Fragrance Friday Sean John Empress

I must confess that I am not one to normally take a liking to celebrity concocted fragrances. They tend to be too generic, too common, and too tacky in the packaging. Yikes!

But alas, I am not one to toss a perfectly lovely item out on its tuchus, simply because I have a certain prejudice. Sean John’s Empress is one scent that I’ve recently opened my mind (and nose) to, with surprisingly pleasant results. A crisp, fruity floral, Empress had me at first spritz.

An empress, by definition is the female rule of an empire. Unofficially, she is powerful, poised, confident, and captivating. Such is the backbone of this fragrance, which opens with a bright burst of sweet, confection notes, and ultimately settles with warm vanilla, sandalwood, and caramel. Officially, the notes on this fragrance include key lime pie accord, mandarin, star fruit and cranberry in the opening. Raspberry, peony, passion flower, cardamom and ambrette seed in the heart, and notes of vanilla, sandalwood, crystallized caramel and second skin accord in the base. Not a bad cocktail, if ever there was one. The empress is a sweet girl, obviously.

Let’s take a moment to discuss the face of this new scent, the gorgeous Kelly Rowland. A force to be reckoned with in the music and entertainment world, she is the perfect fit for a fragrance such as this one.

I also love how minimalist the bottle is. No tacky hearts or butterflies, just smooth, clean lines, a clear, rounded rectangular flacon, and golden accents. This empress is a minimalist.

Sean John’s newest scent, Empress is slowly but surely changing my stance on celebrity fragrances. A deliciously crisp fruity floral, she is a scent to enjoy by all ladies alike. Sean John’s Empress is available both online, and at your local Macy’s fragrance counter.

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