J Lo followed up on the success of her first fragrance, Glow, with two limited edition variations, both repeating the shape of the original bottle and including the requisite bling accessories. The first, Miami Glow, was released in 2005. It was created by perfumer Caroline Sabas, and aims at a slightly younger customer than the original Glow. It has notes of pink grapefruit, coconut water, passion fruit, blackcurrant, orange flower, heliotrope, cyclamen, sheer amber, crystal musk, vanilla orchid and blond musk.
I am not terribly fond of beach-y fragrances, so I fully expected Miami Glow to be a scrubber (i.e., a scent requiring immediate removal). Once again, I was pleasantly surprised. It starts with fruity top notes liberally laced with coconut. The fruits and the coconut both subside into subtle undertones as it settles into a sheer floral in which no particular notes stand out. The dry down is rather mild, with a warm sand accord over vanillic musk, and a clean finish that calls to mind the original Glow, albeit with considerably less soap.
It is rather beach-y, but the coconut fades enough that it doesn't immediately call to mind suntan oil, and while it does stay sweet, it is by no means as cloying as many of the fruity florals marketed to the under-20 set. The lasting power doesn't quite match that of Glow, but it is still very good. I have no desire to own it, but it is nicely done and I'd choose it over many of its beach fragrance compatriots.
Love At First Glow is this year's fragrance entry. It was created by perfumer Steve DeMercado and has notes of bergamot, neroli, Georgia peach, pink jasmine, wild rose, osmanthus, freesia, sheer musk, blond woods and vanilla absolute.
Love At First Glow is aimed at the 12-18 year old cohort, an even younger audience than Miami Glow. The target age shows in the finished product, which is the sweetest and least sophisticated of the Glow line so far. It has a very noticeable fresh accord over fruity citrus and indistinct but rather sharp florals. The fruitiness fades, and it takes on a pale woody base, but it stays very fresh and clean. I don't catch any of the soapiness of Glow or Miami Glow, and it is lighter on the musk as well.
It is the only one of the three that I found unwearable; perhaps no surprise given my advanced age. It will probably sell like hotcakes. It has been compared to Britney Spears Curious, but I liked Curious much better.
Miami Glow can be found at discount, although not quite as cheaply as Glow. Scentiments has a 100 ml bottle for $33.99, less than they charge for the 50 ml. Love at First Glow will probably end up at the discounters eventually, in the meantime, it is available at sephora.
Note: Miami Glow image via Parfum de Pub.