In stores: 4 by Mariah Carey

Four new Mariah Carey fragrances can now be found in stores this week.

The first 3 are M Mariah Carey’s Lollipop Splash the Remix, a trio of limited edition flankers to her sugary Lollipop Bling trio. Each of the “Remix” trilogy, like the previous Blings, is named for a Carey song: Inseparable, Never Forget You, Vision of Love. The original Lollipop trio was released in partnership with Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of Topps Co. Inc. These are not.


The notes are:
• Inseparable (the one in the hot pink bottle) has notes of raspberry, mango, pear, jasmine, plum blossom,orange flower, praline, sandalwood and vanilla beans.
• Never Forget You (in an orange bottle) features notes of jelly bean, golden peony, Italian mandarin, raspberry nectar, pineapple sorbet, wild wisteria, muguet, sugared wood, vanilla and pink musk.
• Vision of Love (in a purple bottle) has notes of mandarin, coconut, star neroli, French macaroon, purple jasmine, white peach, sandalwood, vanilla infusion, and creme de musk.

Inseparable, Never Forget You and Vision of Love are available in 30 ml Eau de Parfum, $35 each at Macy’s,, or HSN also offers a cute “Boom Box” collection with a 1 oz. Inseperable and a trio of .27 oz. rollerballs in each scent for $57.

Industry sources estimate retail sales of $8 million to $10 million for M Mariah Carey’s Lollipop Splash the Remix. And folks wonder why celebrities release so many fragrances!

The fourth new Mariah scent (or “flavors” as they are calling them in marketing materials — perhaps a bit unwisely) is a new addition to the original Lollipop Bling collection. This one is called That Chick. It features notes of cantaloupe, mango, apricot smoothie, orange candy, and musk. The “ombre” bottle starts off orange-colored at the top and graduates down to a purple hue. (The colors of the new Remixes. Confused?)

That Chick is available exclusively at Walmart for only $19 for .05 oz / 15 ml.

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.

Scent List: 5 Scents Named After Songs

Take That

A pop star in search of a fragrance name needs to look no further than his or her greatest hits. So, as I ponder the possibility of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” or Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” or maybe even JLo’s “On the Floor Glow,” here are my  Top 5 hits spinning on my perfume playlist.

5 Perfumes Named After Songs:

1). Take That’s Pray. Boyband Take That released “Pray” (the song) in 1993, taking the tune to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart where it remained for four consecutive weeks. “Pray” (the fragrance) followed in 1995. On the box was a note from band members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen (minus Robbie Williams who had left the group): “Here is our official perfume, Pray, chosen by us to be another Number One hit.”

2). Selena’s Bidi Bidi Bom Bom. The second Billboard Hot Latin Track chart-topper from late Tejano superstar Selena’s multi-platinum 1994 album Amor Prohibido (which is also a fragrance!), “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” was named “Song of the Year” at the 1995 Tejano Music Awards. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (the fragrance) was released posthumously in 1997.

3). Cliff Richard’s Miss You Nights. In early 1976, Cliff Richard reached Top 20 on the UK charts with “Miss You Nights.” Almost thirty years later, he released sandalwood-scented fragrance named after the ballad. He has commented that he chose Miss You Nights as the name of his first fragrance because “the song is a particular favorite” and “has personal memories.”

4). Peter Andre’s Insania. Written while participating in the British reality series “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here,” Peter Andre’s “Insania” was a UK pop hit in 2004, peaking at No. 3. In September of that year, he released a men’s fragrance name after the hit track. Ladies would have to wait until 2009 to get their own Peter Andre fragrance – Unconditional – named after another one of the recording artist’s hit songs.

5). Wicked’s Popular. Even showtunes play the name game. In 2009, Ascent Aromatics created Popular, a sweet-smelling perfume named after “Popular,” a showstopper in the hugely popular musical “Wicked,” sung by the bubbly Good Witch of the South (and originally performed by actress Kristin Chenoweth). Available in select Wicked gift shops, the fragrance comes in a pink, bubble-shaped bottle, natch.

Honorable mentions: Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth and Mariah Carey’s Mine Again.

Scent of the Week: Cello

Last week, 68-year old actress and former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello was caught in a fire at in her Los Angeles home.  Fortunately, after recovering from mild smoke inhalation, she is fine. So this week we pay tribute to her by making Cello our Scent of The Week.

Cello, Funicello’s signature scent  — described in press materials as “light, clean and spicy,” — was sold exclusively at Disneyland and Walt Disney World from 1993  to 1997.  A full fragrance line including cologne and aftershave for men (as pictured above) was planned, but only the women’s fragrance was ever sold.  A portion of the proceeds were to benefit The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.

In 1955, Annette Funicello became one Walt Disney’s original Mouseketeers. Annette also co-starred in Disney-produced movies such as The Shaggy Dog and Babes in Toyland. Although uncomfortable being thought of as a singer, Annette had a number of pop record hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She went on to appear in a series of “Beach Party” movies with Frankie Avalon including Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and Pajama Party. In 1979, Funicello began starring in a series of television commercials for Skippy peanut butter. In 1992 she announced that she suffers from multiple sclerosis and the following year she opened the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation. In 1994, she published her autobiography,  A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story.

Spokesperson of the Week: Fabio


Before he was the spokesmodel for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” margarine, Italian model / actor Fabio Lanzoni was the inspiration and face behind Mediterraneum pour homme cologne by Versace (distributed by Proteo).  In 1993 & 1994 Fabio, Cosmopolitan magazine’s Sexiest Man in the World” at that time, made appearances at malls nationwide to promote the fragrance and raise money for cancer charities as the national spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.

This week, we wish Fabio happy birthday as we make him our celebrity scent Spokesperson of the Week.

Impersonator: Sean John’s Forgettable Lady


Yes, you read right! One imposter of Sean John’s extremely successful 2007 perfume Unforgivable Woman is called Forgettable Lady. Makes me laugh every time I see it! Many of these knock-off fragrances are created in places where they don’t have the best grasp of English. Enjoy the compare/contrast photos below:


Scent of the Week: Niki Taylor’s Begin

Not only was it Niki Taylor’s brithday on Saturday, but she is currently starring on the new Celebrity Apprentice. So this week we have decide to make her 2005 fragrance Begin by Niki Taylor the Scent of the Week. Notes include lemonzest, mandarins, bergamot, oranges and grapefruit.

Scent List: 5 Video Product Placements

Britney's "Hold It Against Me" video

Landing in the Top 5 of this week’s VH1 Top Video Countdown are Britney Spear’s “Hold It Against Me” (at no. 1) and Avril Lavigne’s “What the Hell” (at no. 5). Both videos are noteworthy to celebrity fragrance aficionados for featuring each singer enjoying a spritz of her latest scent.

5 favorite celebrity perfume product placements in music videos:

1). Mariah Carey’s Forever. Directed by her husband, Nick Cannon, the video for “Angels Cry” shows Mariah in the recording studio where her Forever eau de parfum, the bottle and its box, are prominently displayed. In the video, Mariah dabs herself with Forever, then shares the fragrance with a woman who appears to be the girlfriend of R&B star Ne-Yo, who duets with Mariah on the ballad. “Angels Cry” peaked at #26 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 2010.

2). Hilary Duff With Love. Hilary Duff launched her first fragrance, With Love, along with a hit single of the same title. Directed by Matthew Rolston, the pop song’s video was also a bit of a commercial for its namesake’s perfume. In the full-length video, actor Kellan Lutz (of Twilight) is lured by the scent of With Love to follow Hilary through a hotel lobby and onto an elevator where the couple shares a kiss and passionate embrace. “With Love” reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2007.

3). Christina Aguilera’s By Night and Christina Aguilera (2007). Among Christina Aguilera’s accessories in the highly stylized video for “Not Myself Tonight,” are bottles of her eponymous 2007 fragrance and its 2009 flanker By Night. As directed by Hype Williams, naughty girl Christina, sprays herself with By Night before jumping into bed with a sweaty young man. The implication: good girls wear Christina Aguilera; bad girls wear By Night. “Not Myself Tonight” peaked at #27 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2010.

4.) Avril Lavigne’s Black Star and Forbidden Rose. While Christina Aguilera chooses one fragrance over another, pop star Avril Lavigne wears both of her signature scents, Black Star and Forbidden Rose, in her “What the Hell” video, directed by Marcus Raboy. After getting out of bed, Avril takes a quick spritz of Forbidden Rose, kicks her boyfriend out her room, then layers on a second fragrance, her debut scent Black Star. “What the Hell” is currently #22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

5). Britney Spears Circus, Curious and Believe. Although Britney Spear’s latest fragrance, Radiance, takes center stage in the video for her most recent chart-topper “Hold It Against Me,” (see top photo) it is the product placement of three perfumes that puts the video for “Circus” on my chart. Directed Francis Lawrence, the “Circus” video opens with a close-up of Britney’s dressing table – adorned with bottles of Fantasy, Believe and Curious, which she sprays on herself before accessorizing with another product placement: Bulgari earrings. Curiously, Britney does not wear Circus Fantasy in the video. “Circus” debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 2008.