I am a girl with a true passion for fragrance. I have so many perfume bottles crowding my dresser that I hardly have any bare space left on it. And I keep buying more. My shopping habit when it comes to perfume is a little bit out of control. In fact, last Saturday I found myself ordering five different perfumes before seven am while still lying in bed. If that’s not an obsession, I don’t know what is. And although I truly appreciate perfume as an affecting, complex art form, I don’t discriminate between high-end, artisanal, and even celebrity perfumes. If I like a scent, I like a scent and some of the perfumes I enjoy the most are, gasp, celebrity. Now before you sneer and quickly click out, scroll through my list of six, quite frankly stunning celebrity perfumes. Are they guilty pleasures? Oh for sure. But these juices are so delicious you won’t even be embarrassed to tell people what you are wearing. My perfume’s Britney bitch.
Top Notes: Coffee, Whipped Cream, Nectarine, Clementine
Heart: Orange Blossom, Sambac Jasmine, Dulce De Leche
Base: Amber, Musk
I’m a sucker for Britney Spears. I’ve been a fan of her since I was eight years old, bopping along at her Dream Within A Dream tour. So naturally, I have almost all of her perfumes and when I heard she was releasing a new one, named after a song from her latest album, I knew that I would be snapping it up. I’m glad I did because it is delish. With notes of coffee, dulce de leche, orange blossom, jasmine, nectarine, clementine, amber, and musk, it’s creamy, warm, and soo yummy. It’s very sweet but not cloyingly so, with a subtle edge because of the coffee note (apparently inspired by Britney’s love for iced coffee). It’s energetic but cuddly and lasts for hours. I tend to spritz it on before work (it is soft and sophisticated enough for the office) and at the end of the day, there is still a trace of buttery dulce de leche and musk.
Scent Situation: Date night, Work, Formal dinner
Top Notes: Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Apple Martini
Heart: Patchouli, Orchid, White Pepper
Base: White Musk, Woodsy Notes, Cedar, Amber, Salt (I always say that salt makes everything better)
Lovely smells exactly like it sounds. It’s a sheer, unbelievably delicate skin scent with cloudy notes of lavender, woods, and orchid and invigorating aromas of apple martini and bergamot. It’s crisp yet soft, with a classic femininity that evokes images of pirouetting ballerinas, ropes of pearls, and vintage silk dresses. This is a light, elegant scent that works for every day and for more formal occasions like a wedding or work event.
Scent Situation: Everyday, The office, weddings, Formal dinners
3 // Halle – Halle Berry
Top Notes: Fig Leaf, Bergamot, Pear Blossom
Heart: Mimosa, Hibiscus, Freesia
Base: Cashmere Musk, Sandalwood, Amber, Driftwood, Olibanum
Prior to trying Halle, I had never been a huge fan of spicy oriental fragrances. I tried this perfume when I was given a sample in Shoppers Drug Mart and I was instantly hooked. It’s spicy but sheer and very, very warm. Cuddly notes of cashmere musk, amber and olibanum mingle with beachy notes of mimosa, hibiscus, and fig leaf. This is a sultry fragrance that is most appropriate for the colder months (it can be a bit heavy in the summer) and for romantic occasions.
Scent Situations: Date night, The holidays, A night out
Top Notes: Passionfruit, Coconut, Pink Grapefruit
Heart: Cyclamen, Orange Blossom, Heliotrope
Base: Amber, Musk, Vanilla
Miami Glow was my first celebrity fragrance when I was thirteen. I was obsessed and wore it year round, despite it being a very tropical, summery scent. Flash forward a decade and I still love this perfume. It’s bright and sparkling with juicy notes of passion fruit and pink grapefruit mixing with smooth, creamy notes of coconut and vanilla. This is truly summer in a bottle and is a total compliment getter from men and women alike.
Scent Situation: Summer vacation, Beach day, Barbeque, Margaritas with the girls
Top Notes: Bergamot, Peach Blossom, Champagne
Heart: Jasmine, Lotus, Rose, Frangipani, Peony
Base: Amber, Woodsy Notes, Patchouli, Musk
Inspired by the feeling of falling in love for the first time, Fancy Love by Jessica Simpson sparkles with fizzy notes of champagne, peach blossom and bergamot. It’s a sweet, peachy fragrance filled with lush blooms. It’s utterly romantic and really does stay true to its concept. While most of the notes are floral, the peach blossom is very prominent in the fragrance and the scent has a very sweet, peaches and cream aroma that I can’t get enough of. It’s the kind of perfume that you smell when leaning in to hug your loved one. It’s innocent, unobtrusive, feminine and one of my absolute favourites.
Scent Situation: Date night, Cuddling at home, Dinner out, Everyday
Top Notes: Loquat Fruit
Heart: Tonka Bean, Black Vanilla Bean, Midnight Orchid, Creme Brulee
Base: Sugared Sandalwood, Musk
Decadent, creamy, deliciousness. I love gourmand fragrances but they can often come across as being very one-dimensional, young, and syrupy sweet. Britney’s scents tend to be very sweet but In Control is much more sophisticated than any of her sugary Fantasy perfumes. Creme Brulee is one of my favorite desserts (I order it anytime I see it on the menu in a restaurant) and it really adds a sultry element to this scent. It’s yummy, decadent and very sexy (my boyfriend loves it and he doesn’t mince words when he isn’t a fan of a perfume). It’s my go-to fragrance for a night out, a romantic evening with my boyfriend, or anytime I feel like being indulgent.
Scent Situation: Date night, Romantic evening, Night out