Marc Jacobs or Miley? Celebrity scent revealed…

Marc Jacobs or Miley? By guest writer Sharon Leavy – 2 min read


I love perfume! Give me a good Sandalwood base and a hint of patchouli or amber and I’m sold! I will take a chance on anything.

sandalwood, amber resin, patchouli

When it comes to brands, however, there seems to be a bit of reluctance among anyone over sixteen to try “Celebrity” perfumes. “Tacky” “Cheap” “Smells like Pick ‘n’ Mix” – three things that may come to mind when you think of celeb scents. Who would you imagine buys them? Teenage girls? Reality TV addicts? I own quite a few celeb perfumes and I can assure you I have never bought a Katie Price book (I may have bought a couple of Geordie Shore biographies, but that’s for another day…).

It’s what you’re into, isn’t it? Most of my favourite perfumes have notes in common, whether it be Katy Perry or Dior.

Katy Perry Killer Queen | by perfumer Laurent le Guernec

Some people find the sweeter celeb scents childish, and dismiss them all as being the same, based on a sniff of one or two. But that’s like me saying all high-end fragrances are the same, based on smelling one or two. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? I prefer some celeb perfumes to some of the popular high-end ones – Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb doesn’t sit right on me, and smells awful.

Chanel No. 5 is not my thing at all. But Cosmic Radiance by Britney Spears and I are a match made in heaven – it’s a beautiful perfume that dries down to a warm, powdery fragrance that lasts hours and has probably gotten me more compliments than any other over the years.

Afraid of sweet scents? Have a sniff of Closer by Halle Berry – it’s reminiscent of Lei by Armani, starting off as a very masculine, heavy scent that develops into a beautiful, seductive, warm, long-lasting perfume that you would never call tacky.

Halle Berry Closer | by perfumer Jacques Cavallier

I think it’s easy to forget that some of the celeb perfumes are made by the same people who make scents aimed at adults – take the three celebrities I mentioned here – Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Halle Berry. The guy behind Katy Perry’s Killer Queen, Laurent Le Guernec, has also signed off on Christian Lacroix Rouge, Michael Kors Michael, and Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs Splash Rain. Britney’s Cosmic Radiance, was developed by Honorine Blanc (Cacharel Scarlett, Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance, Lanvin Rumeur 2 Rose) and Harry Fremont (Calvin Klein CK One, Diesel Fuel For Life Unlimited, Estée Lauder Modern Muse, Lancôme Miracle).  Halle Berry’s Closer is from the nose of Jacques Cavallier – responsible for Midnight Poison by Dior, several Bvlgari fragrances, and scents from Issay Miyake, Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Lidl repeatedly sell out of their Suddenly perfumes – dupes of Hugo Boss, Boss Orange, Chanel No. 5 and Coco Mademoiselle. If a €3.99 perfume can be a surprise favourite, give the celeb scents a go. They’re developed by really talented, experienced perfumers – not the people you see on the pages of gossip mags. I will always have a place on my shelf for Dior and Lancôme – but they’ll be sitting next to Britney Spears and Halle Berry.

Equally, there are some celeb fragrances that are just never going to suit me – mainly based on the sillage, and there are a couple of repeat offenders that I just have no interest in – but the rest? I’m open to anything. I may not be able to twerk like Miley, but if she releases a perfume with her name on a bottle full of amber, sandalwood and patchouli – I’ll be in the queue for that one with my tongue hanging out.

Sharon Leavy –


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