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.
Either Paris is a big fan of The Little Mermaid (likely) or she's been inspired by Greek mythology (not as likely), because her next scent is called Siren. WWD reports that the fruity floral scent, due out next month, was inspired by mermaids. "Siren is all about being sexy in a playful way. I feel irresistible as a mermaid," Paris said. "What girl doesn’t want to have fun being a fantasy creature that men can’t resist?" (It should be said that in The Odyssey, sirens lured men in, then left their flesh to rot. Paris's interpretation of Homer is far more glamorous.)
The eau de parfum ($45-55) and body lotion $28) will debut at Macy's next month. The scent, as WWD describes it, has "top notes of juicy mandarin, apricot nectar, and frangipani, with a heart of honeysuckle, coconut orchid and water lily. The drydown consists of vanilla beans, sandalwood and creamy musk." Will you hear the call of Paris's Siren, or has that ship sailed for you?
According to WWD, the perfume will have top notes of sparkling Prosecco accord, orange blossom, and pink peony. The middle notes will consist of spring gardenia, water lilly, and peach nectar, and the blend will finish off with bottom notes of cashmere musk, sueded patchouli, and vanilla cream. I'd like to take a whiff just based on the peach/patchouli combo alone.
If you'd like to check out Fairy Dust ($45 to $55) and the coordinating body lotion ($28), stop in at Macy's, Bon-Ton, Belk, or Boscov's for the mid-October launch. So, tell me what you think about Paris' latest venture. Does the concept fly for you, or are you thinking Never(land)?
One of the challenges in reviewing celebrity perfumes is that it's difficult to ignore your opinion of the famous person behind the juice. Would Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker have been such a runaway hit if, say, Bea Arthur were behind it? (I would so buy a Bea Arthur scent, for the record.) Or would a well-done perfume like Britney Spears' Curious be considered more sophisticated if it weren't connected to a pop singer?
Which brings us to Paris Hilton and her fourth fragrance, Can Can. I normally wouldn't pick up a perfume by Paris; after all, I need my $55 more than she needs it, and I can't imagine telling people that I'm wearing Paris Hilton. But I wondered if my opinion of Paris was clouding my judgment. So to get an honest and fair opinion of Can Can, I set up a blind smell test by inviting other Sugar girls to smell the scent — without knowing its identity. Would they like Paris' perfume if they didn't know who was behind it? To find out, read more