Astrologer Susan Miller breaks it down.
Trying to figure out what your colleague's kid, best friend's mom or second cousin who lives in Maine and you see once a year wants for the holidays is, well, a challenge. Easier: finding out their birth date and their corresponding zodiac sign. We had astrologer Susan Miller of the beloved AstrologyZone.com, who worked with Fresh to develop their limited-edition collection of Zodiac Soaps, break down the beauty gifts each sign would most like to receive. (Plus, we recommended a few of our own.) Go forth and strategically gift!
Aries signs should be gifted “something soft,” says Miller, because of their assertive tendencies. “This is a go-getting sign, that's ruled by Mars, the planet of action.”
Miller’s recommendation: “I'd give them the Fresh Rose Mask ($75) because it’s very soothing and it will calm down any sensitivities. Aries like spicy food, so once in a while they may have skin that needs a little calming. So they would like this!”
We also recommend: Aveda A Gift To Escape Stress ($109), at aveda.ca; Province Apothecary Limited Edition Holiday Sweet Orange + Bay Essential Oil Incense ($16), at provinceapothecary.com.
“This is a sign that has very, very acute senses; they test the world with [them],” says Miller. “Taurus rules the neck area, which I think is one of the most under estimated parts of the beauty routine.” If Miller was to buy a gift for a Taurus, she’d go with something “beautifully scented.”
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream ($56), or Fresh Crème Ancienne ($350) if they have more mature skin. "You really want to take good care of your neck, that's very, very, very important," says Miller.
We also recommend: StriVectin TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream ($99) at beautyboutique.ca; Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents ($265 for 100 mL), at louisvuitton.com; Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil ($45) at beautyboutique.ca.
“Gemini is associated with razor sharp intelligence," says Miller. "Gemini reads all the time; this is the sign of the journalist who is always sifting through all the material to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. They want to know what going on, what’s the newest.”
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask ($80). “Why? Because Gemini, she is born in the summer, and when you think of the summer you think of the orange trees and the grapefruit trees and all the scents that are coming out. The scent that is associated with Gemini is a citrus scent. This keeps their brain sharp, and grapefruit, especially, is supposed to wake you up in the morning. The whole colour yellow is associated with Gemini, like taxi cabs in New York, legal pads, pencils, the sun in the morning and orange juice. Yellow and orange and all those citrusy colours and scents are just so Gemini. That's what I would give to them and they would be so happy!"
We also recommend: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Beauty On The Go ($35), at sephora.com; Acqua di Parma Colonia Holiday Set ($152), at Holt Renfrew.
“Cancers, they are known to have the most beautiful translucent skin. This is the goes from the face right down to the décolleté," says Miller. "Cancer likes to be modern, but if they had to choose between modern and looking romantic, they would pick romantic, because that's who they are. They are soft and touchable and never too busy to lend an ear to a friend who's been having a hard time. They always put other people first.”
Miller’s recommendation: “I would give the Cancers the new Fresh FreshFace Instant Glow Luminizer ($59) immediately, so they could put it on their clavicles and on their cheekbones. You could also put it on your shoulders for going out in the evening. They would love that.”
We also recommend: RMS Magic Luminizer ($47.50) at sephora.com; M.A.C Cosmetics x Mariah Carey Touch My Body Loose Powder in Radiant Gold Shimmer ($45.50), at maccosmetics.ca as of mid-December 2015.
“Leo is a very dramatic sign, it's the most up-to-the-minute," says Miller. "It also is a sign that really likes to be first. I would give them a premium product, the best of the best. They don't care how much something costs."
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Black Tea Overnight Firming Mask ($112). “It’s really nice because you can put it on and skip your normal [skincare] program. Now I only do it maybe once a week when I am really tired, but you wake up looking like a movie star! It’s definitely worth it.”
We also recommend: Chanel's Limited-Edition Christmas Makeup Collection in Les 5 Ombres in Architectonic ($70), Calligraphie in 65 Hyperblack ($40), Le Vernis 544 in Hyperrose ($32), Le Vernis Velvet in 542 Pink Rubber ($32), all at chanel.com; Kérastase Chronologiste Holiday Gift Set ($120), at kerastase.ca.
“This is a sign that's very, very natural," says Miller.
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask ($75). “The thing I like is when you hear the word clay you think, ‘Oh that's for people with acne.’ No! It’s not. They have formulated this to be for anybody. The smell; The lavender smell gets me every time – I feel like I am in a spa!"
We also recommend: Sappho New Paradigm Liquid Foundation ($62), at thedetoxmarket.ca; Beautycounter Luminous Nudes Gift Set ($74), at beautycounter.com; Bite Discovery Set ($45), at sephora.com.
Libra would want something "super feminine," says Miller.
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask ($172). "I just used it yesterday," Miller told us. "There are little granules in it, just heaven. I love it, I love it, I love it. They tell you to leave it on ten minutes, but I always take it off later." Miller also suggests a perfume, like Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit ($62 for 30mL), for Libra.
We also recommend: Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look in a Clutch ($159), at charlottetilbury.com; Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Lip Colour Collection ($345), at Holt Renfrew.
"Scorpio is very sensuous," says Miller. "We are going to get her things for the body because she is just so sensual. Scorpio eyes too are very memorable too!"
Miller’s recommendation: "We have to give her the Fresh Brown Sugar Scrub for the bath ($84), and then we have to give her a beautiful body cream, like a butter almost. I think we should give her the Crème Ancienne Eye Cream ($138) because I love it, it's like pure butter"
We also recommend: Gucci Guilty Platinum Pour Femme Eau De Toillette Spray ($118 for 75 mL), at Hudson's Bay and Sephora; Crush by Rihanna Holiday Set ($70), at beautyboutique.ca; Kiehl's Limited-Edition Jeremyville Creme de Corps ($38), at kiehls.ca.
Miller says Sagittarius is a total jet setter. "She’s always in the air, she’s never home!" says Miller. "She is the happiest when she is on an airplane."
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Rose Skincare Ritual Gift Set ($59). "Anything travel sized is perfect for her," says Miller. "Something you would throw in you suitcase and you’re all set."
We also recommend: Dermalogica Dry Skin Kit ($55), at dermalogica.ca; Drybar Let It Blow! Ultimate Travel Essentials Kit ($169), at sephora.com.
"Capricorn is very practical," says Miller. "This is a person who is very busy, she climbs very high in her career and so we have to give her something that makes her look young all the time. Actually, this sign lives the longest. Capricorn can live until 103."
Miller’s recommendation: "I would give her the full line of Fresh Crème Ancienne, because she's born in January and she's travelling a lot near her birthday. She's out there in the cold, and Crème Ancienne is the most protective of your skin in the winter. So this is anti-aging [and] it's a premium line. Capricorn is the sign of Princess Middleton, so she [would] love this."
We also recommend: Kat Burki Super C Holiday Set ($143), at Murale; bareMinerals Glow Together Dimensional Powder Trio ($43) at Sephora.
"Aquarius wants everything the latest and greatest: high technology, computers – everything that has just been invented," says Miller. "Aquarius rules what is just being developed right now, what’s new. It's very tied to science and mathematics. It’s also a sign that cares very much about humanitarian concerns, so they are often willing to volunteer for charity. You don’t see an Aquarian grab something old, even skincare, because it progresses. When something progresses, why use something that was developed 10 or 20 years ago? She’s also very curated, and then she will talk about it on social media. They love being online and with their friends."
Miller’s recommendation: The entire Fresh Lotus line!
We also recommend: Ty-Lite Protective Lighted Phone Case ($79.99), at ty-lite.com; The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% ($12.90) at ordinaries.com; Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($500), at dysoncanada.ca; Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Unwin'd ($11.95), at drugstores and mass-market retailers.
"Pisces is a sign that does so much for other people; she's always there for other people," says Miller. "The trouble is that they absorb other people’s pain. Pisces has trouble letting go, she will continue to think about what her friend told her, and she will keep going until she finds another solution. She is like a sponge, so she needs to let go, we need to give her something soothing for her. She loves to have something that is scented. Pisces rules the bath and it rules sleep, so we have to give her something to enjoy! Something soothing that you might use in a spa."
Miller’s recommendation: Fresh Rice Sake Bath ($104). "It's actually made with sake," says Miller. "They found that the ladies who worked for the sake companies has such beautiful skin, and they started to investigate and they found out that there was a connection."
We also recommend: Nest Holiday Scented Candle ($56), at sephora.com; François Nars Book ($115), at Holt Renfrew.