How To Be Your Own Fragrance Mixologist

There's something so fun about watching a bartender craft a cocktail, seeing how they effortlessly combine the ingredients and create a concoction of pure perfection. It can inspire you to head home and get crafty. Being the beauty geeks that we are, though, our desire to brew our own concoctions aren't of the alcoholic variety — instead we're more jazzed to whip up our own scent blends.
If one perfume smells good on you, think of how awesome two would smell together! Sadly, if you've ever had to take a shower after two of them got into a bar fight of fragrance on your skin, you know that not all scents are meant to coexist in perfect harmony.
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We'd like to think that, like any good bartender, a mixing guide should be kept handy at all times. Something to tell you what scent notes play well together so you have a general idea of how to mingle your perfumes to personal perfection. Fortunately for you, we've got just such a thing right here. Read on for our primer on crafting your own private fragrance blend.
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Crisp citrus notes mixed with musk can help you unleash your inner Mata Hari; mysterious and alluring.
Balenciaga Rosabotanica, $100 at Bergdorf Goodman; Aerin Amber Musk, $100 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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A spot of tea layered over a floral gives you a well-bred perfume that's pretty but not overpowering.

Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, $60 at Nordstrom; Bobbi Brown Beach, $70 at Bobbi Brown; Jo Malone London Earl Grey & Cucumber', $60 at Bloomingdale's.
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Skip the plane ticket and layer a pretty floral over vanilla for a tropical scent that dries down sweet and sexy.

Lavanilla Vanilla Summer, $58 at Beauty Bar; Chloé Eau de Parfum, $130 at Macy's.
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Amp up your seduction factor by combining vanilla with a dark, woodsy note.

Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée, $185 at Atelier Cologne; Tokyo Milk Dark Bittersweet, $36 at Beauty.com.
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A spicy fragrance (men's or women's) mixed with a pretty floral is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Flora by Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Toilette, $72 at Ulta; Tom Ford Extreme, $130 at Neiman Marcus.
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If you like unfussy florals, add a marine note for a fresh, clean scent.

Fresh Sugar Eau de Parfum, $88 at Fresh; Bond No. 9 Sag Harbor, $195 at Bond No. 9.
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