Five Perfumes to Wear for an Eclipse


On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from North America. I’m hoping to step outside to watch the moon pass the sun for a few minutes, even if I’m only getting a partial view in New York City. I just need to make a pinhole viewer out of a cereal box first!

Important consideration, though: what fragrance to wear for this once-in-lifetime occurrence? Here are five suggestions…


You could salute one of the day’s heroes with Fragonard Soleil, a made-in-Grasse fragrance topped by a radiant sun. This floral-and-amber composition would be a classical and upbeat approach.


If you want to encompass the whole sky (and you’re in the mood for some retro 1990s style), you might search out some Sun Moon Stars by Lagerfeld Paris. Bonus: it was created by top perfumer Sophia Grojsman.

(Footnote: its fantastic cobalt blue orb was loosely inspired by Worth’s Dans la Nuit bottle, designed by Lalique circa 1924.)


Follow the path of thematic totality (hah) and dab on some Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s ECLIPSE:

“All the glory, warmth and majesty of the sun — darkened. A delicious blend of bitter almond, vanilla, frankincense and heliotrope, with a drop of cinnamon.”


And, for a fragrance whose name and visuals are both fitting for today’s sky-watching, there’s Ghost Eclipse, a fruity-floral blend packaged in an orange-and-red ombré crescent.

I’m actually surprised that more fragrances haven’t used the word “eclipse” in their title…


Lastly, I’ll suggest Providence Perfume Company’s Heart of Darkness, an all-natural fougère. It was named after the classic novel by Joseph Conrad, but it’s still very appropriate for this occasion.

Good luck to everyone watching! Be safe and enjoy the sight!




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