. 


Now that we understand fragrance notes, we need to know how to combine several home fragrance products to create a new scent.  Using two or three different scented candles, wax melts, or some combo of both can create a different or enhanced scent and therefore building a room atmosphere. Once you have chosen your combination make sure to place wax melters or diffusers in areas where you have a cross breeze or an area where the air flows better inside your home. If you are using candles you may also have to be aware you do not place your candle in a drafty spot, the breeze could cause your candle to flicker and release smoke. 


Here are some examples of fragrance layering from our own collections:


  • Simply Lavender -  Simply Vanilla 
  • Fall Flannel - Cranberry Apple
  • Clean Cotton - Baja - Coconut Lime Verbena
  • Berry Basket - Spring Garden
  • Caramel Latte - Cinnamon Bun 


Here are some suggestions of blends using essential oils: 


  • Lemon Grass - Lavender - Vanilla Bean
  • Cinnamon- Nutmeg - Patchouli 
  • Grapefruit- Ylang Ylang- Patchouli
  • Tea Tree - Clove- Rose

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