So in case you have not been following this, i am going through the whole Zodiac Collection of Strange Invisible Perfumes astrological perfume array, reviewing each one and offering up a bottle as a prize to the most cool-resonant commenter.
The reason for my interest in this company is (1) that the scents are all natural, plant based, ethno-botanical – non chemical and that (2) it was started by a Virgo Nose who is a bona fide astro-fiend. So there is some Pseudo Intellectual Astro Bitch sensibility behind the range. Even the name – Strange Invisible – is a reference to Neptune which, of course, rules perfume.
Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn is famous for a nearly heroic sense of commitment, patience, and drive. Iris, frankincense, and Tahitian vanilla speak to Capricorn’s earthy, sensual side and strong need for stability. Neroli, jasmine, and white Cognac invite Capricorn to let go of routine and enjoy the rewards of spontaneity.
Right off i have to say that this is not my favorite S.I.P. scent but it’s the IRIS.
Iris is like tuberose – it is very singular scent vibe and you’re either aligned with it or you are not. Iris is the Goddess of the Rainbow – the iris of the eye refers to her. The old gods and goddesses are still everywhere. As a flower essence, she is said to provide psychic protection and dissolve limitation.
SO far so good, but it’s a fragrant note that does not work for everyone. The frankincense adds a fantastically Borgia note to the whole deal. Lucrezia in the confession box trying to get someone taken out so she can dissolve limitations lol.
BUT Capricorn is my 12th House so maybe i have some odd insecurities around Capricorn themed essences? We so often repress our 12th House energies.
This scent is brilliantly composed though and actually reminds me of what the perfume critic wrote about Chanel No 19: “Haughty and immune to sweetness, with a somewhat antiseptic air, this extraordinary perfume appeals to anyone who has ever wished to know what it is to be heartless.”
Its how Jean Patou’s 1000 – a scent supposed to evoke wealth and patrician power – should have smelled. It would have made F Scott Fitzgerald swoon, it smells so of money. It’s urbane, witty and informed like Michael Lewis books.
It’s what Kate Moss probably smelled like when she swanned out of her house past the media – it’s always zero comment with her – after that cocaine scandal.
Or Tyra Banks (Lilith + Venus in Capricorn) going to Harvard Business School to wrest back control of her brand. It’s a structured, don’t fuq with me fragrance. It’s not a power scent – too subtle and well-bred – it’s a Strategy Scent.
Put your thoughts on all this and/or your take on the Tao Of Capricorn in the comments to win a bottle of this juice! I will pick the winner by the weekend!
Image: Craig McDean