And the celebrity scents just keep coming!
A while back Adam Levine knocked them, saying he’d sooner die than release an eponymous fragrance but clearly
the price was right as he’s had a change of heart and created Adam Levine for her (R495 for 30ml and R695 for a 50ml, selected Foschini, Clicks and Dis-Chem stores).
A soft, comforting scent, you could easily wear Adam’s scent on an autumn day in the office. It’s notes include saffron, citrus, marigold, spices, Indian jasmine, sandalwood, rose petals, benzoin and vanilla. My nose definitely gets the marigold (something you won’t find in too many other fragrances) as well as powder, lots and lots of soft creamy wood, a dash of vanilla and just a drop of benzoin.
Adam Levine for her reminded me so much of another fragrance I’d smelled before and it took me a while to get it but I’ve now come to realise it could easily be a sister to Estee Lauder’s Sensuous, another scent where creamy sandalwood gets to be the star. If you’re a woody-oriental girl this is something you’ll want to sniff. Unlike many other celebrity fragrances it manages to not smell ‘cheap’.
Next up, we’ve got Sofia by Sofia Vergara EDP (R595 for 30ml and R795 for a 50ml EDP, selected Foschini, Red Square, Dis-Chem, Clicks, Stuttafords and Truworths stores.).
I can tell you right now Sofia is a big fan of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle. I’ll put money on the fact that when she was creating her signature scent she handed it over to her perfumiers and said ‘make it smell like this but a little different so I don’t get sued!’ A good thing, because Chanel’s best seller is a heavenly-smelling and while Sofia’s floriental works it’s way from opening to dry down you’ll definitely get flashes of it. The end result, however, is a bit different in that it eventually settles into a soft, ever so slightly powdery woody-vanilla scent.
Notes-wise, you’re looking at blackberry, cassis buds, plum, violet, rose (Colombian, obviously), orchid (yep, that’s Colombian too), sandalwood and vanilla. My flat mate, Gaylene, is my chief ‘second nose’ and she describes Sofia’s scent as elegant, feminine and easy to wear on a day when you’re ‘dressed up and feeling pretty’. Still, it’s very much a fragrance for a woman as opposed to a girl.
Lastly, let’s chat about RiRi by Rihanna EDP (R545 for 30ml and R745 for 50ml, selected Edgars, Foschini, Red Square, Dis-Chem, Clicks and Truworths stores.).
So, what’s in the mix? Mandarin, cassis, rum (a shout out to her Barbados roots), passion fruit (lots and lots of it!), pink freesia, white flowers, sandalwood, musk, benzoin and vanilla. Initially, I get a dash of citrus and a big blast of passion fruit that makes me think of the granadilla lollies they sell on Clifton 4th. Eventually, the petals start to pull through and then you’re left with something that could easily be a fusion of The Body Shop’s White Musk and Vanilla EDTs.
RiRi could be worn both day or night and, while it feels more suited to a younger woman, I imagine anyone with a sweet tooth might appreciate it.
Win! Win! Win!
I’ve got a bottle of each of these fragrances to give away (thanks Barbara, you rock star!) but I’m going to make you work for it. To enter leave a comment below telling me which celebrity you’d most like to see come out with a signature scent, let me know why and what you think it would smell like. Let’s get creative, kids!
This competition closes on Friday 3 June at COB. The winners will drawn via random number generator and notified over the weekend. The first person drawn gets first choice of the three scents and the second one gets second pick. (It’s the only fair-seeming way I could think of to do it.) This competition is open to those residing in South Africa only.
Good luck girls!