Mixing It Up – Layering Scented Oils + USA Giveaway

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Post by Azar


Hello APJ,

I love fragrance oils, including attars (in sandalwood oil), mukhallats (mixtures) and concentrated perfume oils. In keeping with what B-Azar claims to be my working principle, “Anything that is worth doing is worth over-doing”, I have accumulated scores of 3 and 5 ml oils by niche and indie perfumers as well as several larger bottles of concentrated perfume oils from the big Arabian houses like Rasasi, Swiss Arabian and Al Haramain.

Mixing It Up – Layering Scented Oils

Even with this embarrassment of riches I am constantly searching for new scented oil experiences. By mixing and layering what I already own I have been able to satisfy my craving for novelty and at the same time avoid adding too many more bottles to my stash! The Arabian CPOs are great candidates for this kind of experimentation. They are, for the most part, very reasonably priced, alcohol free, non-spray and easy to decant or drop directly from the dippers. Zahra’s Perfume is a great place to look for them.

Azar Perfume Oil#2

My little experiments have taught me to avoid combining scents from a single perfume house and/or fragrances with similar scent profiles. Many of the less expensive concentrated perfume oils are often created from the same synthetic aromatics. As a result mixing similar scents can result in a kind of “inbred” fragrance. One time I tried to marry two fruit-filled first cousins from Swiss Arabian. The result was an incredibly amped up chemical fruit salad, a sort of paradisamide compote, not at all to my taste. My most successful match so far has been a generous wipe of Swiss Arabian Zahra followed moments later by a tiny drop of Rasasi’s Amber Ood. The Amber Ood seems to round out Zahra’s fruity opening, masking the obvious chemical overtones. The result is a truly lush and almost peachy top note, warm and relaxing with a far more balanced heart than either fragrance alone.

Azar Perfume Oil#1

No, I am not a perfumer “wanna-be”. I don’t see myself investing money in the necessary essential oils, absolutes, resins, aroma-chemicals, equipment and supplies. I also don’t want to spend my limited spare time marketing, bottling and mailing. Even though I have an adequate nose it’s not really a great or well-educated one. All I care to do is a little bit of experimentation, hopefully without blowing up the house or creating some kind of poisonous, concoction in the process.

Do you layer or blend your alcohol or oil based perfumes? Have you had spectacular aromatic successes or dismal, noxious failures?

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Layering Scented Oils USA Giveaway


Today we will have two USA winners:

The first will receive:
A full, unopened 20 ml bottle (exp. 1/2018) of the Swiss Arabian CPO Noora (Divine Light).
P&H in the USA

The second will receive:
A sample set of 5 fragrance oils from Olivine Atelier
P&H in the USA


Open to everyone in the USA who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


If you leave any comment about mixing and/or layering you will be eligible for today’s draw!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie Scented Oil GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/p3PURw-2pM #Perfume #Giveaway


Entries Close Thursday 13th February 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org or some other more fun way at the discretion of Azar, our host for this giveaway
The winners will have till Sunday 19th February 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

For more about Swiss Arabian CPO Noora check out Jordan River’s Three Kings of Cologne holiday post.
For a great write up on Olivine Atelier and the perfumes of Julie Wray see FeralJasmine’s APJ post.

Though I can only offer today’s draw to US residents but I would love to hear your comments no matter where you live!

Azar xx

Photos Taken by Azar unless otherwise stated.

44 comments on “Mixing It Up – Layering Scented Oils + USA Giveaway

  1. Patty Pong says:

    I follow by e-mail. I find you can layer Bond no. 9s quite nicely. 🙂

  2. FeralJasmine says:

    I follow by email. I love to play with essential oils, and my most successful mix was based on golden champa and was beautiful to wear. Unfortunately I was never able to remember how I made it, so once that vial was gone, there was no more.

    • Azar says:

      Hello FeralJasmine,
      Your very limited edition Golden Champa must have been gorgeous. There is something so precious about a scent that can never be reproduced. Do you generally keep a notebook or are you strictly improv like me?
      Azar xx

  3. Julie Zamborini says:

    I love to layer Diptique Do Son over The Body Shop’s Coconut Body Milk. So intoxicating! I’m following via e mail. Thank you.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for joining the draw, Julie Zamborini! Your fragrant concoction sounds so warm and tropical and you are so IN!
      Azar xx

  4. Azar says:

    Hi all,
    Here is a little clean-up in “housekeeping”: Entries will close Thursday, February 13 and the reply date is Sunday, February 16. There are also a couple of sources for Arabian oils that I use and forgot to mention: http://miskshoppe.com/ and http://www.mukhallat.com/.
    Azar xx

  5. JMR says:

    I love layering a rose sandalwood shower gel with Malle’s Portrait of a Lady. It just makes the fragrance last a lot longer. 🙂

    Following via email.

    • Azar says:

      HI JMR!
      Thank you for this tip and thank you for joining the draw! I will try layering one of my favorites with a complimentary shower gel too. Great idea!
      Azar xx

  6. maggiecat says:

    I follow via e-mail (and also on Facebook ’cause I can’t get enough of APJ!)

    I’ve tired some combinations of oils and scent layering, with very limited success. I’ve had more success with retailers who encourage mixing ready-made scents with their bath products, creating some very nice blends. But when left alone to play with oils…well, it hasn’t been pretty. I wonder – is this something you can learn, or something you need to instinctively know?

    • Azar says:

      Thanks for following, maggiecat! You are in TWICE!

      I find it a lot easier to layer than to mix things up drop by drop. I am a total amateur and what works best for me is trial and error. I like to think of the process as a kind of improvisation and the result to be valuable no matter what it smells (or sounds) like. If I want to learn something from my improv I take notes, otherwise I just play around. It’s more fun that way and never a serious undertaking!

      Azar xx

  7. Claudia says:

    I follow APJ via email. And honestly, I’ve never layered! Not really brave enough, I guess. I’m not sure I would even know where to start!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Claudia,
      Just try it! Pick two regular perfumes or oils and see what happens. Most likely you will be pleasantly surprised by the results. You are IN of course! Why not do it today and let us know about it right here!
      Azar xx

  8. Tom says:

    I follow via email.

  9. Musette says:

    DNEM (I have Noora (isn’t that the coolest bottle?) as well as a buncho other SAs as well as other oils. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your post! And I’m with you on the in-house layering. That can be tricky!


    • Azar says:

      Hi Musette! I’m so glad you like this post. Thank you.

      The bottles are what first attracted me to these oils. All of the companies like to use ornate, fancy bottles. These CPO bottles are so much fun and so reasonably priced and, of course, most are filled with beautiful, rich scents that project and wear well! When I realized that I could buy one of these oils every month for a year for less than one bottle of something else I was ready to sign up for a “CPO of the Month Club”!

      Azar xx

  10. Lucy says:

    I would love to be entered. One of my layering methods is to use Jasmine Sambac Concrete as a base (I got it from Enfleurage in NYC, they don’t always have it – hand made and thick, tarry. Another perfume on top of that is amped up to the skies. Jasmine has that effect and since about 80 percent of perfumes contain jasmine, many are compatible.
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    • Azar says:

      Fantastic tip, Lucy! I don’t have the concrete but now will have to buy some! What a great idea that totally makes sense. THANK YOU! And of course you are IN!
      Azar xx and x

  11. Holly says:

    Thanks for this post and the giveaway. I follow by email. I love using different fragrances simultaneously, but I usually avoid layering one on top of the other as it can end up as a hot mess. Perhaps I’m just fooling myself when I apply one frag to one area, and a different one elsewhere! I love using essential oils (absolue or concrete) such as jasmine, orange blossom, rose and ylang ylang. White Lotus Aromatics has incredible oils. They’re not cheap, but they are exquisite. For cheap oils, I still love Madini. Olive Flowers is close to Shalimar, Henna is similar to Chamade. I agree with you, this can be really fun and I appreciate the opportunity to read your take and the comments.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Holly,
      Thank you for joining the draw, for your impression of Madini oils and for suggesting White Lotus Aromatics. Sadly for me a couple of my longtime Madini favorites have been discontinued but I am looking forward to checking out White Lotus.
      Azar xx

  12. Laurels says:

    The first time I tried layering it worked pretty well (Yves Rocher Vanille Noire and Chanel Coco edt), but everything I’ve tried since has been less than the sum of its parts. (I had high hopes for VN + A Wing and a Prayer’s Tea Rose, but they sort of made each other too heavy.) I think my “collection” is too small, and my nose too uneducated at this point to make success likely. I’ve never tried adding anything with oud to anything else–maybe I will when I’m feeling brave. I’m in the US, and follow with Bloglovin.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Laurels!
      I’m pretty careful about using my pure, real oud oils for layering. Not only are they extremely expensive but they can sometimes overpower, or worse, get lost in other scents. Something like the Rasasi Amber Oud is a good synthetic stand-in for the real thing and seems to blend well with other perfumes and oils. If an experiment with Amber Oud doesn’t work I don’t worry about it! You are so IN (of course)!
      Azar xx

  13. Kandice says:

    Hi Azar. I follow via email. I used to work with essential oils a lot and loved combining different oils to see what scents I could come up with. However, I’ve been afraid to experiment with perfumes. They are so expensive and my small bottles are so precious that I’m afraid to waste them on a possible disaster! Glad you’ve had such success so far. Thanks for the article.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Kandice!
      I’m glad you liked this article. I usually don’t experiment with the expensive stuff either. That’s why I like the Arabian CPOs for mixing and layering. Thank you for joining the draw! Do you have a favorite combination of scents?
      Azar xx

      • Kandice says:

        There are a lot of combos I used in essential oils that I’ve then found in perfumes, rose and frankincense, ylang-ylang and neroli, etc. But one of my favorite essences to work with is Silver Fir which can be very difficult to find in the US. It’s such a beautiful soft, woody scent and it blends well with lavender, rose, incense, and other wood scents. It’s also good for sinus and respiratory problems. But last time I used it I had to import it from France, so needless to say it’s not something I use every day 🙂

  14. Mary K says:

    I don’t really layer, but sometimes I will put one perfume on my forearms and the spray something else on the part of my hand below my thumb. I usually stick to scents that I feel might be OK to wear together in this way (such as putting something with one predominant kind of flower in one spot and then another different floral on the other spot).

  15. Mary K says:

    I forgot to mention that I am in the US and I follow via Feedly. Thanks!

    • Azar says:

      You are IN, Mary K!
      I like your idea of scenting different parts of the body with different fragrances. I will give it a try!
      Azar xx

  16. poodle says:

    I love to layer. I usually take one of my churchy incense perfumes and spritz something, almost anything over it. More often than not it seems to work out okay. DNEM this time. I just got some oils in a swap so I have plenty to play with at the moment. I just wanted to pop in and say hi.

  17. Azar says:

    I just have to mention again the clean-up at “housekeeping”. Entries will close 2/13 and replies on 2/19.

  18. Lauren says:

    Hi Mom –
    Interesting post – I never really thought to layer fragrances. I should try it sometime… I’ll try to avoid creating any “inbreds”:)!

    • Azar says:

      Thanks for dropping by. If you need any materials for your layering
      experiments you know where to get them! Did you check out the great layering tips in the comments? Stay warm! Spring is right around the corner.
      Mommy Azar xx and an extra x

  19. puhfume says:

    Great article. I enjoy layering fragrance oils too. One of my favorite is sandalwood with jasmine. It does have that Samsara vibe but none of its sillage and complexity. Instead, it’s just a soft and sweet woody floral.

    I follow by email. Thanks for the draw!

    • Azar says:

      Hi puhfume!
      I enjoyed putting this post together and am enjoying the comments even more. Thank you for your tip and for joining the draw! Which sandalwood and jasmine do you like best for layering? I find I actually prefer jasmine grandiflora to sambac. I was lucky to win a sample of the new Australian S. album (thanks to Jordan River’s draw). It is so beautiful but too precious to use in my layering experiments.
      Azar xx

      • Puhfume says:

        Lucky you! Congratulations on the Australian s. Album win.

        I only use the Body Shop’s oils for my layering. They’re not the best one can get but they’re pretty good in their simple, linear ways. Plus, they’re affordable. The jasmine I use is TBS’ newer Indian Night jasime. I think the smell is of the sambac variety.

        I really should experiment with other brands of essential oils.

        Btw, I just realized this is a US only draw. Please count me out. This’ll teach me not to post in the morning next time 🙂

      • Azar says:

        So sorry puhfume!
        The postage on these larger size prizes would break the bank if they were sent anywhere but the US. Thank you so much for your great ideas, though. I’m learning so many new combinations and other great info from the comments to this post.
        Azar xx

  20. mim says:

    email follower, usa

    I tend not to layer most oils because they amp each other up like Azar described– never occurred to me but they are mostly from the same few houses.

    Most layering I do is at least half perfume. Tauer’s Incense Extreme seems to go with everything, and it plus Duro makes something very Amouage-y.

    I like layering things over my decant of Santalum, like today a teensy dab of Mamluk. Or something fresh/lemony with a fuzzy amber like L’ombre Fauve. I have a lemon body oil which I wear alone mostly but will layer with vanilla, amber, jasmine, sandalwood…wow pretty much anything. Including other oils…the brand is different from the perfume oils I have, hmmm….

    • Azar says:

      Hi Mim!
      Your layerings sound absolutely beautiful!!! I am going to try duplicating some of them. Thank you so much for these gems and for joining the draw.
      Azar xx

  21. Jordan River says:

    I think if you measure the ‘moment later’ you will find even more interesting results! Lol. When I layer it tends to be 3 or 4 of my favourites but that really does not work. What I do now is wear different scents on each side to keep my nose entertained throughout the day.
    I love dripping drops from a decent dip stick. I wish the generic samples understood this process as those little things to not make for adequate drops.
    Stunning photo of divine light. DNEM but what a perfect prize.
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    • Azar says:

      Thank you for the tips, Jordan! I will try them right away. I’m glad you liked the photo. Noora was the perfect candidate for this lighting.
      Azar xx

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