I’m fussy about fragrance – I like my scents sweet but not saccharine, feminine but grown-up, floral but not artificial – and I’m rarely a fan of celebrity perfumes which (let’s be brutally honest) usually smell cheap, but when I was offered a sample of Dita Von Teese’s début fragrance I was intrigued. She’s not a woman you can imagine putting her name to something she’s not happy with. Dita tells us “glamour is the creation of beauty and allure” and describes her perfume as “elegant, bold, seductive”.
First impressions are good. The bottle pays homage to her love of all things 1930s, decorated with a burlesque-inspired tassel and equipped with an atomiser (a gorgeous, retro touch!). There are top notes of peonies, bergamot, and spicy Bourbon pepper, infused with Bulgarian rose, Tahitian Tiaré petals and fresh jasmine, rounded off with patchouli, musk, smoky Gaiac wood and sandalwood.
Now, while that all sounds lovely, none of it means much to me but so let me explain in plain English: it’s divine. In my opinion it’s quite an oriental aroma – exotic, sweet, floral and slightly musky. It’s light enough to spritz on during the day but is also perfectly wearable for nighttime. In summary I like it, a lot. What are your thoughts on celebrity fragrances? Will you be trying this one?You can buy Dita Von Teese Eau de Parfum at Boots (RRP £18.00) and it currently comes with a free gift!