What does Prince smell like?

Prince_lPrince is entering the perfume biz, debuting his women’s scent 3121 on July 7, both at Macy’s stores and online, where 7 percent of the first day’s sales will go to charity. (Yes, he could have gone with a catchier name, like Sign "Eau" the Times, but that four-digit number seems to be his moniker of choice these days. Or maybe it’s his ATM card PIN.)

According to the lyrical press release, "The fragrance was created in full concert with the artist, resulting in an enticing scent that captures the essence of his eclectic style and music genius." So what does music genius smell like? "3121 is a white floral scent that opens with a refreshing sparkle of crisp bergamot, opulent jasmine and gardenia. Orange flower and muguet sensually intertwine with tuberose and ylang ylang, creating a subtle, mysterious blend; evolving into notes of patchouli and creamy sandalwood. Precious cedarwood and luxurious musks complement this sexy scent with an almost surreal draw that tugs at all senses for total captivation."

Seriously now, who is buying these celebrity scents? Someone’s doing it. And you need to ‘fess up. I’ll admit that back in the day I wore Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth. And that I once made my mother bring me to New York on a bus trip just so I could purchase Mikhail Baryshnikov‘s Mischa. But unless you count my recently hording the tear-out ads for whatever cologne it is David Beckham‘s shilling — apparently, I do like him when he’s silent, Posh-less, and smelling vaguely like Drakkar Noir — I’m over this celeb scent craze. You?

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  • Ep Sato

    What’s up with celeb scents? Liz Taylor’s one thing, but Michael Jordan? Fave is still “Teen Spirit”, a scent who’s company probably never wanted Nirvana to sing about.
    I admit to having worn Drakkar from 6th grade (cool in 1989) until well into college (no so cool in 1999). Is anyone else a little surprised this cologne’s still available?
    Most embarrasing for me is my love of Candies for Men. While it’s not based on a celeb, it was endorsed by the lead singer of Sugar Ray. Kinda lame, right?
    And it does seem odd to me that Prince would be hawking any goods other than music and clubs. Isn’t dood all anti-sellout? I mean, the brother STILL lives in Minneapolis, right?

  • birdgirl39

    Ah, Desperation…..the smell of it..

  • JWP

    Hey Ep Sato: Don’t feel too bad, you are not the only one to wear Candies for Men. I always feel a slight shame when I ask for it at the counter.

  • bondgirl

    Ah, too bad. I thought it would smell like “an ocean of violets in bloom…”

  • kana

    i hate the celeb-scent trend, but i do wear J. Lo’s ‘Still’ and love it. When people compliment and ask what it is i always feel a slight tinge of embarrassment, but then i figure, ‘they liked it enough to ask about, so they can’t judge me for liking it!’

  • UGH

    You must remember that these scents send a huge percentage of the population into a sneeze-n-wheeze fest.
    I prefer people who don’t smell like anything….thank you for not dousing.

  • Ep Sato

    UGH, I feel your pain. A subtle scent is nice, it does kind of stink (literally) when someone’s got too much cologne on. My middle school’s vice principal was famous for wearing so much cologne he could be smelled from halfway down the hallway. The stink was no good but we never got in trouble because his scent would give the guy away before we could even see him.
    Oh, how about when someone puts on extra cologne to cover up BO because they didn’t shower or ran out of deodorant? That’s the absolute pits!
    On the other hand, a nice subtle scent feels like a great reward when kissing your sweetie on the neck. And now I’m starting to go TMI…

  • thwarted

    I have no interest whatsoever in a Britney Spears or J. Lo perfume, but Prince…? Weird. Maybe.

  • Stephanie T.

    Oh man. I was given JLO perfume as a christmas present back in 2000, and ugh! I just prefer sticking to either Nautica,Anis-Anis, or Burbery Brit. Something that is light but does not have a strong smell.
    As for Prince, I think that he’d want his perfume to smell like a Sexy M-F wearing a Rasberry Barette.

  • Ron Mexico

    Based on his performance with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne at the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, I’d say he probably smells like a pimp. Sweaty and arrogrant.

  • Ron Mexico

    And I’m pretty sure Britney, J-Lo, and Paris scents just smell like week-old fish…

  • Ep Sato

    Ahh Ron, you’ve got me LMAO. And Stephanie, I think you may be onto something. To puychase Prince’s scent, one must walk in through the out door, swim in lake Minnetonka, and give up the cream at the register.

  • Ron Mexico

    Give up the cream at the register, Ep?
    That SCREAMS for double and triple entendres. I will restrain myself for now, old friend.
    I have to get go compose myself now – that whole soda spewing out of the nose thing, you know.

  • Ron Mexico

    Waiting patiently for Stephen Hawking’s celebrity scent.

  • Ron Mexico

    I heard Margot Kidder has a scent coming out. It’s supposed to smell like damp firewood, Johnny Walker Red, and Fix-o-Dent.

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