Originally Posted by Clemmie
My view with all perfumes is to maintain an open mind and a pair of open nostrils and never write something off because of the name on the packaging or how ugly (or indeed beautiful) the packaging may be. If it smells great, buy it, slap it on, and wear it with pride.
I'm with Clemmie - I'll try anything once. And quite often try it again just to make sure I didn't like it the first time. ;-)
I own JLo Miami Glow. I bought it blind because I wanted the coconut note of Virgin Island Water and didn't have the cash to splash on the real thing. But it didn't fulfil my lemming so I was disappointed by it. I haven't tried it recently and I think I should; it deserves a proper go. And I bought a friend who was going through a tough divorce a bottle of Lovely because it was innocuous and I wanted her to see the word Lovely every morning on her dressing table and know that's what I think she is.
And here's a question: if we're going to write off Celebuscents in general, should we include everything put out by non-perfumery specialists? Bin Prada, chuck Chanel, dump Dior, say Au Revoir to YSL, bye-bye Balmain and Balenciaga, ta-ta Thierry Mugler and toodle-oo Tommy HiIfliger. After all, they're just tailors, not perfumers. And let's exclude the rouge and face-cream pedlars - Estee Lauder, Lancome, La Prairie, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, Prescriptives, Philosophy, L'Occitaine, Yves Rocher, Shiseido and Jo Malone. Even the great house of Guerlain would fall into this category.
You could easily decide to choose the fragrances you'll try based on those criteria. And why not? What's the difference between an actress, a facecream-maker or a dressmaker having their name on the bottle? It would actually be quite a good way to differentiate between the mainstream and the niche.
But think what you'd miss.