We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~Herman Melville
I thought this part was interesting :
"...one industry expert, who asked to remain anonymous, tells us: “Rarely does a famous star want to do their own thing.
Large beauty companies do an enormous amount of research. Celebrity perfumes usually begin with a focus group. They’ll ask consumers, ‘Who do you most respond to? Who do you want to be?’ Armed with that information, they’ll usually approach a celebrity.”
I don't really buy this:
Stephen C Mormoris, senior vice-president, global marketing at Coty Beauty, says the celebrities on its roster (among them SJP, J Lo, Kylie Minogue, Beyoncé and the Beckhams) spend, on average, about 100 hours (or 14 working days) developing each of their perfumes. The finished product is not, as you might cynically think, merely wafted under a star’s nostrils to elicit a yes or a no.
Facebook group: Perfume Lovers in Singapore, Unite! (You don't have to be in Singapore to join.)
Let's hope bubblegum pop will not bring about a bubblegum-type, fast food-type fragrance industry
The other day my friend and I went perfume shopping, and as we approached the counter, she said "Oh! I wonder if they have Brittany Spears! What? I like her perfume." She went straight to the celebrity perfumes and did not sniff anything else. On the ride home she kept saying things like "I think I like my Rihanna arm better than I like my Katy Perry arm." Which sort of brought to mind the image of my friend as a zombie ripping off pop stars arms and sampling to see which tastes best. Anyway, I did smell the Rihanna and it smelled... good, but it's too hard for me to separate a fragrance from the person whose name is attached to it, even if he of she has nothing to do with the creation of the perfume.
I think we can be confident that, most of the time, these things are created by a plethora of market researchers. I go back and forth on that too. I believe everyone can appreciate beauty, and there's no reason to think that a panel of ordinary people can't figure out what smells good. In fact, they'll probably come up with something lovely--not a single out of place note. On the other hand, what does that do to art? What is the role of the artist in light of that kind of approach? Not just with fragrance, but with EVERYTHING. Isn't there something lovely about an out of place note, something just a little discordant, something different? I don't want to be a snob, and I don't want to rage against the masses just because they're the masses, but I think we might be throwing the baby out with the bathwater by thinking too much in terms of the bottom line and not enough in terms of artistic expression.
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Some celebrities don't even use the products they promote. Jessica Simpson was sued in 2006 by her own brand of jeans for not promoting them publicly.
"No elegance is possible without it...perfume is a part of you." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
This link should be required reading before discussing celebrity fragrances. Great find!