How To Smell Like Your Favorite Memory


Sigil Scent offers four gender-neutral, 100 percent natural perfumes that will quickly become your most beloved fragrances

Try to describe a favorite scent, and you'll probably find it difficult to do so; language never feels so limited as it does when it comes to the elusive, ephemeral quality of a beloved perfume.

Try to describe a favorite scent, then, and you find yourself describing things that have little to do with the composition of the fragrance at hand, you find yourself describing a memory. And so, a perfume that evokes the strong, musky notes of frankincense smells to you like the cool stone walls of a cathedral you once visited in a seaside village in Normandy; or, a scent that thrums with a dark green base and finishes with a bright, watery flash makes you think of the way you feel when you're lying on the sun-warmed dock by your boyfriend's parents' lake house, just as summer is coming to a close.

Language's failure, then, to adequately describe it, is actually what makes scent so powerful; it becomes inextricably tied up with our memories, because it is a part of them, it is a part of us. And it is precisely because fragrance is so important to our sense of our past, and our sense of ourselves, that it feels all the more essential to find those fragrances that invoke the things we love, the scents we want to carry with us into our future.

Lately, I've been switching on and off from wearing Anima Mundi and Prima Materia from Sigil; lately, I've been feeling like I've never smelled more like myself. Sigil was introduced to me by its founder, Patrick Kelly, who is committed to creating his gender-neutral fragrances with 100 percent natural ingredients, and speaks readily of the way in which the line of four fragrances was inspired by his own memories of things like orange blossom petals opening up in the hot summer air, or the arid landscape of the Californian desert, populated by musky sage plants, sand, and embers.

Kelly's sensitivity to the way scent transforms experience is obvious in each of his fragrances, and his use of expansive language, his invocation of celestial bodies and magical practices, to describe the individual scents, makes it clear that he perceives perfume as having the potential to transform a person's way of viewing themselves.

For me, spraying a mist of Prima Materia on my collarbone, and tracing its oils up onto my neck and along my jawline, feels instantly transportive, like I'm in a low, small boat, floating in brackish water, through a mangrove forest, smelling the same fecund flowers that the dinosaurs smelled tens of millions of years ago. With Anima Mundi, I've found my favorite floral; it's a rose getting its petals torn off and thrown into a fire; it's the fire, now out, just a pile of smoking embers. Both scents are new to me, both scents feel like I've always known them.

And it's not only me. For others who smell me, who have leaned in close to say hello or goodbye, the response is pretty much always the same: "What are you wearing? Your smell is so familiar. I know it from somewhere."

Sigil fragrances can be purchased at Sigil Scent, here.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories












Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software


Baby bottles






Skin moisturizers



Bubble bath


Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations



Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers




Picture frames


Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags




Key chains



photo albums



Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

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Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.