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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/27/2006

Celebritology Holiday Guide: Celebrity Scents

By Liz Kelly

J.Lo's Love at First Glow. (Photo by Liz Kelly for

You think she shines like a starlet, but this holiday season help her smell like one. But which one? So many choices, so little time. With only 28 shopping days till Christmas, the Celebritology Holiday Guide helps you navigate the odiferous world of celebrity fragrances.

The Best Beyonce Knowles, True Star Gold What They Say: "Creates an aura of irresistible attraction, fully charged and electrifying." What We Say: The only thing fully charged will be your credit card after dropping the plastic on too many bottles of this scent. Still, it's subtlety makes it a standout in the celebrity scent realm. Pumpkin flower, raspberry, honey. Yes, please. Price: $45.99 (Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's)

The Worst:
Britney Spears, Fantasy
What They Say: "A magic love potion of sweet temptation that leaves a tantalizing trail of embracing sensuality."
What We Say: Overwhelming, possibly to hide the scent of hemp-related products. Apparently, it's possible to smell like cotton candy and an ammonia-based cleaning agent at the same time. Also wins the prize for gaudiest packaging.
Price: $25 (

The Rest:
Ashanti, Precious Jewel
What They Say: Her glittering passion, radiant beauty and glowing career inspire this multi-faceted bouquet of wild orchid and feminine rose wrapped in warm plum and dark raspberry.
What We Say: What have you done for me lately?
Price: $19.86 (Wal-Mart)

Beyonce Knowles, True Star
What They Say: This spectacular floral-oriental fragrance combines a halo of bright notes with nuances of sweet pea, honeysuckle and toasted wheat grains.
What We Say: Let your bootylicious woman know you're interested, but not crazy in love enough to spring for True Star Gold.
Price: $26.58 (Wal-Mart)

Much more after the jump...

Target's "Curious" gift set comes with a spangly cell phone holder. (Photo by Liz Kelly for

Britney Spears, Curious
What They Say: An exhilarating white floral scent accented with Louisiana Magnolia and wrapped in the sensuality of vanilla-infused musk.
What We Say: What stinks more? The perfume or the three free songs included in the Target gift set?
Price: $34.99 (Target gift set)

Britney Spears, In Control
What They Say: Is it love or just a sweet flirtation? A sweet and sexy fragrance that thrives on the unknown, leaving you completely In Control.
What We Say: Britney can wear this one and be all like, "Hey y'all, I'm in control of my pre-nup, yo. Maybe you should've fathered a cologne instead of two more kids, Kev."
Price: $37.99 (

Celine Dion, Belong
What They Say: A modern floral oriental scent, each set of fragrance notes conveys emotions that are constant throughout Celine's life.
What We Say: En Francais, je dit "Le pee-ewww." In English, I say this smells like a, how you say, over-the-top diva reduced to a Vegas act and cameos on "Deal or No Deal."
Price: $29.53 (

Elizabeth Taylor, White Diamonds
What They Say: Classic, conservative scent that reminds of red wine and roses.
What We Say: I can't fault the doyenne of celebrity-branded fragrances.
Price: $19.98 (Target)

Hilary Duff, With Love
What They Say: Hilary Duff is an expression of love in all its forms and dimensions: the unconditional love of family, the generosity of friendship, and the breathtaking excitement of romance.
What We Say: Okay, I get it. Hilary is all things to all people. She's an angel and we should all be so lucky as to smell like her.
Price: $45 (Sephora)

J.Lo, Glow, Love at First Glow, Still, Live Luxe
What They Say: Designed for the woman who is driven to fulfill her dreams, but never misses out on the fun.
What We Say: Designed for the woman who hogs all the seats on the charter flight to TomKat's wedding, brings her stylist and ignores the rehearsal dinner dress code.
Price: $36 - $45 (Sephora, Wal-Mart, Target)

What They Say: Succulent and seductive, this wild floriental scent entices like a high-energy, forbidden aphrodisiac. Delicious apple-tini, wet fig leaves, racy red bull accord and crushed red peppercorns gently fuse with delicate floral notes of wild red poppy, exotic black orchid, sueded frangipani petals and deep purple calla lily.
What We Say: Wet fig leaves? Red bull? Sounds exactly like a scent designed by four aging novelty-rockers. (Make-up not included)
Price: $39 (Dillards)

Mary-Kate and Ashley, Coast to Coast L.A. and NYC
What They Say: Easy breezy blend of luscious honeysuckle, sunny tangerine, juicy mango guava and soft white beach accord.
What We Say: Super sweet, overwhelming and played out. Kind of like -- okay, nevermind.
Price: $15.95 (Target)

Naomi Campbell, Naomi Campbell
What They Say: A luxurious, oriental, woody fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of sensual and warm notes. It is recommended for romantic wear.
What We Say: It is not, however, recommended for wearing anywhere in the vicinity of Campbell, who may get mad and think you're stealing her perfume. And, umm, why is the container shaped like a bullet?
Price: $21.98 (

Paris Hilton, Heiress, Just Me, Paris Hilton
What They Say: The Heiress Eau de Parfum Spray and the 6.7 oz. Body Lotion both have an enticing mysterious and "Oh so Paris" scent.
What We Say: That's hot.
Price: $26 - $74 (Target, Wal-Mart, Macy's and the $74 gift set includes a "glamorous sparkling bangle bracelet watch that will make you feel like an Heiress yourself.")

Sarah Jessica Parker, Lovely
What They Say: Inspired by her love of layering scents, Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker is a silky white amber fragrance that's timeless.
What We Say: Enough already with the perfume and make with the SATC movie.
Price: $49.50 (Dillards)

Shania Twain, Shania by Stetson
What They Say: It's the West with a bright new edge, shining with femininity.
What We Say: Like a sweaty cowboy wearing a garter belt.
Price: $18.63 (Wal-mart)

For the collector:
Aunt Judy's Attic stocks some discontinued scents, like the intriguing Michael Jackson for women.

(Note: No perfumes were harmed during the writing of this piece. However, you may be harmed if you use actually the above as a gift selection guide.)

By Liz Kelly  | November 27, 2006; 10:33 AM ET
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It's cute how you think the Naomi Campbell perfume is shaped like a bullet.

Posted by: Awwww | November 27, 2006 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Liz, one of the funniest ever!
What exactly is "embracing sensuality" (noun)? Does it mean you get knocked up by a weasel-faced loser like K-Fed?
Now, why doesn't he have a "scent" (I mean, on sale). Maybe I could use it to keep the neighbor's dog off my lawn.

Posted by: Barb | November 27, 2006 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Too funny! I saw a perfume ad yesterday, and was wondering what kind of person wakes up and thinks, "I'd like to smell like Shania Twain today"?

Posted by: Cubeland, MD | November 27, 2006 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen the ads for the various Britney fragrances? Oy vey...

Me, I like to smell like myself, enhanced by a quick spray of Escada Sentiment. (Hear that, honey-bunny?)

Posted by: KiKi | November 27, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"Sounds exactly like a scent designed by four aging novelty-rockers."

Actually just 2. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had left KISS (again) then this "perfume" came out. So only Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (who will sell the KISS name to any product) are to blame.

Posted by: BF | November 27, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I just hope these fabulous scents can be bought somewhere besides WalMart - no need to union-bust and encourage scandalous wages and no healthcare this holiday season!

Posted by: MW | November 27, 2006 1:33 PM | Report abuse

LOL, precisely why I wear scents by Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Lanvin! :-)

Posted by: PLS | November 27, 2006 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, Che, I am most overwhelmed. Just cooked dinner and washed dishes and can't read all you have to offer.
But DID see the Washington Post headline in the last 5 minutes:

"First Lady Accepts White House Christmas Tree."
That is one beee-ooo-tiful headline!!
Thanks again, Liz, your post made my day as always!

Posted by: Barb | November 27, 2006 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Typo alert, Liz (because I know you care about stuff like this).

About Beyonce's perfume, you say, "Still, it's subtlety. . . " Should be its (no apostrophe).


Posted by: sen | November 28, 2006 5:33 PM | Report abuse

funny that on the rare perfume shop site, Johnny Carson has one called "Here's Johnny" - how original. wonder what it smells like?

Posted by: karen | November 29, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

4 ur information "fantasy" smells damn good yall just say that because its britney but it seems 2 drive men crazy when i wear it. beyonces perfume is the 1 that dont smell good not at all i wouldnt buy it if was on sale for a dollar but "fantasy" is one of my favorites along with "miami glow" by j.lo so you all can step off of britney cause that perfume is the bomb

Posted by: tasty | November 30, 2006 1:04 AM | Report abuse

an when I say da bomb, I mean it, girl. I bring my fantasy-wearing self on da Metro, and da po-po kick me off. He say somepin about a stink bomb? wth? guess britney jus 2 good 2 wear on da train!

Posted by: mo' tasty | November 30, 2006 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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