Beautyscopes

By Stef Schwalb

The scent of a woman is her signature. It’s what makes people remember her, but it isn’t always easy to figure out for oneself what “flavor” suits you best. So this month our Beautyscopes column is dedicated to helping our readers find the bouquets that will make you feel your best, by combining your astrological aura with a choice of four amazing aromas. We’re going tell you the typical attributes of your sign, and then suggest some fragrances that would be a perfect fit for you. It’s the closest thing we could come up with to palm reading, and we hope these personalized picks (created by the Beauty News “scent scopologists”) become your preference. So inhale, exhale and a get ready for some olfactory enjoyment, courtesy of the cosmos.

Originally published April 2006

Aries is known as the "idea man" (or woman!). It's a sign of power that always has a plan or scheme for success. Aries are also fun-loving and free, and always up for a good time. Flowers associated with the sign include red poppy, geraniums, honeysuckles and hollyhocks. Our favorite fragrances for you? (1) The Sands of Aqaba (www.luckyscent.com) is a water wonderland combining a subtle blend of iris, chamomile, coriander and incense to bring on a fresh and spicy scent that's also soft and intriguing. (2) Le Epices de la Passion (Spice Trio) (www.luckyscent.com) by L'Artisan Parfumeur is a tangy triumvirate of Saffron Troublant (saffron, vanilla, sandalwood and red rose), Piment Brulant (white pepper, creamy milk, liquorice and honey) and Poivre Piquant (hot pepper, poppy, chocolate and clove). (3) Flower by Kenzo Le Parfum for Women (www.scentedmonkey.com) has a light, floral, oriental blend of amber, almonds, white musk, bourbon vanilla, parma, violet and poppy. (4) And last but certainly not least, Marc Jacobs Perfume Blush (www.sephora.com) is inspired by the feminine flesh tones of vintage lingerie. It comes housed in a sleek, skin-pink bottle and unites jasmine nectar with hints of fresh air, Italian bergamot and plush floral notes, plus a lush pink musk with cashmere wood and sandalwood. It's understated, unconventional, quite sensual - just like Aries.
  

Taurus is known as the practical sign. It's slightly stubborn, yet always reliable and interestingly enough very into all of the sensual pleasures life has to offer. Flowers associated with your sign include the red rose, daisy, lily and daffodil. Our picks for the perfect scent-sations for tactile Taurus? (1) Frankincense - Myrrh - Rose Maroc by Regina Harris (www.luckyscent.com) is a decadent and lingering perfume oil with a dark, sweet elegance. It combines the ceremonial incense resins of frankincense and myrrh with the opulent and treasured rose maroc. It's hand-blended and comes in an exotic, handmade metalwork bottle. (2) Rouge Hermes Eau Delicate by Hermes (www.hermes.com) is a fresh, light fragrance that combines notes of ylang ylang, rose, myrrh, cedar wood, citrus and bourbon vanilla. (3) Guerlain Paris Mitsouko (www.sephora.com) is a classic scent (created in 1919) that brings together oakmoss and peach. It set the standard for other chypre perfumes to follow. By the way, the name "Mitsouko," which means mystery in Japan, is known to be unique and lightly veiled with its sensuous, aromatic air. (4) Last but not least, we have Comptoir Sud Pacifique's (limited) Le Roi Santal (www.luckyscent.com). It's a sandalwood scent that balances sandalwood on soft cedar. The warm sweetness of cabreuva wood unites with the soft, velvet irresistibility of iris, which will be a delight for the discerning olfactory excellence of Taurus.
  

Gemini is the sign of clear communication. Whether it's verbal or written, Geminis are known to be entertaining and in high demand socially. Flowers this sign favors are lilac, azalea and lily of the valley. The aromas that will elevate Gemini even further? (1) The Pink Room UK's Parfum No. 1 (www.luckyscent.com) offers a dreamy scent of old roses that begin to bloom when warmed by the sun. It's soft yet complex fragrance comes from the Sarah Barton-King-by-appointment-only boutique, where she created this signature scent with Guy Roberts (a man known as having one of the best noses in perfume production). (2) Gucci Envy (www.sephora.com) is a floral fragrance inspired by the innovative scent of vine flower. It is sensual and modern and includes notes of hyacinth, magnolia, lily of the valley, jasmine, violet and iris. (3) Creed 2000 Fleurs (www.parfumsraffy.com) is an enchanting blend of feminine florals made up of fragrance notes that include violet, magnolia, rose, lilac, jasmine, iris, amber and musk. It's a luxurious and luscious. (4) Last but not least, we have Ines de la Fressange (www.sephora.com), which is a quintessential Parisian perfume that combines a lush blend of white roses and peonies with iris, mandarin and blackberry. Top notes include neroli, musk and patchouli that altogether make for a sublime, whimsical yet sophisticated scent, which is a perfect partner for those life-of-the-party Geminis.
  

Cancer is creative, sensitive and romantic. It's a sign synonymous with a strong love for family, home and tradition. Flowers that are associated with Cancer include the water lily (lotus), iris, white poppy, white carnation and southern magnolia. Our scent suggestions? (1) Lalique Femme Eau de Parfum Sprays (www.neimanmarcus.com) is a warm, fresh bouquet that offers fruity top notes of blackberry, Sicilian mandarin and Chinese gardenias; floral hearts that beat of poppies, magnolia, rose and orange blossoms; and base notes founded on moss, cedar, sandalwood, Caribbean musk and Colombian amber. (2) Issey Miyake Paris L'Eau d'Issey (www.sephora.com) is pure floral fragrance united with musky and woody tones. It's made up of a sensuous selection of scents including lotus, cyclamen, freesia, carnations and white lilies, with a hint of amber-seed musk. (3) Black Lotus perfume oil by Black Gardenia - Michele Bergman (www.luckyscent.com) is a delicate floral fragrance united with a fruity freshness made up of notes like lotus, sweet florals and soft musk. (4) Last but not least, we have Keiko Mecheri White Petals (www.neimanmarcus.com), which is a floral-fresh scent that successfully blends crisp citrus, freesia, peonies, white lilies, narcissus absolute, velvety sandalwood of Mysore and crystalline white musk that make it sheer, sweet and understated - just like our quiet and caring Cancers.
  

Leo is a lover of life, simply put. It's a sign that enjoys helping others and living its life to the fullest. Flowers for you include showy dahlia, yellow lily, red poppy, marigold, sunflower and heliotrope. Fragrances we favor? (1) Valentino V Absolu Eau de Parfum (www.neimanmarcus.com) is the legendary designer's signature scent. It's a limited edition that is an intense variation of the feminine and sensuous Valentino Eau de Parfum, which boasts citrus top notes of grapefruit, mandarin, fig and freesia; heavenly heart notes of orange blossom, frangipani, rose petals and heliotrope; and beautiful base notes of cedarwood, sandalwood, amber and musk. It comes housed in a modern red, glass bottle that's emblazoned with the signature "V" logo. (2) Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll (www.sephora.com) is for every woman who is young at heart. This scent is sophisticated yet lighthearted, and unites notes of grapefruit, red currant, rhubarb, wild roses, freesia, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, pomegranate, grenadine, cedarwood and peach. It comes housed in a faceted crystal bottle that's pink inside and out, and shaped like a spinning top that features a golden stopper as its crown. (3) Comptoir Sud Pacifique Fleurs Des Caraibes (www.beauty.com) is a refreshing fragrance that combines notes of bergamot, fresh melon, heliotrope leaves, hibiscus, ylang, freesia, sandalwood, flamboyant wood, jasmine, vanilla, amber and musk. It's freshly feminine and exotic. (4) Last but not least, we have George Sand Eau de Parfum by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier (www.luckyscent.com), which is the first perfume in a planned series of scents created to honor the great historical figures of France. This fragrance is made beautifully bold by combining a strong dose of patchouli and bergamot with the spicy selections of rose, sandalwood and amber. It's a scent that lets the world know who it is, similar to the sign of life-loving Leo.
  

Virgo is known for being idealistic. It's a shy sign of the zodiac that's hard-working, intellectual, hopeful and fabulously feminine. Flowers you favor are aster, chrysanthemum, ivy and fern. Scents we will think you'll find sensational? (1) Ralph Lauren Fragrances Pure Turquoise Parfum (www.sephora.com) is an exotic floral fragrance made up dewy classis, night blooming cereus and earthen patchouli. It comes housed in a bottle that's handmade by the Brosse Factory, the only place in the world to use a traditional means of hand polishing their products. (2) Sisley Eau de Campagne EDT Spray (www.neimanmarcus.com) offers an innovative blend of fresh fragrance that both men and women can enjoy. It combines a scent-sational light top note of wild green grasses with the delicate scent of tomato leaves. (3) Miller Harris Eau de Vert EDP (www.saks.com) is part of the Nouvelle Edition, sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. It is a classic scent that combines mountain herbs, pine, lavender, juniper and artemisia with rose, geranium, moss, musk and vetiver. It comes in a signature botanical print bottle. (4) Last but not least, we have the Rue Cambon Collection (www.chanel.com), which offers three fabulous fragrances to choose from: Gardenia, Cuir de Russie and Bois des Iles. Gardinia is naturally inspired by dew-drenched leaves, creamy petals and vanilla; Cuir de Russie has a leather aroma united with a fruity top; and Bois des Iles has a woody scent with flowery heart, perfect for the understated yet vibrantly feminine Virgo.
  

Libra is known for being fair. As the sign of justice, it is even-handed and loves to be admired for its good taste and charm. Libra is the general ruler of flowers, but blooms best with roses (white or pink), daisies, violets, asters and orchids. Scents we think you'll savor? (1) Bond No. 9 Bleecker Street (www.saks.com) is a chic scent of woodsy gourmand oriental that's made for a woman or man. Top notes include violet leaf, cassis and thyme; middle includes jasmine, cedarwood and cinnamon; and bottom notes are made up of oakmoss, suede, patchouli, amber and vanilla. It's seductive yet sweet, and comes clothed in a hand-painted, fabric-inspired design by artist/designer Rachel Katz. (2) Vera Wang Sheer Veil Eau de Parfum (www.neimanmarcus.com) is champagne toast that combines illuminated and romantic florals like champagne rose and lavender dream rose, dewy violets, white stephanotis and gardenias with hints of white lilies. (3) Alexander McQueen My Queen (www.sephora.com) is enchanting blend of sweet almond and violet, orange blossom, heliotrope and white musk with notes of cedar, patchouli, iris and vanilla. It's marvelously multi-faceted. (4) Last but not least, we have Violette Eau de Toliette by Calypso - Christine Celle (www.luckyscent.com) is dark violet fragrance that combines violet petals, wild honey and rose to make a royal purple scent fit for a queen like Libra.
  

Scorpio is known to be passionate and competitive. It's a strong sign that commands authority, but is also highly emotional. Flowers you favor include the anemone, heather and gardenia. Our favorite fragrances for you? (1) Quelques Flores (www.neimanmarcus.com) is a pioneer in floral fragrances as it became the first multi-floral bouquet 90 years ago. This enduring scent is a family secret that blends sensual florals made up of over 250 raw materials and more than 15,000 flowers. It's wrapped in a theme of sculptured petals housed in a frosted and clear French glass. (2) Narcisco Rodriguez For Her EDT Spray (www.saks.com) was named best women's fragrance in Allure magazine's "Best of Beauty." It unites musk, honey flower, radiant amber and tactile woody pulsations. It's a soft and highly sensual scent. (3) Hermes 24 Faubourg (www.hermes.com) was launched by the design house of Hermes in 1996 and is characterized as a sharp, flowery scent that combines a blend of orange blossom, amber, vanilla and blooming fresh cut flowers. (4) Last but not least, we have Tiffany Parfum (www.tiffany.com), which is an elegant, floral blend of damascensa rose, Indian jasmine, ylang ylang fleur d'orange and iris. Like the namesake jeweler, the quality of scent is solid - and Scorpio wouldn't have it any other way.
  

Sagittarius is a positive sign that's larger than life and deals well with matters of the higher mind. Its interests lie in cultural pursuits, and it is an extremely honest communicator (for better or worse). Flowers associated with your sign are huge mums, hydrangeas, dahlias and peonies. The aromas that will make Sagittarius soar? (1) Sabi by Henry Dunay (www.neimanmarcus.com) is created by the renowned jeweler who loves to adorn women with beautiful baubles. His sparkling scent includes a blend of over 250 captivating oils such as jasmine, rose, ylang ylang and exotic spices. The outcome is a feminine and fabulously romantic fragrance. (2) Ralph Lauren Fragrances Lauren Style (www.sephora.com) is modern floral combination of suede, sensual musk and sleek woods. It provides a classic and timeless "taste" to every woman who wears it. (3) Salvatore Ferragamo Parfums Incanto Charms (www.sephora.com) is an exotic, fruity and floral blend of ingredients such as passion fruit, honeysuckle and jasmine. It gives off a glamorous sense of free-spirited feminism. (4) Last but not least, we have L'Artisan Parfumeur Passage d'Enfer Eau de Toilette (www.luckyscent.com), which is an exotic blend of flowers, aloe and incense that makes for a dark and beautiful bouquet that's seductive and slightly hypnotic, just like Sagittarius strives to be.
  

Capricorn is pragmatic and goal-oriented. It's a sign that works hard to make progress, personally and professionally, but plays hard too. Flowers for you include the camellia, orange blossom, carnation (red), baby's breath and magnolia. The aromas we think Capricorn will find irresistible? 1) Iris Nobile Eau de Toilette (www.neimanmarcus.com) is the latest Acqua di Parma perfume to pay homage to the elegant iris flower. It includes top notes of iris petals, star anise, tangerine and bergamot; middle notes of iris petals concrete, cedar flower and orange blossom water; and base notes of iris rhizomes, ambrette crystal and vanilla. It comes housed in a glass bottle that features the signature label. (2) Robert Piguet Paris -France Francas Solid Parfum (www.sephora.com) is the masterwork of French couturier Robert Piguet and the signature scent of a discreet and discerning coterie of women. It's pure, provocative and modern with notes of tuberose, jasmine, jonquil, gardenia, lily of the valley, white iris, orange, sandalwood, vetiver and musk. (3) Prada Parfums Intense Deluxe Eau de Parfum (www.sephora.com) is an innovative fusion of fragrance that combines notes of bergamot oil Italian, orange oil, Mandarin flower, mimosa Indian, rose absolute ABS and Peru balsam, among others. It is classic and alluring. (4) Last but not least, we have Clean Baby Girl Eau de Toilette (www.beauty.com), which is a fresh, citrus fragrance that unites top notes of lemons, cyclamen, orange and Egyptian geranium; heart notes of African violet, heliotrope, lavender, ylang ylang and ceylon cinnamon; and base notes of white musk and cedar. It makes for an invigorating aroma that any Capricorn could get inspired from.
  

Aquarius is known to be unpredictable. This "unknown element" of the zodiac is also a sign that oddly enough has an attribute of personal stability and works best in structured circumstances. Flowers associated with Aquarius included gladioli, tiger lily, trillium and bird of paradise. Our scent suggestions? (1) Acqua Di Gio (www.sephora.com) has an aquatic floral aroma that mixes tropical flowers with sea spray. It's a scent that combines an olfactory essence to your style of living. (2) Jil Sander Pure Eau de Toilette Spray (www.neimanmarcus.com) is a floral, woodsy and musk perfume that sits refreshing smooth on the skin. It includes notes of cyclamen flower, fresh petal jasmine and lush sap with white musk, sandalwood and ambrette seeds. (3) Marc Jacobs interprets Gardenia (www.sephora.com) incorporates all of the fundamental aspects of Marc Jacob's designs with an uncomplicated and sensuous combination of gardenia, wild muguet, skin musk, cedar and ginger. It's luxurious and lush, which every woman will love. (4) Dior Pure Poison (www.sephora.com) is a seductive blend of white flower bouquet infused with fresh amber and sexy musk. It's surprisingly radiant and alluring, just like Aquarius.
  

Pisces is sensitive and spiritual sign that knowledgeable, understanding and naturally lucky. Flowers that please Pisces include orchid, lilac, wisteria, lotus, white poppy and peony. Fragrances will think you'll favor? (1) Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EDP Spray (www.saks.com) is listed on W Magazine's "A List," and is full-bodied floral explosion of opulence and positivity. Its magical notes of tea and bergamot, sambac jasmine, orchid, freesia, rose and patchouli inspire the senses. It comes housed in a bottle cut like a multi-faceted, dazzling diamond. (2) Comptoir Sud Pacifique Cool Tropic Palm - Eau de Toilette Spray (www.beauty.com) comes from the fragrance family of fresh water. It includes top notes of lemon, melon and iodine; heart notes that beat of ozone, pacific rose, lotus and mahogany wood; and base notes of precious woods, velvety peach and marshmallow. (3) Fresh Pink Jasmine Index Eau de Parfum (www.beauty.com) is an invigorating blend of ingredients that make a beautiful bouquet. Top notes include red orange, freesia, spring lilac; heart notes include magnolia, peony, fresh jasmine and tiare flower; base notes are made up of precious woods, velvety peach and marshmallow. (4) And last but not least, we have Moschino Couture! (www.beauty.com), which is a vibrant blend of notes that lovingly linger on the skin to inspire a sensuous self-confidence. Top notes include bergamot, mandarin and pepper; heart notes are made up of peonies, jasmine, pomegranate and poppy seeds. The combination is one that every Pisces will passionately prefer.
  
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