When it came to creating her own vampy signature scent, Von Teese selected sophisticated notes of Bulgarian rose, tiare, peony, and a “sexy wood.” The outspoken temptress then proceeded to tell WWD,“There’s no fruity vanilla bullshit…A lot of celebrity fragrances are fruit, vanilla, and I wanted something for grown-up girls.”
I tend to agree with the retro babe on this one. After a stint dousing myself with a peachy celebrity scent in the eighth grade, I can only handle the stuff in small doses. I now try to contain my sugary scents to the shower in the form of Aveeno Positively Nourishing Hydrating Body Wash Fig + Shea Butter, which doesn’t leave my bathroom smelling like Dylan’s Candy Bar.
But since so much of fragrance comes down to personal taste, I don’t want to assume that everyone agrees with Dita. Here’s what Allure‘s own glamour girls had to say about their sugar highs (and lows):
“I am opposed to resembling a cupcake in any way, shape, or form. I think sweet notes, like those in Guerlain Mitsouko, can work really well as a balance to the fragrance. But I prefer the “I mean business,” feeling of Orientals and spicier florals—if I want to eat it, it’s not a good sign.” —Alexandra Owens, editorial assistant
“I always get dissed for liking sweet scents, but I can’t help it! I hate to admit it, but I kind of secretly love Britney Spears Radiance! And some people think the Laura Mercier pistachio products are sickly sweet, but I love the scrub. That said, I do think there’s a time and place for these sweet scents, though. Namely, not in the office.” —Heather Muir, beauty news editor
“I think when you’re young and your perfume palette/nose hasn’t developed, you gravitate towards these pleasant food smells because you know they smell good, it’s proven already, no nuance. And maybe that’s appropriate too—it would be weird for a 12 year old to smelly musky or like Oriental spices. For me, the only time one should smell like freshly baked cookies is after baking cookies. ” —Kate Sullivan, writer