With Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds perfume line earning one billion dollars over the years—and Liz has been dead for two years, mind you—it’s no wonder a growing number of celebs are getting into the fragrance game. This summer saw additional scents from David Beckham, Beyonce and Britney Spears, and a new cologne from rocker Adam Levine. Based on the theory that the stars really capture their own essence in their fragrance, we’ve taken a look at seven celebrity scents to figure out what they’re really all about.
Celebrity: David Beckham
Claimed Scent: Hints of gin tonic accord, lime and galbanum for “freshness”, and cypress, nutmeg and mint for “spice”
Actually Smells Like: David Beckham’s armpits (in our dreams).
Name: The Key
Celebrity: Justin Bieber
Claim: Hints of vanilla, musk, woods, and floral
Actually Smells Like: hairspray, chewing tobacco and pot
Name: Adam Levine
Celebrity: Adam Levine
Claim: Hints of mandarin, grapefruit and lemongrass, “intensified” by drops of amber, sandalwood and cedarwood
Actually Smells Like: Hypocrisy—In 2011, Levine tweeted that there should be a ban on celebrity fragrances
Name: Pulse NYC
Claim: Hints of raspberry, pomegranate and bartlett pear, and flowers of peony and jasmine sambac.
Actually Smells Like: Whatever’s in Blue Ivy’s juice bottle.
Name: Island Fantasy
Celebrity: Britney Spears
Claim: Hints of citrus, mandarin, clementine, red berries and watermelon, and flowers of jasmine, violet and freesia
Actually Smells Like: Frappuccino mixed with cherry Slurpee
Name: Queen Of Gold
Celebrity: Naomi Campbell
Claim: Hints of passion fruit, pear and currant, and flowers of star jasmine, rose and freesia. Plus woods of dark chocolate, vanilla and creamy sandalwood.
Actually Smells Like: Tic-Tacs and Silk Cuts
Name: Pure Honey
Celebrity: Kim Kardashian
Claim: Hints of rose and wild honeycomb
Actually Smells Like: Desperation and baby oil