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"Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them." Benjamin Disraeli
Sure, I would and do as a matter of fact. I doubt that celebrity actual even wears the scent. It would be truer to say that the celebrity "branded" the scent, but that is about all in most cases.
Juice is juice and I try real hard to smell them as objectively as I can
I like to think I'm not a perfume snob, but I think when it comes to celebrity scents, I am. I do feel resistance to trying and buying celebrity scents. I don't like to wear scents that I smell everywhere and I don't like to wear scents associated with a well known persona. Even when a celebrity (at least ones I'm familiar with) does advertisement for an otherwise unrelated perfume, it turns me off; it doesn't matter if it's a celebrity I like or not.
Still, I did sniff several Paris Hilton scents before Christmas, and decided on the a set of the original for my 14 yr old niece's Christmas gift. When she opened it, she said "Aww...This proves I'm definitely your favorite, because you said you couldn't support Paris but you got it for me anyway!" lol
I must admit I tend to be very judgemental about celeb fragrances.I would never buy one for myself I think.However I admit that some are ok.Ironically I got JLO Glow afer dark for Christmas,and do try to see if it works for me.I even try to forget my prejudice towards these kind of scents, simply because my sister knows that I like perfumes and she even said she thought it might fit me because she knows I tend to favour "heavier"scents....So,I would simply feel bad if I at least didn't give it a few wearings before I make up my mind about it.I don't think it's a scent I would wear very often,though.
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I do not support celebrity scents & that includes Tom Ford.
"Great art picks up where nature ends.”
- Marc Chagall
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.
"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." Coco Chanel
I'm streamlining my collection http://community.basenotes.net/showt...29#post1219729
I am not interested in these scents either. And I will not purchase any for my Wife or for anyone else. These scents are also the reason that I purchase very little Fragrance from the counter at the Major Dept. Stores.
Honestly, I'm happy to try celebrity fragrances and I will buy them if I like them. It doesn't make a spot of difference whose name is on the bottle, all I care about is whether or not I like the scent. I may have many turning their nose up at me when I say this, but I own Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy. And why? Because I really like it and it just really goes well with my chemistry.
I think Wordbird has a great point. Why should celebrities like actors/actresses and singers be singled out for hatred with celebrity fragrances. Dressmakers and facecream-makers are also celebrities of a sort, and perfume isn't necessarily the first and foremost thing we think about when faced with these brands. And on that note, I've got plenty of perfume for these kinds of houses too - Armani, Guess, Revlon etc.
When it comes down to it, I only buy perfumes I really like.... And I'll easily dismiss revered classics if I really just don't like them.
I haven't tried any, and I wouldn't buy them. I have no interest in contributing to the income of vacuous celebs or C grade actresses.
Whether they get a percentage of sales or are just paid to promote them, either way the customer ends up giving money to people that I have no interest in supporting.
Actually, having said that i have bought one - my mother loves White Diamands so I have occaisonally got her that or one of the variants (Rubies I think). But it I can't wear it myself, makes me sick.
"Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."
No...and ...no - answers to questions in the title, without having read all the other posts. Must be a form of snobbery or something but I abhore the concept of "celebrity". So no, I would never wear them. There are quite a few gorgeous classics out there, why bother with "celebrity" perfumes which, like someone said, they all have the same common, contemporary, boring, quick-in-quick-out smell anyway...
More than this though, they have the "celebrity stigma" attached to it which I find lowly. A perfume is supposed to make you feel special and distinguished (at least that's what I want from my perfume) and the idea of "celebrity" does not make me feel this way. On the contrary, it makes me feel very "plebeian", sucking up to these kitchy, gawdy individuals.
But then again, take with a grain of salt what I just said. It MIGHT be a snobbery. That being said, I still wouldn't wear "celebrity" perfumes.
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The only "celeb" fragrance, if one would call it that, that I absolutely love is "Le temps d'aimer" by Alain Delon. I tried it when I was very young, and only knew the name, not the brand. After I purchased it, I put it all together; fragrance company/actor name, and knew it could not be coincidence. But it is such a great fragrance, it will always be one of my favorites. Unfortunately it is now out of production, but I still have a bit left.
Outside of that one, almost all have been very basic scents, only the celebs could give them any prestige; by the use of their name that is. But I will say my mother likes ET's "Passion" and it smells nice on her.
I am far from an authority...I simply love fragrances (all types, i.e. personal, home). For me, the most important aspect is whether the scent makes me feel good.
I do have some celeb scents (the Glos, Live, Paris H, SJP) and wear them when I need a certain scent. I am a little snobby when it comes to discount frags that I wore as a pre-teen (Navy, Exclamation, etc.); I won't wear these types now because they seem too alcoholic.
I did , though, recently aquire three bottles of the dcntd. scent by Almay for a walk down memory lane!
Today I am wearing Cinnabar and find myself wishing I would have worn Glo AFter Dark (JLo).
I have two "celeb" scents - Iquitos by Alain Delon and Instinct by David Beckham.
Iquitos is a spicy Woody Oriental with a prominent rose note supported by mandarine, ginger, patchouli, vetiver, cedarwood, sandalwood, amber, cardamon, musk and leather. It is one of my favorite masculine roses.
Instinct is a rich Citrus. Orange, mandarin and bergamot along with star anise, pimento, cardamon, patchouli, white amber and vetiver. I like Neroli Sauvage better, but, despite its provenance, this an excellent citrus with good longevity.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost
I would probably wear one if I smelled it blind and loved it - too much of a snob, unfortunately, even to try them in the shops. Then I would only buy it if heavily discounted, because, like many of us, I don't feel like contributing to the income of spoiled poptarts and heiresses! However "Deneuve" I would snag in a minute - would it give me her aura? Just shows you how silly I am!!!
Good juice is good juice is good juice. Why eschew Carlos Santana (a piquant, complex little number for under $25) because it bears the name of a gnarled old rocker? Why avoid Sean John's Unforgivable simply because it bears the name of an over-hyped rapper's label? If anything, it's Creed MI for one-fifth the price!
I normally make as much fun as the next Basenoter when it comes to these sorts of frags, but there are gems scattered along the way. I won't avoid picking them up from among the dreck just because I find the marketing concept tacky.
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Peggy: "Brother Boy has tried to kill himself. He jumped out of his bedroom window."
Latrelle: "Isn't he only on the second floor?"
Peggy: "Yes, but he hit his head on a lawn gnome."
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I've sniffed most of them - and bought a couple if they were different enough.
Case in point - Hilary Duff 'With Love' (nicer than I thought - and cheap). Britney 'Curious in Control (Black bottle - needed a sugar fix) and J Lo 'Miami Glow' (Again cheap and smelled of summer). But generally most of them are fairly light, sweet, boring lolly waters.
But most new frags that are mass marketed ARE!
I haven't smelled a new concept for awhile. Thank god for decants and niche perfumes!
Ava Luxe and The Perfumed Court are my new best friends for new ideas!
“If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.” Tallulah Bankhead - Actress
I love Gwen Stefanis "Lamb" on my daughter - a nice floral with lilley on the valley and sweet peas.
Actually, I think I'm going to steal a little from her bottle when spring comes.
Lovely from SJP was also good.
But there are certain celeb scents I simply will not wear because i don't like their personnality - e.g. Paris Hilton.
I also like LAMB. And I want to give Unforgivable a try.
Celebrities scents I can do, but not scents associated with auto manufacturers.