As an invisible, mega-potent & magic substance, perfume comes under the astrological domain of Neptune. It’s interesting that the passage of Neptune through the hardcore sign of Capricorn (1984 to 1998) coincided with a never-before-seen tweak of most perfumes. Scents that were comprised of essential oils of Rose & Flowers – at least in part – were reformulated to be more in line with the dictates of economic rationalism. Some of them even began to smell more like their own cheap imitators.
You know the pharmacy knock-offs – “If you Like Eternity…You’ll Love Forever…” It’s not good when you cannot tell them apart. I’d read an article about how Aerin Lauder was basically like some sort of a saint for a scent she created Amber-Ylang-Ylang and I’m ylang-ylang mad. I sprinkle the real stuff everywhere and am convinced it’s enchanted. So I spotted this new Estee Lauder fragrance whilst ambling through a department store the other day and avidly sprayed it all over the shop. Okay, on my wrist.
At first, it smelled divine. Yes – ylang-ylang and yes, something ambery….A sensual and divine reek, like being enveloped in a gracious and feminine aura of extra strength & inspiration…how scent should be. But YICK. Within half an hour it had dried down into something that was like the bog freshener used in those service station lavatories. And so many of them DO smell like effing fly spray.
I think, as Pluto goes over the Capricorny ground covered by Neptune in the mid-80s, we’re seeing more and more articles like these about how – for instance – fragrances are 95% petrochemical & that 75% of women are allergic to them…And neurotoxic??? Yick…I love perfume so much but am resigning myself to reeking like a haute (hopefully) hippy for the time being…
Or am i just being over-sensitive due to my Neptune Moon transit???
Image: Miles Aldridge