What is your signature scent number? And what does it say about the fragrance notes that best suit you? Read on and you’ll find your personal number and secrets of scent numerology.
The ancient art of numerology is based on the concept that the numerical value of your name influences areas of your personal and professional life.Think of numerology as the study of numbers in your life. It’s often described as the universal language of numbers. It is a little bit like astrology but uses a different method to get the information and insight: through numbers.
There are early recordings of numerology in Egypt and Babylon. Later, it was practiced in Rome, China, Greece and Japan. Pythagoras and other philosophers believed that because mathematical concepts were more “practical” and easier to classify than physical ones, they had greater actuality. (He discovered the numerical relationship between numbers and musical notes) Numerology remains hugely popular in China to this day. Certain numbers and number combinations are considered luckier than other. In general, even numbers are considered lucky. It is believed good luck comes in pairs.
Chinese “lucky number” combinations
99 – twice as long in time, hence eternal
168 – considered very lucky
888 – three times prosperity – wealthy, wealthy, wealthy
Numerology was a topic taught in “Arithmancy” class in the Harry Potter books. It was a practice of assigning numerical value to words in order to predict the future.
The first step in exploring Scent Numerology is to find your personal name number. Here is how:
How to calculate your personal name number in numerology.
Write out the alphabet from ‘A’ to ‘Z’ horizontally on a sheet of paper (all 26 letters). Each letter is going to be assigned a different numerical value.
Assign each letter a digit from one to nine. Begin with the letter “A”. Write a ‘1’ next to it. Once you get to number 9, start at 1 again. Here is a cheat sheet to numerical values:
1 – A, J, S
2 – B, K, T
3 – C, L, U
4 – D, M, V
5 – E, N, W
6 – F, O, X
7 – G, P, Y
8 – H, Q, Z
9 – I, R
Write out your full name including your middle name. (If you have legally changed your name, use that name since it is how you identify yourself.
Match each letter in your name to its corresponding number. Write the numbers under each letter in your name.
Add together all of the letter’s numbers in your complete name. You will end up with a two-digit sum after adding everything together.
Take the sum of your name’s number and add the two digits together to get one single digit. For example, if your name’s number totals 25, you would add 2 + 5 to get “7”. The seven is your true name number. This is also referred to in numerology as your “expression” number.
Discover your Scent Personality Type
Number 1 initiator action, pioneering, leading, independent, attaining, individualistic, a creator, the shape of the number is upright and proud. Pragmatic, great sense of humour, very loyal, protector
ITALIAN CITRUS Thanks to rich soil enriched by volcanic ash, warm sunny days and crisp evenings, Italy boasts the finest citrus groves for perfumery. Lemon, mandarin, bergamot and lime grown here burst with a crisp, fresh scent. This note is invigorating, uplifting, optimistic and happy.
Number 2 cooperation, adaptability, consideration of others, partnering, mediating, gentle, diplomatic, tactful, forgiving, humble and flexible, patient, unassuming, great taste in music and art, love dance, sophisticated
Fragrance characteristics: When perfumers want to create a calming, soothing effect in a scent, they often look to tea. Black, white and green teas bring a serenity to a fragrance – usually appearing in the heart notes with floral ingredients. Tea notes are often used to temper strong white floral notes like jasmine or gardenia. They can even be smoky to create sense of mystery and character.
Number 3 the creative child, powerful need to express feelings, ideas and visions, expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, joy of living, a career in the arts, charming charisma, lucky number – tend to be in the right place at the right time, great sense of timing, has a ‘joie de vie” for life
Fragrance characteristics: long associated with romance and love, rose is a bit of a chameleon. Not only does it has its own distinct olfactory personality, it brings the best out of all the other ingredients in a scent. Perfumers use it to help a scent “bloom”. Adding a little rose can bring conflicting notes together in harmony. New distillation methods allow perfumers to create different effects with roses – sheer, spicy, bold and even almost airy in feel. It’s a note that encourages creativity in all arts.
Recommended scents: Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue, Moschino Toy Boy, Bvlgari Pink Sapphire, Love Chopard, Versace Eros Flame, Bvlgari Rose Goldea Blossom Delight, Bvlgari Rose Goldea, Atkinsons Rose in Wonderland Eau de Parfum,
Number 4 masculine strength and stability, traditional, blends in with his surroundings, dresses conservatively, values foundation, order, service, struggle against limits, steady growth, does not like to be the centre of attention, observer, craftsmen – like working with their hands, dry sense of humour, shape of 4 is square and grounded
Fragrance characteristics: You’ll always find woody notes in the base of any fragrance to give it longevity and strength. Sandalwood may just be the most popular ingredient in women’s fragrances as it has a clean, smooth scent and acts to hold all the other notes together. Virginia cedar and redwood notes remind us of the great outdoors and are frequently used in men’s scents. Woods smell particularly beautiful on women and are a nice juxtaposition to the sweet gourmands of recent years.
Recommended fragrances: DSquared2 GREEN WOOD pour homme, DSquared2 RED WOOD pour femme, Bvlgari Man in Black, Trussardi Riflesso Blue Vibe, Versace Eros pour homme, Bvgari Splendida Jasmin Noir, Bvlgari Goldea The Roman Night,
Number 5 expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom, extremely independent of mind and soul, an adventurer, a free spirit, hates boredom, love travel and a change of scenery, appreciates the eccentrics and misfits of life, very sociable. Shape of 5 is dynamic motion
Fragrance characteristics: Neroli is actually the scent of the bitter orange tree flower – extracted through a steam distillation process. Orange flower essence comes from the same flower but it is extracted through an unscented fat solvent. Neroli adds a vibrancy and kick to any scent pairing a sweet honeyed scent with a kick of spice.
Recommended fragrances: Bvlgari Man Wood Neroli, Bvlgari Avqa Marine, Versace Pour Homme, Versace Yellow Diamond, Chopard Neroli a la Cardamone du Guatemala, Trussardi Uomo, Atkinsons Scilly Neroli Eau de Parfum,
Number 6 harmonious, love, caring nature, graceful, warm and good sense of humour, responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance, sympathy, family and friends are top priority, Rounded shape of 6 makes it inclusive and welcoming
Fragrance characteristics: No other ingredient in modern perfumery offers such a diverse range of quality as vanilla. The very best vanilla pods are harvested in Madagascar and have a rich, warm almost dry fragrance. Vanilla offers comfort to any scent. It’s interesting to note that it is most popular in North America.
Recommended fragrances: Chopard Vanille de Madagascar, Versace Crystal Noir, Lolita Lempicka for women, Versace Eros pour homme, Bvlgari Omnia Pink Sapphire, Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique, Atkinsons Pirates Grand Reserve Eau de Parfum,
Number 7 introverted and shy, a thinker, intellectual, a dreamer, an intellectual explorer, has excellent taste and an understanding of art, love academics and science, analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, studios, meditating, tall shape of 7 reflects searching and exploring
Fragrance characteristics: When peony bushes bloom in early June, everyone in the neighbourhood can smell their sweet, intoxicating scent. Dubbed the ‘Asian rose’, peony adds a depth and floral character to any scent. While rose can be quite straightforward, peony offers more shades to its character. A skilled perfumer will blend peony with a hint of citrus and smooth woods to beautiful effect.
Number 8 balance and power, loves the challenge of business and career, practical endeavours, status oriented, power-seeking, obligations, creative expression, balances the material and spiritual world, people with strong 8s in their chart often make and lose fortunes several times in their lifetimes. Goal-oriented, focused, leader. 8 is considered very lucky – shape of the infinity symbol, practical, straight-forward
Fragrance characteristics: Ask a master perfumer for his or her all-time favourite ingredient to work with and the majority will name bergamot. This cross between a lemon and an orange boasts an truly refreshing citrus scent. The scent is actually extracted from the rind of the fruit, not the flesh as you’d imagine. Bergamot can be blended to be quite soft and understated or bold and uplifting. It is truly chameleonlike.
Recommended fragrances: Atkinsons Oud Save the King, DSquared2 WOOD pour homme, Chopard Vanille de Madagascar, Trussardi Riflesso, Bvlgari Omnia Coral, Versace Pour Homme Eau Fraiche, Versace Yellow Diamond, Bvlgari Aqva Atlantique,
Number 9 most worldly and sophisticated, has a global consciousness, humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression, balances masculine and feminine, loving and empathetic, interested in philosophy and justice, Shape of 9 proud but rounded to be inclusive.
MUSK & PATCHOULI
Fragrance characteristics: Patchouli in perfumery falls into the category of ‘woods and mosses’. It’s extracted from an exotic bush that grows in India providing an earthy, sweet, dark woody aroma. It was hugely popular in the 1970s and offers character and personality to any scent. Synthetic musk is an aromatic ingredient that also injects personality into a fragrance. What’s interesting is perfumers use white musk to finish off most perfumes today. It offers a second-skin effect that is sexy and alluring.