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We couldn’t decide on a new spring fragrance, so we got an astrologer to do it for us

As soon as we ticked over into September (the month of Virgo and Libra seasons, and what seems like everyone’s birthday)—the itch for change commenced. Haircuts were booked, ASOS orders were placed and suddenly we were huddled around the fragrance table, spritzing and sampling in the hopes of finding a fresh new scent to match our spring vibe. With a catalogue of about 500 different perfumes to choose from, and the self-inflicted pressure of finding the one, this proved to be an expedition greater than first anticipated. A need for higher (and more cosmic) intervention was necessary, so we slid right back into the inbox of our go-to astrology queen, Alice Bell. Her challenge? To find us the perfect fragrance that’ll take us from spring, to #hotgirlsummer, and all year round, according to our star signs. Obviously, she nailed it. And now—we smell fine. Keep reading to find your scent.

Aquarius: ESCENTRIC MOLECULES MOLECULE 01

“If everyone else has it, Aquarius doesn't want it. They like to maintain their individual identity at all times, and find it hard to follow rules or trends that don't make sense to them. When it comes to perfume they either don't want to wear any, or have a scent that is completely their own. Escentric Molecule's Molecule 01 fragrance is perfect for an Aquarius, because it reacts to your natural body chemistry, creating a scent that is uniquely you.”

Pisces: MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN BACCARAT ROUGE 540 EDP

“Pisces is drawn to all things otherworldly, and they pick up on the subtleties of whatever atmosphere they are in. If they sense that someone is upset, they will become upset themselves. They have to keep track of their own emotions, and are more likely to be drawn to tarot and crystals to get in better touch with their inner selves. A Pisces would be drawn to the Baccarat Rouge fragrance by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, as it takes its name from the ruby crystal used in the iconic Baccarat chandeliers. Its notes of jasmine and saffron also have that ethereal quality that Pisces embodies.”

Aries: DIPTYQUE EAU DE MINTHÉ EDP

“As the first sign in the zodiac, Aries has a youthful energy that doesn't fade with age. They are always wanting to venture out into the world and have new experiences. They tend to grow frustrated when faced with the same routine day after day. Diptyque's Eau De Minthé reflects an Aries' enthusiasm with a fresh scent of mint mixed with lively florals.”

Taurus: MAISON MARGIELA SPRINGTIME IN A PARK EDT

“Taurus is very aware of their surroundings, and they appreciate the beauty found in nature. This earth sign likes to spend their free time outside, smelling, seeing and feeling everything around them. For a Taurus, it's all about activating their five senses. Maison Margiela's Springtime In A Park not only hints at one of Taurus's favorite activities, but also blends fruity, floral and woodsy notes together, keeping Taurus engaged in an olfactory experience.”

Gemini: ELLIS BROOKLN WEST EDP

“Geminis like to constantly keep themselves occupied with reading, writing or socialising. There's nothing they can't stand more than sitting still. Their minds run a million miles a minute, and they are always chasing their next great idea or sharing their latest discovery. The West EDP fragrance by Ellis Brooklyn would be the perfect choice for a Gemini, because it similarly tells a story with its range of top, mid and dry notes. The perfume was also inspired by the Los Angeles writers of the 1970s, and Geminis love a good literary reference.”

Cancer: FLORAL STREET WONDERLAND PEONY EDP

“Cancer is a more feminine sign, as it is associated with the mother, so they would be more into a floral scent. They also tend to sway towards what they know is comfortable and safe. It takes a lot to get a Cancer to come out of their comfort zone. Floral Street's Wonderland Peony fragrance offers a strong, ladylike fragrance of peonies balanced with warmer notes of cedarwood. The scent gives off that element of cosiness that Cancer craves.”

Leo: TOCCA GIA EDP

“Leo is the sign that is all about self-expression. Leos have a definite inner child that they need to get out through their own forms of creativity. Once Leos learn how to stop looking to others for validation, they are able to fully love and accept themselves. Tocca's Gia Eau de Parfum is inspired by artist, Georgia O'Keefe and embodies this Leo like idea of leaning into your creative talents.”

Virgo: BYREDO GYPSY WATER EDP

“Virgos like anything that they can easily throw on in the morning and walk out the door in. They hate to make a fuss over their fashion or beauty routines. They're also extremely tidy, and very attentive to their personal hygiene. When it comes to perfume, they would prefer a scent that is light and just barely there. Byredo's Gypsy Water can be worn on any occasion with it's clean notes of lemon and juniper berry. Virgo is also an earth sign with a more grounded and practical approach to life, so they would connect well to the scent's additional woody notes of sandalwood and amber.”

Libra: EAU D'ITALIE EASY TO LOVE EDP

“Libras are at their best when working with a partner. They're very attentive to the needs of others, and are good at maintaining harmony within their relationships. Libras are anything but selfish, and usually consider the other person before making a decision. Eau d'Italie's Easy to Love fragrance is just that. It's subtle notes of fig and florals are both classic and romantic, and is perfect for the Libra who loves to be in love.”

Scorpio: BYREDO SLOW DANCE EDP

“Scorpios like to test their own limits. They're often looking for ways to transform, and it's often through the loss of their old selves that they can be reborn again. Byredo's Slow Dance fragrance is about a similar transformation, alluding to the rite of passage of girls and boys becoming women and men. It's about moving into this necessary next phase of your life, and to emphasize this point it blends feminine notes of violet and patchouli with more masculine notes of opoponax and cognac.”

Sagittarius: DIPTYQUE PHILOSYKOS EDP

“Sagittarius is on a quest to find deeper meaning in this life. They like to thoroughly understand the topics that they're interested in, and philosophise on why life is the way it is. Their foreign travels and interactions with different cultures help shape their strong opinions, and they have the potential to be excellent writers and mentors. Inspired by the fig tree in Greece, Diptyque's Philosykos perfume plays into the Sagittarius's sense of adventure and teaching.”

Capricorn: MAISON MARGIELA COFFEE BREAK EDT

“Capricorn puts a lot of energy into achieving their career goals. They have high expectations for themselves, and won't back down until they reach what they've been working towards. Because they spend so much time at the office, Maison Margiela's Coffee Break fragrance is just what a Capricorn needs. It mixes coffee with lavender and mint, resulting in an awakening yet simultaneously calming fragrance. Though Capricorn likes to always be doing something, at times they need to be able to just step back and breathe.”

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