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.
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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