Paris Hilton probably needs no introduction. Even I know who she is, and I live under a rock and have to google many of the celebrities who release fragrances. What she is famous for, exactly, escapes me, but she is rich and famous and has released two fragrances; in 2006 she will roll out a new line of color cosmetics, and I believe there are watches & handbags in the works as well.
Her first fragrance, Paris Hilton, was created by perfumers Steve DeMercado and James Krivda, and released in late 2004. The notes are frozen apple, peach nectar, muguet, wet ozone, mimosa, freesia, night-blooming jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood, oakmoss, ylang-ylang, musk and pheromones. It starts with very sweet fruit and a fresh ozonic note. I don't usually care for ozone in fragrance, but in this case it helps to tone down the the frozen apple and peach nectar and so I found it a welcome arrival.
It dries down into a sheer mixed floral, very fresh and light and girly. It is sweet, but once it calms it is not nearly as sweet as I expected — it is nothing like, say, the Escada summer limited editions. As is often the case with celebrity perfumes, my expectations were low enough that I was pleasantly surprised. It is pretty, and perfectly wearable. It isn't particularly interesting, mind you, and it isn't something I would buy, but it isn't at all the tasteless concoction that it could have been.
Just Me was released in late 2005. The notes include red berries, bergamot, pink peppercorns, violet, lily of the valley, iris, freesia, white rose, ylang ylang, vanilla, sandalwood, blonde woods and skin musk. It starts out a tad sharp, with very peppery bergamot and only the lightest hint of the red berry, but quickly calms into a sweet floral with heavy woody-musky undertones.
My guess is that Just Me is meant to be the sexy follow-up to Paris Hilton, just as Britney Spears Fantasy was meant to be the "grownup" sequel to Curious. Just Me is sweeter and heavier than the first perfume; the far dry down is mostly musk with slight hints of vanilla and woods. It smells like it is geared towards a somewhat more sophisticated audience — it is neither fresh nor girly — but I found it considerably less appealing.
Both fragrances are sold in 50 and 100 ml bottles of Eau de Parfum. They are widely available at the online discounters. It is possible to find the smaller bottles for around $25, thereby qualifying for the Cheap Thrills category (which has been woefully neglected around here lately).
Tomorrow: Frederic Malle Carnal Flower