I am somewhat of an astrology nerd. In my opinion, our birth charts and star signs can help us with pretty much everything in life, from our love lives to wondering how to survive mercury retrograde. I'll be the first person to tell you there is a new moon or that your boyfriend just isn't the most compatible star sign for you. But as a beauty journalist, I know it doesn't stop there.
"Your zodiac sign can play an important role in the way you should be looking at your beauty routine. Our zodiac signs have the ability to determine many aspects of our life—starting from our personality and also our beauty routine. That's why, like all routines, the beauty routine is also marked by the luck and movements of the planets in our astro chart," reveals Dalila Salgueiro, astro-manifesting coach and founder of the Manifesting App.
And this is particularly true when it comes to fragrance. The routine of spritzing before you head out is one we always remember, especially if you've taken up fragrance layering (which most signs would benefit from). We can spend a great deal of time deciding on a wedding scent we will want to use forever or opt for celebrity perfumes in the bid to find the one—so why not take pointers from our star signs?
When you think about it, it makes sense that each sign gravitates to something different in fragrance. Here Dalila gives an overview of what scent to expect depending on your Sun sign.
According to Dalila, air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) should opt for "light, floral notes". Earth signs (Virgo, Taurus and Capricorns) should look for "woody, natural notes". The fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) need "bold, spicy notes". Finally, water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) should look out for "aquatic, sea salt notes". Keep scrolling for the exact fragrance notes you should be looking for depending on your star sign.
"You have a daring and adventurous personality. As a fire sign you are strong and independent. Try a bold fragrance that stands out such as black pepper," says Dalila.
- Black pepper
Salgueiro says air signs like Aries need bold, spicy notes, and this fragrance is an eruption of spice and warmth, balanced out with a touch of sweetness. Mixed with notes of black pepper and tonka bean, it is the epitome of an Aries, sweet but spicy.
"For Taurus, beauty is about tranquillity, persistence and serenity. You like to stay in your comfort zone and not take any risks. You need to try something new and bold and get out of your security and comfort zone. This sign is a lover of luxury and riches. Find a scent that has a beautiful bottle and bold rich scent such as notes of oudh and tonka bean," Dalila explains.
- Tonka bean
If it's luxury a Taurus needs, then a Kilian fragrance should be an option. It's so luxurious as a brand that even Rihanna is a fan. A Taurus needs woody and natural notes and Angels Share is the woody scent. This fragrance mimics the woodiness of cognac barrels and oak absolute. It's all mixed with notes of tonka bean and sandalwood, pretty much everything a Taurus needs in a scent.
"A soothing fragrance with notes of lavender and camomile will help calm the mind of Gemini. You are ruled by Mercury and have a tendency to overthink and become anxious," says Dalila.
With woody base notes of tonka, this scent has middle notes of the all important lavender, and top notes of Roman chamomile and clary sage—relaxing and grounding.
"Your best fragrance would be one that is relaxing and pampering. Cancer is a sensitive sign and would suit best a spa-like, soothing fragrance, such as rose and sweet pea. Avoid intense, strong scents. This will help you to balance your energies, especially those related to nostalgic feelings of living in the past," says the astro-manifesting coach.
- Sweet Pea
- Blue camomile
With top notes of Bulgarian rose and chamomile, Silk Mood is pretty much made for a Cancer that is searching for a nurturing scent.
Leo's love to stand out."You love to be the centre of attention. Try a fragrance that makes you stand out of the crowd and feel confident, such as spices and citrus notes," says Dalila.
- Green pepper
Our Acting Senior Beauty Editor, Shannon, is a Leo, and in true Leo fashion, when I ask which her favourite scent is (out of the hundreds she's tried), she said this, with notes of neroli that a Leo loves.
"You are analytical, helpful, modest and hardworking. You are a perfectionist at heart, and so the best fragrance for you is a classic timeless scent that makes you feel at home. Such as a comforting floral scent," says Dalila.
This one is big on the timeless quality of a coffee break, but the main note is lavender—just what a Virgo ordered. With calming lavender and comforting coffee and cedar, it's a great choice.
I know I just suggested this for a Leo (and it's not often Leo and Virgo suggestions cross over), but this is the one fragrance that works for both. It's quickly becoming a timeless classic and has the notes of lavender and cedarwood that Virgos are drawn to.
"Libra is all about balance. Also ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty and love. It is considered one of the most physically gifted in the entire zodiac. You are all harmony and beauty. Try a scent that is timeless and will reflect your harmonious nature such as rose and sandalwood," Salgueiro, founder of The Manifesting App explains.
- Violet leaf
This is a floral fragrance with top notes of violet leaf and base notes of white musk. If Libras love beauty then this is the one, as the bottle is just as stunning as the scent itself.
"You have a passionate and intense energy ruled by Mars, the planet of desire," says Dalila. So opt for fragrances with neroli and mandarin. "These scents are mysterious and sensual to match your energy," she adds.
My Way is the definition of passionate and intense, with two of the key fragrance notes for a Scorpio. The floral scent has top notes of mandarin, but at the heart of it is Neroli. Just what a Scorpio ordered.
"You have an enthusiastic, high-energy nature. Try a citrus, lemony scent to match your happy energy. Think of sunshine in a bottle," says Dalila.
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