It's been a long year for celebrity fragrances, and 2008 looks to be even worse. Or better, depending on your stance. My stance: ok, celebrity fragrances are often amusing. Sometimes, they're wearable. Sometimes, they're wearable and distinctive. But there are far too many of them (especially in the UK, where they're doing a much more thorough job of scraping the bottom of the barrel than we are in the US), and a large percentage work in a very narrow fruity floral genre designed to appeal to the very young. After awhile, they all start to smell the same.
Christina Aguilera joins the fray this year. Her eponymous floriental fragrance, geared towards 15-25 year olds, aims to capture old-style Hollywood glamour, and launched recently under the tag line "sometimes, it's all you need to wear". In some cases, my expectations for a celebrity fragrance are low enough that I'm pleasantly surprised; Christina Aguilera pretty much smells like I imagined it would.
The opening is a sweet (make that double sweet) mass of fruit cut with a tiny little zing of citrus (the notes: tangerine, blackcurrant tea, peony, jasmine, stephanotis, plum, amber, vanilla and musk). The heart is a conventionally feminine blend of clean jasmine-ish florals, lightly fruity, but neither so fruity nor so sweet as the top notes. The base is the same soft, pale wood-amber-musk-vanilla blend that holds up much of the celebrity fragrance genre.
Christina Aguilera is pretty enough — it didn't kill me to test it, and I wasn't tempted to wash it off — but it has a kind of resolutely faceless aspect that seems comically at odds with the ultra-glam advertising. I find it neither memorable nor sexy, although I should perhaps note that the early reviews on MakeupAlley are far more favorable than mine. It isn't quite at the bottom of my list of celebrity fragrances for 2007 (at the moment, that honor still goes to Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy). But there are quite a few celebrity releases from this year that I'd wear before this one: Britney Spears Believe, M by Mariah Carey, L by Gwen Stefani, Sarah Jessica Parker Covet, Sean John Unforgivable Woman.
Christina Aguilera is available in 15, 30, 50 and 75 ml Eau de Parfum and in Body Lotion, Shower Gel and Deodorant. You can request a free sample here.