Beyonce’s not done, y’all. In addition to blessing the world with the best Christmas gift ever just a week ago, Bey — or should we call her Yonce now? — is releasing her third fragrance, called Rise, inspired by her favorite Maya Angelou poem. Perhaps that poem is “Still I Rise,” which includes the line:
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
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Jes Baker of The Militant Baker has done some really powerful, creative projects in the name of body positivity and fat acceptance, but her most recent undertaking might be her best one yet. Jes teamed up with photographer Liora K to produce a series of mock perfume ads for a made-up fragrance called “Lustworthy.” The images have all the trappings of traditional fragrance ads — sexy models lusting for each other, risque positions, an intense physical connection, skimpy lingerie in a snowy forest, etc — but there’s one major difference: the female model in these ads isn’t tall and skinny, she’s plus-size.
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I’ve been on the hunt for my signature scent ever since Ami became my perfume mentor, and I think I just found it: Pumpkin Pie Cologne from Demeter Fragrance Library. I know I like fragrances with vanilla undertones — why not toss some cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree into the mix? Just in case the idea of smelling like pumpkin pie in public freaks you out, the scent is also available in shower gel form, which is a bit more subtle and perfect for lathering up on Thanksgiving morning. Whip cream-scented lotion optional. [Refinery 29]
Something you may not know about Ami is that she is a perfume junkie. When she’s rich enough to have a vanity career someday (a girl can dream!) she will move to Paris and become a Nose — a certified, smell expert. Until then, she is content spending all her disposable income on fancy perfume and getting compliments from drag queens about how good she smells. That really happened! I was so impressed that not only had Ami gotten a compliment from a famous drag queen, but that she even had a signature scent to begin with. I’ve always wanted a signature scent, but when it comes to picking perfumes and applying them every day, I’m a boring-smelling failure. I always come out of the department store perfume section empty-handed, with a pounding headache, smelling like I got attacked by a garden. I’m ready to tackle this perfume thing, but with guidance this time. To continue our grand tradition of giving each other advice about everything from moving across the country to how to dice an onion, I asked perfume master Ami for some tips about how to get started finding my signature scent…
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Straight from the kitty’s mouth: Katy Perry told WWD back in July that her third fragrance, Killer Queen, drew inspiration from none other than Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. “[He] painted the lyrics of this woman who I wanted to be. She seemed very powerful, and she captivated a room when she walked in … I feel like I’m falling, finally, into that woman Freddie painted.” Several weeks later, the ad teaser for Katy’s newest beauty offering is out — and, you know, we kind of see where she’s coming from with this whole “queen” thing. But Queen, on the other hand? Not so much. [The Cut]
What does Nicki Minaj smell like? Pizza, coconuts, daisies and sunshine, we bet. Whatever the smell, Nicki’s gone and unleashed a new perfume on us. She announced the new fragrance over Twitter; it’s called Minajesty, and it supposedly “speaks directly to the sumptuous, confident side of Nicki’s ever-changing and dynamic personality.” But whatever, we can’t get over the hideous bottle, which resembles Zombie Nicki Minaj. Why would you do that, Nicki?
Welcome to another edition of Totally Coveted, our new whenever series documenting all the super ridiculous crap we want but (probably, most certainly) are too sensible to buy. Hey, a girl can dream — about $1,200 shoes — can’t she? Take a peek at what we’re coveting, and then tell us what you’re lusting after in the comments! Keep reading »
As someone who suffers from migraine headaches, I have to be careful about what fragrances I choose to wear. To sweet and cloying, and a headache can pop up in minutes. Too floral, and my head starts pounding. For a long time, I’ve been searching for a fragrance that feels more grown up, but doesn’t make my head want to explode. Jour d’Hermès–yup, the same guys that make those scarves–if light, floral and mature, without being stuffy. From noted perfumier Jean-Claude Ellena, Jour d’Hermès is leafy and fresh, floral and fragrant. Explains perfume blogger Now Smell This, “the base is a pale woody musk finished in warm, sunny tones, slightly earthy, slightly vegetal.” Translation: It’s a pleasing, softly floral fragrance that won’t overwhelm you or your delicate nose. [$108 for a 1.6 ounce bottle, Saks Fifth Avenue]
Have you tried shopping for perfume lately? The selection is so extensive it can be a daunting process. To make things easier for you, Dutch artists Lenert and Sander have created a new scent called “Everything,” which is a mixture of every single one of the 1,400 perfumes that were released last year. Apparently it smells exactly as you’d expect: “We think Everything smells of your average fragrance department store — that wall of smell that hits you when you enter it,” the duo explains. Well, that sounds like my worst nightmare. “Everything” is making the rounds at perfumeries and art shows, and isn’t available for purchase, but perhaps you could whip up your own version by boiling down a bunch of magazine perfume samples into a pulpy, musky soup? [Oddity Central]