I had to laugh when I heard that Paris Hilton was releasing a fragrance called Heiress — just in case you were wondering how Ms. Hilton ever got a celebrity perfume deal in the first place, the name explains it all in a nutshell. Her first two fragrances, Paris Hilton and Just Me, have reportedly done very well indeed, and in case you'd like to help her line her coffers with an extra layer, here is your third chance.
Paris Hilton Heiress is a fruity floral — no surprise there — and the notes include passion fruit, orange, peach granita, champagne mimosa, star jasmine, tiare flower, ylang ylang, honeysuckle, dewberry blossom, grenadine, violet leaf, vetiver, tonka bean and blonde woods. The opening is, as you'd expect, sugar coated fruits, or more specifically, sugar coated fruit flavors; nothing here comes even close to the smell of real fruit. It calls to mind any number of things (bubblegum, children's Motrin, lollipops) but none of them are the champagne mimosa listed in the notes, although the fruit notes do have a touch of sparkle and fizz.
In the dry down, the bubblegum accord is joined by blur of sheer florals; it is still awfully sweet, but not nearly so achingly sweet as the top notes. The base adds some vanilla and musk, but very little warmth: this stays bright and sparkling and girly pretty much straight through to the end.
The Paris Hilton fragrances aren't masterpieces, but then, you wouldn't expect them to be. When Just Me was released, I surmised that it might be meant as the sexy, all-grown-up sequel to the original Paris Hilton; Heiress seems to be going in the other direction and reaching for an even younger audience. Still, of the three, this one might be the most fun, and there is just something kind of endearing about a fragrance called Heiress that smells largely of Paradise Punch Bubblicious.
The only place I can find Heiress available online at the moment is perfume.com, where it is $29 for 50 ml of Eau de Parfum.