Mariah Carey Luscious Pink ~ perfume review

Luscious Pink fragrance by Mariah Carey

Luscious Pink is the second fragrance from Mariah Carey, and follows last year's M by Mariah Carey. Elizabeth Arden, who holds the license for Mariah Carey's perfume line, is hoping the new scent will find an audience in the growing Asian perfume market, and so the tag line, "Embrace the Ethereal" is more than just the usual hyperbole — you'd expect "inoffensive" rather than "unusual" or "big statement" from such a thing, and that's just what you'll get with Luscious Pink.

Elizabeth Arden is calling Luscious Pink a "sparkling floral"; to my nose, the emphasis is laid on the sparkling far more than the floral. The opening is fresh and diffusive, with pale pink fruits — I don't know what fruits those would be, in particular, but that's what they smell like: pale pink fruits (notes: bergamot, Ocean Breeze accord, sparkling Bellini accord, Tahitian Tiare, lily of the valley, pink peony, bright blond woods, creamy sandalwood and white musk). It's very cheerful and clean and transparent, and the floral notes in the heart, well, they smell like pale pink flowers. The base is a very pale woody musk, and it's pink-ish too.

Luscious Pink perfume bottle

Luscious Pink reminds me vaguely of Marc Jacobs Daisy: they don't smell alike, but they're both happy, bright, youthful little fragrances that don't say anything in particular; they could easily be the trail left by some functional product like shampoo, or a maybe a body mist. Luscious Pink smells pinker, and although it isn't particularly sweet, it's a bit sweeter than Daisy. It's too innocuous to work up much feeling about it either way, and I'm sure it will do quite well. Personally I like M better, and for that matter, I liked Daisy (and Daisy's bottle!) better too.

Mariah Carey Luscious Pink is an Eau de Parfum, but in terms of sillage and lasting power, it wears more like an Eau de Toilette. It was developed by perfumers Carlos Benaim and Loc Dong (who also created M by Mariah Carey). It is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml and in matching body lotion.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Huh. What would you consider a really GOOD “sparkling floral”? My fav of this type at the moment is Une Zeste de Rose, but perhaps Une Zeste isn't really this type? Daisy & Luscious Pink don't seem very inspiring. Is there anything out there in this “fresh floral” genre that isn't insipid?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Une Zeste is a good one, and two other sparkling scents w/ rose that I really like are 06130 Yuzu Rouge & Hermes Rose Ikebana. Chanel Cristalle & Diorissimo both have lots of sparkle — actually, there are tons of fragrances that I'd call sparkling florals, even if they aren't all classified officially in the floral category. And I'd call all of the above “fresh”, but without synthetic fresh notes — are you looking for something with an ozonic accord?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Robin/All – How about a sparkling floral with something just a bit more carnal in the base notes? Suggestions?

  4. Anonymous says:

    The first thing that popped to mind was Jean Patou Joy, but guessing you're looking for something more modern than that? Give me a few more clues about what you're after.

  5. Anonymous says:

    When I was working as a bookkeeper for two porn spammers (my cv is impressive indeed) they wanted me to answer the phone with a pseudonym, and the first one they came up with was “Luscious Pink”. And people think Moon Sparkle is a silly name….

  6. Anonymous says:

    LOL…even the bookkeeper had to have a sexy name? Trying to remember that old game where you come up your porn name, something like take the name of the street you grew up on plus something else, can't remember what…

  7. Anonymous says:

    A sparking floral to me would be YSL's Yvresse. Somehow I doubt this frag will be in that caliber. Still…worth a sniff though :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    * sparkling that is…helps to type with glasses ON ;)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Well, I'm not at all sure I particularly know what an “ozonic accord” is…but I don't think I do, I want something in which the crispness smells inherent. I thought bergamot might be the crisp sweetness I was looking for after I smelled TDC's Bergamote (which I liked but it was TOO MUCH) but how do you go about finding a good bergamot fragrance? Every one has lists of great jasmins/roses/lilies…I suppose I'd like to try a perfume that smells like a freshly peeled orange.

    Haha, how did I get from Luscious Pink to a fresh orange?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I hope our Macy's got it today! I know they love my at my Macy's but I'm SURE they're tired of me calling, LOL! They got Fancy yesterday. WHY not this one???

  11. Anonymous says:

    I also thought orange blossom might be “it” for a while: I had never smelled real orange blossoms and thought wow, the fizzing sourness of citrus paired with the creamy sweetness of white flowers! Purrrrfect! But, when I smelled SL's Fluers d'Oranger, that's not what I got at all. Maybe L'Artisan's orange flower scent is different?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I don't know, I really like “sparking floral”. ;)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Good call! Yvresse is already one my “to try” list because of the CUTE little bottle! (uh, and the juice inside, of course…)

  14. Anonymous says:

    I've heard the name of your first pet plus the steet you grew up on, which makes mine Muffin Cline, which isn't bad. Hopefully, you don't take the surname of your spouse, because the street my husband grew up on was – please, spam filter, don't eat me – Shaver, which would make my name a little too literal for a porn star.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Ozonic — those accords that smell like “fake fresh air”, you know?

    Sparkling, freshly peeled orange: many people like Frederic Malle's Bigarade, but it is horrid beyond belief on me. You might also try Acqua di Parma Arancia, or Guerlain Mandarine Basilic.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I'm sure you will appreciate it as much as I do, it's truly a unique fragrance…as most of YSLs are. It's just too bad they lost that lawsuit against the French grape growers because 'Champaigne' was a truly suitable name for such a regal scent.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yes, do try the L'Artisan, it is quite different, much crisper & lighter. And if you like that one, there are zillions of cheaper versions. Of course, once you try the L'Artisan you might not be satisfied with any of the cheaper versions ;-)

  18. Anonymous says:

    I'm so sorry — hope you're right and they got it today!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Right! Then I'm Thisbe Cherry Tree, which I don't think will work too well, will it? Muffin Shaver is too, too funny.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Scentsappeal, that's a nice one, and actually, I'd call Baby Doll and/or In Love Again sparkling too, although neither is as “grown up” as Yvresse.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Indeed, I'd agree with Baby Doll being in the 'sparkling' category….it reminds me of Miss Dior Cherie. As for In Love Again, I have not yet had the opportunity to try it.

  22. Anonymous says:

    driftingcowgirl: If I may, for your orange scent I'd recommend you try Hermes Concentré d'Orange Vert and also Comme des Garcons Grapefruit (which to me smells very much like citrus peel + orange blossom).

  23. Anonymous says:

    One of the most “sparkling” fragrances would be mentioned above, baby doll by YSL. That little fragrance is so perfume is so pink, girly and it is such a sparkling fruity-floral I can't come close to it… I adore the bottle though!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Both great calls, thanks! Can't believe I forgot the Hermes.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Yep, it's definitely girly & pink!

  26. Anonymous says:

    I prefer M, too, as I love gourmand scents. Mariah's second scent sounds flat and the ocean breeze accord is a little off-putting. I would sniff it nonetheless.

    Re porn name discussion – I laughed out loud! Too funny. Maybe M should be Marshmellow Maiden.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Hurrah, I just ordered Zeste and Yuzu Rouge (both thanks to tip offs from Farah).

    Is Luscious Pink anything like Hugo Boss Femme? Also the word “Luscious” sounds a bit more gutsy and full bodied than this perfume apparently is, which is puzzling.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne being one!

  29. Anonymous says:

    It is your first pet, then your street – very dull in my case, sounds like a Victorian dandy not a porn star – Benjamin Belmont.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I'd be Cookie Connor in the porn world. :)

    The review for Luscious Pink sounds similar to my opinion of Versace Bright Crystal – pale pink fruits, low lasting power.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Wow, thanks all! Robin, I just tried the Bigarade last night and it didn't like me either! But all these others I'd like to try. :)

  32. Anonymous says:

    Do give it a sniff, perhaps you'll love it! There was a bit of some sort of Ocean Breeze accord in M too, but not as strong as here.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Yes, perhaps similar, although I detest Bright Crystal and this one doesn't bother me. Can't remember why though!

  34. Anonymous says:

    I adore Bigarade for about 3 seconds, then it all goes just horribly wrong, LOL…seriously, one of the worst smells EVER. Good luck finding your perfect orange blossom!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, that name is not going to work!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Ocean Breeze accord that's very detectable? *RUNS* in the opposite direction.

    On a positive note, I just received Ormonde Woman today…It's a hit for me instead of the expensive miss I'd feared :) Extremely difficult fragrance to review. A one-of-kind indeed, and not something you're going to smell on every other Cathy, Sally or 'Jayne' ;) on the street. Love it.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I know I have said this on some other thread but I think if OJ Woman were a movie, she would be The Blair Witch Project.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Well my husband always did ask me where I parked my 'broom' at night LOL I tell him it's in the upstairs closet right beside the cauldron and the big thick book of 1001 Spells made easy.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Scentsappeal, so glad you loved OJ Woman — did you order a whole bottle unsniffed? Brave of you!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Yes a whole bottle unsniffed! At the price of this bottle too, I am not sure what exactly possessed me to do it…luckily it works with my chemistry, and I'm glad I did it because it is so very different than anything else out there on the market. I know it won't be an everyday frag…this one requires and subsequently produces a certain “mood”. But I am also lemming the Orris Noir as well! Addictions…they can be a costly thing.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Well then doubly glad it worked out! It is one of my favorite lines, and agree, OJ Woman is so unusual. Wear it in happiness :-)

  42. Anonymous says:

    Robin, Did your Macy;s have the big bottle and the lotion, or just the samples???

  43. Anonymous says:

    Haha, but please don't think I was making any direct comparisons involving you the wearer and witchery! I meant that Woman is very edgy, dark, strange and distinctive. I will give it another go after I have finished testing these rather lovely OJ florals!

  44. Anonymous says:

    PS And if Woman is the witch in the film, Tolu is the scary forest!

  45. Anonymous says:

    Oh believe me, no offence taken whatsoever! LOL! OJ Woman is exactly everything you've described. OHHHH you're testing the other OJ scents…please let me know how you find them would you? I got a sample of Orris Noir. I liked it at first, the topnotes are wonderful, but find that it dries down to a mere Aldehydic concoction on me.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Okay, then – it is sort of relevant to our Luscious Pink discussion after all: Frangipani – described by OJ as “fabulous heady fusion”. It is the Diorissimo of Frangipani, and may get too indolic in the end, but it's an intoxicating ride. Definitely for in-home wear only. Sampaquita – lighter and more delicate mixed floral, reasonable staying power, reminds me of Haunani's rec “Le'a” by Saffron James. Champaca – the one famously with Basmati rice in, LOL! Reminds me a bit of Jo Malone Kohdo Day as it also has a slightly piquant edge, but in a “barely there” kind of way. Has tea notes. Lovely, but very evanescent. Ta'if – wickedly spicy rose, really sharp spices, or in this particular spritz anyway. The closest to FBW for me is probably Sampaquita, but oh dear me, I mustn't. I have tried Isfarkand but can't remember much about it other than it was quite nice and I gave it to my brother as it was technically a masculine.

  47. Anonymous says:

    They had 2 sizes of the bottle; sorry I just can't remember if they had the lotion or not. They did have the JS Fancy lotion, IIRC.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Robin, STILL NO LUSCIOUS PINK!!! This hasn't EVER happened before. I wonder whats going on!

  49. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry! It does seem odd.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Oh noes, not ANOTHER celebrity scent! XP

    Although, I do like the bottle, it's quite cute. But I've got too much perfume, so I must resist…

  51. Anonymous says:

    And more to come, I'm sure :-)

  52. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your reviews! I have samples of Frangipani, Sampaquita and Champaca coming – can't wait to try them. And, I'll most certainly get samples of T'aif and Tolu as well. I do know that I will definitely at some point in time wind up with a FB of one or the other. These OJs frags just seem to grow on you. Hey life's short, you MUST ;) So what if you have to eat Ramen Noodles for a month or two? LOL!

  53. Anonymous says:

    I just tried this at Macys….and I would call it a soft floral…its very musky and light it wears very close to the skin….I wouldnt call it fruity nor too floral….the bottle has this pearl like effect like diors pure poison….its very pretty…I like it and would wear it as a day fragrance and M at night….


    Christina Aguileras new fragrance Inspire smells like any other Tuberose fragrance its actually very close to Bath and Body Works Velvet Tuberose…..

  54. Anonymous says:

    AHHHHHH! If ONE More person says they smelled Luscious Pink I'm gonna DIE! What Macy's did you smell it at? New York?

  55. Anonymous says:

    Los Angeles actually…. it does have bits that remind me of Daisy but it kinda smells like Noa by Cacharel which is one of my favs….. It smells pearly like the bottle lol… will love it once u smell it….


    I also tried Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture…It smells like another Angel rip off but with more of a berry note added to it….

  56. Anonymous says:

    I JUST left Macy's and they still didn't have it :(, but they did have Christina Aguilera's, Juicy's new one and a couple of other new ones. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED Viva La Juicy! Christina's smelled Exactly like Michael K.'s Island. I didn't like it, and the bottle was ugly. I'm wearing Jennifer Lopez Deseo Men and I kinda like it, but the lasting power SUCKS!

  57. Anonymous says:

    I'm wearing Luscious Pink and despite the review I can still smell it on my close and faintly on my skin…though it is light but I tired this on at 2:30 and it is now 9:47….. My friend bought Viva La Juicy she loved it aswell….I think its bottle is very cute with the whole pink on gold…..I was lookig for Secret Obssesion but had no luck…I really want to try it!!!!!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Secret Obsession smells SOOOOOOOO GOOD! It was in a magazine, either elle or cosmo! I take it you're a Gwen Stefani fan :). I can't wait for the Harajuku Lovers!

  59. Anonymous says:

    I'm a fragrance junkie I love it all if it smells good it smells good! lol….I can't wait for Harajuku Lovers it already came out in Sephora but I havn't gone…I've been on Michael Edwards Fragrance Directory and they finally classified each fragrance….I'm really hyping over Lil' Angel its classified as a Fruity Classical! I just can't wait! and I love that there in solid form which makes it so much more sensual…. Is Secret Obssesion as sexy as it sounds?

  60. Anonymous says:

    I'm over here DYING to smell Luscious Pink and H. Lovers! Lil' Angel is the one I'm most excited for also! I also really wanna smell G! Secret Obsession….mmmmm! I really liked it. I'm really bad at describing fragrances, lol! I tried today but I'm very bad. Robin is the master at that!

  61. Anonymous says:

    Well we just got L. Pink in this friday and its kinda odd…the close friend that bought Viva La Juicy works at my local Macys so she gives me the heads up on new fragrances so when I got there Luscious Pink was fully stock and Inspire had only 2 bottle left (it has been selling like hotcakes)…but I love luscious pink much more than that tuberose copycat!…. how was Deseo men? is it like everything else?

  62. Anonymous says:

    Deseo Men was like everything else. It kinda was sweet, but by the time the drydown got on my skin it was wearing off. It's all gone now. Inspire is selling like hotcakes??? YUCK!!!! They were fully stocked at my Macy's. Fancy was almost gone. I loooove Fancy! Do you work at Nordies?

  63. Anonymous says:

    Nope, Nordies is kinda far from where I live :(…… I liked Fancy it smell like butterscotch…lol…. I am thinking of buying either Elle by YSL or Sensuous by Estee L. but I can't choose….I really want a woody fragrance…

  64. Anonymous says:

    We FINALLY Got L.P! I just kinda liked it at first, but now I REALLLLLY like it! The top isn't glass like the original. I wonder why that is. I bought the big bottle!

  65. Anonymous says:

    Just tried the juice on my lunch break. Very happy bright and sparkly…. It's nice, but not me for sure!

  66. Anonymous says:

    I'm so happy 4 u!!!! Is it a musky floral like I said or does it smell different to u? OMG! OMG! OMG! U have to tell me how Harajuku Lovers Lil' Angel smells?

  67. Anonymous says:

    “I'm so happy 4 u!!!! Is it a musky floral like I said or does it smell different to u? OMG! OMG! OMG! U have to tell me how Harajuku Lovers Lil' Angel smells?”

    I'm happy for me also, lol! I really love it. It isn't what I expected. Its really light, but its lemony and musky. Now, the Harajuku Lovers are really great. Mind you I only smelled the Lab Testers, but they were great. The ONLY one I didn't like was Baby. Baby smells like Baby Powder. Lil' Angel is really fruity. The lab tester faded really fast, but I pre-ordered that and Love. Love is kinda spicy. Music smells just like L. I gotta smell the real one to give the final verdict. G smells really good. Kinda tropical. I think I'm gonna get all of them except baby

  68. Anonymous says:

    Same reaction here :-)

  69. Anonymous says:

    JLove, so glad you finally got your bottle!

  70. Anonymous says:

    This is in superdrug here now but as there's no tester I'll wait until it's out properly. I'm trying to be less impulsive! there are so many coming out I want to try and pick the best two rather than going mad…hmmm…perhaps two is a bit strict!

  71. Anonymous says:

    True, there are too many releases, best not to buy before you try :-)

  72. Anonymous says:

    this is definitely like noa but different enough to be more my type of thing. finally got it today..the bottle is even nicer than in the pictures!

  73. Anonymous says:

    I got it !

    Now I'm at Singapore and this place has it !

    I bought 30 ml anyway :)

    first sniffed it was like a mashmellow added with lime.

    or something like cookies. So foodilicious !

    then when its dry down came.

    It was a huge disappointment ! I felt I smelt sth like this before.

    Like Escada Magnetic Beat and Christina Aguilera's line

    (which,for me, smelt exactly like Escada !)

    I read you review and you compared it with Daisy so I expected

    It'll be light and freash. But this one is like a more youthful of M

    and a bit more sexier. No light. For me :)

  74. Anonymous says:

    Awwww. That's too bad you were dissapointed with the end result. I love it. Its very light and it wears off quickly, but not as fast as some (L a L.A.M.B fragrance and the Harajuku Lovers) but I love it. I got the big lotion also, but I haven't opened it yet

  75. Anonymous says:

    I tried to use lotion.

    but I'm too lazy lol !

    happy with you :)

  76. Anonymous says:

    So sorry you hated it! At least you only bought 30 ml.

  77. Anonymous says:

    Never Mind !

    I actually don't hated it.

    but it was so opposite than i thought :)

  78. Anonymous says:

    wow i find Gwen Stefani's L really strong and it lasts ages….I'm wearing luscious pink today and it would certainly be improved by lasting longer, I don't know, maybe other people will smell it on me but I can't! maybe she'll bring out a stronger limited edition again. am still loving the gorgeous bottle though!

  79. Anonymous says:

    oh yeah, despite myself I really like the Jade Goody Controversial perfume…a few people have agreed that it's really nice (that's me trying to justify it!) it's only £20 but I've really tried to resist buying it every day this week! i wonder how long my discipline will last!

  80. Anonymous says:

    That's the one in the red bottle, right? I'd buy it just for the crazy bottle.

  81. Anonymous says:

    controversial is red but the mad spiky looking bottle is the kerry katona ' outrageous' perfume! I'm just waiting for the harajuku lovers too….reminds me of how long i waited for 'believe' to come out here!

  82. Anonymous says:

    Ah, then the Kerry Katona is the one I meant.

  83. Anonymous says:

    well i smelt the 'Controversial' again and even though i really liked it it was too simialr to Mariah Carey M funnily enough. so i didn't buy it! I did, however, smell the Beckham Signature again and that is soooo nice!

  84. Anonymous says:

    YESSSS! FINALLY! Luscious Pink is FINALLY On Macys' website! HOLLA! Hope the perfume debuts this month!

  85. Anonymous says:

    Now I'm confused — your Macy's already had it, didn't they? Mine has had it for ages, just not online.

  86. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, my Macy's already had it. I just want her perfume sales to be big and she had said before my Macy's had it that it was on Macys' website. Hahah, I should work for her company. I was gonna e-mail macy's AND Elizabeth Arden, but Elizabeth Arden NEVER returns my e-mails! I Looove COTY! They're my favorite. They ALWAYS answer the next day

  87. Anonymous says:

    Mean of Elizabeth Arden! Ah well, I think this will sell fine.

  88. Anonymous says:

    I actually prefer this to the original M, because it's less sweet and strong (to me).

  89. Anonymous says:

    It is much lighter and drier, agree.

  90. Anonymous says:

    I found this perfume quite different from M. Both are sweet scents but with LP it leans towards floral bases whereas M was sweet in a candyish sort of scent (probably due to the infamous marshmellow base lol). It's stronger than most floral scents I have worn but it is enjoyable.


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    Hey, thanks — I just announced it!

  94. APassionateJourney says:

    Robin, I see you put up the “Mariah Carey New Fragrance” up in the new fragrances section. How did you find out???

    I emailed Elizabeth Arden like 2 weeks ago and they told me they were working closely on Mariah’s new fragrance and to stay tuned to Elizabeth Arden’s website

    • Robin says:

      Read it somewhere…sorry I can’t remember where! Probably Women’s Wear Daily?

  95. kirstw says:

    hi the new fragrance, forever is on a few mariah websites, the fragrance has tuberose and gardenia as the notes the bottle is gorgeous. soz dat i dnt no any of the other notes.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, I’ll look for it!

  96. jonr951 says:

    So i guess she has another one called “Ultra Pink” and its only at Walmart? I had never heard of it or anything about it until someone posted that theyd seen it on another frag. site. I looked it up and there are pics of it and its display at walmart so i guess its real? I emailed EA to see if they had any info about it. Well see.

  97. jonr951 says:

    So EA got back to me and they said “Ultra Pink” is not an EA fragrance? Weird right?

  98. APassionateJourney says:

    Those Elizabeth Arden associates are useless. I e-mailed them asking when would Forever be available for Pre-order and the day it went on pre-order they e-mailed me back saying that had no clue when it would be up for pre-order! Just useless! On the Ultra Pink bottle that little sticker says E.A fragrances. Same as Luscious Pink and Forever! Ultra Pink IS Luscious Pink! I swear it’s the same fragrance!

    That being said, a year later and L.P is still in my top 4 favorite scents :)

    • Robin says:

      Wow, that is really & truly useless. I thought that Ultra Pink had to be EA given that they hold the license for the name.

  99. OMBFGLCMG says:

    I was helping my mother with the defective top on her bottle of this fragrance, when I spritzed some on my hand. I could not believe the aroma. It was the most horrific thing I have ever experienced. I tried three different types of soap, nothing, vinegar, nothing, I even soaked my hand in ammonia, and still I smelled it. The smell woke me up through the night,and now the next day I am still plagued by the smell of this awful “perfume”. I am considering amputation! For gods sake someone stop this woman.

    • Robin says:

      I assume it’s gone by now, but next time try unscented deodorant.

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