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SNIFF TESTS How do those perfumes really smell?



Published: Fri, January 28, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


What does celebrity smell like? We took five of the latest celebrity fragrances and put our noses to the test. Here's what we sniffed out:
CELEB: BRITNEY SPEARS
Fragrance: Curious
Cost: $39.50 for 1.7 ounces
What they say it smells like: The Louisiana magnolia (Spears' home-state flower) and vanilla musk.
What we think it smells like: "Something a teenage girl would wear," "very sweet and cloying" yet "pleasing."
Average sniff rating: Two noses
CELEB: PARIS HILTON
Fragrance: Paris Hilton
Cost: $39 for 1.7 ounces
What they say it smells like: Frozen apples, peach nectar, Mimosa and jasmine petals.
What we think it smells like: A split decision: One camp found it "cloying," "sweet, sweet, sweet" and "kind of trashy." The other, "girlish," "delicate and sexy."
Average sniff rating: One nose
CELEB: JENNIFER LOPEZ
Fragrance: Miami Glow
Cost: $42 for 1.7 ounces
What they say it smells like: Pink grapefruit, coconut water, passion fruit and black currant.
What we think it smells like: "A warm humid day," "tropical," "spicy" and "on the sweet side, but with a citrus edge."
Average sniff rating: Three noses
CELEB: DONALD TRUMP
Fragrance: Donald Trump, The Fragrance
Cost: $60 for 3.4 ounces
What they say it smells like: Cucumber and citrus with spicy, peppery accents.
What we think it smells like: "A cucumber salad," "masculine and clear" and "lighter than expected."
Average sniff rating: Three noses
CELEB: JESSICA SIMPSON
Fragrance: Taste
Cost: $45 for 1.7 ounces
What they say it smells like: Tahitian vanilla, white chocolate, coconut cream and honey.
What we think it smells like: As if "you've been in the kitchen dabbing frosting behind your ears," although one tester thought it to be "generically girly but not particularly bad."
Average sniff rating: One-and-a-half noses


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