Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.
Today is Friday, July 24, and I have fragrance enhancers on my mind. I only have one item that is specifically meant to enhance fragrance: Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica Filter Glow. It was launched in 2016 with another “filter”, Blur, but I think they have both been discontinued. These products are a dry oil spray that one applies to skin, then layers with another fragrance. Glow is meant to “boost radiance” and enhance citrus and solar notes in another fragrance, as well as making it last longer. Fragrantica says that it has notes of bergamot, neroli, grapefruit blossom, and rose absolute, though the illustrated notes pyramid shows only citruses and neroli.
It is possible to wear Glow as a fragrance on its own, and it smells very pleasant, as I noted when I first bought it. The texture is also pleasant, a classic “dry oil” that feels soft and absorbs quickly into one’s skin. I tried it the other day with a sample of Parfums de Nicolai’s Number One Intense, which has notes of bergamot, galbanum, sweet acacia, jasmine, tuberose, ylang, rose, orange flower, iris, sandalwood, oak moss, musk, and civet. It did in fact amp up the citrusy aspect of Number One Intense in a manner that I quite liked. It seemed to tone down the civet base note (I used the combination on one arm and Number One Intense alone on the other arm). I can’t say that it made the fragrance last any longer; they seemed to dry down along the same timeline.
Have you tried any fragrance enhancers or fixatives? I wonder if an unscented dry oil spray would serve the same purpose without affecting the original fragrance. Have you come up with any enhancers of your own?