Layering Fragrance with Country Chic
I’ve been a fan of Bath & Body Works for quite a long time, so I was extremely happy to be able to land a part-time gig with them to supplement my student loans and other such financial aid. I love testing out all the new products, figuring out all the old ones I’ve never tried before, and sharing what I learn there with my friends, family and customers. During our last Fragrance Event, I was charged with explaining our body care line: What does each product do, and how do you combine them for maximum fragrance?
If your body chemistry is anything like mine, any fragrance you try to wear will disappear within a half hour, leaving you broken-hearted and bitter at your parents for cursing you with your stink-pretty devouring genetics. There is a fix for us, however, and that fix is simply a matter of ‘layering’. The common claim is that by three-stepping your application, your fragrance will last for eight hours. Now, once again, if your body chemistry is like mine, this is a tall claim that will only lead to disappointment. However, there is truth to the idea that it will make you smell “real purty” for longer than one-step alone.
You’ll want to have a shower product, a moisturizer, and a spray in your desired fragrance. I’ve been using Country Chic a lot lately, as it has become my new favourite since the discontinuation of Mango Mandarin.
If you’re working with Bath & Body Works, your shower choices are Shower Gel ($10.50 for 10 fl oz), or Triple Moisture Shower Cream ($12 for 8 fl oz). If we’re working in a winter climate, or perpetually dry skin, I would highly recommend the latter, which combines moisture with cleanser. I prefer the regular Shower Gel, however, simply because I’m more fond of the packaging.
After you hop out of the shower, you’ll want to pat down with a towel, leaving the skin partially moist, then pick up your choice of moisturizer. Sticking with the brand, we have the standard Body Lotion ($10.50 for 8 fl oz), Triple Moisture Body Cream ($12 for 8 fl oz), or Body Butter ($15 for 7 oz). Each product has its particular benefits, with the latter two options being a highly-moisturizing 24-hour formula. Generally, my moisturizer of choice is the Triple Moisture Body Cream, because I love the thick, non-greasy consistency, and it battles against post-shave dryness like no other. As it is getting on in the warmer months, however, I’ve been okay to make do with the regular Body Lotion, which I nabbed for free during the first Fragrance Event this year.
Now that you’re moisturized from head to toe, wrap up in a towel or robe for a few minutes, to let that lotion soak in. Once you’re dry, you’ll either want to pick up your Fragrance Mist for an all-body misting ($12 for 8 fl oz), Eau de Toilette for concentrated fragrance in hot-zones ($29.50 for 2.5 fl oz), or both for a lasting effect. I have personally never owned one of BBW’s EDTs, because I’ve always thought that body mist was a better deal, but when you take fragrance concentration per ounce into consideration, the EDT is slightly cheaper. Still, it’s all down to what you have time and patience for. If you don’t mind re-misting once or twice a day, $12 isn’t bad. If you just don’t want to be buggered with it, EDT is your best choice.
One thing I’ve found interesting in layering with Country Chic is noticing how each particular step holds a different dimension of the total fragrance. The cleansers are where your heaviest concentration of citrus comes into play. Adding the moisturizer highlights more of the florals. Topping it off with the fragrance spray brings in more of the woodsy notes. By the end of the “ritual”, your total fragrance is built to its highest potential. Pretty groovy, eh?
How long does your fragrance last, then? I can only speak personally, because I’ve never rushed up to any of my co-workers and sniffed them while drilling them for their play-by-play that day. If I only use one step alone, I’m lucky to get a half hour before the fragrance fails. All three combined, and I can still pick up the florals and citrus notes for up to three hours afterwards. For me, that’s not too shabby. In fact, it’s pretty darned impressive.
It might be a good idea for some to still tote a travel-size bottle of fragrance mist with them in a purse, glove compartment or in a desk drawer while you’re out and about for the day, but for the most part, you’re set and ready to take on the day! Or, at least, take on dry skin and body odor.