The Most Popular Perfumes, According To Your Political Party

Exactly where do the Republican and Democratic candidates stand on domestic and international policy? You can bet we'll be tuning into the upcoming presidential debates to find out. But one thing we know for sure: how supporters of each major party in the U.S.A. like to smell.

While political pollsters have been working to project outcomes of every step of the race, Scentbird, the online perfume subscription hub, has put together some pretty interesting data analysis of its own: The site has combined red- and blue-state identification (as determined by the New York Times UpShot Forecast) with more than 400,000 fragrance orders to determine the top five scents for Republican and Democrats across the nation. And just like the course of the 2016 election itself, the results contain some serious surprises.

For instance: Would you peg left-leaning perfume-wearers as patchouli lovers? As it turns out, it’s the folks in ideologically conservative states who love the intoxicating herb (particularly when it’s balanced with florals). And though conservatives might sometimes be portrayed as crisp, clean, and preppy, the scents that represent these qualities are most coveted in blue states.

In all, the research offers an important reminder of something that’s easy to forget in such an emotional election season: We can’t — and shouldn’t — typecast a person based on political leanings alone. Click ahead for an exclusive peek at Scentbird’s top fragrances sold in red and blue states — you may never guess where your favorite fragrance lands on the political map.
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Red-State Picks
Which scents unite those in states that vote Republican? Those that have major staying power, thanks to potent ingredients, like patchouli and jasmine.

Fun fact: A separate Scentbird sales analysis showed that this fragrance was most popular in Las Vegas, city of sin, and we think we know why: It packs a punch on first spritz thanks to the coffee top notes, then keeps you hooked with rich vanilla and sexy florals. Addicting — just like the slot machines.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, $90, available at Sephora.
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This award-winning cult perfume, a true floral detonation, is a best seller in Dallas. Jasmine, rose, orchid, and freesia are all are grounded with patchouli.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, $115, available at Nordstrom.
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You'll feel like a femme fatale in this sensual blend of orchid, vanilla, dark chocolate, and — you guessed it — patchouli. It's best worn at night, and you only need a hint to intoxicate everyone who passes by.

Tom Ford Black Orchid, $120, available at Sephora.
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Imagine your favorite scent from middle school, grown up: Yuzu, pomegranate, raspberry, peony, magnolia, and lotus flowers make for a bright, fruity-meets-floral scent. According to ScentBird, it’s a favorite in Chicago.

Versace Bright Crystal Absolu, $112, available at Sephora.
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If you're into jasmine, we bet that this fragrance (which also features sandalwood) will be a favorite — no matter how you plan to vote.

Michael Kors Glam Jasmine, $82, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Blue-State Picks
Crisp and clean is the name of the fragrance game in left-leaning states, thanks to a penchant for cucumber, apple, and lily of the valley.

Can you tell just by looking at the bottle, with its grosgrain bow and marzipan-inspired rose cap, that this fragrance as a light and pretty as a bridal bouquet? Feminine and sophisticated, but not overly girly or sweet, it’s filled with white flowers, including neroli, amaryllis, water lily, and daffodil.

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce, $94, available at Ulta Beauty.
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The perfume equivalent of taking a big bite out of a crunchy, just-picked apple, this one energizes with grapefruit, cucumber, florals, and yes, of course, green apple.

DKNY Be Delicious, $70, available at Sephora.
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According to Scentbird, this is Atlanta’s fragrance of choice — and like a Georgia peach, vanilla and caramel make it very sweet.

Prada Candy, $88, available at Sephora.
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This is Washington, D.C.’s top pick, according to Scentbird (and Cate Blanchett's — she's the face of it). It's a modern scent that doesn't smell like everything else on the shelf, thanks to an interesting, unexpected combo of blackcurrant nectar and blond wood musk, along with hints of freesia and May rose.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Sì, $88, available at Sephora.
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Women in Seattle love this multi-layered perfume that sort of smells like getting lost in an enchanted forest. The juice is made with notes of Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, black cardamom, and wild fig, and the bottle is just perfection.

Nest Fragrances Indigo, $68, available at Nest.
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