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Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers Perfume Review and Pictures

Gwen Stefani's Perfume Dolls Are 可愛い!

OK, no matter what you think about Gwen Stefani's tendency to fetishize anything and everything Asian, you've gotta admit: Her new perfume bottles are pret-ty darn 可愛い — that's kawaii, which is Japanese for "cute." The quintet comprises the Harajuku Lovers fragrance collection — more details here — and the scents are aimed toward a younger crowd than her first scent, L.






But how do these scents smell? Are you sure you really want to know? If so,


The Harajuku Lovers perfumes ($25–$45) are trickling into stores, and the adorable packaging draws shoppers. Last night I went to Nordstrom to check them out, and a Gwen fan decked out in Harajuku Lovers clothing — we'll call her Megafan — was giddily spritzing her way through the fragrances. I began by sniffing the bottles, and after a few seconds of enduring each fruity-floral mess, I couldn't help but blurt, "I'm sorry, but these are not good."

I thought Megafan was gonna cut me, but to my surprise, she agreed. "Yeah," she said disappointedly. "I'm surprised that they're this bad. I liked her first fragrance, but this is a letdown." We went on sniffing, and then we bravely tried them on our skin. At first spritz, each gave off a burst of alcohol; when the juice landed on my wrist, it made a small scratch sting and burn. "All I smell is alcohol," Meganfan said with a frown.

She's right: These start with a shout of alcohol, then finish with a whisper of actual fragrance. Of the five, Love and Music are the most engaging. The former is a pleasant (if unremarkable) soft floral tempered with vanilla and musk, and the latter is a slightly fruitier take on the same formula. They aren't must-tries in my book, and as for the others? The coconut in G has the grace and subtlety of, well, a coconut dropping on your head. And while the "lollipop accord" of Lil' Angel does indeed mimic candy, who wants to smell like a Jolly Rancher? I could not bring myself to try Baby on my skin, but Megafan declared it the worst of the bunch.

Look, it's clear that these fragrances are meant for a younger consumer; they don't take many risks, they're overly sweet, and the packaging is begging to be placed on a 14-year-old's dresser. But considering how L opened up nicely, it's surprising that these scents hit the skin with a thud. Apparently I wasn't the only one left disappointed; Megafan sadly looked at the cute bottles one last time before throwing her spritzed paper blotters in the trash and walking away.

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lolrabbit lolrabbit 7 years
oh wow. since there are so many contradicting comment guess i have to check them out myself! im looking for a unique scent that can be my *signature scent* like people know it's me.. hehehe
Sheralynn Sheralynn 8 years
you are right is hard to pick because they are all great
Sheralynn Sheralynn 8 years
you are right is hard to pick because they are all great
Sheralynn Sheralynn 8 years
you are right is hard to pick because they are all great
Sheralynn Sheralynn 8 years
I think these fragrances smell great,they are very different an they dont have the same smell like most perfumes opinion would be that if you are up for something that smells different then these are good
fashionista44445 fashionista44445 8 years
Omg i hav 1 of these and it looks and smells amazing!! It certainly glams up my dressing table!! It took me ages to take my pick because they all smell amazing!! Defo reccomend!! x
blinkstar84 blinkstar84 8 years
I think all the haters talking crap about the dolls are nuts... they are adorable and reasonably priced... i bought baby tonight and will be going back to buy one every payday for the next two months.. im going to have the whole collection and then im going to buy the mini dolls too... and they are gonna look bomb on a shelf in my room... to each there own.. your trash is my tresure and its your freakin loss!!
dazzleme dazzleme 8 years
Gwen is a cool person, but I have to say that she doesn't seem to be the best at fragancemaking. And to charge alot of money for something that only looks good, but not smell good is bogus. I can see little girls liking this collection, but little girls are incredibly simple. As for her fragrance L, I think it smells okay, but not distinctive in any way, it doesn't excite my nose. It's safe, and safe can be boring. I think the trick to fragrancemaking is to compose a scent that's both unique, and wearable. You should really consider what notes smell good together, or would smell good together, and be selective about the order in which you comprise the notes.
rudegirlie rudegirlie 8 years
I'm a 30-year old Gwen fan and I think the bottles are pretty cute, especially for hardcore Gwen & L.A.M.B. collectors (which I'm not, actually). As far as the scents, I smelled them all and the only one I liked enough to buy was G, the coconut-scented one; I don't think it's a strong scent at all and my boyfriend thinks it smells great. To anyone who hasn't smelled them for yourself, give them a try. You might like at least one out of the five, and they're pretty cheap!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
so cute!
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