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Sarah Jessica Parker Stash SJP

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When people tell me they would never bother with celebrity scent, I refer them to Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely.  It’s a superb scent in its own right and still going strong ten years after its launch. There are not many celebrity scents that can say the same. Parker’s interest in its development is well documented in Chandler Burr’s book “The Perfect Scent”. Sarah Jessica was involved in every stage, far more than many celebrity rubber stamp sign offs.

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To me, her new scent, Stash SJP, is more reminiscent of her earlier experimentations prior to Lovely. SJP used to mix three fragrances to get a scent she loved and Stash resembles that scent more than Lovely. The three were: Bonne Bell Musk, Comme Des Garcons Incense Series Avignon and  an Egyptian scented oil that she bought from a street vendor. When I tried Stash SJP, I felt like I had an idea of what this previous mash up might have smelled like. The word I’m looking for is glorious.

Stash SJP opens with a masculine swagger of black pepper and grapefruit. Somehow I also got juicy figgy fruit which segued into dark, incense infused woods. Like Avignon, this reminds me of the smell of oak pews in an ancient church. The woody accord comes from massoia woods, vetiver and cedar. The frankincense infuses it with spices. Sage and vetiver add a herby, dried grass flavour.  The overall finish is one of spiced woods, patchouli and a freshness from the grapefruit that keeps it sharp.

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This could hardly be more different to its counterpart – it’s the bad sister to goody two shoes Lovely. I think it’s wonderful, although I could have sworn it was full of sandalwood. Stash reminds me of Hilary Duff With Love- now sadly discontinued. With Love is one of my favourite fragrances because of the wonderful dark guaiac woods in it.  Stash SJP has a similar feel, but if anything, is better.  It gives me all those dark woods and that old church aroma I’m always chasing,  along with some zingy citrus and spice to boot. The hashtag is #ComeandFindIt and find it you must, dear friends. This is too good to pass by. Stash SJP has the potential to become a classic. I’ll be getting a full bottle for sure.

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Currently, this can only be found in selected branches of Superdrug and Boots. Prices start at £28 for 30ml. Rumour has it that an oil version is coming later.

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The Last Word in Celeb Scents: Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely

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 I could not write about Celebrity Fragrance without giving Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely  the attention it deserves. Which is a lot. It’s so good that she could be a perfumer in her own right, fame aside. She was heavily involved in the process from the first meeting with the Lancaster Group, to the final product, 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. I haven’t smelled the latter so I can’t comment. To me though, it’s similar to and as good as Rumeur.

It’s initially a citrus floral, then very quickly a Rose Musk. It is sharp  and spicy without being harsh, and soft without being generic.

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, 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.

Lovely has a touch of fresh spice, but not in a cumin sort of way, more in a sharp Patchouli 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 such a spicy scent has tamed Patchouli into a wearable everyday scent will 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: see my reviews on this blog.

Lovely is as lovely does. A perfect ten. This is money well spent.

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Celeb Scents 2: Sarah Jessica Parker The Lovely Collection “Endless”

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If there was a prize for being Most Involved Celebrity In Every Stage Of Fragrance Development, it would go to Sarah Jessica Parker. When Lovely was created in 2005, Sarah Jessica Parker was credited as being Creative Director. Whereas many celebrities complete the “Sniff this, Sign Here” procedure, SJP was in the lab, in the boardroom, in the office and all over it.  What she produced (backed by Coty) has been critically acclaimed and widely respected.

I was unimpressed with her follow up, Covet, but when her affordable diffusion range came out, I trusted the brand enough to buy blind. The line consists of Dawn, Endless and Twilight, and this review is for Endless.

Beautifully packaged and affordable, Endless already has two things going for it. I first tried this in the summer, and found it was momentary. It evaporated in minutes. However, I gave it another chance in colder weather and found it really hangs around in Autumn and Winter. With an unmistakable top note of Apple, it’s fresh and crisp. There is also a top note of Ivy but I can’t comment on that as frankly I haven’t a clue what Ivy, as a note, even smells like. I have some on my house and there is almost no smell at all.  So we have crisp apple and some floral notes, probably the Peony . The apple hits the spot and has none of the sweetness or sickliness of some fruit scents, but is refreshing and clean.

When the apple fades slightly, the flowers kick in: the Peony, the Magnolia and the Jasmine. When all this settles you are left with a lovely Rose scented Musk on your skin which has lasting power (in the cold at least). This is sold in the Eau de Parfum concentration for very reasonable prices. The bottle alone would grace any dressing table.

Full marks for presentation and for being very good quality for the low price. Could do better on longevity.

Incidentally, if you find a fragrance too fleeting, spray it on your clothes and hair.

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