Finding the perfect perfume can be a bit of an odyssey. Since it’s a scent that’s up close and personal on our wrists and necks all day, it has to match our personalities and fit just right. Since our horoscopes can tell us a lot about what makes us tick, they can be a genius way of narrowing down fragrances that might appeal. Feisty fire-signs may move in a different direction from grounded earth signs – and the same goes for water and air. We’ve whittled down the scents we reckon are worth a sniff, according to your star sign.
(21st March-19th April)
Aries, you’re a sunshine and showers baby, born on the cusp of spring, but you’re also the first fire sign of the zodiac. Bright, lively and energetic, your natural warmth draws people towards you. You’re a fierce friend – bubbly and outgoing. However, you don’t suffer fools gladly – if people cross you, they might get burnt. You suit a sun-ripe citrus, it’s zesty and warm, just like you, but with a bit of an edge. With notes of mandarin, lemon, basil and spearmint, try Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi Acqua Eau de Toilette.
Fellow aries: Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Kristen Stewart, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson
LUSH & LEAFY
(20th April-20th May)
It makes sense that you’re down to earth, Taurus, you are the first earth sign, after all. Though you can be stubborn like you’re symbol, the bull, you’re mostly steady, laidback, loving and reliable. You value safety and security and you enjoy worldly comforts. You suit a scent that’s grounded and earthy, but a little luxurious, too. Diptyque’s Philosykos blends milky fig with the green freshness of foliage, heated up by racy cedarwood. It’s succulent and sensual in one spritz.
Fellow taurus: Adele, Gigi Hadid, Jessica Alba, Gal Gadot, Janet Jackson, Cher, Tina Fey
INTRGUIGING & FREE-SPIRITED
(21st May-20th June)
Curious, creative and quick-witted, others may confuse Gemini’s versatility with being fickle or flippant. What you actually are, is open-minded. You can see all sides of things. You’re adventurous and ready to try anything at least once and you’re always at the heart of where the action is. You’re best suited to a renegade scent with a rebellious streak. Bella Freud’s Je T’aime Jane was created to capture the bohemian free-spirited vibe of Jane Birkin. Jasmine, queen of the night flower, ylang ylang and orange blossom mingle against a seductive black oud and sandalwood base for a magnetic scent that’ll leave a trail wherever you go.
Fellow geminis: Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Venus Williams, Lucy Hale
SOFT & SWEET
(21st June-22nd July)
You’re very intuitive and can pick up on energies easily, which is what makes you such a great confidant. You’re sensitive, emotional and compassionate towards others, but you can also be a little guarded and take a while to warm up. While it’s best not to rub you up the wrong way, you’re a lover not a fighter. You enjoy entertaining and making memories. When it comes to perfumes, you suit something soft and sweet. Take a cue from fellow cancerian, Margot Robbie, who let slip that she wears Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria. “When I was younger I never really used to wear perfumes. I would just use an essential oil or I would plait some lavender into my hair but about a year ago I tried Calvin Klein’s Deep Euphoria and I still love it now! It’s a floral scent – quite a sweet, musky rose but it’s feminine and isn’t too strong so I can wear it every day,” she said.
Fellow cancerians: Margot Robbie, Ariana Grande, Mindy Kaling, Meryl Streep, Lana Del Ray, Selena Gomez
FIERCE & FABULOUS
(23rd July-22nd August)
No-one puts Leo in the corner. You’re generous, proud, confident, entertaining, and fiercely protective. Like your symbol, the lion, you’re regal, and sassy. You enjoy the finer things in life, so your perfume is likely to be fancy. Chanel’s latest addition to its Les Exclusifs perfume collection, Le Lion de Chanel, was inspired by another Leo – Coco Chanel. Superstitious and fascinated by the stars, she considered her zodiac symbol a source of luck. This lioness scent has a velvety plushness to it with ambery, leather-like notes of labdanum and patchouli, while vanilla, bergamot and lemon help the scent to feel soft but strong. It’s bound to leave a lingering footprint.
Fellow leos: JLo, Rose Byrne, Sandra Bullock, Megan Markle, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence
(23rd August-22nd September)
Virgos need to have their sh*t together. Mess and disorder makes you stressed. While you’re supportive of others, you can be very hard on yourself. You’re helpful, smart and meticulous. You like to keep things pure and simple so a minimalistic, clean scent appeals. Byredo’s Blanche was modelled on the colour white. It’s untainted, classic and beautiful. The notes of white rose, violet, neroli, peony, blonde woods and sandalwood, translate to a soapy-soft scent that smells like sinking into the most luxuriously indulgent Egyptian cotton sheets (freshly washed and pressed, of course). Bliss.
Fellow virgos: Beyonce, Zendaya, Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz, Taraji P. Henson, Lili Reinhart
ROSY & ROMANTIC
(23rd September-22nd October)
You’re a natural peacemaker, Libra. You value harmony and balance and you have an innate sense of right and wrong. You’re a romantic at heart – alluring and diplomatic, you draw people in with your flirtatious charm. You’re ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, so a rosy scent fits perfectly. Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady is an insider secret thanks to its head-turning (and frankly addictive) fragrance. Delicious Turkish rose is intensified with patchouli, sandalwood and frankincense. Blackcurrant and raspberry unfurl in the top notes for a truly enticing aroma.
Fellow libras: Serena Williams, Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brie Larson, Hilary Duff, Gwen Stefani
TOUGH BUT SWEET
(23rd October-21 November)
Scorpios are complex creatures. You might have a hard exterior and a sting in your tail, but crack through the surface and there’s a heart of gold beneath. Outwardly strong and independent, you’re incredibly gentle and loyal to those closest to you. An ideal perfume would be something that’s tough, but sweet. Fellow Scorpio, Hailey Bieber’s fave perfume, Bond No9 West Side Eau de Parfum, fits the bill. She previously revealed: “it smells awesome. I like it because it’s not a super girly scent – a boy or a girl could wear it. And secretly, the reason I know what the scent is is because a boy had been using it, and I was like, ‘I like this for myself, so I’m gonna use it.'” With notes of rose, ylang ylang, peony, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, and musk, it’s described as a dark-light, high-low, sweet-sharp floral with woody notes.
Fellow scorpios: Ciara, Kendall Jenner, Kiernan Shipka, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, Hailey Bieber
Strong & Sexy
(22nd November-21st December)
Sags are adventurous, enthusiastic, freedom-loving and always say what they think. Your spontaneous and hilarious #nofilter approach is intoxicating to others, and like the rest of the fire signs you ooze passion and warmth. You need a strong scent to keep up with your personality and fellow Sag, Chrissy Teigen, has found exactly that. She revealed that Dior’s Hypnotic Poison is her signature scent to E! Online: “It’s in a red apple bottle. The scent’s not too fruity or too girly. It’s a mix of masculine and sexy,” she said. An ensnaring concoction of sambac jasmine, orange blossom and tonka bean, it combines a buttery glug of vanilla with a striking dash of licorice. Her husband, John Legend has confirmed she smells goooood.
Fellow sagittarius: Miley Cyrus, Zoe Kravitz, Britney Spears, Janelle Monae, Taylor Swift, Tina Turner, Chrissy Teigen
PRETTY BUT GROUNDED
(22nd December-19th January)
Cap, you’re ambitious, determined and were built to climb mountains. Despite this, you’re a solid rock to lean on and a grounding force for others. You’re hard-working, dedicated and a loyal team player. You sway towards classic scents that offer comfort and security, but also boost your mood. Jo Malone’s Wood Sage and Sea Salt is a great choice for scrappy sea goats and works well with your earth sign. It offers a touch of escapism with it’s breezy lick of sea salt but the woodiness of the sage brings it back down to earth, where you feel most at home. Plus, it’s light enough to never weigh you down while you strive.
Fellow capricorns: Michelle Obama, Dolly Parton, Kate Moss, Mary J Blige, Duchess of Cambridge, Zooey Deschanel
ALTERNATIVE & ATMOSPHERIC
(20th January-18th February)
Aquarians are rebels at heart, you hate to be constrained and you don’t need other people to make decisions for you – especially when you have such a clear vision of the world. You’re an activist, and you’re willing to fight for the things you believe in. You’re free-spirited, intelligent, eccentric and adventurous. Even though your symbol is a water bearer, you’re an air sign. The best scent match for you would be something mysterious, esoteric and original. Le Labo Baies 19 is a great fit. Inspired by the smell left behind after it rains, it captures the scent of water as it hangs in the air – elemental, ozonic, instinctive. The complex blend of juniper berry, patchouli and green leaves complements your layered personality. Plus, the brand has it’s own activist card to play since its materials are recyclable and its bottle is refillable.
Fellow aquarius: Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Shakira, Chloe Grace Moretz, Yara Shahidi
LIGHT & SEXY
(19th February-20th March)
You’re a total empath – thoughtful, kind and caring. While you can bruise and take offence easily, it’s only because you expect the same generosity that you show to everyone else. With that said, you’re idealistic and optimistic, you’re a calming influence and like to look for a bright side. Most of the time this works for you. As the last water sign of the zodiac, you tend to keep your glass half full. A light, delicate fragrance suits you best. Byredo’s Gypsy Water fits the bill with its enchanting barefoot bohemian vibe. At first the lemon and juniper gives a splashy gin and tonic feel to this fragrance, before it’s warmed from behind by incense and sandalwood. It’s mysterious, endearing and subtly sexy. Sound familiar?
Fellow pisces: Rihanna, Drew Barrymore, Emily Blunt, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, Rebel Wilson