Scent List: Top 5 Spring Florals

It is said that April showers bring May flowers. So, as these rainy days begin to give way to spring, let’s take a look at my five favorite celebrity scents named after flowers.

1. Elizabeth Taylor’s Gardenia. Presented as Elizabeth Taylor’s most personal fragrance, Gardenia was reportedly “designed to mimic the fresh life and new beginnings inspired from her own garden.” Added to the legendary star’s line of bestselling perfumes in 2003, the feminine scent that “stirs the senses and inspires new possibilities” blends the titular Gardenia with a bouquet that includes Lily of the Valley, White Peony, White Orchid and Sweet William (Dianthus).

2. Stefanie Powers’ Rare Orchid. Inspired by the lovely “Hart to Hart” star’s love of nature and eco-consciousness, Rare Orchid was developed exclusively for QVC in 1998 using ScentTrek, a process that gathers the scent of the Brassavola Glauca (a wild Nicaraguan orchid) without damaging the flower. Today, the fragrance is available on Ms. Powers’ website [], with proceeds going to the William Holden Wildlife Foundation.

3. Victoria Principal’s White Violet. “Dallas” beauty Victoria Principal launched Principal Secret, a line of skin-care products distributed by Guthy-Renker, in 1991. Soon after, she added two fragrances to the collection: Principal Secret Classic and White Violet. Named after the perennial Viola striata, the latter scent was “inspired by Victoria’s garden and the timeless beauty of the White Violet” and developed to “celebrate all things floral, intimate, delicate and beautiful.”

4. Priscilla Presley’s Roses and More. Introduced in 1998, this sophisticated fragrance was developed by another “Dallas” beauty — actress, businesswoman, “Dancing with the Stars” contestant (and ex-wife of Elvis Presley) Priscilla Presley. Predominately rose-scented (as its name Roses and More suggests), the evening scent blends other floral notes to create a garden of olfactory delights.

5. Halle Berry’s Halle Pure Orchid. Oscar winning-actress Halle Berry’s second fragrance, Halle Pure Orchid, launched in early 2010, promising wearers “a seductive, sensual experience.” Developed by perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Christophe Raynaud for Coty, the voluptuous, fruity floral blends Masdevallia Orchid and Jungle Cactus Flower with Lemon, Blackberry Creme, Star Anise, Giant Sequoia and Patchouli in a lavender-colored bottle.

Honorable mentions: Avril Lavigne’s Forbidden Rose, Joan Rivers’ Pink Flowers, and Shelbie Bruce’s Florecita.

Scent of The Week: Stoked

This week, “Soul Surfer” the biopic of Bethany Hamilton opens in theaters nationwide starring AnnaSophia Robb (pictured above), Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, & Carrie Underwood. Hamilton was a competitive surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. She made an amazing recovery and a subsequent comeback as a surfing champion.

In 2005 Revelations perfumes released two fragrances fronted by Hamilton and targeted at teens– Stoked for girls and Wired for boys. Proceeds benefited the charity World Vision.


Impersonator: JLo’s L.A. Glow

Although it was released last November, Jennifer LopezL.A.  Glow is relatively difficult to find in stores, though you can buy it online.  I have yet to find it in a store myself, but I did find this amusing imposter:

L.A. Glow was inspired by Los Angeles nightlife, “where the fun never stops.” Top notes are cherry, plum and blackberry with middle notes of  jasmine, peony and magnolia, and base notes of musk, amber and tropical cream. The bottle is the same as all the other Glow flankers (except My Glow — yeah, I don’t understand that one either), this time the glass is colored in a graduated “disco mix” of purple and pink. A jeweled ring, perfect for a  night out, is attached to the bottle collar; unfortnately L.A. Dreams did not come with  a bauble.