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January 20, 2007

Xpose by Christina Aguilera {Perfume History & Facts} {Celebrity perfumes}


After announcing that Christina Aguilera was preparing to launch her signature fragrance, I realized that she had already participated in a fragrance creation previously. Her perfume, Xpose, was launched in 2004 and exclusively distributed in the European market.

Interestingly enough, this fact was not mentioned in the recent press releases.

Have you tried it? 

January 16, 2007

Christina Aguilera To Launch Signature Perfume {Fragrance News}


Singer Christina Aguilera signed a fragrance deal with Procter and Gamble. In 5 years, she is one of several celebrities to follow in J-Lo's footsteps (Please check our Celebrity Fragrance category for more info). She said " 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."

The new fragrance will be released later this year. 

Source: FemaleFirst.co.uk 

December 10, 2006

Gwen Stefani Signs Fragrance Deal With Coty {Fragrance News}

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Singer and fashion brand owner Gwen Stefani is the latest celebrity to enter the Coty stable in its prestige division - like Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker - to collaborate on the creation of her signature scent.

The upcoming perfume will reflect Gwen Stefani's personality but also her fashion brand L.A.M.B.'s (an acronym for Love Angel Music Baby) image and is slated to debut in fall of 2007.

See why she wants to create that fragrance...

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October 28, 2006

Driven by Avon {New Celebrity Perfume}


Derek Jeter from the New York Yankees is launching his first fragrance called Driven by Avon. The new perfume includes notes of grapefruit, oakmoss, and spice. It will be on sale at the end of November 2006.

Jeter says that "When I was approached and decided to do it, I decided to be involved in everything -- the scent, the packaging, the logo, the bottle. I knew what I wanted. I didn't want it to overtake a room. I wanted it to be clean and sophisticated". He also thinks that "A good fragrance can give you confidence".

You can read more of his interview here

Source: MyWestTexas.com 

October 27, 2006

Darling by Kylie Minogue {New Celebrity Perfume}




Kylie Minogue's first fragrance will debut next month. It is called Darling, a term the Australian actress says she personally likes to use, is popular in her family, and on top of these, has a show-bizz connotation to it. The perfume was created by Thierry Wasser of Firmenich and is described as a chypre-floriental scent...

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October 21, 2006

The 5th Sense in the News: The New Perfume Consumers & The Celebrity Trend: Simon Cowell, David Yurman, Jean-Claude Ellena (no, he just makes them), and Kiss


There is an article by Rob Walker in the New York Times of October 22 2006 on the new consumerist trends in the perfume markets, including, of course, the celebrity perfume trend.

The Smell Test 

Simon Cowell thinks it's a good trend and says he is considering giving it a go "There's this cologne I really like and it's not very well known, so I'm thinking of partnering up with them and giving it my name," he said. And what will Cowell's scent reek of? "It's very citrus-y, it smells of limes," the 47-year-old said of the fruity fragrance" in Inside Entertainement...

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October 18, 2006

Perfume Short & Celebrity Scent: Maria Sharapova by Maria Sharapova


Maria Sharapova by Maria Sharapova was launched in 2005 and was created by nose Carlos Vinals. The tennis player reportedly actively participated in the design of the fragrance. She follows the examples of other tennis players who launched celebrity fragrances and which include Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert.

Maria Sharapova includes notes of sweet mandarin, bergamot, pomegranate leaf, cassis berries, lemongrass, gardenia, jasmine, magnolia, dewy English rose petals, Wimbledon grass, Cashmere musk, white amber crystals and a dash of vanilla...

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October 12, 2006

New Perfume & Perfume Short: Danielle by Danielle Steel


The first perfume by best-selling author, Danielle by Danielle Steel has now hit the perfume counters. It is described as a lush floral oriental and is meant to convey qualities embodied by the prolific writer and mother of nine children, that is, femininity and strength.

The juice, by Loc Dong of International Flavors and Fragrances, has top notes of lush green notes and Mediterranean mandarin; a heart of butterfly jasmine, sunset orchid and hydroponic rose, and a drydown of blue vetiver, white amber and cashmere musks.

The collection includes eaux de parfum in two sizes, 1.7 oz. for $49.50 and 3.3 oz. for $65, as well as a 0.5-oz. parfum, $125, and a 6.8-oz. body lotion for $35.

The eau de parfum bottles are faceted heavy glass rectangles, intended to be reminiscent of pieces in Steel’s large fine crystal collection. The juice inside is tinted a pale yellow. The perfume bottle is a weighty glass rectangle with a glass dabber and faceted top. Glass for both was fabricated by Pochet...

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September 26, 2006

Perfume Review & Musings: With Love by Hilary Duff & Some Thoughts On Its Similarities With Betsey Johnson


The new perfume by teen star Hilary Duff, With Love, continues the very popular, some would say, unimaginative, trend of fruity floral fragrances given a creamy, buttersccotch-y twist. The genre was made popular by Britney Spears and is primarily destined to please a younger set of women (15-24).

In this case, fine wood notes make it a more sophisticated type of fragrance susceptible to appeal to a more mature audience looking for a sensual playful, yet elegant perfume.

The perfume was created by Stephen Nilsen and Rodriguez Flores-Roux of Quest. It is a luscious gourmand fragrance with delicious fruity notes and seductive woods: sandalwood, cedar, and rarer "textured Cocobolo woods" undertones. I absolutely love the woods in this perfume; they are very finely textured.

Notes are, among others, Mangosteen fruit, spices, Mangosteen blossom, Cocobolo wood, amber milk, and amber musk. I also detect a boozy note which turns out to be Champagne according to one source. There is also a rich sandalwood, cedar, and coconut milk. The Mangosteen smells more like candied pineaple than Mangosteen only approximating the delicate and subtle frutiness of the Mangosteens of my childhood...

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August 29, 2006

Perfume Review & Musings & Sample Giveaway: Live Luxe by Jennifer Lopez


The latest fragrance by Jennifer Lopez, Live Luxe, was created by Claudette Belnavis of Takasago. The fragrance is dedicated to J-Lo's love of dancing. Notes are among others, pear, peach, amethyst freesia, muguet petals, diamond musk, and soft amber.

live_luxe2.jpg Live Luxe starts with a sharp outburst of slightly tart fruits. It smells of mandarine, perhaps green apple, and overall of the concentrated and juicy smell of a Del Monte fruit salad. Underneath the frutiness, a creamy undertone already indicates the direction in which the perfume will evolve later. As the perfume unfolds a slightly clean ozonic smell envelops the fruits balancing out the creaminess to prevent it from becoming too cloying. (Now that I have read that there is an electric citrus note, that might be it; there is something in the air).  Little by little, the fruit medley becomes less indistinct and a juicy pear appears on a peachy background...

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August 27, 2006

Fragrance News: Enchanting by Celine Dion


The stable of celebrity fragrances managed by Coty, the leader in this area, will soon include a newcomer. A new perfume by Céline Dion called Enchanting will be introduced in September 2006 in Europe and in March 2007 in North America.

"Enchanting Celine Dion was developed with perfumer James Krivda of Givaudan and contains notes of osmanthus, cyclamen red berries, orchid, gardenia and freesia. The golden juice comes in a tall six-faceted glass bottle, created in-house."

The perfume will be mass-marketed and accompanied by a promotional CD as a gift-with-purchase. The 30 ml edp will come with an amethyst-colored crystal ring by Swarowski. In Europe, the 30 ml eau de toilette will retail for 16.95 Euros and the 30 ml eau de parfum for 19.95 Euros. 

Source: Cosmetic News 

Fragrance News: A Perfume Website for With Love by Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff has set up a website to showcase her upcoming fragrance, With Love. You can watch a short video showing the shooting of her advertising campaign.

With Love by Hilary Duff 

And here's what Duff has to say about perfume:

"I love wearing a beautiful fragrance and don't feel completely dressed without one.

Sources: www.hilarynet.org, www.undercover.com, The Moodie report

Photo shows how the carton for the perfume unfolds like a flower when opened.

August 22, 2006

The 5th Sense in the News: Interview with Roja Dove on Celebrity Perfumes, The Rise of Female Noses, Scents will be Used During The Story of a Murderer, The Launch of Intimately by Beckham


• There is, or rather there will be tomorrow, both a humorous and illuminating article on celebrity fragrances in The Guardian of August 23 2006. Roja Dove shares his thoughts with Laura Barton on the trend as well as reviews several of those perfumes, including the new duo of fragrances, Intimately by Beckham: Naomi's is Hideous

"It was Matt Dillon who once observed that "When I go really far back in time, to the days when everyone was dying of cholera and syphilis and bubonic plague, I want nothing to do with those periods. I mean, nobody showered. That's why perfume became such a popular item." Dillon has yet to offer his explanation for the popularity of celebrity perfume, but the reasons are probably similar: such fragrances are an attempt to elevate ourselves above the great unwashed..." 

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August 21, 2006

New Perfumes: Intimately by Beckham for Him & for Her


The Beckhams are launching a duo of fragrances in the wake of the success of Instinct by Beckham. "The Intimately Beckham for Him juice, concocted by International Flavors and Fragrances features notes of bergamot, grapefruit zest, cardamom, violet, nutmeg, star anise, sandalwood, patchouli and amber. The women's scent, blended by Firmenich, offers notes of white flowers, bergamot, rose petals, Casablanca lily, tuberose, orange blossom, vanilla, sandalwood and musk."

They are scheduled to launch this week in the UK and worldwide, except in the US, in September 2006. The perfumes will retail for $37, $49, and $62 in the 30, 50, and 75 ml sizes.

Source: Women's Wear Daily

August 09, 2006

Fragrance News: Victoria & David Beckham to Release Couple Perfumes


Former Posh Spice and husband David Beckham are to release a duo of fragrances next month called Intimately. The ad campaign is rumoured to be particularly sexy.

You can read more about the couple and their two upcoming fragrances in the Daily Mirror:

Eau de Posh & Becks... 

New Perfume: Live Luxe by Jennifer Lopez

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"US. Coty Prestige has formally unveiled its new women’s fragrance from Jennifer Lopez. Live Luxe will be launched in the Americas this month, before rolling out to Europe in September and Asia in October.(...) The juice opens on notes of pear and peach, leading to an exotic heart of amethyst freesia and muguet petals. The base is a blend of diamond musk and soft amber." It was created by Claudette Belnavis of Takasago. The bottle was designed by Guy Williams.

Jennifer Lopez has been so successful with her initial perfume launch of Glow by J.Lo that she has single-handedly inspired a major celebrity perfume trend; Coty is re-centering their whole business around this idea. In December 2006, J. Lo will introduce another perfume, her 7th perfume launch including spin-off limited editions: Glow at Dark...

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July 27, 2006

New Perfume: With Love by Hilary Duff

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Teen Star Hilary Duff is launching her first fragrance called With Love. It targets women aged from 15 to 24 although Duff thinks it will appeal to a broader audience due to the sophistication of the scent. The star closely monitored the creation of the fragrance saying it took 115 different versions to perfect it.

The juice was created by Quest perfumers Stephen Nilsen and Rodrigo Flores-Roux. "In terms of ingredients, effervescent mangosteen and Champagne represent the “fun and bubbly” side of Duff’s personality, while her “complex, sensual side” is highlighted by an accord of textured cocobolo woods."

Updated: there is now a website showcasing With Love, please see my latest post about Duff's perfume.

Sources: The Moodie Report, Women's Wear Daily

June 17, 2006

The Fifth Sense in the News: Celebrity Perfumes, The Scent of Your Colleague, Dandys, Scented Book Reviews


Celebrities, Their Dramas and Perfumes

An explanation of the celebrity fragrance craze by Coty's chief executive Bernd Beetz and presentation of their business goal to move forcefully into the prestige fragrance market. NYT, June 17 2006.

The Scent of a Co-Worker 

Do you think that your co-worker's natural odoriferous presence is somewhat disturbing? Do you dislike your colleague's perfume? Read this article to find out more about the causes of and solutions for such problems. NYT, June 11 2006...

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May 02, 2006

New Perfume: Maria Sharapova, The Fragrance

Despite a dislocated ankle, Maria Sharapova is in Mexico today for the launch of her new fragrance called, Maria Sharapova, in all simplicity...



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