October 19, 2020
Choosing a new personal scent can be overwhelming. With so many options on the market, how do you find one that’s unique? And where do you even begin in finding out what you love and which scents you definitely don’t? Well, you could start by reading our How to choose a personal scent guide, or you could choose based on your star sign. But there is another way your preferences could be guided too – by your astrological element.
If you’re unfamiliar with this part of your sign, this is one of the ways that astrology classifies each zodiac sign – by the elements water, air, earth and fire – and there are three signs for each element. Each represents different facets of your personality, and so naturally they would also play a part in your preferences towards things (like, fragrance).
Personal Scents for earth signs:
Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
If you think about the Earth, what comes to mind? Stability? Grounding? Not surprisingly then, these are the characteristics akin to earth element signs. Known for being practical and reliable with a quiet sensuality, they are renowned realists and connect with tactile things they can see and touch. Earthy smells are their go-to (think: woods and leather) but they are also attracted to patchouli, rose and lavender, all which are associated with the earth.
Try: Demeter Fragrance Library Dirt Cologne Spray, $32.95; Santal Perfume Oil, $34.95
Personal Scents for water signs:
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Water signs embody all those things we associate with water; they’re intuitive, emotional and fluid by nature, and are led by feelings and senses rather than the earth signs’ logic. Some of their greatest strengths include their understanding and nurturing nature, and their sensitivity. Water signs are linked to the feminine so resonate with ultra feminine, delicate scents (think soft florals or powdery undertones) and are drawn, naturally, to water scents too.
Try: Demeter Fragrance Library Great Barrier Reef Cologne Spray, $32.95; Lollia This Moment EDP, $105.
Personal scents for fire signs:
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Spontaneous, reactive, impulsive and, err… fiery, fire signs do not do things by halves. They are as passionate as they are creative and idealistic too, with a spirit that can be neither tamed nor contained. They’re often brimming with confidence which means they can wear bold, often strong fragrances and carry them with ease. They’re drawn to sensual fragrances with a little mystery to them… think spice with a hint of sweet and unexpected combinations.
Try: Demeter Fragrance Library Fireplace Cologne Spray, $32.95; Tokyo Milk Dark Novacaine EDP, $85; Tokyo Milk Gin and Rosewater EDP, $69
Personal scents for air signs:
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Air signs are renowned for being social, intellectual and versatile. Natural born peacemakers, they are also deep and curious thinkers and love to discuss concepts and ideas. Charming and communicative they often put their energy into humanitarian efforts because they genuinely want to make the world a better place. Fresh, oceanic scents work well for this element, as do crisp citruses and things like vetiver. Air signs are often unconventional too, so something a little on the kookier side could appeal to their search for originality and individualism.
Try: Lollia Breathe EDP, $85; Demeter Fragrance Library Mountain Air Cologne Spray, $32.95; Demeter Fragrance Library Vetiver Cologne Spray, $32.95; Tokyo Milk Dark Everything and Nothing EDP, $85