Elixir by Shakira 2012

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Guest Post by Katrina

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Elixir by Shakira 2012

Elixir FragranticaPhoto Stolen Frasgrantica

Fragrantica gives the following notes.
Top: Orange blossom and black pepper
Heart: Peony, freesia and peach
Base: Amber, musk, styrax, brown sugar and white cedar extract

Elixir is a gorgeous oriental fragrance by Colombian born singer Shakira.  Some of her biggest hits include ‘Whenever, Wherever’ and ‘Hips Don’t Lie’.  Shakira works with Spanish perfume house Puig along with Antonio Banderas who has a swag of celebrity scents.  I’ve been really impressed by the few I’ve tried by these Latino celebs and eager to try more, particularly the original S by Shakira, another oriental perfume.

I love wearing Shakira Elixir and hubby loves smelling it on me.  He seems to find it very alluring!  Right from the start I get a lot of wood, which I love.  It is warm and spicy, tending towards masculine.  In the background are some lovely floral notes and a hint of sweetness that provides balance to the perfume.  I was surprised to see peach listed in the fragrance notes.  Now I know its there I can pick it out but I didn’t notice any peach until I started looking for it.   The peach, brown sugar and powdery musk are more noticeable in the heatwave that has hit.

shakira-elixir protothemaPhoto Stolen protothema

I love the commercial and packaging for Elixir.   The design on the box is so pretty and the bottle is shaped like a flask used to create a mysterious intoxicating elixir.  The Elixir commercial is set in a desert landscape with Shakira wearing a beautiful flowing skirt.

Shakira Elixir is anything but the sweet fruity floral you often find with celebrity perfumes.  This warm oriental perfume is gorgeous and my only criticism is the lasting power, which isn’t great. .   When I first spray on Elixir is seems quite heavy but it doesn’t last and I need to re-spritz through the day.

NowSmellThis introduces Elixir
FragranceNet starts at $27.19 for a 2.7oz tester

Don’t forget to come see us at CelebrityPerfume if you want the latest news and gossip,
Katrina x

10 Celebrity Scents for Christmas

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Guest Post by Katrina
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Hi APJ
Katrina from CelebrityPerfumeStore with a big thank you to Portia and the crew for welcoming me to the APJ family and giving me the opportunity to share with you my obsession with celebrity perfumes.
10 celebrity scents from 2012 to help with your Christmas shopping.  I’ve started with sweet “fruitchouli“ scents for any younger readers. The fragrances become less juvenile as the list goes on and you will find perfumes to suit more mature tastes.

10 Celebrity Scents for Christmas

1. Selena Gomez by Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez is the first perfume by Selena Gomez who has appeared in a number of children’s movies and is Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend.  Selena Gomez is the sweetest, fruitiest option with barely a hint of a floral note.
Top: raspberry, orange, pineapple, peach
Heart: Freesia, Cosmone musk, dewberry
Base: vanilla, amber, chocolate, coconut
2. Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend
In case you have been living under a rock the last few years, Justin Bieber is the pop singing tween idol from Canada.  Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend is his second offering.  Girlfriend is similar to the first Justin Bieber perfume called Someday but the fruity opening is lighter and fresher than Someday and the creamy floral notes in the original have been played down. The young celebrity couple only recently split so you might need to check who’s on Team Bieber or Team Gomez.
Top: mandarin, blackberry, pear, strawberry
Heart: Freesia, star jasmine, apricot, orange blossom
Base: vanilla orchid, musk, white amber
3. Wonderstruck Enchanted by Taylor Swift
Wonderstruck Enchanted is the second fragrance from country singer Taylor Swift.  It is sweet, fruity and girly and comes in a gorgeous red bottle with charms around the neck.
Top: wild berries, pink poppy, passionfruit
Heart: peony blossoms, sugar-glazed champaca petals, freesia
Base: white musk, vanilla, blonde woods
4. Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj
For Nicki Minaj fans.  Honestly who else would want that perfume bottle staring at them from their dresser?  Pink Friday starts out sweet and fruity then moves on to jasmine and finishes up with soft vanilla and caramelised pear.
Top: star fruit, Italian mandarin and boysenberry
Heart: Lotus, jasmine
Base: caramelized pear, vanilla, musk, woody notes
5. Britney Spears Fantasy Twist
Pop-singer Britney Spears needs no introduction.  She is currently a judge on the X-Factor in the US and is cashing in on her renewed popularity with a new fragrance release.  Fantasy Twist by Britney Spears is two fragrances in one – neither of them new.  The original Fantasy in the pink half and Midnight Fantasy in the blue half.  Fantasy is a rich delicious gourmand perfume and Midnight Fantasy is lighter and fruitier.
6. Lady Gaga FAME
FAME by Lady Gaga was the biggest celebrity perfume release for 2012 and I’m sure there are plenty of little monsters that would be willing to get out of bed on Christmas morning for this one.
Notes: Belladonna, incense, honey drops, saffron, apricot, Sambac jasmine, tiger orchid
7. Nicole by Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie’s Nicole would make a lovely gift because it comes in a beautiful bottle and the perfume is easy to wear with a citrus opening leading to soft patchouli.
Top: blackberries, oranges
Middle: golden amber, Moroccan rose, lily of the valley, papyrus
Base: cashmere, sandalwood, sugared patchouli, vanilla absolute
Watch my review on YouTube.
8. Elixir by Shakira
Elixir is a gorgeous earthy woody fragrance.  We have well and truly moved on from “fruitchouli” territory here.  I’ll be reviewing this one soon.
Top: orange blossom, black pepper
Middle: peony, freesia, peach
Base: amber, musk, styrax, brown sugar, white cedar extract
9. Kate Walsh Billionaire Boyfriend
What single girl wouldn’t appreciate a Billionaire Boyfriend for Christmas?  Billionaire Boyfriend is the follow up to Kate Walsh’s original Boyfriend, which received some great reviews.  Billionaire Boyfriend is richer and heavier than the original.
Top: bergamot, tangerine, green leaves
Heart: black jasmine, velvet orchid, gardenia, patchouli flower
Base: amber
Here is a review of Billionaire Boyfriend at Musings of a Muse.
10. Truth or Dare by Madonna
For Mum.   Truth or Dare by Madonna is anything but a typical celebrity perfume and targeted at a more mature audience.
Top: gardenia, creamy tuberose, neroli
Heart: jasmine, benzoin, white lily
Base: vanilla absolute, caramelized amber, musk
Thanks for reading and taking a look at the wacky world of celebrity perfumes.  Please check our blog (http://celebrityperfumestore.com/) or vlog (https://www.youtube.com/user/CelebrityPerfume?feature=mhee) more celebrity perfumes.
Happy Shopping
Katrina xx
Where to buy:
FragranceX.com has Selena Gomez (50ml for $33), Lady Gaga FAME (50ml for $60.52), Nicole Richie (100ml for $36) and Madonna’s Truth or Dare (75ml for $60.99).
FragranceShop.com has Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (100ml $58.95), Lady Gaga FAME (50ml for $53.45) and Shakira Elixir (50ml for $36).
Kate Walsh Billionaire Boyfriend is exclusive to HSN.
Justin Bieber Girlfriend and Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted are available from shops in the US (Sephora), Australia (Myer) and the UK (The Perfume Shop)
All notes and photos stolen Fragrantica