Tuesday, 1 April 2014

DIGITAL WORDS / Five Celebrity Perfumes That Don't Smell Like Shit

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The celebrity endorsed scent – it’s an odd phenomenon. Buying the bottled essence of a pop star, actress or it girl based on the image and idea we hold of them? It’s a weird thing to do. Despite the fact that celebrity scents make up 40% of the fragrance market and literally hundreds of them are newly created every year, many of them flat out reek. They’re cheap and cheerful but there’s a reason for that – they tend to use the same inexpensive ingredients with mass sniff appeal. Think vanilla, sugary fruits, like strawberries, coconuts and peaches, and a few floral notes. However, navigate your way past the Marc Jacobs-rip off bottles from Justin Bieber and the surely-discounted-by-now Unbreakable fragrance from Khloe and Lamar, there are some celebrity fragrances out there that are worth a spritz. Also, despite the deceiving featured image, Katy Perry’s fragrance is not included, wah wah.

Eau De Toilette by Kate Moss
Not many people know what Kate Moss’ voice sounds like, let alone how she smells. But judging by her debut, eponymous fragrance Mossy probably smells as good as she looks. This airy perfume is fresh and sophisticated yet edgy. Although Kate Moss has released seasonal variations on her first perfume, the original is still the best.


Curious by Britney Spears 
With more perfumes to her name than albums, Britney Spears has made serious dough from her fragrance empire. We’re talking billions of dollars. Whilst she continuously re-works her Fantasy and Radiance lines, the little crystal blue bottle that started it all is still her greatest scent. Curious is light and girly, and somehow conveys an aroma of youth. It’s one of the best-selling women’s perfumes of all time for a reason.


Miami Glow by JLo
So savvy is Jennifer Lopez in the fragrance market that during her guest appearances on Will & Grace her constant promotion of her Glow perfume was turned into a running joke. She made her backing dancers wear it and pushed it on strangers on the subway. Whilst Glow was a surprising success story, the warming variant of Miami Glow is the real winner. Don’t be deceived by the unimpressive bottle, inside lies the smell of summer.


Fame by Lady Gaga
Bringing out a perfume is such a prerequisite of pop stardom that it seemed odd for the ever unconventional Lady Gaga to follow suit. However Gaga did it on her own terms by making her scent a unisex eau de parfum that is black whilst housed inside its alien-looking bottle and then becomes clear once airborne. Lady Gaga’s Fame is not your run-of-the-mill famous fragrance.

Lovers G Harajuku by Gwen Stefani
Whilst her first fragrance, L, was a rather sophisticated and understated affair, Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers line was all about the kawaii style she adopted and popularised during her solo musical years. Harajuku Lovers G is our favourite out of Gwen’s army of dolly-bottle perfumes. It’s inconspicuous, ultra cute and we love having a mini Miss Stefani displayed on our dressing table.


Written for GALORE

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