What's Your (Scent) Sign?
A scent should not only speak to you, it should also speak for you, so for a fragrance that adequately expresses your personality? It’s written in the stars, says our mysterious resident astrologer, Lady Liberty
Here's an idea for when you're seeking out your next signature scent. Rather than becoming overwhelmed by confusing fragrance families, or spending ages deciphering the full perfume glossary of tricky terms, have you considered taking a slightly more cosmic approach? We mean shopping via your star sign, of course, the clever way to find a fragrance that somehow encapsulates every facet of your personality. Below, we tasked Lady Liberty with identifying the best perfume to suit every sign of the zodiac.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Never a shrinking violet, you’ll find the Arien in eveningwear even when the dress code read ‘smart casual’, dirty martini in hand and flirting with the most attractive person in the room. They’re wearing Frédéric Malle Synthetic Jungle. It’s the Arien’s articulation of what Cher would have spritzed all over her embellished leotard as she headed out to Studio 54. The bold, sparkling basil top note, full frontal florals (think hyacinth, lily of the valley and jasmine) and glossy, juicy synthetic blackcurrant mimic the Arien’s daring attitude, while the seam of rich leather at the base sings to their inner diva.
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Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
The Taurean is the loyal, generous friend who will give you an alibi if you ever need one, but they’ll do it in vintage gold Chanel jewellery and with a flawless blow dry. They always look expensive (no matter what they’re wearing), but they’ll give you the crisply laundered shirt off their back, if you ask. If you put that shirt on, it will smell like Veronique Gabai Eau de la Nuit. Instantly, you’re transported to the Côte d’Azur. The warm heart of woods, amber and musk is thoroughly Taurean – comforting, tastefully luxuriant, but somehow familiar and just a touch extravagant.
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Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
An air sign, the Gemini makes friends quickly and easily. They’ll float
through a room, connecting with everyone. They’re the person who
ended up climbing a Himalayan Mountain on their gap year when
it was originally meant to be a weekend trip to Paris. The Gemini
celebrates life, wearing Byredo De Los Santos, which is inspired
by Día de los Muertos. Mirabelle plum and sage make a bright and
unexpected pairing, which thrills the Gemini, while the big heart of
powdery iris root and musk lingers gently on the air long after the
Gemini has moved on in search of the next exciting experience.
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Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
is sensitive to the feelings of others and upfront about
their own even when things get awkward. They make ferocious
allies. It’s the Cancerian who’ll tell you that your new boyfriend
is a mountain of red flags or when you have spinach in your teeth.
They guard loved ones with all the snippiness of the crab that
represents their sign. Tobak from Maya Njie
is a true Cancerian fragrance – water signs suit a fragrance that
is deeply evocative, a little tumultuous, and complex. The bracing fragrance hits like a truth, and settles into the strength
of smoky tobacco leaf and a hint of cinnamon.
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Leo (July 23 – August 22)
As a child, the Leo was the one in the playground who called the
shots, and nothing has changed. Whatever they want to play, we’re
playing, but it’s okay – time spent with a Leo is guaranteed fun.
They are drawn to the depth and dynamism of Vilhelm Parfumerie
Dear Polly – the rich, bombastic aroma of freshly brewed hot black
tea suits the Leo. They can’t help but make a strong statement
right away. Wait a little though, and you’ll catch the notes of crisp
apple and bergamot which whisper of their lighter side and robust
oakmoss, befitting the Leo’s bombastic character.
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Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
The Virgo is the planner in your friend group. They organise the trips
and always have paracetamol in their bag “just in case”. They want
everything to be perfect – so much so that the Virgo might actually
miss the concert or dinner party while worrying about whether
everyone else is having a good time. The Virgo wears Escentric
Molecules 01 – a scent that contains just one ingredient, Iso E
Super. It smells different on everyone, adapts with the seasons, and
reflects the Virgo’s love of order and simplicity while bringing out
the velvety radiance that we all know lies underneath.
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Libra (September 23 – October 22)
The Libra is an air sign, which comes with strengths and weaknesses.
They’re extroverted and sociable, but indecisive. So, they’ll always
say “yes” when you ask them to brunch, but they’ll also always
say “I should have ordered that” when they see your French toast.
Then they’ll eat some of it without your consent. You forgive them
though because Libras are lovable romantics. They wear Creed
Wind Flowers, which might as well have been created just for them.
Sweet jasmine, the smoothness of Tunisian orange blossom with
the buttery juiciness of soft peach and creamy praline give way to a
burst of rich, audacious (and very Libran) tuberose.
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Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
The Scorpio elicits strong reactions. You’ll either instantly love them,
or instantly not, and they’re fine with that because they’re not
changing for you. They’re scrupulously upfront (you’ll realise that as
soon as they tell you that your new highlights remind them of early
2000s boybands with frosted tips), but there’s no one braver than
the Scorpio. They wear Vyrao The Sixth. Provocative herbal notes come
flanked by others that mimic the Scorpio’s powerful character –
angelica root, patchouli, fennel and peppermint
and, in typical Scorpio style, a subversive bright tang from
apple. The Scorpio always reserves the right to surprise.
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Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarians are clever, curious and prioritise freedom. If you need
them to help you move house this Saturday, you may find your
messages left on ‘unread’, but if you need someone to take an
ill-considered winemaking class with or to visit Peru with you
last-minute, they’re there. Sagittarians treasure travel and experience
and will always choose something layered and interesting over
something simple. They’ll love the counterintuitive but beautiful
pairing of fig and cedar in Ortigia Fico d’India. It blends notes of Fico
d’India cactus with Sicilian orange flower for a scent that speaks
to a fire sign’s exploring heart.
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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
An earth sign, Capricorn’s feet are always firmly planted. While the
rest of us are playing grown-up and hoping no one notices that
we don’t know what we’re doing, the Capricorn is busy being
an actual adult. They never run out of clean towels or forget to
put their retainer in at night. Comme Des Garcons Floriental is
Capricorn in a bottle. Wholly unique, it combines the sticky heat of
resin and the ambery animalism of labdanum veiled in the dynamism
of incense. Over the top of these energetic notes waft pink pepper
and plum liqueur, just to remind the Capricorn to find the fun in life.
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Aquarius (January 20 – Febuary 18)
Aquarians are natural innovators. Always hungry to understand
the world and people around them, they love being with others, but
prioritise standing out. Always at a slight distance, they can be a
little aloof and difficult to read. When you’re in the room with an
Aquarian, you might detect the fragrance of Diptyque Philosykos.
It evokes Grecian summer air drenched with the aroma of sun-ripened
figs amid the fresh snap of green leaves. Beneath the ethereal leaves
and fruit, the woody strength of the tree helps ground the intellectual
Aquarian here in the moment with the rest of us.
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Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pisceans are the ultimate water sign – empathetic, sensitive, and
intuitive. They tend to be deeply creative and connected to their
surroundings – the person you’ll tell your most embarrassing secrets
to – and they are endlessly patient with all excitable dogs, fussy
babies, and belligerent adults. The Piscean is a walking portal to
a lovelier, more imaginative world. It’s no surprise that they wear
Le Labo Baie 19, a scent that captures petrichor – the fleeting
fragrance of rain newly fallen on dry ground, while dry juniper and
earthy patchouli teleport you to a rain-soaked woodland.
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