Monday, March 7, 2011

Dita Von Teese Loves a Bit of Vulgarity in her Celebrity Perfume!

Gorgeous and always immaculate burlesque artist Dita Von Teese is no stranger to perfume loving: For years she has been an aficionado of Houbigant's Quelques Fleurs (a start of the the 20th century floral creation that was amber-boosted in the 1980s) which she has been loving since the age of 14. She's now developing her own perfume and what's more interesting: the raven-haired, porcelain-skinned beauty tweeted about the process!

"No fruit, no vanilla, no candy," she insists. "Velvet sensuality with a dash of vulgarity! I want to evoke passion with fragrance: intense love/lust and distaste/fear rather than merely popular acceptance." Dita counts Kilian Hennesy among her friends, to whom she had confided that she was troubled about wearing the same fragrance as her boyfriend's mother (Quelques Fleurs) and who had advised that she should either ditch the man or the fragrance [WWD], so the prospects of having a top notch creative team behind her fragrance is particularly optimistic. That plus her breaking the cookie-cutter mold image of beauty of course.
Among her other fragrance loves (see many more of them scrolling this link), if this is any indication, she loves Dior Passage No.4, a fragrance in retro packaging exclusively made for La Collection Particulière, a collection created by perfumer François Demachy that celebrated Dior's 60th birthday a few seasons back. Dior Passage No.4 we remind you is a rose based fragrance blended with notes of orange, pepper, amber and musk, and it is named after Dior's muse, France (Passage No.8 and No.9 are focused on iris and tuberose respectively)

Interestingly, as Dita is writing a beauty guide book and is preparing a make-up line of her own, she confesses that she actually likes to share her beauty secrets and perhaps perfume is just another one of them? We will see when we actually try out the eponymous fragrance, set to launch sometime late in 2011 (or early 2012 at the latest).

Any one care to guess what Dita's fragrance would entail?

Edit to add: The news arrived on our desks. Dita Von Teese's fragrance is called Femme Totale, it's a woody floral musk (aka "nouveau chypre" a la Narciso Rodriguez for Her) created by perfumer Nathalie Lorson and you can see the advertisement below. Femme Totale by Dita Von Teese opens with fresh bergamot, peony and Bourbon pepper. The heart includes Bulgarian rose, Tahitian tiare flower and jasmine while the base is warm with incense, patchouli, musk, guaiac wood and sandalwood.
I have to say the bottle looks totally unlike the curvalicious figure it got named after....


  1. I think a leather note (riding crop) would almost be a given. Her act does have her cavorting in a giant martini glass - perhaps a martini accord?

  2. Do we know where she has signed to produce her fragrance?

  3. JA,

    good guesses and probably more momentous and memorable than either vanilla or candy ;-)

  4. S,

    she was previously rejected (!?) by one company ("a major global perfume company" so this points at Coty) and now there is mention of smaller scare company and "isolated in a chateau, working in the French countryside with her perfumers" so expect to hear a lot of Grasse-this and Grasse-that. If her friendship with Kilian is any indication, hmm...his perfumers work with Givaudan. Roure (Bertrand Dupont) merged with Givaudan and the former did originate from the south of France. They also have a NJ branch. So, hmmm...
    Let's be a bit Sibyllic for the time being. :-)

  5. Good god, "smaller scale" I meant above of course; though come to think of it, smaller scare it WOULD be no doubt (imagine what they do over at Coty to a celebrity's dream fragrance project)


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