7 Celebrity Fragrances That Are Worth The Hype

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Aug. 17 2023, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Every day, it seems like we are introduced to a new celebrity brand, collaboration, or product. Whether it’s Kim Kardashian’s Skims or Rihanna’s with Fenty Beauty, we live in a world of celebrity-driven consumerism. It’s not to say that some of these brands don’t actually release quality products, because many of them do.

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One of the latest celebrity venture that I am excited about is Beyoncé’s upcoming fragrance release. As a lover of perfume and pretty much anything Queen Bey does, the anticipation is strong. While she has yet to publicly share the name of the perfume, we do know that it was crafted by her in France, as it was stated on her website. We also know that the bottle will be available in a 1.7 fluid-ounce bottle that is described as “art” and it will retail for $160. 

Through the years, I have tried various celebrity perfumes, and I have to admit that many of them live up to the expectations. Here are seven celebrity fragrances that I think are still worth the hype.

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1. “Heat” By Beyoncé

Like I said, Beyoncé is not new to perfume. In 2010, she released “Heat.” “Heat” is a sweet and musky perfume with top notes of peach, orchid, magnolia, and neroli. The middle notes are almond, macarons, musk and honeysuckle, and the base notes are amber, tonka bean and sequoia. For those who like sweet and musky, this perfume still is a great pick. 

2. “Cloud” By Ariana Grande

One of my favorite celebrity perfumes is “Cloud” by Ariana Grande. Released in 2018, it has an intoxicatingly sweet aroma. The top notes are lavender, pear, and bergamot. The middle notes are whipped cream, praline, coconut, and vanilla orchid. The base notes are musk and woody notes.

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3. “Wonderstruck” By Taylor Swift

I still remember getting the “Wonderstruck” perfume when I was in middle school and was super Taylor Swift-obsessed. The fruity perfume has stood the test of time. Released in 2011, the top notes are raspberry, blackberry, tea, apple blossom, and freesia, the middle notes are vanilla, honeysuckle, and hibiscus, and the base notes are peach, sandalwood, amber, and musk.

4. “Glow” By Jennifer Lopez

This iconic perfume was released by Jennifer Lopez in 2002. I remembered “Glow” from growing up and seeing the older women in my life using it. The smell is a classic white floral that still works today. The top notes are neroli, orange blossom, and grapefruit. The middle notes are jasmine, rose, and tuberose. The base notes are musk, sandalwood, orris root, vanilla, and amber.

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5. “Fenty” By Rihanna

Rihanna released “Fenty” in 2021, much to the excitement of her fans. The fragrance is mostly floral, with top notes of blueberry and tangerine, middle notes of Bulgarian rose, geranium and magnolia, and base notes of musk and patchouli. The fragrance is perfect for the springtime.

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6. “Dreams” By Mariah Carey

Another sweet fragrance that is worth the hype is “Dreams” by Mariah Carey. The top notes are caramel, candy apple, almond, star anise, and bergamot, the middle notes are honeysuckle, lily-of-the-valley, and freesia, and the base notes are Madagascar vanilla, tonka bean, musk, and patchouli.

7. “Private” By Naomi Campbell

Supermodel Naomi Campbell took her chance to make a signature scent when she released “Private” in 2015. The top notes are peach, pear, and mandarin orange, the middle notes are rose, freesia, and orange blossom, and the base notes are vanilla, musk and tonka bean, making it a great scent for the summer. 

Not all celebrity products are going to be a success, and with the bombarding of releases it can be hard to gauge what is worth it and what is not. If you’re looking for a good perfume, consider one of these celebrity fragrances.

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By: Camryn Quick

Camryn Quick is an up-and-coming journalist currently based in New York City. Coming all the way from South Carolina, where she studied Mass Communications, she is finishing up her Masters in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she is specializing in print and concentrating on arts and culture reporting. While in school, she has covered the arts and culture beat for the Mott Haven Herald and Hunts Point Express in the South Bronx, mainly writing pieces about the arts-oriented businesses and nonprofits in the area. She has also reported for the NY City News Service, covering 2021 election day in the South Bronx.

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