They are typically the bane of a perfumista's existence - cheap-smelling, cotton candy scented, or worse, headache-inducing - however, celebrity scents are here to stay. But in the case of Queen by Queen Latifah, we're glad for it and it gets the award for 2009's Best Celebrity Scent.
Born in East Orange, New Jersey, the SCENTSATIONAL singer, rapper, actress, MODEL, and producer is a role model for women everywhere, inspiring them to embrace their inner goddess, love their shape, and to remember: it's easy to be a princess and have life handed to you on a silver platter, but as a queen, you get the silver platter for yourself. "My Fragrance had to reflect me as a woman," Queen Latifah told Fashiontribes (exclusively!) about the olfactive concept and composition, in which she was quite involved. "Strong, Loving, Sexual, Beautiful, Creative. All the sides of who I am...The sexy side, the soft side, the vulnerable side, the sweet side." Ahhh, it seems royalty understands royalty, and my scent sources tell me that the Queen of Sweden is a fan.
I was fortunate to be one of the editors to smell Queen last summer, and was sworn to secrecy until its official release in the fall of 2009. I was struck by the tequila note, golden, like an anejo; as a tequila aficionado, that hooked me immediately - and it was really no surprise since practically every year, she toasts her birthday, March 18, with a shot of Patron on the Jay Leno Show. As the scent develops, the citrus and floral notes blend together and create a bright, unexpected accent to the darker, warmer patchouli and woods base notes, where tonka and cognac waft supreme. Packaged in a delicately-faceted ruby red bottle edged in gold, it's as sexy and flashy as her Highness; a dimensional heart emerges on the facade, reinforcing her message of "beauty from within."
Queen Latifah's work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination.And, in our opinion, and her fragrance deserves a FIFI (Fragrance Foundation Award) in 2010.
Eau de Parfum Spray - 3.4 oz. $59
Eau de Parfum Spray - 1.7 oz. $49
Body Lotion - 6.0 oz. $35
Body Butter - 5.0 oz. $40
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- Michelyn Camen, Editor at Large
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