Win Strange Invisible Cancerian Perfume

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Erte

As some of you will know, my review/competition series of the Strange Invisible Perfumes Zodiac collection springs from several sources.  I am a perfume freak – see Moon in Libra –  but also Mars in Virgo enough to flip out at the synthetics, toxins and potentially hazardous crap in many commercial scents.

However, my attempts at home-made scents with essential oils have led to whole dynasties of fruit flies circling in a love-trance around my head as i walk down the road (not quite the effect i was going for) and a Sagittarius gentleman asking “has the cat pissed on this sofa?”

Now I leave perfume composition to the professionals BUT i think it is worthwhile to support/wear organic, ethno-botanical etc juice AND my theory is that it means that magical properties of the plant are left intact.

Mostly i love doing these posts for a chance to (1) give a prize and (2) riff off the sign in question.  So the Cancerian scent is key notes mandarin, patchouli and Lily of the Valley with a base note of Tahitian Vanilla.

At first whiff, it reminds me of the Bulgari fragrance “for babies” which is called Petits & Mamans and is very, you know, high end nursery with moneyed mother.

Mario Testino

Its soft, gorgeous and innocent smelling. Like fresh clean linen and sunny intentions. It would be the perfect fragrance to wear when you wanted to project an air of guileless simplicity.  At first, it does smell just sweet and childlike.

But then the Lily of the Valley kicks in and dominates there-in, which i think is a good thing.

Lily of the Valley is a classic choice for lady-like scents because it always smells cool, uptown and high-status.  The archetypal Diorissimo – the signature scent of (Cancerian) Princess Diana – is super-strength Lily of the Valley and Christian Dior apparently adored it.

Lily of the Valley here and with the other notes playing support works brilliantly for Crab peeps (this could totally be unisex) as it conveys calm, holistic cool.  Not showy, not loud and if there is wealth, it’s in the bank not dangling off their wrist or in any ostentatious form.

So innocent clean-smelling mandarin, high class ‘discreet charm of the bourgeoisie’ Lily of the Valley and then voila, the amber steals in for a tone of Pagan/Tolkien magic.  But still,  it’s all about that Lily of the Valley, a flower considered in magical circles to be associated with Maia aka Bona Dea (the “good goddess”, the mother of Mercury, and goddess of growth, abundance and Spring.

Share your thoughts in the comments on the Cancerian ethos, Lily of the Valley and/or the most amazing Crab Peeps you know for a chance to win the Strange Invisible Cancerian scent couriered to your front door!   I will announce the winner on the New Moon!

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Images:  Erte –  Mario Testino and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Jan
Jan

This thread totally wins the “most grandma mentions” award haha

kathryn f
kathryn f

I never really wear perfume. The scents I love rarely smell the same on me. I love inhaling delicious smells on others but perfume has always seemed like a luxury just a bit out of reach. Everything on that list reads amazing and as a cancerian its really good to know what I should look out for. I’m going to google perfumes in Macy’s and see which ones have these ingredients. Plan is to waft around the city this fall igniting others senses 🙂

Ra'Shanda
Ra'Shanda

I was raised by my grandmother, who is a Cancer. I am a cancer as well, Actually, I was born (July 11) a day after her birthday (July 10). I have bonded with her on a much stronger level with any other person i’ve ever met in my life. She’s so intuitive, strong-willed, and loving. She can pick up any emotion anyone is feelinng around her, you can’t hide your feelings from her. She has been through almost everything in her long life and she basically has no fears (except for worms). Her love for life, people and nature/animals is… Read more »

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

My fave Cancerian is my neighbour! Truly a wonderful person. She used to be an ambo, and has been there for me and my family since forever. Such a warm, lovely person…she always greets you with a huge genuine smile, asks ‘how are you?” and means it. She has patched us up and sent us to hospital on numerous occasions (farm life is full of accidents) and does the same for anyone around. She can’t bear to watch movies with any bloodshed, because it gives her flashbacks to truly horrific accidents she’s seen. She also rescues injured stray injured cats… Read more »

electro
electro

Someone mentioned in a comment the other day the unfortunate dynamic than can occur between a cancer male and his mama. That made too much sense to me. My dad and brother are cancers – my mom indulged and smothered my brother to death, literally. My dad’s mother, also a cancer, was addicted to stimulants and would clean and bake all the time. My dad is diabetic and also an insomniac. I have no cancer in my chart, and I have a theory that the water energy changed to scorpio with me. My children do not have any cancer either.… Read more »

Jokerman
Jokerman

So it can go both ways; too much love or too little.

I agree with the conviction/mojo thing. Sometimes l can actually be the zeitgeist on an issue. I’m a passionate teacher and kids learn bcos of the bow-wave l create in the metalshop; l digress.
I think my substantial Scorpionic influence (x3) is as responsible, for going holus bolus, as my Crab stuff is.

Maybe it is Water signs in general. Look at Lleyton Hewitt, no special type of ‘shot’ in his amoury, but was World #1 for two years on belief, conviction and mojo.

Pi
Pi

speaking of metalshop. i was reading today that Dylan welds for fun. big ole gates from scrap etc. huh.

Jokerman
Jokerman

Welding is therauputic.
So is Spray Painting 2pak acrylic.

He plays golf too
Sings a thing or 2

And some words a slick trick

Pi
Pi

yeah I heard his songs were pretty popular.

Jokerman
Jokerman

As l’ve said before.
He can’t sing like Picasso can’t paint.

electro
electro

My dad was a high school wood shop teacher! Never lost a finger. He also had gone to bible college but decided he wasn’t called to be a preacher.

Jokerman
Jokerman

I teach wood too. Here in Oz every state has a differing name for the subject; stupid. But l really teach kids. But l cant stand the BS much. Really looking to work the astro to get out of it. I dont follow rules n protocols real well. (My Uranity)

electro
electro

Please pardon my Uranity. Lol. If only us Uranians gave a shit to ask for a pass.

Jokerman
Jokerman

I am spose to enforce rules but if a kid gives me a good imaginative answer, l go, “yeah, l can run with that”. HTF did l ever bcome a teacher???

Electro
Electro

I ask myself the same question. I decided that I’m a shapeshifter. Haha. You sound like a rad teacher, PF.

Jokerman
Jokerman

SShifter; l like. Its my 10H resolution to my 1/7/4 Tsquare quagmire/(quadmire?). I think AquaTauri summed it up by saying its (something) like its always there like how an injury heals but gives you memories of what went wrong. Interestingly showing this to my former wife, a few weeks back, made her think maybe the Astro has some credence. Anyway New Moon has lifted the fog a lot. I am much clearer about how it has sapped me, my life, of self-esteem and confidence. Not feeling loved is a viscious circle. But l dont ever know how l’d come to… Read more »

supakali
supakali

you don’t need to on this plane – you might at a soul level if you can get there – in this life just love yourself….those entrusted with your care aren’t always up to it. x

Jokerman
Jokerman

Ta.

LilithLove
LilithLove

I’m cancer rising and my progressed sun is conjunction my ascendant at the mo. I’m Mostly Taurus(sun/merc/moon/Chiron) and the rest is fire – so I haven’t always identified with my lunar nature. However after the birth of my son I dived deeply into the water of Cancer. I have streamlined my life to where there is only time for the baby, meditation, esoteric lit, farm to table eats, emotionally cathartic dialogue with the women in my life and planning my careers Phoenix phase at hand; The specific focus at anytime dictated by the sign of the moon on the given… Read more »

Nia
Nia

I’m Cancer Rising with an intercepted first house, so Cancer on the cusp of empty 1H (only Pandora) and lonely 2H (only Lilith, Sappho, Vesta conjunct there). The perfume sounds beautiful, especially with ruler Moon in Virgo—innocent, clean, high class ftw. But I feel like my Cancerian side already tends to be so gentle and willing, vulnerable at times, that I’d only wear this in the safety of my home! Or maybe out in the wilderness. It’s difficult to find things that *empower* that soft side and make it feel comfortable and confident. Maybe this perfume does it. Going out… Read more »

nightflora
nightflora

I’ll play! The Cancer related story I have top-of-mind pertains to the last tetrad of lunar eclipses we recently survived. When you are a Cancer with Pisces Moon precisely on your descendant (11’11”) that is currently undergoing a Neptune transit back and forth over it…. Weird shit happens. The moon started TALKING TO ME. You know, telling me to do stuff? Rewind to April 2014- I was freshly divorced out of a difficult pseudo marriage and in crises over EVERYTHING in my life including career, health, life direction, finances, family, friends, etc etc etc- I could not stomach going back… Read more »

dizzarina
dizzarina

WOW this is awesome.

Nuit
Nuit

Cancer Sun here (with both Moon and Rising in Libra- so YES ALL THE PERFUME PLEASE) and my first word was ‘Moon’. My work of the last 20 odd so years is directly relately with lunar consciousness, and when I was 10, I secretly named myself Diana. Holy Magdalene, seriously- the teeth of the hydra definitely upon me up there in the swirling stars. However, my favorite Cancerian is my daughter- a Double Cancer (with Rising Cappy, thank the holy), and her she is the energetic equivalent of the kind of hilarious often referred to as loony, aka moonmad. We… Read more »

sphinx
sphinx

Lily-of-the-Valley is also named Convallaria Maialis, means “of or belonging to May”, or to Maia – daughter of Atlas… she who brings the Spring. Maia is none other than the eldest of the Pleiades – the seven sisters. The Pitjantjatjara say the Pleiades are ‘Kungkarungkara’, our female ancestors who (in part?) peopled the Earth. Chichen Itza is aligned to Maia at her zenith and Teotihuacan and the Great Pyramid are aligned to the Pleiades too. With the Pleiades on the Horizon again after winter, the influence of Persephone is also felt in her role as agricultural time keeper. Yet the… Read more »

gemyogi
gemyogi

thanks so much for that esoteric info, Sphinx… love the seven sisters — I used to go to an amazing cafe in Northcote, Melbourne by that name a decade or so ago — I was inspired to do a painting today I called ‘We are all stars’ — like an abstract cosmos with thousands of stars 😛

sphinx
sphinx

That art work sounds beautiful Gemyo! I would love to see it, it sounds very dreamtime.

You know I just realised that artwork chosen above seems to be a picture of one of the Seven Sisters?!
She has six stars in her headdress and I am thinking she is no. 7… Mystic, did you choose that purposefully? Either way, amazing!!

gemyogi
gemyogi

and also… yay Spring! at last!!

WOOHOO
WOOHOO

Most amazing Crab peep I know… *blush* Me! Word.

tinarowley
tinarowley

I’m a Cancer sun with Pisces Rising/Moon, and I grew up next door to my grandmother, who was clairvoyant (as was her mother and her mother’s mother and her mother’s mother’s mother, etc. infinity) and wrote a book called “The Real World of Fairies”. As a result of some early childhood trauma, I shut down my own clairvoyance. Slammed it shut, in fact. Would repeat into the night as I fell asleep, “I don’t want to see anything, I don’t want to see anything, I don’t want to see anything.” And it worked, eventually. I couldn’t. I did want to… Read more »

Catherine
Catherine

I’m a Strange (somewhat) Invisible Cancerian (Sun,Mercury,Saturn) & would love some Strange Invisible Perfume; I do love making entrances & sometimes exits. I would love some bright new floral notes to be noted amidst my tidal wake 😉 I love Wearing Wish & am in need of something fresh & new 🙂

divina
divina

Ok– I have just about everything in Cancer or in the 4th House (Libra). Cancer/The Moon is clearly my Ruler but my natal moon is actually in Aries (10th house) My Husband is a solar Cancer, my youngest son is a solar cancer (Libra moon), my eldest son is a solar libra, cancer moon. Anyway, a few questions: 1) Would wearing this perfume give me the nurturing superpower of Unbelievable Patience to help mellow out my Aries moon that wants all the problems to go away NOW! and whose default response is “you’re fine, shake it off and let’s be… Read more »

gemyogi
gemyogi

I love Lily of the Valley, flowers remind me of my grandmother’s gardens, both of them. My Nanna (Dad’s mother) had an ordered garden, and didn’t like to pick flowers, because she said she liked to see them in the garden. I’d always beg to pick some, and make little flower fairies and moss gardens and fairy glades with them. I particularly associate her with the Peace rose, which is a beautiful apricot peachy colour and smells beautiful, and also snowdrops (those white delicate bulbs that flower in spring). My other Nanna had a big palm tree in her front… Read more »

gemyogi
gemyogi

My fave perfume in my 20s was L’Interdit by Givenchy, made for Audrey Hepburn. So sad when it was discontinued, there’s now a re-release, but it’s not the same.

It was powdery, chypre, smelled like a faded movie star’s dressing table. Subtle, glamorous and mysterious.

ICPluto
ICPluto

And I love the way you mix colors and scents 🙂 You´re a painter, right?

gemyogi
gemyogi

ha ha yes, amongst other things 😉

Melody Sage
Melody Sage

According to The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects by Barbara Walker, “Lily of the valley was widely known as a witches’ herb and was said to attract silver, the moon metal. The flower contains convallatoxin, on of the most potent of all digitalis-like drugs, and more than twenty other cardiac glycosides. The flowers were described as fairy bells, and fanciful people sometimes claimed to hear them ringing.” I also love and collect perfume (Libra Rising) and Diorissimo is a personal favorite. Although I have been buying indie eco-conscious perfumes, since becoming a vegan (Alkemia Perfumes on Etsy is… Read more »

Quellpunkt
Quellpunkt

Barbara Walker is a Cancer, and an expert knitter!

emg
emg

Cancer pile up here. All fourth and fith house. Moon Mars jupiter and sun. It’s scented flowers, perfumed tea, bath oils and body lotions. My life works through my olfactory lobes. I spend the time in my man’s armpits just to breath him in. How sweet it is to ingest him that way. Recently I was told by the local bar man that we should watch Perfume the movie. Oh how I understood the main character in the film. But if you wish to create the elixir of life maybe one could do it with florals instead of humans. Sheer… Read more »

LeoEscapeArtist
LeoEscapeArtist

my mutant super powers–
Moon.Libra
Venus.Cancer
are scent activated…
at this moment, mothering myself
is imperative…i want this scent! 🙂

Fernando Morillo
Fernando Morillo

My sister is a cancer, a liar and a thief. I am a pisces ascended, scorp moon conjunct Pluto, libra sun with a venus in virgo and aries mars. She is a libran ascendant, venus/mars in virgo with sagg moon. Just about the only thing I like about het is that she’s a pretty female version of me. But we have never gotten along to the point where we haven’t spoken in years. I was the “good older bro” that she envied and probably picked on her when no one was looking. She was the rebellious younger sister that got… Read more »

Pi
Pi

it’s your moon pluto in scorp. Head over to your pisces asc and mars in aries for some kitesurfing or some kind of rockstar athletics muso marathon to let off steam. 😉

ICPluto
ICPluto

A Kataka high school friend once told me I had an old lady smell – my grandmother had just gifted me a bottle of Guerlain´s L´Heure Bleue. You can tell me I stink, but you don´t get around questioning my grandma´s taste!

I have my Kataka Moon conjunct Princess Diana´s Sun 🙂

Pi
Pi

A hypothesis: Could these perfumes be worn to, say, attract closer attention from a man who might have venus or moon in the same sign as the perfume’s design? yes yes ok it’s manipulative but so are orchids with the wasps.

sphinx
sphinx

Totally.

Jokerman
Jokerman

I need all the help l can get

MegMoon
MegMoon

Hi! Cancer sun, Aquarius rising here and a total perfume freak. As in matured I started wearing single note perfumes ie neroli or rose. I like the idea of smelling like a flower (my house is fulled with them)then smell like artifical candy like most of the perfumes on the market today. Never thought of lilly of the valley before! I also wear amber jewelry, as it reminds me that the earth and all life around us is so much older then we even realize. I find both keep me in the moment nicely. I keep my grandmother’s pearls for… Read more »

Sanchez marquela
Sanchez marquela

I am in love with a cancerian crabby hair dresser and every time i get my hair cut/coloured his mood changes and i don’t know what he is thinking. But goddamit he gives a good head massage. Maybe if i wear some cancerian inspired scent he will sense my charms 🙂

Alouetta
Alouetta

To be honest, I don’t think this is the scent for me. Though I do love the smell of clean linen, the ‘discreet charm of the bourgeoisie’ does not appeal. However according to Wiki, lily of the valley ‘enables the envisioning of a better world’ and according to my bff it’s poisonous as. How boo-shwa!

I do really love the Scorpio perfume by this company though. It’s my go to when I need to be present, sharp and grounded.

rachel
rachel

I have Cancer Rising. (Very sensitive nipples!) I am very fond of my Cancer Sun friends–they always seem to have an easy vibe of taking care of their clan–making food, offering beverage, mending a torn skirt, etc. As for me–the rest of my chart is mostly fire–mostly Leo–my Kataka ascendant gives me a shy kitty vibe when I first meet people though. I am anticipating the upcoming Pluto opposition (16 degrees) having a big snake shedding effect on my first house business. I recently went through some boxes I left in my folk’s attic before traveling 4 years ago, and… Read more »

Alouetta
Alouetta

Didn’t know that was a trait! (first comment)
Jealous!

Jokerman
Jokerman

My A-cups are very sensitive too; lol.

Seriously, there is a Crab femme at work who has helped me thru the vagaries of chasing a femme with Nep opp her Sun/Venus conjunct. But the biggy is she told me, intuitively, is that lm wasting my time with her. She could see l was being dumb, saying, “you are too intense, obsessive”. I knew it was true bcos MM said Nep trans opp my Venus meant l could be delusional re a partner.

MegMoon
MegMoon

Yes! Cancer sun and my nips are super sensative. I love it.

rachel
rachel

Mmmm, yes–my boobs are also rather small, and yet do seem to have a certain Kataka esque roundness to them in spite of themselves. My belly also has a roundness to it in spite of the fact that I have always been rather thin. What else? I love spooning, might that be a crab thing? I’m happy as either spoon, hahaha–the “protecting” and “being protected” vibe. I am very, very intensely emotional–that is my Aries moon also– Speaking of the moon though–she is definitely my muse–like that song lyric “I live my life by the moon.” I have spent wonderful… Read more »

rachel
rachel

Side note: I LOVE Erte

electro
electro

I have a picture of my cancer father holding me as a baby next to a window and showing me the moon.

Luvzalkemy
Luvzalkemy

I have spent decades doing the whole classic Capricorn thing but the Pluto transit is bringing forth new and delicious fragrances from the ashes. Ah, alchemy…. I did a floristry course a few months ago and recently a friend asked me to do the flowers for her daughter’s wedding. The bride wants big bright flowers and that’s what she will get, but my heart is calling for a big bouquet of lily of the valley. Calm, holistic cool. Clearly this needs to be my new mantra!

scorpiodawn
scorpiodawn

what a beautiful photo of Diana…aah…..r.i.p
vanilla…really want a vanilla scent..my bestie is a crab…just have mars in cancer, my beloved granddad was a cancer….awww

supakali
supakali

wow, I love the sound of that scent! I have never looked at the Cancer composition, having only Lilith (only!) in Cancer, but with the Moon rising, this could be me 🙂

Jen Scorpio
Jen Scorpio

Lily of the Valley always reminds me of my Grandma, and I mean in a good way; not a musty-little-old-lady-who-lives-in-her-shoe way. She just loved the smell of Lily of the Valley, it was her favourite perfume. She always had rhubarb growing, so there was always something filled with its tart sweetness on offer when we were there. She loved her gardening. I think she actually used to harness the birdlife to help her with the weeding, because they used to hang around and wouldn’t even wait before they jumped on the bugs and worms in the earth that she turned… Read more »

Jan
Jan

There’s something so enriching about carrying your ancestors with you through the day – whether via scent, texture, sound or memory. Maybe one of the most Cancerian things you could do. I mentioned in a post yesterday that the Gemini perfume smells like the scent my Great Grandmother used to wear. I don’t remember her personal smell (though I can close my eyes and smell her house and garden as if I were there) but just knowing this brings me closer to her, brings her alive in my memory again. Absolutely for you it could work the same! Imagine walking… Read more »

Jen Scorpio
Jen Scorpio

It’s no surprise that smell can be so emotionally evocative. The olfactory bulb is within the limbic system, which is also responsible for emotion and longterm memory amongst other things. What a lovely thing that we are hard wired to be able to enjoy the link between memory, emotion and smell; makes life so much more richer. Glad you have a perfume that you can wear that does more than just smell nice.

Jan
Jan

Thanks Jen! Had definitely heard this before but it was lost deep in my brain basement. It really is nice, huh, that melding of sense and memory and feeling into some hearty stew of full bodied nostalgia.

Pi
Pi

your first paragraph, I so agree with this.

cassiopaeia
cassiopaeia

Cancerian perfume-fiend here, and incidentally I used to sit in my mother’s flower gardens when I was little – in which lily-of-the-valley figured heavily – and build houses for the fairies.

Flash-forward years later to the house I owned with my then-husband, where I could not for the life of me get any lily-of-the-valley to grow, even under the most optimal conditions. Three years ago I left that marriage, regained the magic I hadn’t realized I’d lost, and guess what grows like gangbusters for me now? 🙂

rachel
rachel

I have a major soft spot for powdery and soapy scents, I wear “Clean”‘s Warm Cotton perfume often when I want to feel more together, competent, clean and simple; these types of scents are very comforting and calming for me. My mom is a triple Cancer and — being Aqua and just all around opposite of Cancer-ness in many ways — I often have had difficulty in relating to crabs. I used to be very hard on my mom and thought her simple but she is just such a pure person who loves and also way more psychic than she… Read more »

fallenangel
fallenangel

I’ve an interesting theory about Aquas and Cancers. Cancerians are yes, famed for their spidey sense intuition, whether that’s sitting in a bowl of religion soup or pagan moon bathing, it’s like WE KNOW. And it’s the weight of all that inarticulate knowing which makes us come off moody, it’s not btw.. moods as such. It’s simply that only water can carry all that weight, and so we shift with the tides, aiming to distribute it without too much displacement. And likely coming off as mad in the process haha.. Aquas IMO, known as they are for being detached and… Read more »

Nia
Nia

Absolutely Fallen Angel, I love your description and agree. I’m Cancer Rising and had a close Aquarian friend for nearly a year. We found a way of communicating where both our forms of intuition could come together just right. In the end I was carrying too much and, as you say, shifted away with the tides. The years after he would occasionally contact me with some BIG question or revelation or mystery and I would calmly unravel it in a few profound words and send him on his way again~ He could never stop moving, intellectually.

electro
electro

My mom is Aqua and my dad is Cancer… Whee, fun relationship model to grow up with.

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