Celebrities are often looking to try their hands at new things after achieving success or running out of steam in their chosen profession. Here are five celebrity women that have made a significant mark in the fragrance market.
Elizabeth Taylor is the woman that really defines the celebrity fragrance market. With beauty and talent, Taylor became one of the most celebrated movie stars in the world. She was the first American celebrity to release a perfume and have significant success, and in turn inspire others to follow her example. Her first fragrance, Passion, was released in 1987. There was a lawsuit over the name, which was settled without any effect on the name. Passion has the base scents of sandalwood and cedar and the floral essences of rose and lily of the valley. Other fragrances in Taylor’s line include White Diamonds, which was launched in 1991 and is the most successful celebrity fragrance of all time, the Fragrant Jewel Collection (released in 1993, which includes Diamonds & Emeralds, Diamonds & Rubies and Diamonds & Sapphires), Black Pearls launched in 1996, and Forever Elizabeth released in 2002, and Gardenia launched in 2003. The most recent fragrance is Violet Eyes, a modern scent with floral and woody tones just released this year. Her fragrances can be purchased at Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sears and several other retail chains as well as through the Elizabeth Arden website.
Britney Spears is best known as a bubblegum pop music princess. She started out as a squeaky-clean Disney girl but quickly spiraled out of control and going from role model to rehab resident. In the last few years she has taken steps and started to repair her life and image. Spears launched her first fragrance Curious, in 2004. Curious is a white floral perfume with a base scent on vanilla musk and tones of magnolia. She has since created fragrances including Fantasy, In Control, and Believe. Her ninth fragrance, Radiance that Spears refers to as smelling very feminine, is set to be unveiled in September 2010.
Jennifer Lopez is known for her talents in the arenas of popular music and acting. Glow, her first fragrance, was launched in 2002. The scent is a clean but floral with citrus and soft rose tones and a musky feel that lasts for the day. She has released thirteen scents at this point with the beachy floral Blue Glow being the most recently launched in February 2010. Other scents include Live, Miami Glow, Deseo and My Glow. In October of 2010, Lopez is slated to release the fourteenth scent in her line, Love and Glamour. Her fragrances can be purchased through most major retail stores such as Macy’s, Sears, Walmart and CVS.
Halle Berry came late to this trend, but this acclaimed and award-winning actress seems to be making up for it with quality and style. Her first scent, Halle, was launched in 2009. This fragrance is sweet and fruity with essences of fig, mimosa, sandalwood and hibiscus. After the initial rush of sweet scent, the more musky wood tones begin to come through and linger nicely. Halle Pure Orchid was released in 2010 but was less distinctive than her first offering. This scent was typical of the fragrances that try to hit a tropical floral tone. However, Reveal which is set to launch later in 2010, is promised to be a woodsy floral scent that is classy and unique like Berry’s first fragrance. Her fragrances can be found at most drugstore and retail chains.
Gwen Stefani, award-winning singer from the band No Doubt and solo albums, debuted her first fragrance L by L.A.M.B in 2007. The scent is light and clean rather than shocking of bucking convention as fans of Stefani might expect. It is very wearable and refreshingly different from the constant fruity or floral offerings with a light citrus feel and tones of sweet pea and a clean musk base. She has also released the Harajuku Lovers fragrances in 2008, which is a collection of five separate scents, and the redressing of the doll shaped bottles as Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies in 2009, and Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties in 2010. Her fragrances can be found at Walgreens, Target, Sears, Macy’s and other major retail stores.
Several other celebrities have tried their hand in the fragrance business and have already removed themselves from the market. Christina Aguilera launched three fragrances, which are all now discontinued. Cindy Crawford launched one perfume. Hillary Duff, Paris Hilton, Isabella Rossellini, Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue and Naomi Campbell are among the long list of female celebrities that have tried their hands in the fragrance market with varying degrees of success.