Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Are Sweet Scents Juvenile?

Read my blog post for Allure‘s Daily Beauty Reporter here.

She shimmies around half naked in a giant champagne glass. Did you think sexy burlesque siren Dita Von Teese wouldn’t be outspoken when it comes to scent?

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

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