January 25, 2018


Scents for the age of Aquarius—and beyond

Fragrance choices can be influenced by anything. Often, we consider the season, mood, or occasion—but what about the alignment of the stars? Forty Five Ten fragrance consultant, Shasa Mitcham, explores the zodiac and its mystical connections to scent, while guiding you to the selection perfect for your sign. First up, Aquarius.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
“This year, many shifts are on the horizon for Aquarius. The keyword here is change! It will be particularly important to be open to the exploration of new possibilities in your life. This could be in the form of your career, lifestyle, or even where you are geographically.

This year find a fragrance that exuberates your mantra of change and adventure. Take an olfactive dive into unchartered territories. I recommend Memo Paris, a fragrance house that takes inspiration from the free-spirited nature of travel. Their scents will accompany you on journeys to new places, foreign lands, cultures, and possibilities. Marfa is a personal favorite of mine from the collection.” Notes: orange blossom absolute, tuberose absolute, and white musk. $230

Can’t wait to see what Shasa picked for your sign? Here’s a sneak peek at what’s ahead this year…

A fragrance that aligns with your bright and flourishing prospects: ALTAIA Perfumes By Any Other Name. Notes: bergamot, lychee, rose, peony, osmanthus, cedar, and musk. $210. Read more… 

Something to foster a sense of tranquility and balance: Bamboo Harmony by Kilian. Notes: bergamot, neroli, white tea, maté, fig leaves, and oak moss. $275. Read more…

A floriental that exudes strength and confidence: Eric Buterbaugh HRH Peony (Her Royal Highness, of course.) Notes: bergamot, violet, black peony, stargazer lily, patchouli, and praline. $175. Read more…

A way to commemorate your upcoming year of renaissance: I AM DANCE by ROADS. Notes: lemon, mandarin, marine chords, apple, pineapple, lavender, amber, cedar wood, and patchouli. $155. Read more…

The scent as intense and audacious as you are: Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Bakelite. Notes: angelica leaf, violet leaf, orris, tuberose, styrax, tobacco, labdanum, and guaiac wood. $185. Read more… 

The blend certain to bring you good luck: Byredo’s AnOther 13. Notes: ambroxan (a synthetic animal musk), jasmine, moss, and ambrette seeds absolute. 50ml, $184; 100ml $275. Read more…

Avant-garde and intuitive—just like Virgos: Serge Lutens Dent de Lait. Notes: milk, metallic notes, incense, heliotrope, and almond. $230. Read more…

Inspired by an emotional journey, searching for strength and balance in fragility and vulnerability: Nasomatto China White. Notes: undisclosed by the request of the nose. $185.

A splash of energy and vibrancy: Ex Nihilo Cologne 352. Notes: lemon, juniper, crushed leaves, orange blossom, rose, lily of the valley, white cedar, guaiac, and musk. $225.

Something unexpected, unique, and rich in depth: Byredo Black Saffron. Notes: Chinese grapefruit, juniper berries, saffron, black violet, leather, cashmeran, vetiver, and raspberry. $150.

A power scent to celebrate the significant changes ahead: D.S. & DURGA Vio-Volta. Notes: electric, vibration, violet.  $175

The Details: Shop all at Forty Five Ten, 1615 Main Street. Complimentary valet.

Illustration | Blake Wright