Pretty

Jennifer by Jennifer Aniston

Review by  that  Heartless ManTrapTom

Celebrity scents are for the most part, not to put too fine a point on it, crap.  Oh, there are ones that are wonderful: Miller Harris l’Air de Rien and Etat Libre Like This are exceptions but for every one of those there’s 10 Britnay Kardoostian’s Phrooty Phantasy or 12 Incontinence by Paducah Budgetel.  Ones that are perhaps too literal looks into the naming person, in that the scents are cheap, strident and ultimately insufferable.

Jennifer by Jennifer Aniston is not that.

It is perhaps exactly the way that Jennifer Aniston seems: pretty in a very non-threatening manner, kind of sporty, with no rough edges and with a very girly-girly sensuality.

Jennifer starts off with a bright citrus burst and some cabbage rose, adds in a very clean jasmine and finishes with a hint of warm woods and a slightly salty skin scent.  It’s lovely really: completely wearable and balances the floral, citrus and beachy skin aspect in a way that’s well, pretty is the word I keep coming back to.  No bad thing at all.

Actually, it’s so sweetly pretty in a non-threatening, “take her home to meet Mom” kind of way that the woman who should be wearing it isn’t a Jennifer Aniston at all.  It should be worn by a really heartless man-trap as camouflage.

Angelina?

1oz $39, 1.7oz $55 and 2.9oz for $70 at Sephora, where I asked for and received a sample.

34 Comments

  1. =))

    12 Incontinence by Paducah Budgetel.

    I Love You, Tom.

    Truly, Madly,Deeeeeply!

    xo >-)

  2. I love Tom AND Musette, because that very same comment just got the hell out of me-and after the hell I endured today, I thought it would be weeks before anything could or would make me laugh.

    Thank you from the bottom of my tiny, shriveled heart.

  3. Great review Tom!

    I too was at Sephora’s today and got a whiff of the Jennifer Aniston perfume that led to asking for a sample. Getting back to the first whiff… my first thought was that this recalled the cult Child perfume by Susan D. Owens.

    I now have child on one arm and the jennifer Anniston perfume on the other and they are still eerily similar though absolutely lovely (the musc being more prominent to my nose in the Jennifer version)… As an aside. one of the sites reviewing child perfume lists Jennifer Aniston as one of the perfume’s fans… interesting and at the very least, a very child inspired creation… :)

    • I haven’t smelled Child in forever- it was such a huge hit here a few years ago. Need to check that out.

  4. Fun review, Tom. I didn’t want to even try this scent, but I did recently at Sephora — and darned if I didn’t like it.
    I agree with Florentina above about the similarity to Child (and much less pricey, too), but it also reminded me somewhat of Bobbi Brown’s Beach scent. No bad thing in itself. So all in all, this is perhaps the one recent celebrity scent I would happily wear.

  5. Sharing the love here as well… maybe I’ll go try this, I sort of expected it to be worse. It doesn’t sound like me, but it doesn’t sound bad, either, which is a nice change.

  6. I think ‘good’ mainstream celebrity scents would do better if they weren’t eponymous. That said, I’ll be sure to check it out now – it sounds actually ‘nice’ v. just okay!

    xoxo >-)

    • It definitely gave off a retro, beachy kind of vibe when I wore it, but YMMV. But it is worth a try.

      • How’s the sillage? Sounds like something I would like.

        • Hi Jen, it’s fairly light but it does have decent staying power. After one spritz to my wrist(which I then touched lightly to my neck), I was still getting gentle wafts of it almost 2 hours later.
          Head to Sephora if you can for a sample and see what you think …

          • Oops, Tom, didn’t mean to reply for you. Just sharing my experience with Jen. :)

    • I’m okay with the name. Otherwise they’d try to find something that “expressed” Jennifer Aniston. We can imagine where that would have gone..

    • Really, Musette – why on earth would I want to buy a scent named Jennifer (or any other first name besides my own)!

  7. Wonderful (and very funny) review Tom! I do like this scent very much – I get a lovely jasmine, a light muguet, and a soft musk from it. Very wearable, very office and public friendly, and still – pretty. It’s already an active part of my rotation and has become my default scent for days when I can’t make up my mind. Or just want to smell pretty…

    • Thanks!

      It’s nice to have some scents like that in rotation, and if they’re really affordable even better!

  8. Well. I am usually a big sucka for “Just Pretty,” so much so that I am pretty well stocked up for such items. And I’m a sucka for a bargain, too. So I’m glad to hear that it isn’t awful. (Incontinence by Paducah Budgetel! Snort!)

    But I got so annoyed by the press release blather about this, way back last year when Jen was talking about “perfume that doesn’t smell like perfume,” that I’ll probably give it a wide berth. I like my perfume to smell LIKE PERFUME, D*** IT! (Rant over. Sorry. Sorry. Blood pressure going back to normal now…)

  9. Hmmmmm, I like Just Pretty, but I don’t like clean, and I especially don’t like clean jasmine and clean musk.

    I suspect I’d far prefer something more suited to Angelina. ;o)

    • So true – I can totally imagine her in The Party in Manhattan or a slinky SL!

  10. that was a very entertaining review =)… I happened to like it very much.. I kind of dig that salty white musk vibe that she has going on in the drydown.. very well done indeed, and (as you had mentioned), very much in line with Jennifer Aniston herself… On another aside, i would LOVE to know what Angelina would come up with for a scent.. I was totally thinking along the lines of a skanky serge lutens (MKK perhaps?), it would be interesting to see…

    • So true, Stephen – I really feel SL would be the best match for Angelina!

  11. LMAO – Now I want to see something actually NAMED “Phrooty Phantasy!” :-D

    I will try this when I find it, it certainly sounds beter than 90% of the celeb scents.

  12. this is a “colorful cotton shift over a swimsuit” scent for me. very beachy. very florida. very seventies, too, thanks to the rough musk. takes me back to high school and summers at the beach. couldn’t see wearing this with anything even remotely dressy. just wish the white flowers lasted longer, but it’s nice in its obvious and easy casualness.

    angelina? my expectations would be way too high for one from her! i think she’s so much more interesting than aniston, there is no competition.

  13. Tom, you always crack me up! I’m curious to sniff this now. Agree with Minette and Tammy that I’d no doubt find the Angelina scent more fascinating, if it was any match for its star, but it IS useful to have some uncomplicated camouflage scents in the arsenal ;-)

  14. Never take Angelina home to mother. She might steal father away; or she might steal mother away.

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