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    Default Celebrity fragrances...do you wear them...would you?

    I have no interest in wearing celebrity fragrances. I don't want to smell like Britney, Celine, Paris, etc... I figure they will be discontinued in a year or two anyway.

    They could very well be "the" perfume I've been looking for but still....I'm not tempted. I guess if I actually tried them I might change my mind (stares into space thoughtfully).....but not after I've tried all the other bazillion perfumes I have yet to discover....

    What are your thoughts?
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    I don't think of it as 'smelling like' a particular celeb. I just treat them like all the other perfumes. Some perfumier somewhere has to formulate them, you can bet your life that has nothing to do with the particular celebrity in question. They may be vaguely involved in the final selection of the various scents provided to them by their chosen perfumier, but that would be the sum total of their involvement, I would think. And if I like the smell, and it sits well on my skin, I'll buy it. But I only own and wear one - JLo Glow - which I absolutely adore. It was my SOTD for over a year, and caused many a compliment when I wore it to work. JLo Glow has just gone into its fifth year of production - and to be on the safe side, I have an unopened, still cellophaned bottle in my collection, in case it should be discontinued (which doesn't look currently likely). I've sampled others, and quite liked Gwen Stefani's LAMB - but not enough to buy it.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clemmie View Post
    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 have to remember that because I can be rather judgmental at times. OH and I'm really good at showing my ignorance too Something I'm working on....
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    Default Re: Celebrity fragrances...do you wear them...would you?

    The bottle and packaging are important to me, and I don't want some (in)famous person getting in the way of the experience. So no, not even (especially) for gifts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernat View Post
    The bottle and packaging are important to me, and I don't want some (in)famous person getting in the way of the experience. So no, not even (especially) for gifts.
    I respect that, but you can't wear the bottle or the packaging. And no-one gets to see it unless you cart it around with you. Back in the day when I sold copy-cat perfumes, that was my biggest selling point. People wear perfume for the smell, and once you get past that, the packaging is utterly irrelevant. On the other hand, there are collectors who just adore the bottles and collect perfumes for that - which is a whole other thing entirely. So I think it boils down to whether you're buying a fragrance or the bottle that it comes in. And if you're affected by the stigma of it being connected to a particular (undesirable) celebrity personality, then I can see why such a purchase would be a no-no. When I wear JLo Glow, I never think for a second of how it relates to Jennifer Lopez. But if I did, it wouldn't bother me in the least.

    Horses for courses, eh? :-)
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    A good fragrance is a good fragrance despite whose name is on it. I used to wear celebrity stuff quite a bit but now I'm sick of smelling like everyone else - there was a time when I was the only person who would wear Fantasy but I smell it on everyone nowadays so I hardly use mine anymore unless mixed with other perfumes. Now I try not to smell any celebrity perfumes just because they are very common.

    My mother really seems to have a thing for celebuscents though - Live Luxe, Lovely, Intimately Beckham, With Love Hilary Duff....

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    As far as the scents themselves go, it's a way for a celebrity to market their lifestyle. I think people invest in those sort of fragrances because they want that association, they want to "feel" like the celebrity in question.
    Regardless, if you like the scent, I agree that there's nothing wrong with wearing it.

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    I don't wear them because I don't like them. Period. End of story. They all seem to be run-of-the-mill blah. But if I did find one I liked I would wear it.

    But first I would have to mentally get past the celebrity issues that would go with it before I would even get to the point of trying it......
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    Default Re: Celebrity fragrances...do you wear them...would you?

    I don't wear em - there's too much great juice out there for me to sniff and buy first (second, third etc).

    If you could name me a celeb frag - that can better a non-celeb classic frag produced by a major perfume house, perfumer (Chanel, Guerlain, Patou, Caron, Hermes, Worth ...etc) or top of the line niche company - then I'd buy one.

    However - they are all much lower down (or not on) the lists of Best Scents of the year - so much so they have to make a category for them alone - since they can't compete. Fashion magazines have to review and announce them - the amount of advertising hype $$$ spent to promote them in those same mags makes it impossible for the editors to ignore them.

    I've sniffed most of them while wandering through Macys over the years - Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins ....to Naomi Sims...JLo ...(never sniffed Brittney or P. Hilton). Do a google search "Celebrity perfumes" and you'll find some hilarious blog commentaries - and some actual comparative reviews.

    One article mentioned a "$62 bottle of Hilary Duff’s With Love." (could someone tell me who she is?) I'll spend my 62 bucks on L'Heure Bleue.

    But if by chance you do like them - hold off for about 2 years and they'll cost you $14.99
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeOlive View Post
    I don't wear em - there's too much great juice out there for me to sniff and buy first (second, third etc).

    If you could name me a celeb frag - that can better a non-celeb classic frag produced by a major perfume house, perfumer (Chanel, Guerlain, Patou, Caron, Hermes, Worth ...etc) or top of the line niche company - then I'd buy one.

    However - they are all much lower down (or not on) the lists of Best Scents of the year - so much so they have to make a category for them alone - since they can't compete. Fashion magazines have to review and announce them - the amount of advertising hype $$$ spent to promote them in those same mags makes it impossible for the editors to ignore them.

    I've sniffed most of them while wandering through Macys over the years - Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins ....to Naomi Sims...JLo ...(never sniffed Brittney or P. Hilton). Do a google search "Celebrity perfumes" and you'll find some hilarious blog commentaries - and some actual comparative reviews.

    One article mentioned a "$62 bottle of Hilary Duff’s With Love." (could someone tell me who she is?) I'll spend my 62 bucks on L'Heure Bleue.

    But if by chance you do like them - hold off for about 2 years and they'll cost you $14.99
    Well said!

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    I wear from time to time Paris Hilton for Men, it's a good fruity scent.

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    If I ever found one I liked enough to wear I would. I think both of the SJP's are nice but I would not purchase them for myself ( I did buy my sons SO a Covet gift set for Christmas....she usually wears Euphoria. I REALLY love that Covet bottle too).

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    I simply steer clear of celeb frags, they just don't interest me in any way. The world is full of gorgeous classics and rare beauties, so I'm 100% sure I'm not missing anything by boycotting frags marketed with Miss-International-Celebrity-#58673's face and name.
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    I'm not against them but I find that I just haven't had any reason to try them. If I tried one and liked it I'd wear it (though I'd be ashamed of the bottle; I'm a bottle girl.) I just haven't read a compelling enough review (or pool of reviews) to want to try one.
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    Default Re: Celebrity fragrances...do you wear them...would you?

    I don't think I am very picky ...or swayed by price at all. For me it is the smell, and some bottles are ugly even if they are expensive. I just haven't found one that I really like enough to buy. I know a lot of people liked Jlo glow and I wanted to like it because of the cute bottle. But I didn't like it at all..but I have a tendency to not like scents that most people go mad for (the average consumer). I know a lot of people liked SJP "lovely" and I can't stand it. A lot of people liked Britney spears one in the blue bottle..and I wanted to like it too because its such a cute bottle..but I coudln't stand it. So I am in the minority most defintiely of smells that I like compared to the average consumer. I actually did like G. Stefanies though..that was a first. Just not enough to buy it. The first smell was great but then there was nothing. So I didn't buy it. I like plenty of scents that are "cheap" ...I think Tabu is awsome for the right situation and the bottle is ugly as heck. Also associated with grandma I think? Oh well I don't care. I am sure most people my age would not like that smell. None of my friends have ever heard of anything other than what is in the mall.
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    Oh yeah and for the record, once again showing my weirdness...I have tried all the most commonly found Chanels and even purchased a few years ago (allure and Madamoiselle). I tried and tried to like them but I coudln't stand them. I have been told to try #19 thanks to fellow BN'rs so I am going to go and try that one! Maybe that will be the one? That would be nice.
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    I can only speak for myself and I'll never live long enough to try "all the fragrances out there" (BN alone has a directory of over 11,000)...and since joining BaseNotes a little more than a year ago a life long interest has become a bit more time (and money) consuming!!.

    But I'm Gemini and mercurial and go haring down the latest trail in a very unorganized way....

    Because of mentions here I have tried (and bought) Fantasy and Miami Glo. Have tried and not bought Lovely and Hlilary Duff.

    Have tried and bought "classics" (think Guerlain, Caron, Coty and so forth )....have tried and not bought "classics" (think Guerlain, Caron, Coty etc.)

    ....all for the same reason. The fragrances did/didn't work on/for me.

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    I'm with Clemmie on this one. I don't really care who makes it or what the bottle looks like most of the time, although I do love a nice looking bottle when I get one. If I love a scent, I'll buy it.
    Unfortunately, most celebrity frags are not to my liking, and I have sniffed several, probably most of them. The only one I've ever felt compelled to buy was Miami Glow, and I love it. I didn't care for any of her other scents though. MG was it..... oh, and I like the bottle too so that was a bonus!
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    I will admit that I'm a bit of a fragrance snob when it comes to celebrity frags ... I couldn't bear to tell someone, when they asked what I was wearing, "Oh, it's Britney's latest one."

    It really has nothing to do with price, believe me, I have nothing against cheaper 'fumes. I wear lots of department store and drugstore and discount fragrances.

    The name and the advertising is so closely linked to the celebrity, that even though they had so little to do with the creating of the fragrance, I can't get past their name, their image, their endorsement on their fragrances.
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    I wouldn't touch a 'sleb scent with a bargepole. If a 'sleb ends up publicly advertising (as opposed to privately wearing) a fragrance I've loved already, I'll ditch it and move on.

    I blame Hilary Swank personally for the Guerlain stench that fills the lift in my car park every morning.

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    Have not been very interested in celebrity scents, although my daughter liked Hilary Duff's With Love last year and I did find a great big discounted bottle of it at Marshall's that I bought for her. She loves it and I love it on her. Young, pretty and more complex than you would think, imo. Perfect for a teenager.
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    Here, here, DeeOlive.
    I am as susceptible to hype as the next person, but not over the scent of a vapid-faced teenager. I would be intrigued by a fragrance linked to, say, Oscar Wilde, or Suzanne Farrell, or Madeleine Albright.
    We don't love Chanel No. 5 any less because Nicole Kidman has replaced Catherine Deneuve. One might say that Chanel No. 5 preceded the celebrity link, but in fact, it was the original celebrity fragrance of that incredible and brilliant self-promoter, Coco Chanel.
    I guess that I would need a more intriguing and accomplished celebrity to lure me to try the fragrance.

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    One exception from the generally boooring selection of celebs chosen as faces for frags: Rossy de Palma by Etat Libre d'Orange!
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    I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but like shadesofbleu, I just can't get past Britney & Paris' names.

    I wore Manifesto by Isabella Rossellini for quite a while. Fresh & green, very nice.
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    I think of myself as not being influenced at all neither by celebrities nor by ads, am unimpressed with and uninterested in the mentioned celebs' life or deeds or loves. I really couldn't care less about them, so I usually don't associate them with the scents they advertise or market.
    I try to keep an open mind and sample every scent appealing to me by notes and even those that initially don't . If I like it, I buy it and wear it, period.

    Quote Originally Posted by tigrushka View Post
    One exception from the generally boooring selection of celebs chosen as faces for frags: Rossy de Palma by Etat Libre d'Orange!
    Thanks, tigs! I was going to mention exactly this one as a "celeb" fragrance from a niche line. I own it, and it is glorious.
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    Default Re: Celebrity fragrances...do you wear them...would you?

    Yes I would, on occasion, and sometimes do. For instance, I like Mystery by Naomi Campbell (nose Olivier Cresp), and the first frag by Paris Hilton (can' t remember the name right now). I try to test all new scents I come across openminded, wether it is celeb or niche.
    I bet I would like the celeb frags more though, if they were not just that, but instead had some fancy niche label on them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Therese View Post
    Here, here, DeeOlive.
    I am as susceptible to hype as the next person, but not over the scent of a vapid-faced teenager. I would be intrigued by a fragrance linked to, say, Oscar Wilde, or Suzanne Farrell, or Madeleine Albright.
    We don't love Chanel No. 5 any less because Nicole Kidman has replaced Catherine Deneuve. One might say that Chanel No. 5 preceded the celebrity link, but in fact, it was the original celebrity fragrance of that incredible and brilliant self-promoter, Coco Chanel.
    I guess that I would need a more intriguing and accomplished celebrity to lure me to try the fragrance.
    I agree Therese - I certainly don't mind names of interesting people - I guess I can't even bring myself to be interested in vapid/druggie/trashy people who are now touted as celebrities for having done - nothing. I was immeadiately interested in sniffing George Sand. If they named a scent for Jane Austin or Josephine Baker or Indira Ghandi - I'd give it a try. To be honest - I didn't know Nicole Kidman had replaced C. Denueve - and would not have remembered Denueve if you hadn't mentioned her. I don't read fashion magazines - and rarely see fume ads.
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    I was fortunate to recently acquire some Deneuve, and I wear that very occasionally, because it is difficult to find.

    I do try to smell all the scents I come across, but am extremely unlikely to wear recent celeb scents. There is too much "image" associated with them, so they don't seem as though they could possibly be for me. And, the way the scent smells is almost irrelevant; I basically won't wear them, truth be told. I actually find celebrities and all they societal hype around them pathetic and annoying.

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    It would be fun for all the anti-celebrity fragrance people here (myself included) to take a blind test. The test would consist of participants smelling a mix of celebrity and non-celebrity scents on cards. None of the scents could be currently or previously owned by the participants. We'd use the thumbs up/thumbs down/neutral rating as in the BN reviews. I'll bet many would be rather embarrassed if not disappointed in themselves afterwards.
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    Sure, I'll wear them if they're good. One I wear and love is Deneuve.

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    No. I want to wear fragrances that are works of art and marketed as such.
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