Vera Wang Glam Princess ~ brief perfume review

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I do hope the person at Vera Wang who came up with the idea of Princess has been given a hefty raise, and maybe some extra vacation time.1 The original Princess — born to rule! — launched in 2006, and we've since seen Flower Princess, Rock Princess, and now the new(ish) Glam Princess. The first two flankers were pretty much as advertised: Flower Princess was more floral than the original, and Rock Princess was that clean fruitchouli that you usually get from a mainstream flanker with "rock" in the name.

Glam Princess is pretty close to the original Princess, close enough that it's hard to see why you'd need both. It's a fruity floral, with vibrant, tropical berry candy top notes cut with a tad of the watery apple-pear of Princess. After 15 minutes, it's awfully hard to tell the two fragrances apart; the floral notes are a generic blur, and the dark chocolate, pink frosting and chiffon vanilla in the original are not startlingly different from the vanilla orchid and marshmallow in the Glam Princess. I will say that I never really noticed the chocolate in Princess until I smelled the two together — yes, Glam Princess is less chocolate-y, but in the end they both smell mostly like pink frosting and musk. If you're after some pink frosting and musk, either one should do.

Now taking votes: what Princess would you like to see next?

Vera Wang Glam Princess was developed by perfumers Ilias Ermenidis and Harry Fremont (both of whom worked on the original Princess fragrance); the notes feature red berries, guava, pear, orange blossom, vanilla orchid, honey, ambrette, marshmallow, cedar and cashmere wood. It is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.


1. I am fairly sure that I read recently that the Princess franchise currently makes up the largest share of the Vera Wang fragrance business, but of course now I can't find a link.

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  1. Dixie says:

    I’d like to see musk princess.

    • Robin says:

      Sounds possible!

    • kalynna says:

      Secretions Magnifique Princess…hehe.

  2. Bunny says:

    How about Drag Princess for the budding cross dresser? ;)
    It needs a lipstick note and feather boa essence!

    I’m so silly :P

    • And an AquaNet accord on the dry down.

    • Dixie says:


    • RusticDove says:

      Yes! Not quite a Queen yet!

    • Robin says:

      Just “Vera Wang” + “Drag Princess” together sounds hysterical.

      • It’s awful in the best of ways.

        Alternatively, they could just name it Vera Wang DIVINE.

    • mals86 says:


    • miss kitty v. says:

      You beat me to the punch, Bunny. I was thinking the same thing.

  3. RusticDove says:

    Punk Princess. ;-)

  4. Suzanne941 says:

    Mall Princess!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, that’s perfect.

    • ggperfume says:

      That’s the Princess brand’s target market, for sure.

  5. Dzingnut says:

    Dipstick Princess: notes of gasoline and chocolate (you ran into the adjoining packi and bought a Milky Way), with a hot engine accord.
    Kitteh Princess: the fragrance that ignores you
    Puppeh Princess: notes of puppy breath and warm fur, with an accord of wet, gnawed rawhide and a hint of flatulence in the far drydown

    • Robin says:

      The fragrance that ignores you! Ha.

    • ggperfume says:

      You got Puppeh Princess nailed.

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Farty Princess. :)

  6. Goth Princess, which would likely smell like Rock Princess with all the patchouli and none of the fruit.

    • Robin says:

      Which would be an improvement.

    • mals86 says:

      That could fly. Not on my skin, of course, but it doesn’t sound bad.

      • As a reformed closet Goth, I would wear it with irony.

        A fragrance for all those grown-up little girls who wanted to be vampires instead of ballerinas — I wanted to be both, really.

        • miss kitty v. says:

          Vampire Ballerina–it can be your personal scent to market. I’d buy it.

  7. Abyss says:

    Princess Of Darkness with notes of leather, stale booze and animal blood. The bottle could resemble a rubber bat ;)

  8. cjordan says:

    Maybe Ice Princess? The bottle in blue with some added fresh notes.

    Also.. Kitteh Princess= awesome.

  9. mjr17 says:

    Earth Princess!! Featuring an eco-themed bottle & packaging and contains some dirty, earthy, grassy, leafy (in other words, entirely new set of ) notes!!

    • sacre bleu says:

      oh, now this I would like to smell!

      • Robin says:

        Ditto, that actually sounds good.

  10. Astra says:

    Skank Princess with extra barnyard!

  11. monkeytoe says:

    Ex-Princess: 85% Princess and 15% L’Air de Rein.

  12. How about Ocean or Sea Princess? It would be a summer flanker and it play up the tropical fruits and watery notes.

    Or Fresh Princess could play up the citrus and add more green notes.

    • Tiara says:

      I was thinking along that same line with Island Princess, going for a tropical feel. Or Beach Princess with a Coppertone accord.

      My sister-in-law is hoping for Wal-Mart Princess!

    • Firebabe says:

      Yes to this! also a Beach Princess would be nice

    • Robin says:

      Beach Princess -> I can see that actually happening.

  13. mals86 says:

    Robin, I have to ask: how did this one wind up on your to-review list? I know you (and Angela and Kevin and Jessica) review some of the latest releases, and I’m sure that part of NST’s readership is interested in the Vera Wang scents. But I would have bet the ranch that you wouldn’t wear it personally… so how’d YOU get stuck with this one?

    More generally, what’s your attitude when testing a scent that based on notes/prior experience you’re pretty sure you’re not going to like. Are you attempting Blank Slate? or is it more like Well, here goes?

    • mals86 says:

      Should have warned you: slightly-off-topic, certainly nosy question. Sorry about that. I really am curious, and not making fun of the Princess line.

    • Robin says:

      That’s hard to answer. When I first started blogging, I mostly did niche. Then I decided that was stupid: there are lots of great mainstream scents, and as I’ve said before, bad mainstream scents actually annoy me less than bad niche scents because a) they’re cheaper and b) they’re less pretentious. So anyway, I make a pointed effort to cover a wide variety of things, and yes, a larger portion of NST’s readers are interested in these sorts of scents than you’d think — you have to remember that the people who comment are a tiny percentage of readers. Articles that get very little interest from the regular commenters are sometimes the “most read” articles.

      Hard to say how anybody here gets stuck with anything. I make Kevin do lots of new men’s things, although he’s having an easy year of it so far because there are far fewer new launches for men (that interest me) than last year. I usually ask Angie to do a few new mainstream scents a year, but her taste is even farther from this sort of thing than mine, so no point in making her review something like Vera Wang Glam Princess!

      And gosh: don’t know how to answer the last part. Impossible to have a blank slate, but I am surprised more often than you’d think, by both upscale niche things & mainstream things for tweens. I was surprised even by Kim Kardashian.

      • Robin says:

        Wow. I should have warned *you* that I was going to ramble on ;-)

        • Joe says:

          I enjoyed the insight.

          • miss kitty v. says:

            Moi aussi.

        • Rappleyea says:

          Late to this because I am one of the commenters who had no interest in this scent, but then was curious as to what the fun was that I was missing due to the high number of comments. Long way of saying…. very interesting and informative answer. Thanks, Robin.

      • mals86 says:

        Thanks very much. I knew I’d learn something!

  14. Tama says:

    How about cut to the chase and have Jewish-American Princess?

    • Evil Emma says:

      Ah man, you beat me to the punch!

    • Robin says:

      The PC police on on their way to your house right now, LOL…

    • Joe says:

      Tama: I thought about it but figured no one would DARE!

      I suppose I should stick to my kind and just say “Italian American Princess” (which, if you’re from NJ or NY, is almost the same thing).

      These comments are funny. I wondered why there were so many comments, but didn’t know there was an embedded poll after the jump! ;)

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Oh, if we can fling mud at our own ethnic group: Polish Princess. Smells of pierogies and cabbage rolls. How many Pollocks does it take to create a fragrance…

      • Tama says:

        LOL – I guess my kitty claws were out a bit today…
        but it seemed so OBvious. lol

  15. Evil Emma says:

    Jewish American Princess – Top notes of chewing gum and enamel; Middle Notes of spandex and Uggs and Base notes of New Jersey and daddy’s wallet

  16. Lizzi says:

    I can’t believe no one has said Spoiled Princess… or Betrothed Princess.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I love Spoiled Princess!

  17. Lizzi says:

    But seriously, they’ll be releasing something like “Sugar Princess”, “Pink Princess”, or “Candy Princess” next….

    • Thalia says:

      And … Pink Princess has just been announced! You are a genius. And I bet Candy Princess is not far behind.

  18. alotofscents says:

    Isn’t Vera Wang ashamed of herself yet? Or does she have a private version called Money Princess?

    • Robin says:

      Hey, I’ll say this for Vera Wang: at least they make it clear these are for very young ladies. That beats all the brands that say they’re making sophisticated, sexy chypres that turn out to be just more pink frosting & musk.

  19. abirae says:

    Princess in Exile: sable, gunpowder, sea air, ships planks, sewing shops and Argentinian pampas.

  20. Karin says:

    Amazon Princess – HUGE rain forest chypre
    Mayan Princess – spiced cacao

    • lena says:

      Spiced cacao sounds really good!

    • Rappleyea says:

      And a big label on the Amazon Forest Princess that reads:

      WARNING: Non-IFRA Compiant. ;-)

  21. Flora says:

    White Russian Princess – with notes of creme de cacao, frozen lychee, “snowflake accord” and a hint of Romanov DNA.

    Yes, I already know I am a bad person. :-D

  22. astrologica says:

    In the two years (?) I’ve been visiting this site, this is by far my favorite comment string. Hilarious!

  23. Joe says:

    Pacific Princess — Exciting and new! Something for everyone! An open smile on a friendly shore! It’s love!

    notes: Isaac your bartender Planter’s Punch accord, Capt. Stubing bilge note, Doc’s medicinal notes, and a hint of spicy “cuchi-cuchi!” from the ubiquitous Charo.

    • Tama says:

      ha! good one.

    • Robin says:

      LOL! But that would be lost on a tween today. Brought back memories for me though!

    • Rappleyea says:

      Joe – to my nose I get a fairly strong Tattoo chem-trail accord. Your skin must eat that note!

  24. miss kitty v. says:

    I sadly have nothing to add to the Princess line. But I had to share that there was a time my friend and I got asked to leave Nordstrom because we were loudly coming up with our own ideas for new Vera Wang fragrances. Our favorites were the simple “Wang” (my juvenile idea) and “Everybody Vera Wang Chung Tonight” (which I wish I could take credit for, but was my friend).

    • Tama says:

      I once saw an ad for a receptionist at the computer company Wang, and could not imagine answering the phone all day – Good morning, Wang! – Thank you for calling Wang! lol

      Everybody Vera Wang Chung Tonight is wonderful.

      • aimiliona says:

        I used to work for Wang in Lowell, MA, the Venice of the Industrial Northeast. They sold gym shorts with the company logo

    • Rappleyea says:

      Kicked out of Nordstrom?!? You’re my hero!! :-D

    • mals86 says:

      They KICKED YOU OUT??

      • miss kitty v. says:

        I believe it was more, “Don’t you girls need to be somewhere else? Other shopping to do?” She was trying to be funny, but the undercurrent of irritation made it come across as far more bitchy than if she had just told us to go.

  25. nozknoz says:

    Well, it doesn’t seem very Wangly (Wangish?), but how about an African Princess (coconut and spice) and a Princess of Araby (incense) to warm up the brand?

    • Robin says:

      After reading all of these, I really do think they need to do some sort of summery beachy thing — your coconut & spice would be perfect.

      • bergere says:

        So you’re thinking Beach Princess?

        • bergere says:

          Whoops, someone already thought of that one!

      • miss kitty v. says:

        Mermaid Princess! Mermaid Princess!

      • nozknoz says:

        I’m thinking coconut, cardamon and maybe a touch of sandalwood, but light enough for her young fans. Or perhaps African Princess would be a honey scent, riffing on the Mac honey scents – only fair since they discontinued those too soon!

    • Absolute Scentualist says:

      Oh, both of those would be awesome. Or even a Princess with incense, rose, patch and a teeny tiny bit of vanilla. Perhaps Seductive Princess? That seems like it could very easily lead to Shot Gun Wedding Princess with all that sexy. ;)

      I’m with klytaemnestra on the Midnight Princess notion with lots of patch. That with some musk and maybe a hint of plum or the like would be heavenly, given my falling back into the ‘closet goth’ fold as well in my late twenties. There was a ‘stages of gothness’ bit floating about the net sometime back that was truly hilarious. I love the vampire ballerina idea, too. That could make for a really great ad. :)

  26. asuperlongusername says:

    Non-specific Animated Princess: notes of apple, pumpkin, ivy, ocean spray, osmanthus, and pink pepper. ( ;3

    I’m thinking we’ll see Hawaiian Princess: notes of succulent pineapple, sensual jasmine, luminous mango, fresh ocean breeze, and juicy luau pork.

    • Robin says:

      Mango & pork — sounds perfect.

  27. kiwifrench says:

    Guerilla Princess – the modern day princess at war, with notes of hot iron, gun powder and diesel. Bound to spawn a series of liaisons dangereuses with that rugged boy across the border (definitely not the boy next door)!

    AND a flanker of a flanker – Guerilla Princess: Romance of Three Kingdoms. Alas, another floriental, BUT stay tuned for Civil Disobedience Princess!

    • Rappleyea says:


    • nozknoz says:

      Camouflage Princess – I can see the Glam Princess ad model in desert camy – with the proceeds donated to a women’s veterans group. This one would be a mainstream version of Etro Shaal Nur. Na’vi Princess with an Avatar tie-in – can they launch in time for the Oscars? – an exotic floral.

  28. laken says:

    What princess would I like to see next? Earth Princess, with notes like cardamon, ginger, nutmeg, pimento, vetiver, ylang , patchouli.

    • laken says:

      Actually that would be a bit like Karins amazon princess above which I just noticed.

  29. parfumliefhebber says:

    Baby Princess?

    • Robin says:

      I’m surprised they haven’t done that yet!

  30. bergere says:

    Pouting Princess? It could be a little more juvenile than Heiress.

  31. bergere says:

    Or, Fairy Princess–lavender-colored juice with pink sparkles, just replace the chocolate accord with bubblegum. And put a fairy on the cap. But maybe Van Cleef & Arpels would sue.

    • Robin says:

      Oh, but Fairy Princess is another I’m surprised they haven’t already done.

  32. Lovetosmell says:

    The idea for Princess was genius.I read that when Princess came out it out sold celebrity fragrances I thought that was pretty cool.My daughter loves Princess she wears in once in a while the bottle is adorable.These ads a really cute I can imagine young women buying it and actually I would perfer them to wear it instead of the Britney fragances.

    • Robin says:

      It was genius…it’s done for Vera Wang exactly what they hoped.

  33. Rosabelle says:

    I use Princess as a bed time fragrance. I love it ( in spite of my years :)) )
    To me it smells like something happy, sweet and lovely. I hate it, though, because it does not last. I am not interested in the flankers, because, as much as I love the original, I cannot wear it daily because it is so faint. So I stick to it as a fragrance for falling asleep. It might not ne inovative, classy etc but it certainly is a beautiful smell.

    • Robin says:

      Interesting, I don’t find it faint at all! Glad you found a use that works for you :-)

  34. Rosabelle says:

    Well, maybe “faint” is not the right word to use. What I mean is that Princess does not last and it has not such a silage …. Not that the scent itself is week but it cannot be sent by other people around you. I usually wear, especially at the office , frangrances that make a bold statement about me and I like to feel them the whole day floating around my clothing  Like Samsara, Hypnotic Poison , Magnetism by Escada or Y by YSL. All these are not strong fragrances to me, but “normal “ ones… Strong are, I would say , maybe Amarige, Eden and Lou Lou ) This is why I said I consider Princess faint and I do not wear it except for bed time  It is, probably, a case of cultural difference. In Romania women like to be very extrovert, in an Italian ,sometimes over-the-edge way and they tend to buy perfumes that match this kind of “exposure”  The idea of a discret , well-behaved scent that only you can feel ( well, and maybe some of the people that come close to you ) does not appeal to many women , me included.A fragrance should be like a flag, letting people know you are there and saying things about yourself  But this is another kind of story !

  35. MyMyUpshaw says:

    Perhaps “Promiscuous Princess”? That would obviously have an aphrodisiac note in it! Hahaha!

  36. Owen says:

    I agree with Rosabelle, though I could hardly smell it

    and I didn’t have the experience of comparing it with the regular one after 15mins, because after that time glam had all together faded.

  37. jonr951 says:

    Did u see this Robin? LOL! Is it horrific that I want to test it? Preppy Princess! LOL! : )

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