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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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