The Smell of Success: Celebrity Perfumers

The Smell of Success: Celebrity Perfumers

Since Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds launched the celebrity-fragrance phenomenon in 1991, everyone from Bruce Willis to Danielle Steele has taken a shot at bottling their fame. A select few have become trure perfume moguls. After all, a singer rarely releases just one song.

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial, Beauty and the Beat, in Allure Magazine, March 2012 issue.


The Most Prolific Perfumers in Entertainment


Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez celebrity perfumes

Number of Fragrances: 16 (plus one for men) - view all celebrity perfumes

Philosophy: "I think everybody should have a smell -- it's part of you," Lopez told stylelist.com.

Base Notes: The sun shines on J.Lo's fragrances: They all have amber and musk in the background to replicate the smell of warm skin, as one perfumer who worked on the line explains. One scent, Sunkissed Glow, comes in a bottle that looks like suntan lotion.

Unlikely Inspiration: Lopez wanted her second scent, Miami Glow, to smell like a jelly bean.

Big In: California.


Britney Spears
Britney Spears celebrity perfumes

Number of Fragrances: 10 - view all celebrity perfumes

Philosophy: "Creating a fragrance is another way I can express myself," Spears told Seventeen.

Base Notes: Spears apparently likes dessert; vanilla and other sweet scents are ingredients in all her fragrances.

Unlikely Inspiration: Spears asked for a hint of magnolia in her Curious fragrance to remind her of Louisiana.

Big In: Middle school. Her scents are popular with 8- to 12-year-olds.


Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton celebrity perfumes

Number of Fragrances: 11 (plus three for men) - view all celebrity perfumes

Philosophy: "I have a jewelry line on Amazon, I have my clothing line, my perfume... I'm doing all this work, and I'm having a great time. And I'm blonde," Hilton said on Elle.

Base Notes: Her favorite color, pink, dominates the packages, and pink champagne is a recurring note in most of her scents.

Unlikely Inspiration: Joy by Jean Patou, a perfume classic. Hilton's scents also contain freesia, for young fans.

Big In: Asia. Anime cartoons of Hilton decorate some labels.


Celine Dion

Celine Dion celebrity perfumes

Number of Fragrances: 15 - view all celebrity perfumes

Philosophy: "Like creating music, it's important that beauty products appeal to both one's senses and emotions," says Dion.

Base Notes: A lover of msculine scents -- specifically Guerlain Vetiver -- Dion includes wood notes in all her fragrances.

Unlikely Inspiration: Dion instructs her perfumers to avoid fruit notes; she thinks they smell like shampoo.

Big In: The Netherlands, Poland, and Romania (but less so in France, where Dion's music tops the charts).


(Owens, Amanda. "Beauty and the Beat." Allure Mar. 2012: 193.)





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