Fire. Earth. Air. Water. It’s a sign. Shop scented gifts guided by the stars.
One professional perfumer. Four elemental signs. Twelve home run gifts: We asked Provision founder Sherri Sebastian, who is known for helping brands and people identify their desired scent, to take us on an olfactory tour of each element. We used her insights to create a guide that will satisfy every aromatic gift on your list. Choose one that matches a birth date, an anniversary, or simply select the scent that speaks to you most.
Aries | Leo | Sagittarius
“When I want to add a warming effect to a fragrance I think of the scents found in places where people naturally gather, like a kitchen or around a fireplace. I’ll use spicy notes like cardamom combined with warm vanilla and wood. Carnation is especially inviting because of its natural aromatic composition which includes some of the same spices found in cloves. And florals like geranium and rose, which have natural spice nuances, are excellent in combination with other “hot” notes like patchouli and cedar.” – Sherri Sebastian
“To me, earthy notes are ones that evoke a sense of comfort and pleasure in one’s surroundings, so that could include anything from rich textures in your home like leather to wood or even some seasonal fruits like fig. Meditative woody notes like sandalwood are extra comforting when paired with creamy vanilla notes, and vetiver and ginger have an inherent grounding effect.” – Sherri Sebastian
“When creating an ‘airy’ effect in a fragrance, I think of notes that inspire a feeling of lightness. Wildflowers, garden herbs, fresh air. They’re atmospheric notes that invite a sense of ease into the environment, the feeling of blowing in the breeze. It reminds me of the carefree feeling of being at the beach and breathing in thick salty ocean air mixed with the scent of suntan lotion, or invigorating cool mountain air infused with pine, resinous tree back, and damp pine needles.” – Sherri Sebastian
“To me, watery notes are ones that are soothing. They evoke a tranquil feeling of stillness and can be found in moss and oceanic marine notes in addition to flowers that have a naturally dewy effect like muguet, freesia, and peonies. I love the watery effect of oak moss in a fragrance, and the tranquil feeling of fresh freesia.” – Sherri Sebastian