Celebs And Their Famous Fragrances:
Ever since Marilyn Monroe revealed that all she wore in bed was Chanel No. 5, stars and perfume have been inseparable. It was another screen goddess, Elizabeth Taylor, who realized money from scent was not to be sniffed at when in the ’80s, she became the first celebrity to launch her own perfume, called White Diamonds. Today, celeb scents are two-a-penny and it seems that even the most high profile A-Lister will turn their nose up at the chance to endorse their signature fragrance. For major companies behind the fragrances, it is a sure-fire way to boost profits. For the celebrities, it is an honor to have a perfume created for them exclusively. And for the fans, even if they can’t look or live like their favorite stars, at least they can smell like them.
David and Victoria Beckham have updated their signature scents. More and more celebs are launching fragrances, while companies that have bottled a little bit of their star quality are hoping for the sweet smell of success. But it’s not all about the money – the perfume is as individual as the people themselves. For somebody like Sarah Jessica Parker, she had dreamed of having her own fragrance since she was a little girl. She came from a very working class background and wearing a fragrance was a way of accessing a dream lifestyle. So just how do the stars find the smell that best illustrates them? The manufacturing companies ask the celebrities what sort of fragrance they wish to create, and what type of fragrances they like. For example, since the celebrities are not fragrance experts, they might describe that they want to create a warm and comfortable fragrance. With this idea the fragrance experts work with the celebrity on tones and character of their signature perfume. The celebrity tends to have a very definite idea, so this can be a lengthy process.
Here’s a definitive guide to celebrity perfume and the smells the stars choose to give their fans an essence of their star quality:
Smells Like: Complicated musky floral around the theme of black rose.
Talking Scents: “I tried to encompass everything that I feel about being feminine, and a bit rock ‘n roll, a bit edgy and a lit light, a bit dark. Kate certainly knows about edgy and dark.” The disgraced model has bounced back from her cocaine troubles to launch her first perfume in style.
Making Cents: Kate’s debut into the olfactory universe has been a successful one. She shot straight to number one on the UK perfume charts, and profits should be lucrative.
Smells Like: Top notes of marshmallow and sea breeze with a heart of Tahitian ti-are, gardenia, and a dry down of amber, patchouli and Moroccan incense.
Talking Scents: “M is about being unforgettable, not unforgivable. It’s for the woman who wants the man to fall in love with her, stay in love, and treat her like royalty.” She added, “The inspiration for M were the multiple places I’ve been to, moments in my life and childhood memories.”
Making Cents: The Grammy Award winning diva, definitely created a very subtle perfume using her signature style and aura.
Victoria Posh And Beckham
Perfume: Intimately Beckham and Intimately Night.
Smells Like: For him an edgy, sexy blend of wood-spicy aroma radiating warmth and sensuality. For her, an opulent bouquet of white flowers with the pure, fresh notes of bergamot and rose petals.
Talking Scents: A brand new fragrance duo has been created to convey their world of sophistication, luxury and intimacy – Intimately Beckham for Him and for Her. Two fragrances that are as unique as David and Victoria fuse in an atmosphere that sparkles and sizzles with the attraction and electricity between them.
Making Cents: Hit with couples in the international market with the Intimately Night version making its mark more than the others.
Perfume: Paris Hilton, Just Me, Heiress, Can Can, Fairy Dust
Smells Like: Her fragrance, Heiress, was a curious mix of passion fruit, peach granita, champagne mimosa, star jasmine, tiare flower, ylang ylang, honeysuckle, tonka bean and blonde woods.
Talking Scents: “I’m so proud to have my own fragrance, and it’s doing great too. It’s like the top seller now. Now I’ve even got one for guys. It’s really hot. I mixed all these scents together and I came up with this one, and when a guy wears it, it smells so good that you like, um.. Yeah!”
Making Scents: Parlux Fragrances estimate that Paris Hilton, the perfume, has made millions in sales, making it the most successful celeb scent.
Perfume: Darling and Sweet Darling
Smells Like: A sweet and sensual floral bouquet with passion fruit, lily and sandalwood.
Talking Scents: Kylie said at the launch of her debut perfume, “The launch of my fragrance coincides with a new chapter of my life.
Making Cents: Putting her health above all else, Kylie will still be earning big bucks from this popular perfume.
Perfume: With Love
Smells Like: A mossy woody fragrance with notes of exotic spices, chai latte, cocobolo wood, balsam incense and amber.
Talking Scents: “I wanted this scent to be different, but still appeal to a lot of people. Mums and daughters can both wear it. I made sure I was involved in the entire process. The head perfumers gave me a lot of freedom to take risks with the notes. Like cocobolo wood and mangosteen fuir – those are very unusual ingredients. We went through 115 changes to get to the final fragrance. It’s a layered fragrance and it develops on your skin.”
Making Scents: The teenage actress singer will bolster her fortune with sales of this credible scent that has even the most hardened perfumistas in a tizzy.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Perfume: Lovely and Covet
Smells Like: Lovely is a delicate baby pink fragrance with a blend of lavender, orchid, amber, apple martini and musk. Covet is a sensual blend of wet greens, geranium leaves, Sicilian lemon, lavender and mid notes of honeysuckle, magnolia and muget and base notes of musk, vetiver, bois de cashmere, teakwood and amber which mix perfectly to make this sensual scent.
Talking Scents: “It’s not a very aggressive scent”. SJP said of her debut fragrance. “It’s not a scent you’ll smell before a person walks in a room. I didn’t want it to have social skills.” The actress and busy mum also added, “This is a part of my life I want to share with others. I really, really thought about it. I’ve been invited into women’s lives and I take that seriously. Fragrance is a necessity on days you don’t have time to shower.”
Making Cents: Both Lovely and Covet are immensely popular feminine scents and ever since its launch there ahs not been any looking back for SJP.
Perfume: Xposed and Simply
Smells Like: Simply is Christina’s latest offering continuing her obsession with Hollywood glamor. The perfume has notes of mandarin, blackcurrant, peony, jasmine, plum, vanilla, amber and musk.
Talking Scents: “I love trying new things in my music and in fashion. To have a perfume of my own is the beginning of an exciting adventure.
Making Cents: The star had added this to a long line of ventures to boost her massive wealth.
Perfume: True Star and True Star Gold.
Smells like: A clean floral scent with a hint of toasted grains contained in a slender bottle designed to look like an award 0- so now we can all be winners.
Talking Scents: “Throughout my career, I have been lucky to work with the best in the business – first the music business and now the beauty business. I love fragrance, so having my own scent is the fulfilment of one of my dreams. I hope True Star will be an inspiration to every woman.”
Making Cents: Beyonce recieved millions for just promoting her Tommy Hilfiger fragrance – and admitted it was the easiest job she’s ever had. Sales have boosted her perfume fortune.
Perfume: J-Lo is the most prolific of celebrity perfumers with offerings including Glow, Still, Miami Glow and Live, giving us many ways to smell like the queen Latino. Deseo (Desire) is her 8th fragrance.
Smells Like: Glow After Dark, her most popular offering, is a fusion of mandarin, melon, white cherry, passion fruit, jasmine, peony, freesia, rose, orange flower, blonde woods and patchouli.
Talking Scents: “I love perfume and I wear my own perfume. I switch; I go back and forth. I like all of them. It’s funny with perfume when you create it yourself – because you really like it. You don’t know if anybody else is gonna like it but you really like it.”
Making Cents: J-Lo has successfully created perfume after perfume and proved that she has a nose for business as well as a top bottom line.
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