The Last Word in Celeb Scents: Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely

 I could not write about Celebrity Fragrance without giving Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely  the attention it deserves. Which is a lot. . She was heavily involved in the process from the first meeting with the Lancaster Group, to the final product, possibly more so than any other celebrity behind a fragrance.

 What she has produced is comfortably good enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with the greats. This is a modern classic.

Having recently reviewed Lanvin Rumeur, I can notice similarities. It’s far from being a copy though, as Lovely is not as loud as Rumeur, and if it is ever compared to anything, it’s usually Narciso Rodriguez For Her.

Prior to being asked to create a fragrance, SJP used to create her own unique scent from three different sources and mix them herself on her skin. One was an Egyptian oil from a street vendor, the other scent she mixed was a drugstore Musk (BonneBell), and the third was one of my favourites reviewed earlier in this blog: Comme Des Garcons Avignon. The clues are there: SJP’s fragrance would never just be a mainstream sign off.

Lovely opens initially as a citrus floral, then very quickly becomes a rose musk. It is sharp  and spicy without being harsh, and soft without being generic.

Lovely has a touch of fresh spice, but not in a cumin sort of way, more in a herbal sort of way. There is lavender too, and orchid, but the floral notes stop there. This is so much more than a floral, and I love how this has tamed patchouli into a wearable everyday scent with all traces of harshness gone.

You could wear this in a lift and nobody would pass out. She’s kept it classy and chic. It’s affordable too , but boy it doesn’t smell cheap!

It’s a great combination: tart and spicy yet smooth and floral. Although she worked alongside two established noses, SJP was credited as Creative Director, a rare move in this world of “Sniff’n’Sign”s.

Sadly I did not love her second fragrance Covet, nor Covet Pure Bloom. The Lovely Diffusion Range is another  way of owning affordable good quality fragrance.  I have reviewed Endless, and recently found Twilight to be a soft musk, akin to a watered down version of Obsession for Men. Dawn was gorgeously light and pretty. (EDIT- all are sadly discontinued now)

Lovely is as lovely does. A perfect ten. This is money well spent. You can buy this from many places including Amazon UK, The Fragrance Shop and John Lewis to name but a few.

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5 thoughts on “The Last Word in Celeb Scents: Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely”

  1. I’m so glad you love Lovely too! It’s an impressive scent, I think – it’s my go-to scent for school runs, but it’s also flexible enough to go anywhere. I usually pack it for holidays, as I know I can wear it with confidence. Plus, if it gets confiscated at security, I know I can afford to replace it.

  2. Edit- I just bought a big 100ml bottle of this from Cheap Smells for only 17.99. It’s not very often I come across a fragrance that I cannot live without. This became one of them. I’m a total convert.

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