Scent: Layering and Mixology

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed up a few of your favorite fandom candles? Would blending Jamie & Claire smell good? Would burning two Love Potion candles work? What would happen if you took a wax tart from your Autumn on the Ridge tart and blended it with one from The Gathering?

When you decide to get experimental with you favorite scented candles or scented wax tarts, you are using two strategies to vary your scentmospheres: layering and mixology.

Scent layering involves using different fragrance mediums-- candles, tarts, reed diffusers, and air fresheners, to name a few-- to create a unique fragrance profile. By using multiple scented products, we are able to create an interesting scentmosphere

The possibilities are endless when it comes to combining different fragrances, but simple combinations like apple and cinnamon or lemon and herbs come to mind as easy and classic blends to create. In fact, by using similar or complementary fragrances, we can create our own lovely scentmospheres for all to delight in. The use of different fragrance mediums creates different levels of fragrance-- some stronger, some more subtle, but all work together to create an overarching scentmosphere. The great thing about layering is that it’s easy to experiment with combining different fragrances...and if you don’t like how the scentmosphere turned out, you can simply extinguish one or all mediums to reset your scentmosphere!

Scent mixology is a little different. It is the art of combining two or more fragrances together to create a new scent for the whole room or space. Fragrance mixology focuses on combining fragrances and not forms, unlike fragrance layering. In other words, although it has the same end goal, mixology involves actually mixing wax tarts, or fragrance oils from reed diffusers, into a warmer. 

To put it simply, we would cut up a couple of tarts and melt them together. This can be really creative for those who like to mix things up-- sorry about the pun there! :) Also, a little bit more thinking has to be done here as not all scents work well together. When mixing scents for the first time, it may be best to go for a more subtle blend as what is done cannot be undone once mixed, unlike layering!

Have you ever tried either of these strategies? How have they worked for you? Do you prefer layering or mixology?

*I hope you enjoyed my blog series on scent and use some of the tips I mentioned for improving your scentmosphere at home!