Friday, 18 May 2012

Celebrity Fragrances; the Good, the Not-so-bad and the Downright Awful

 I have mixed feelings about celebrity fragrances in general. On the whole, I find them to be powdery, nondescript people-pleasers. If I find a nice one (see Madonna’s M) then I instantly panic; what if someone asks me what I’m wearing? Call me a scent snob if you like, but what if, instead of my usual ‘Narciso Rodriguez Her’ or ‘Prada Infusion D’Iris’ I have to say ‘A spritz of Madge.’ I suppose this is one to deal with further down the road. Firstly, the reviews.

The Good
According to the Perfume Store, Truth or Dare by Madonna ‘represents the dual forces that coexist in all of us.’ According to me, it smells really quite similar to Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. Similar, but in a tall white bottle with a more affordable price tag. It contains ‘carnal jasmine’ and yummy tuberose.

Truth or Dare by Madonna 30ml £25.00

The Not-so-bad

Oh I love the Kardashians. I love their glossy dark manes, I love their monosyllabic LA drawl, I love that they are able to convey more emotion in the flicker of an eyelid than most of us can with a furrowed brow. Now, I can confirm that I even quite like their scent. Heady, musky and yes, sexy, this is an evening fragrance that you won’t be afraid to spray with wild abandon.

The Downright Awful
Suffice to say, I do not have the ‘Bieber fever’. I have the opposite, whatever that is. Someone should have told him that copying a successful, non-celebrity fragrance (Mark Jacobs’ Lola, for the blind) will not necessarily result in a successful celebrity fragrance. Admittedly, I have not actually smelt this one, but I can imagine.

Justin Bieber Someday EDP 30ml £22.50


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