Layering Fragrances To Mimic My Favorite Luxury Scents

Musk? Amber? Fruit? All of the above? Coming right up.
Kate F.
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Musk? Amber? Fruit? All of the above? Coming right up.

Not so long ago, if you took a peek inside my purse, you’d probably be wigged out by the sheer number of fragrance samples lurking within. Whether I really like them (Marc Jacobs Daisy) or not (DKNY Be Delicious), I can’t resist their pure, portable functionality. After all, who wants to lug around a heavy glass bottle full of very spillable liquid?

Well, that was my purse then. Now, thanks to Inglot, I’m no longer creeping around the fragrance section of Macy’s, sticky fingers at the ready for samples. The five Inglot Freedom System Solid Fragrances are a clumsy perfumista’s dream. Plus, they’re $12 a pop, magnetic (and therefore stackable!), and (my favorite part) designed for layering.

inglot freedom system stack

The Inglot Freedom System of fragrances.

Though I do like a few of the scents alone--Golden Wood and Bright Amber are to die for--they smell a lot like some of my favorite fragrances when layered. Here, a few of my combos and their expensive counterparts.

Bright Amber + Green Fruit = Dolce & Gabbana The One

dolce & gabbana the one

The makings for Inglot designer impostor no. 1. 

Whenever I spritz on The One, I instantly feel like I’m going somewhere important. For this, I blame the amber base notes. My Inglot recipe’s got a similar vibe: Layer Green Fruit over Bright Amber--Dolce & Gabbana’s magnetic scent includes both--and dance the night away as flirty fruits fade to deeper tones.

Mandarin Crush + Purple Musk = Versace Yellow Diamond

versace yellow diamond

Try these to make Inglot designer imposter no. 2. 

Yellow Diamond is my college roommate’s fragrance of choice, and catching a whiff feels like going home. Nostalgia aside, Inglot’s Mandarin Crush is equally welcoming, thanks to a combo of fruits and florals, before the refined Purple Musk invites you to stay awhile. Not unlike a bottle of Versace, or a big ol’ college-style pizza and wine night, am I right?

Purple Musk + Golden Wood = Parfum Divin De Caudalie

caudalie parfum divin fragrance

Try layering these two to achieve designer impostor  no. 3. 

Ahh, your classic, woody scent, with a kick of vanilla added for some seriously sexy depth. Caudalie’s crowd favorite combines the likes of cedar wood and white musk with a few unexpected touches, like grapefruit. Similarly, Inglot’s Golden Wood solid integrates woody base notes with citrus-y top notes: apricot, orange, and sugared berries. Finally, Purple Musk adds the sensual kick that I admire so in a bottle of Parfum Divin.

Golden Wood + Green Fruit = Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede

Layer these two to get designer impostor no. 4. 

Layer these two to get designer impostor no. 4. 

There’s an intricacy to Peony & Blush Suede that I think is especially hard to capture, but oddly enough, layering these two solids does the trick, too. Green Fruit, like the Jo Malone, opens with mesmerizing florals--lotuses and lilies, anyone? But as the night wears on, woodier, more leathery tones emerge, thanks to Golden Wood.

Love that you can split these babies up for two separate bags.

Love that you can split these babies up for two separate bags.

Word of advice: I recommend layering the lighter tones (Green Fruit and Mandarin Crush) atop the heavier notes (Bright Amber, Golden Wood, and Purple Musk). Otherwise, the fruits and florals get a little lost.

  • How about you? Are you a fan of solid fragrances?
  • What are your favorite fragrance notes?
  • Do you have any perfume layering tricks?