October 8, 2008

Celebrity Perfumes Is it Overkill yet?

Chanel No. 5 is one of the most famous perfumes in history and sells around one bottle every 30 seconds. This famous fragrance was created for Coco Chanel in 1921 by a perfume creator named Ernest Beaux. Something which may seem surprising in a 21st century obsessed with getting back to nature is that Coco's inspiration behind the scent was to create something very artificial. She is quoted on the official Chanel website as saying “I want to give the world something artificial.... like a dress. Something that has been made.... I want a perfume that is a composition”.
Although Chanel No. 5’s advertisements are very subtle these days, the perfume has maintained its spot at the top of the perfume market. Let’s face it, it’s a classic and has been on the market for over 80 years.
Various celebrities are creating their own fragrances. I can’t say I blame them, they have the money, the looks, and the celebrity status-but is this a market for them or should they stick to the big screen? Amongst the celebrities with a perfume lines are:

Mariah Carey, M
Love by Hilary Duff
Kate by Kate Moss
Sean John-Unforgivable Eau de Toilette 75 ml;
Britney Spears-Curious
Christina Aguilera, Christina Aguilera
Naomi Campbell-Mystery
Covet, Sarah Jessica Parker
Jennifer Lopez, GLOW and Still
Paris Hilton, PARIS HILTON
Celine Dion-The Fragrance
David Beckham-Instinct and Intimately Beckham, for Her

The market is becoming saturated with celebrity scents. I often wonder is this a trend, tax write-off or business as usual? And is there a place in the $2.9 billion perfume industry for celebrity’s scents? Does anybody take them serious?
I posed this question to a few friends and got the following responses:

- They cannot connect with star-status perfumes, in fact; they refuse to buy them
for no other reason than the celebrity name attached.
- They would purchase the scent if it was created by their favorite celebrity,
regardless of the smell.
- They only do classic scents and consider celebrity colognes “bubblegum-ish.”

Are celeb’s swaying the perfume market? And who is their target market, personal fans or the average consumer. I must admit the ads are the best, but is that enough?

1 comment:

perfume point said...

I must admit i am surprised by the response you have received from people you have asked. I think that some scents like Fantasy by britney and Lovely from Sarah Jessica Parker are wonderful fragrances in their own right.