I’m a big fan of Katy Perry. I love her songs, her voice and she always comes across as likeable in interviews. She chose the name Killer Queen for her company and for this perfume after the eponymous Queen Song. With such brilliant lyrics as “Perfume came Naturally from Paris/For cars she couldn’t care less/Fastidious and Precise” I would have put the Killer Queen in my imagination in Chanel No 19 or something haughty by Parfums Caron.
However, chacun à son gout and Ms Perry imagines this Queen in a very different way from me. Created by Laurent Le Guernec who also made the stunningly lovely Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s hard to believe these two were made by the same nose. But I guess the lady wants what the lady wants.
Chock full of red berries and chocolate, and a flower that looks like red velvet (Celosia), Katy Perry has gone for more of a Choc’n’baroque feel. Sadly I feel that such a sweet and sticky concoction is as unwelcome on a hot day as a bowl of jam roly poly and custard, when what you really want is an icy gin and tonic.
The sweetness and sickly fruitiness begins from the first spray and the frangipani, usually welcomed by me, is like a marzipanny mess surrounded by praline, forest fruits and plums. The Bergamot could have been good but sits out the dance looking lost. It ends in a plasticky whiff of candy that smells like my hands after peeling off one of my children’s stickier sweets.
But hey, I’m just one voice, and this stuff is very popular: I see it everywhere and it’s reasonably priced too at under 20GBP for a big bottle.
When it comes to choosing a perfume to put her name to, Katy Perry is a terrific singer.
PS I LOVE the bottle.