When musicians succeed in transitioning over to the entrepreneurial side, one can’t help but applaud them and their endeavors. Keep in mind that the perfume business is currently valued at over 50 billion US dollars and is predicted by analysts to reach over 77 billion US dollars by the end of 2028. In which case, any musician getting a tiny bit of that pie is a smart decision-maker. Read on to discover what are the 21 best sold and most famous musician perfumes of the past decade.
21. R.E.M. by Ariana Grande
Marketed as “an intergalactic dream of femininity and power fragrance for women”, R.E.M. by Ariana Grande was launched in 2020 and it quickly gained favor with the more adult audience when compared to her previous perfumes for it is less sweet and more tranquil leaning towards a synthetic olfactive spectrum. With notes of lavender and caramel, R.E.M. can be found in most online stores for about $60.
20. Glam X by Christina Aguilera
An amber floral fragrance for women, Glam X was released in 2017 but let us tell you, it is a re-release of XPose Stardust from 2004. We get it, 13 years in between the two, and XPose can’t be found anywhere so it only makes sense from a business standpoint to repurpose the same product. Two telltale signs are the exact same color combination used in the 2004 original product and the X letter employed in both titles.
Smelling incredibly suave both in the early 2000s and in the late 2020s, Glam X is a soft, warm, sensual fragrance for ladies liking a touch of classy vintage on their body. Buyable online at a very affordable price of $30.
19. Dance Midnight by Shakira
Shakira might have the same perfume taste as Christina Aguilera because Glam X and Dance Midnight are from the same ingredient family, amber floral. The top notes of the 2020 released fragrance are Pink Pepper, Pear, Black Currant, and Bergamot while the base notes are Vanilla, Hazelnut cocoa spread, Tonka Bean, and Benzoin. You can buy Dance Midnight in the majority of online stores for only $25.
18. Selena Gomez Eau de Parfum by Selena Gomez
For $35 to $40, you can get your hands on the debut perfume of Selena Gomez from 2012. Categorized as a “Floral Fruity Gourmand fragrance for women,” the perfume carrying the name of the Pop Star is very memorable for both its clean, juvenile smell and most decidedly for its appearance. The bottle is long, transparent, purple while the top is a plastic cap mimicking helium kiss-shaped balloons. The perfume features a lot of fruits such as peach, pineapple, raspberry, blackberry, coconut, and orange.
17. Adam Levine for Women by Adam Levine
While many fans complain about the apparently simplistic aspect of the perfume bottle, this is one of our favorites for it STILL puts music at the core of the product: a microphone-shaped cap. There is just something so cool and respectable about the fact that Adam Levine picked this as the final design reminding his fans over and over again to go listen to his music.
Released in 2013. Adam Levine for Women features spices, marigold, saffron, citruses, as well as Australian sandalwood, Indian jasmine, and rose petals. You can find it online for about $15 to $20.
16. Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift
Launched in 2011 and by far Taylor Swift’s most popular fragrance, Wonderstruck was a lot of Millennial girls’ high school perfume. Considered a floral fruity fragrance, the scent was actually put together by a very famous nose that has had success repeatedly in creating viral perfumes, and that nose belongs to none other than Olivier Gillotin. For those who are not familiar with the name, Olivier is behind hit scents such as Heat by Beyoncè, Island Palm Beach by Michael Kors, Polo Red by Ralph Lauren.
For Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck, the perfumer went for raspberry, blackberry, tea, apple blossom and freesia for top notes, vanilla, honeysuckle, hibiscus for mid notes, and peach, sandalwood, amber, and musk for base notes. While the original is very hard to come by these days, you can purchase newer variations of Wonderstruck from $35 and upwards.
15. Forever by Mariah Carey
Very like Mariah herself, her perfume Forever is a diva bottle that brings about precious stone vibes. Was it a diamond she had in mind considering the stone is associated with a forever promise? As a matter of fact yes. When Forever came out, it was 2009 and Mariah Carey had just gotten married to Nick Cannon the year prior.
A feminine, sensual, yet opulent scent, Forever is categorized as a floral – animalistic perfume for women. Its core notes are of neroli, lotus, green apple, tuberose, and gardenia. You can buy it online in very few places for upwards of $25.
Fun Fact: Forever was put together by the same man who crafted Wonderstruck for Taylor Swift. Yes. Olivier Gillotin.
14. Fame by Lady Gaga
This one was so talked about, holy wow. And for good reason. It was, and IS, revolutionary. The look of the perfume for the year of 2012, when it was launched to the public in collaboration with Coty, was the polar opposite to what celebrity fragrances looked like generally. The classic approach was make it pink, light-colored, and transparent, and advertise it as sweet for young women since they are the main target audience. Lady Gaga shattered all previous famous perfume blueprints and presented a black bottle with a black perfume that turns invisible when touching the skin.
Based on a few but powerful ingredients such as the poisonous Belladonna flower, honey, saffron, apricot, sambac jasmine, and tiger orchid, Fame has been discontinued and can’t be found anywhere.
13. Cher Eau De Couture by CHER
Unisex, launched in 2019, and luxuriously looking, Cher Eau De Couture is just a fabulous product marketed properly and very modern in both scent and appearance. Considered an amber spicy fragrance for women and men, the perfume garnered positive reviews from pros and fans alike. It bases its appeal on notes of cloves, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, rose, orange blossom, vanilla orchid, sandalwood, and vetiver.
Fortunately, since it’s a relatively new fragrance, it can be purchased online rather easily from verified distributors at the price of $50 to $70.
12. Scent From Above by Dolly Parton
Launched in 2021, Scent From Above immediately sent Country fans into a frenzy with much love and admiration to share for both the legend and the perfume. An amber floral fragrance, the scent tends to leave off a woody but fresh smell mixed with powdery and sweet tinges. It’s ideal for women who make their own rules and despite the hardships in life, choose to stay gentle and kind.
Scent From Above can be purchased online, with a bit of digging around, for about $45.
11. Killer Queen by Katy Perry
One of the more recent best-sellers is the floral-fruity gourmand perfume, Killer Queen by Katy Perry. The gourmand category itself is a new addition to the wide family of perfume tendencies. Think of things that are edible: from berries, and fruits, to caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Killer Queen was launched in 2013 and heavily relies on the appeal of forest fruits, plum, bergamot, frangipani, praline, patchouli, and cashmeran.
There is no online distributor of perfumes that does not have Killer Queen and its variations. The original is currently sold at around $30 and is sort of the go-to perfume for almost-adult teenagers.
10. Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj
A very unique, special fragrance is that of Nicki Minaj named Pink Friday. It is one of the only 2 scents on this list featuring an aquatic accord besides the main floral-fruity ones. Released in 2012, it directly promoted the album from 2 years prior with the same name that broke a lot of records in the music industry.
Pink Friday the perfume was intentionally made to look outrageous and yet sophisticated scent-wise for it transmits the depth of personality (remember all the alter egos Nicki used to flaunt?) of the Rap artist. Luckily for you, you can still buy it at about $25 in most digital stores.
9. Someday by Justin Bieber
Gen Z may not know just how big of a global star was Justin Bieber back in the day. He basically reached a point of Michael Jackson popularity. So when the young singer launched Someday in 2011, all teenage girls immediately turned the rather cheap-looking perfume into a hot sell. Marketed as a delicious fruity-gourmand and actually with a woman’s nose behind it, that of Honorine Blanc, Someday convinced the girls with its notes of red berries, mandating orange, jasmine, vanilla and musk.
Not many still have it in stock as it is discontinued BUT when you do find it, it’s usually sold between $35 and $40.
8. Cloud by Ariana Grande
Launched in 2018, Cloud has amassed A LOT of media attention and opinions from the perfume reviewers community on YouTube. According to the famous channel, Jeremy Fragrance, Cloud smells very sexy, sweet (deriving from sugar and cotton candy and not fruits), and a bit synthetic as most of Ariana Grande’s perfumes. Marketed as “an uplifting scent that imbues a thoughtful, artistic expression of positivity and happiness”, the perfume is very similar to the global phenomenon named Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Cloud can be bought online at about $50 in most stores.
7. Unforgivable by Sean John
Now this one is very interesting as it has multiple unique WOW factors to it. First and foremost, it was not one perfumer behind it but a whole team of 4 professionals and more specifically, David Apel, Pierre Negrin, Aurelien Guichard, and Caroline Sabas. Secondly, it has an elevated number of ingredients, a lot more than the usual men’s perfume. Thirdly, it won various awards but the most notable one is the FiFi Award Fragrance Of The Year Men’s Luxe 2007.
Classified as an aromatic fougere fragrance, Unforgivable made plenty of history amongst celebrity male fragrances and can be purchased online at about $30. It is described as featuring accords of citrus, wood, and fresh spices.
6. Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani
Launched as a series of 5 perfumes by Gwen Stefani’s own company, the Harajuku Lovers line debuted in 2008 representing 5 different women, each with her own specific scent. The perfumes come in 2 sections, with the removable top being a doll that can be collected well beyond the lifeline of the perfume itself which represents the bottom part of the product. Needless to say, Gwen Stefani’s fans went gaga over the fragrances and the specific bottle representing Gwen is the one named Harajuku Lovers G.
The price differences for these fragrances are wild. Some can be bought for as little as $20 while the newer variations go over $45. You do your own research and decide which one is worth your coins :star:
5. Fancy by Jessica Simpson
The amber vanilla perfume was launched in 2008 (anyone noticing a pattern for best-selling perfumes coming from mostly the late 2010s?) and it gained notoriety for its feminine, complex, yet warm scent. Top notes for Fancy are apricot, pear, and red berries. The mid notes consist of caramel, almond, gardenia, and jasmine. And last but not least, the base notes include vanilla, amber, and sandalwood.
The perfume gift set is available at digital outlets for only $35.
4. Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna
You won’t find anyone in this world talking poorly about Reb’l Fleur launched in 2010. Rihanna just knows how to get with the right people to put out the right product and market it to the right audience. Classified as a chypre fruity fragrance, the perfume was crafted by Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien. Long story short, it’s the definition of sexy. Its main accords are comprised of vanilla, coconut, powder, and patchouli.
Reb’l Fleur has since evolved into many other successful derivatives that perpetuated the association of Rihanna’s brand with the image of a strong, sexy, powerful CEO. You can grab it online at usually $30.
3. Curious by Britney Spears
This little blue bottle was so famous that fans of Britney who played Sims (yes the game Millennials were into their entire childhood) have created a whole series of downloadable mods of the perfume to install in the game.
Curious is that other scent on the list featuring aquatic accords that just seem so rare to come by these days. Launched in 2004, the exotic fresh perfume targeted 20 year-olds with attitude. It was Britney’s first collaboration with Coty Inc. An immediate success, Curious is based on the notes of white flowers veiled by vanilla and musk tinges. It also includes fresh lotus, mouthwatering pear, and magnolia.
Curious is buyable online in 2022 at $25 in most available stores.
2. Glow by JLo
Launched in 2002, yes, a whopping 20 years ago, The main accords of Glow lean towards white floral, citrus, musk, powder, rose, and a note of animalistic vibes. The two famous noses behind the hit fragrance are Louise Turner and Catherine Walsh. Glow was and is such a behemoth perfume that it basically started the trend of famous people launching their own fragrances.
The perfume can be found in many online stores and it goes for about $25.
1. Heat by Beyonce
Heat made Beyoncè a reported half a billion dollars so if queen B had decided to retire in 2010, she would have been completely fine for about forever. The most incredible thing is that Heat was Beyonce’s first-ever perfume and it was the most successful of them all. The bottle was inspired by the singer herself featuring color red which is reportedly the artist’s favorite color and it smells heavily oriental, spicy, but warm and sexy at the same time.
Since it is an old yet still relevant perfume, its value on the market went up considerably being sold at $45-$60.
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