Who wants to win a bottle of Sofia by Sofia Vergara, Adam Levine for her or Riri by Rihanna?

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).

See how the cap looks like a mic?
Ah, the cap looks like a mic. I see what you did there…

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.).

Celebrity scents often feature garish bottles but this one's classically elegant.
Celebrity scents often feature garish bottles but this one’s classically elegant.

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.).

Can you see me peering over it with my phone in the cap?
A sweet and fruity fragrance, this is Rihanna taking a break from all the sex bomb scents and exploring her fun, playful side.

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!

Love, love




61 thoughts on “Who wants to win a bottle of Sofia by Sofia Vergara, Adam Levine for her or Riri by Rihanna?

  1. I would love to see Chris Martin from Coldplay come out with a celebrity scent because he is sexy and gorgeous in an understated way…It would be woodsy with a hint of musk, but still feminine

  2. If I had to pick a celebrity to fashion a perfume, I would definitely pick Ms. Bonang Matheba. Judging by her O.T.T personality and chameleon fashion sense, her perfume would be bold, loud and in your face.

    I’m no expert in the different kinds of scents but I would imagine the perfume to linger in a room for days, a whiff of her passing would intoxicate and not be forgotten. Something like YSL Opium.

    Rich and decadent and distinct enough to identify from miles away.

  3. I would LOVE if my favey fave band ‘Fall Out Boy’ would come out with a signature scent. It would probably smell of guitar sweat though, so I don’t think I would ever use it but I would totally buy twenty bottles and keep them forever.(!!!!!)

    Rayne xx

  4. I think Maps Maponyane (Jnr) should release a fragrance – he is hip and happening at the moment and such a humble person. It will be a masculine scent, but not sharp more kind of a confident and fresh scent.

  5. I would love to see Margot Robbie launch a perfume! she is some body who can adapt to any role in a movie , just like a perfume should adapt to the person wearing it .
    She is young and exciting and I think her perfume would make you feel youthful and energetic
    I imagine that it would make you feel like a beautiful woman when you wear it!

  6. I’d love it if Seal brought out a signature fragrance. I’d imagine it to be dark and mysterious… Oooh la la with hints of liquorice and fig aromas. Or am I just dreaming ….
    Holding thumbs

  7. I would love Jessica Alba to launch a perfume. I believe it would be fresh and energetic with a light floral scent

  8. I have always been inlove with Tom Cruise i would love if a scent comes out of him it needs to present his hunk ways. it should have a masculine woody aromatic scent *** inlove **** i would let my husband wear that daily hmmmmmmmmmmm

  9. Fabulous prize! Would love to win one of them. I would love to see Rebel Wilson come out or launch a perfume. Just like herself, her fragrance would definitely be unique and will smell unlike any other perfume you or I own. Basically you won’t need to get a bouquet of flowers from your partner or boyfriend, in order to feel special, because the scent will already be on you…LOL!!!

  10. Totes Katy Perry… Can you imagine, it would smell like those Tutti Frutti troll dolls from the ’80s!! Love her style and effortlesness that she carries herself with. In fact besides being beautiful she acts totally normal and is not afraid to be quirky!! ❤ ❤ :*

  11. I would actually love to see Bruce Willis bring out a signature scent with notes of dark woody, smoky and maybe some cinnamon notes, reflective of most of his acting and his grandeur.

  12. Hi Leigh! Awesome post, as usual ♥

    Can you imagine a fragrance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt? I can!

    He would definitely want to go for a charming scent. Something to make you feel sexy!

    It would be very sensual, racy yet fresh with some subtle floral notes, maybe some vanilla and woody amber adding some earthy notes.

    And the name? – Don Jon (Don Juan) :p I think that could work for sure! Could even be a unisex fragrance. Mmmm.

  13. If Candice Swanepoel ever brought out her own perfume, it is guaranteed to catch a full room’s attention just like her stunning looks. I imagine her perfume would contain the scent of roasted coconuts (to whisk you away to all the exotic photoshoot destinations she’s been to!) with the additional scents of Turkish rose and amber.

  14. Caitlyn Jenner. She’s strong and bold.And with all the criticism about her sex change, she’s still doing her.I like how she always manages to put a smile on her and continue to slay.I think her fragrance would be floral, maybe with some top notes of gardenia and Base notes of amber and musk.The type of fragrance you pull out when you are feeling confident and bold and about to kick butt in an interview or serious meeting 🙂

  15. I would love a signature scent for Lana del Rey. It would be a light and refreshing scent with a light peony base with notes of lavender, Orange, musk, ylang ylang, peach and ocean.

  16. Zendaya, She is FIERCE . such a role model for young woman all over the world,her transition from disney to other things has been great and is a true leader. her fragrance would have floral notes with a hint of sandlewood and vanilla. she is a go getter but also very feminine!

  17. I would love it if Ruby Rose bought out a scent. I imagine it would be something spicey with a punch of aquatic and a spot of sugary vanilla, as even though she is a tom boy she still rocks the femme look every now and again. It would be something you can dress up or wear casually.

  18. I’d like to see Anna Kendrick release a scent! If her Twitter is anything to go by, it would probably be something super kitschy, with a name that no one would ever have thought of, and a bottle that just breaks all stereotypes! And I’m going to imagine it would smell like the 90s. I don’t know why but that’s so how I see her scent if she ever came up with one.

    PS: I need Sophia Vergara’s scent in my life – omg!!

  19. Hey Leigh…lovely post, I so need Sofia in my life, it has my name written on it. I would love it, if Shay Mitchell from the series Pretty Little Liars would release a scent. I think it would be sporty and fresh, with some edge to it, because that’s how she rolls…..

  20. Would love Amal Clooney to launch a fragrance… featuring notes of Jasmine. A classy, sophisticated scent. Not overpowering but noticeable for all the right reasons.

  21. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) the fragrance should be sexy & feminine with berries with a musky woody finish

  22. I’m going back to the past with Vivien Leigh when she was Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. A fitting fragrance for her as a confident woman would be scents of tuberose, orange mandarin and sandalwood. A fragrance to portray her as a go getter.

  23. I think Loretha Holloway should definitely have a scent, based on her sexiness as a woman and all the strong characters she plays… The scent should be musky but yet a bit Floral like.To portray her buildness and feminine side.

  24. I would love it if Jennifer Coolidge would bring out her own scent. The characters she portrays are always so fierce and full of sexy self-confidence. I imagine it would smell fresh and seductive.

  25. Jo-Anne Strauss – keeping it strictly Cape Townian. Scent will be a fresh breezy beachy smell with a hint of vanilla & rose. For the sophisticated lady! One who needs to smell fresh after a long day at work.

  26. I would like to keep it “Local is Lekker”….. therefore I choose Andriette Norman. Why? Because we need a sophisticated, “local” scent. It have to smell fresh, light with a hint of musk. Perfect for every occasion.

  27. Brilliant blog post! Although I would suggest that YOU bring out your own perfume…Rolene Strauss would be my celebrity choice!

    Going from Miss SA to Miss World and then straight into medical studies just smells like sophistication!

    I imagine her scent to be sweet with a hint of pink roses. I can picture myself wearing this scent with a full-on white pants suits and some sassy heels.

  28. Brilliant blog post! Although I would suggest that YOU bring out your own perfume…Rolene Strauss would be my celebrity choice!

    Going from Miss SA to Miss World and then straight into medical studies just smells like sophistication!

    I imagine her scent to be sweet with a hint of pink roses. I can picture myself wearing this scent with a full-on white pants suits and some sassy heels.

  29. Candice swanepoel should be launching her own perfume in the future and it should be a floral note to the perfume it self

  30. Candice swanepoel should be launching her own perfume in the future and it should be a floral with a hint of vanilla perfume that you can wear year round

  31. Hmmmmm, I love me some Christian Bale because he seems real and well, he is BATMAN, so a scent with a black colour and a kick. ; ) only top be worn in big open spaces so as to not cause headaches/

  32. I’d love to see a scent brought out by Megan Fox, I really think it will be a sexy seductive scent (more of a date night scent) she is so seductive,sexy and glamorous so I cant imagine anything else that would best describe her. The perfume would have notes of musk, leather, wood and some amazing orange blossom scents, but it’s also packed with white flower scent.

  33. Id love to see Megan Fox bring out a scent, this scent will be seductive,sexy and glamorous just like her, it would be more of a date night scent that will easily get your date’s attention,: this scent will have notes of musk, leather, wood and some amazing orange blossom scents, but it’s also packed with white flower scent.

  34. Hey Leigh,

    For my entry, I wish the former female top billing presenter, Jeannie D, would bring out a signature perfume of her own. The reason why is because I think she is elegant and feminine and I think the fragrance would also match that (with a floral, sweet and fresh scent). I love that type of scents as they compliment my skin and stay long!

  35. Hey Leigh,

    For my entry, I wish the former female Top Billing-presenter, Jeannie D, would bring out a designer perfume of her own. The reason is because I think she is elegant and feminine – and I believe her scent to be the same (being a fruity-floral, fresh scent). I love that scent because it compliments my skin and stays for long.

  36. Imagine a Blake Lively scent!!!
    She is my ultimate girl crush and I could imagine her smelling like white florals and vanilla with just a hint of musky-ness…
    A perfect coffee and cake with the girls type of fragrance 🙂

  37. I want a Ryan Reynolds scent and i would sniff it all day long!!!!!! manly and fresh! saxy!

  38. I would love to see our very own Lee-Anne Liebenberg so just personifies a beautiful women on the inside and out.

    I would imagine it to smell of a woody fragrance of the Mediterranean and as a heavenly bouquet that opens with citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin, with the floral heart of jasmine.

  39. I’d love it if actor Tom Hardy (AKA the hottest man on earth) came out with a fragrance (for my boyfriend to wear of course!)
    I think it would definitely have a mesmerizing and slighty spicy, woody base with hints of dark chocolate. If this was available I’d make sure my boyfriend wears nothing but that

  40. I would like J’something to create a female perfume I would imagine it to have hints of jasmine, rose and cinnamon to spice up the scent. Floral scents for his sweet fun personality and that beautiful voice and the spicyness for the Portuguese playfull side 🙂

  41. I’d love to see a Bonang and AKA perfume launch, much like Unbreakable by Khloe & Lamar. Something sexy and sultry but suitable for both sexes.
    Both of B and Aka are strong individuals in the media and are really doing great things for our celebrity status here in SA. Top notes of bourbon and vanilla will leave you feeling confident and sexy!

  42. At the moment, I have Adele’s 25 album playing on repeat and I thought that she will be my icon to create an awesome perfume. I can imagine something down the line like Chanel no 5. The aromas will range from rose, jasmine, iris, citrus with a small hint of vanilla. The scent will be classic, strong, but not too overpowering, just like her music.

  43. Lira for the ladies …it would be a base note of wood cedar wood and ylang yland oil , jasmine and amber something captivating like she is ,it will ooze confidence and class at the same time being very timeless

  44. I’d love for Emma Watson to have a signature fragrance. Something sweet and soft just like her character. She has a lot of fans including me, this would be an awesome treat for us.

  45. I would love to see Emma Stone come out with a signature fragrance. I think her fragrance would be a fun and playful citrus fragrance (lemon, orange and bergamot) with floral top notes such as jasmine.

  46. Ooh ooh ooh!! You have made me want the Sofia Vegara perfume so bad!! #NEEDIt

    Ok you did say “get creative, kids” so here goes!! (Famous last words hey? :0)

    I want Jack Parow to create a unique fragrance called “My lekker South Africa”. He could use Niknaks, biltong, Romany creams, flings, coke, dry wors, super c’s, Maynard’s fruit chews and Braai vleis to create the familiar smells of home! We could sell it to all the Saffers who live elsewhere in the world so when they get home sick, they can spray in some South Africa to ease the pain and remind them of all the lekker dinge from home! He could even put his signature cap on as the lid!! It would be so cool! I think he would make a fortune!!

    Heehee, hope that was creative enough for you! Have a kiff weekend!! 🇿🇦

  47. My answer would be Ashley Graham. I think, even though she is not an actress or singer, as a model she exudes the true essence of a powerful, strong and beautiful woman. With celebrity fragrances, you aren’t merely purchasing the fragrance, but also what that celebrity stands for as an idol. And I think she is well-respected and well-loved by the public, not only for her looks, but for what she symbolises – a body positive movement. I think it would have a natural, fresh scent.

  48. I would LOVE a collaboration scent….. 🙂

    Name: “Saturday Night Scent Live” and would naturally be from the Queens of comedy Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler.

    Top notes of Ricky Gervais sweat, Jimmy Fallon sneeze….JOKES! Something you could wear on a Saturday to a Martini Bar but also chilling on the couch drinking wine with your girls.

    Love those women and I’d probably invest in anything they brought out


  49. Wow I would absolutely love to win this, it will be perfect timing for my holiday in Europe coming up.

    I think Candice Swanepoel should have her own perfume. Born and bred in SA this beautiful Victoria Secret model certainly is the full package. The perfume would have a musk undertone and would be sexy yet sweet.

  50. I would like Heidi Klum to bring out a perfume, I think fresh and floral would be her signature.

  51. Would absolutely love it, if Sienna Miller created her own perfume as she is very boho chic with a touch of class. Her perfume would have the smell of daisies and lilacs and a hint of apple.

  52. I think Keira Knightley, should definitely have her own perfume. Just like her, her perfume will exude 1940’s & 1950’s glamour and class, smelling of carnations and roses with just a little bit of peonies.

  53. I’m probably too late for the competition, but thought I’d try anyways 😉

    I would love Kate Hudson or Rachel Bilson to bring out a fragrance. I would imagine it to be a light, fresh smelling scent 🙂

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