There's a lot of recent buzz surrounding Michelle Obama's connection to perfumes. So naturally, the perfume community has been joining in the game we all like to call "Keeping up with the Obamas." While the rest of America buys J. Crew cardigans and Portuguese Water Dogs, perfumistas are snooping around Michelle Obama's dressing table for the latest tips in perfumes.
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Michelle's Signature Scent
Recently the Washingtonian reported that Michelle Obama is smitten with Creed Love in White. She apparently loves soft, gracious and sweet perfumes. Love in White, her signature fragrance, is a fresh, crisp mix of orange blossom and citrus notes. But before you even think about running out to get a bottle of Love in White, note the following.
What many may have missed is the earlier reports of Michelle Obama's wide and varied taste in perfumes. Once a kindergarten boy who met Michelle Obama was in awe that her handshake smelled like a bowl of cherries! Also while in London, First Lady Obama was spotted in the boutique of Boadicea, the high-end artisan British perfume line, splashing out on 3 bottles. Also, Creed recently reported that Michelle Obama loves the gift they sent her: their newest perfume, Acqua Fiorentina, which smells of a fruit orchard in Florence with a mix of plum, bergamot orange, lemon and wood.
Legendary Perfume Lovers
So besides Michelle Obama, which leading ladies are known for their scent? Here are a few famous women who are known for their penchant for perfumes. These women are known as perfume muses, legendary perfume wearers and legendary perfume collectors.
Like Michelle Obama, Audrey Hepburn also was a fan of Creed, the ultra-chic Anglo brand that runs out of Paris. While Audrey Hepburn wore Creed Spring Flower religiously, Givenchy, a close friend, originally created the luxurious fragrance L'Interdit exclusively for her. She loved L'Interdit so much she was heartbroken when Givenchy suggested that he would market this fragrance. Marilyn Monroe, as many Hollywood fanatics would know, spoke of wearing to bed Chanel No. 5, only. And Donatella Versace, a lover of the fragrant gardenia flower, is an avid perfume collector. She reportedly has an entire room dedicated solely to her perfume collection.
Celebs and their Perfumes
Many women, today, are famous for selling their name to make a perfume. Halle Berry, the latest Hollywood actress to join the scrum of celebrity-gone-perfumers, loves mixing mimosa and fig notes. She reportedly layers Mimosa Pour Moi and Premier Figuier, both from L'Artisan Parfumeur. Her recently debuted eponymous fragrance focuses on these sweet notes. Sarah Jessica Parker, the most respected celebrity in the perfume-making world, loves concocting her own scent by layering musk with Comme des Garcons Avignon. Sarah Jessica's perfume Lovely, accordingly, is a sweet heavy musk scent. Jennifer Lopez, who's always been more of a self-branding machine more than anything else, is known in the entertainment industry for her major sillage. Sillage which, as many may already know, is the trail of scent left behind by the perfume-wearer. However in Jennifer Lopez's case, it's probable that her sillage often precedes her! She loves a number of high end perfumes and reportedly loves to wear her own from the J.Lo line.
Perfume Surprise from Red-carpet Sirens
While there are many actresses who have gone on the record to confess their love for a certain perfume, there are only a handful who have made rather remarkable choices. Probably the most striking is Hillary Duff, the young bubblegum Disney actress who loves very mature and sophisticated oriental fragrances. She has confessed to liking the very sensual Opium from Yves Saint Laurent. Scarlett Johnasson, like many other American actresses, loves to mix aromatic oils, particularly rose and tuberose oils. But what's more striking is that at the tender age of 10, Scarlett was pulling off some of the most seductive womanly fragrances like Chanel No. 5 and Thierry Mugler Angel. Though it's very surprising, I suppose it's something you could expect from this earthy, sensual actress. Katie Holmes also reveals loads with her signature scent. Though she's a mature mother figure now, her perfume betrays her inner little girl. Her favorite is the innocent and candied Miss Dior Cherie.
Songstresses and their Perfumes
The ladies of entertainment also love to share what they spritz. The edgy pop-rock singer Shakira loves Bulgari Petits et Mamans, which is a very child-friendly light, powdery floral. That's something you wouldn't expect! This, on the other hand, is something you would expect: Jessica Simpson loves the simplistic French brand La Maison de la Vanille--uncomplicated, sweet and pretty (or dare I go as far to say: boring, flat and unremarkable). Legendary songstress Eartha Kitt loved in her later years the masculine floral scent Givenchy Pour Homme. That's something you could expect from this classy woman of character.
Favorite Perfumes of Top Models
It's difficult to decipher whether models are simply perfume spokespersons or if they actually love the scent that they're helping market. So here you have it, as these models reveal their fragrant tastes.
Giselle Bundchen, as one could expect, loves the deeply sensual Opium. While Heidi Klum loves soft, clean, soapy fragrances from Prada, Kate Moss loves decadent, chic perfumes like the near century-old Shalimar from Guerlain, Bluebell from the posh line Penhaligon, and another aging classic from Guerlain called L'Heure Bleue. While Heidi Klum's perfume indicates that despite her high-profile good looks, she's a practical lady, Kate Moss' perfumes indicate that despite her playgirl personality--which matches the maturity level of Lindsey Lohan--she harbors a densely sophisticated side. Her public persona may seem age 16, but her perfume reveals more!
What do you think of Michelle Obama's perfume choice? Any other celebrity preferences strike you as interesting? Any new perfume brands or perfumes pique your own interest? If you feel tempted to seek out any of these top brands, be aware that you can snag discount perfume at Perfumania.
Perfume choices of these leading ladies
Famous Fragrances: What's your say?
Maria on January 26, 2014:
Im gonna buy Daisy by Marc Jacobs. I love the smell..
kathrine on January 26, 2014:
wow katie holmes parfume is the same with mine MISS DIOR CHERIE
Elle on October 10, 2011:
I love Hilary Duff's fragrance, With Love and her favorite (Opium) as well.
discount perfume on August 01, 2011:
great hub ! so informative and refreshing !