Since March dabbles around all the time in celeb scents, I decided to go trawling around as well.
Queen by Queen Latifah is her first entry into the perfume market. From the marketing copy:
- “The top notes premiere with lightly sparkling citrus notes of Italian Bergamot and Mediterranean Mandarin wrapped in an intoxicating golden tequila inspired accord.
- The heart of this scent brings together two sides of a woman: femininity and sexiness. Fresh bouquets of Baie Rose and Jasmine Noir blend with the rich warmth of Cognac and the exotic spice Moroccan Coriander. This heart truly imparts love.
- Base notes provide the soul of the scent with an unexpected but exciting combination of Indonesian Patchouli, Sandalwood and a touch of Vanilla Absolute. Tonka Absolute blends with Egyptian Incense and Sexy Musk to make the fragrance linger.”
I heard she wanted tequila in there because that’s her favorite drink. I’.m not sure that I smell tequila specifically, and that’s a good thing because it brings up memories of another time when things got so rowdy that we got shushed at a Deaf banquet. But this scents sure could have gone along on the ride with me that night. It’s, for me, pretty much a straight-up oriental, and a nice one at that. It’s not a groundbreaking one, running more to the Poison or Hypnotic Poison side of the road, but it’s a celebscent that’s not a fruity floral, and we need more of those. It would stand well on its own, without the celeb selling it. Warm, a little smoldery, enough booze to make it interesting, and the vanilla isn’t overpowering. It doesn’t last as long as I’d like, or stay discrete on the notes as long as I’d like, but I know the budgets they work with aren’t amenable to super-great materials. For what it is, it works and is done well. And it would be a cheap alternative to Hypnotic Poison in the winter because it will go to the discounters and will be cheap.
But what’s up with the bottle designs on celebscents now? They used to have the star’s name plastered all over it, but I noticed several of them now make it almost impossible to find out what the name of the perfume is, you have to just know by the bottle and that teeny sticker on the bottom that nobody can read.
I did sniff White Diamonds in pure parfum this last weekend. I used to think that stuff was toxic, but compared to what’s out there now, a big old white floral that can knock someone’s diamonds off at 100 paces seems a little refreshing.
Have you had a celebrity scent that you like a lot? Or that surprised you? I’m always happy when they do – probably happier than if it’s a latest niche release we’ve all been panting over. I’m also happy when I love some scents in the closet that get dissed badly that eventually people come to appreciate (Coco Mademoiselle in parfum).