Jennifer Lopez Love and Glamour
It’s getting hard to keep up with Jennifer Lopez, not least because my local Macy’s no longer carries all of her fragrance releases (Britney Spears has likewise been relegated to mass market). I sniffed My Glow quickly on paper when I ran across it in Walgreens (and pretty promptly forgot all about it), but Blue Glow and LA Glow will have to remain unsniffed mysteries. Love and Glamour is her latest effort, and apparently Macy’s consented to provide it counter space. According to Ms. J Lo herself, the name “seemed like a really aspirational, fun and beautiful thing that we could work with in many, many ways”, but whatever the inspiration, they stuck to what seems to work for the celebrity perfume audience: a middle of the road clean fruity floral with a pale musky base. It’s soft, not too sweet, and it’s perfectly wearable. It’s no better or worse than the average, but let’s face it: the longer they keep making these things, the more generic they all seem, and the less worthwhile the effort to describe in detail. Yawn.
Jennifer Lopez Love and Glamour was developed by perfumers Honorine Blanc and Harry Fremont; the notes include mandarin, guava, nectarine, water lily, coconut orchid, orange blossom, jasmine, sandalwood, sensual musk and amber. It is available in 50 ($49.50) and 75 ($58) ml Eau de Parfum (although the lasting power is closer to an Eau de Toilette) and in matching body lotion.
Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights
Fancy Nights, a flanker to Jessica Simpson Fancy, came out earlier this summer. Jessica Simpson called it a “more provocative” fragrance, and for once the juice lives up to the billing. Fancy Nights is a relatively bold woody oriental, heavy on the spices and dark woods and (clean) patchouli, with rich jammy fruit in the opening and an almost-smoky dry down. It isn’t going to make the history books, and it doesn’t smell like anybody spent a wad of cash on the materials, but it’s a nice change for a celebrity fragrance. It’s probably better suited to fall-winter wear, and you’ll have to apply it carefully if you want to wear it to work (or anyplace where your fragrance might overwhelm someone else in close proximity). Very worth a try, although as is nearly always the case, if you don’t need a celebrity name on the bottle you can undoubtedly do better.
Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights was developed by perfumer Steve De Mercado, and the notes include bergamot, papyrus, patchouli, rose, night-blooming jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, amber and oak moss. It is available in 50 ($49) and 100 ($59) ml Eau de Parfum.