Last night the Fragrance Foundation hosted its annual FiFi Awards in NYC, where manufacturers and celebrities alike were lauded for their excellence in the category of scent. Over 30 crystal statuettes were given out, and among the recipients were stars like Halle Berry and Mary J. Blige. To see exactly which of your favorite brands and celebrities received these top awards, just keep reading.
The nose knows, and yesterday, a few fragrances were awarded at the Fragrance Foundation's annual FiFi Awards. This year's winners were announced last night, with the coveted Hall of Fame award going to Calvin Klein's standby, Ck One ($60). To find out what other scents got top honors, just read more.
More news from the world of celebrity fragrance: both Jennifer Lopez (who's on her 16th perfume now, astoundingly) and Halle Berry will be adding to their stable of scents this year. Jennifer's new effort, Love and Glamour, is the result of her self-described perfectionism.
She tells WWD:
"It's always not signature enough. I go back and say things like, ‘Can we push the sandalwood a little bit more, can we make a tiny bit more sexy?’ To translate that into actual chemistry is a difficult thing. Then they go back and say, ‘What does she mean by sexy?’ And I’m like, ‘You know if you [take] that little piece that smells a little bit like wood but has a little bit of musk? But I just want you to add a little bit of sweetness. Can you do that for me?’ And then I think we are in the right direction. And then they come with one or two variations and I say, ‘No, that’s not it.’ It’s a long process."
Love and Glamour will debut at Macy's in October. As for Halle? To see her revealing ad campaign, just keep reading.
It seems like every other celebrity has a scent these days, from Britney to Jessica to Halle. And though marketing agencies spend a lot of money promoting these products, the only really important thing is the scent. Team Bella tested out eight recently released celebrity scents, and we've got the lowdown on how each of them fared. Click through and see if you actually might want to smell like a star.
Halle Berry is the kind of woman you'd be jealous of, except she seems like a smart, down-to-earth lady who you could be friends with. She's one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, she seems thrilled to be a mom to baby Nahla, and she's in love. It's safe to say that for her, life smells pretty sweet right now . . . which is just the kind of corny pun I'll use to tell you about Halle's new fragrance endeavor.
Launching next week, Halle by Halle Berry ($17–$35 for EDP) is a woody, oriental scent. The top notes are Sicilian bergamot, fig leaves, and pear blossom layered over heart notes of freesia petals, hibiscus flower, and ultra mimosa. A dry-down of sandalwood, driftwood, cashmere musk, olibanum sbsolute, and sensual amber add a more sensual tone. Along with eaux de parfum sizes, the scent will be available as a body lotion. If it succeeds in making me feel half as beautiful as Halle is, I'll consider it a huge success.
When I told you about the Halle Berry scent, you expected something sweet and floral. Well, today comes more news about the forthcoming fragrance, Halle by Halle Berry, due out in March. The scent, a woody oriental, and the bottle, meant to evoke the beach, were two years in the making. Berry tells WWD, "[Before my fragrance] I was mixing other brands that shall remain nameless to make my own scent with fig and mimosa,” she said. “With Halle, I added olibanum, which is an African root, which brings spice to the fragrance, and sandalwood, which smooths everything out and makes it yummy. It’s very sensual, very natural, very much reflective of the outdoors.”
Whether it's Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely or Paris Hilton's latest, celebrity fragrances are big business. generating a ton of cash both for the celebrity and the beauty company they work with. It's estimated that in 2006, worldwide sales of the top seven celebrity perfumes hit over $353 million dollars. Did you contribute to that number?
Seems like a new celebrity fragrance is launched each week, doesn't it? The latest A-lister to join the fragrant bunch is Halle Berry. WWD reports that the Oscar winner has inked a deal with Coty to launch her own scent early next year.
"She adds another dimension to the celebrity fragrance market," said Steve Mormoris, senior vice president of global marketing at Coty. "Halle has always been a little more mysterious, not quite as open with her personal life as some other stars. Her fragrances will allow her to present another facet of her personality to her fans."
What's surprising is that Halle's fragrances are starting out at what Coty calls "mid-tier" stores such as J.C. Penney. (I would have pegged her as more of a Nordstrom girl.) Think you'll have a little Halle, or are you over the celebrity fragrance trend?