Favourite fragrances of 5 fashion icons

Favourite fragrances can be very evocative. They might remind you of flourishing first love or wonderful exotic holidays. You might be devoted to a certain chic brand or have a secret stash of scents to suit every mood and occasion. But the best perfumes for women are difficult to define. If you’re seeking stylish inspiration the favourite fragrances of these five fashion icons should keep you satisfied.

Marilyn Monroe

The scent that’s most closely associated with the ultimate blonde bombshell is Chanel No 5. Marilyn sent pulses racing in 1960 when she confessed to Marie Claire editor Georges Belmont that a splash of the Parisian perfume was all she wore to bed.  But British brand Floris dug deep into their invoice archives a few years ago and discovered she was also a fan of their Floris Geranium Rose scent.  The scent is no longer sold. But in case you’re curious, it combined subtle floral tones with cedar wood.Marilyn Monroe

Sophia Loren

Sophia won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in La Ciociara and her thespian skills are complemented by striking beauty and a demeanour that oozes glamour. Her recent campaign for Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce Rosa Excelsa scent reminded fans of her timeless grace and elegance. La Loren says that her beauty shines from within and is fuelled by a happy spirit and fulfilled family life.

Sophia Loren


Rihanna is a contemporary fashionista whose uncompromising style makes paparazzi cameras pop across the globe. The Bajan beauty is now the bestselling solo artist of all time, with an awesome 213.2 million album and singles sales beating longstanding legend Elvis Presley back into second place. Her favourite perfume is reportedly Love, Don’t be Shy by Killian. It smells of vanilla and pink pepper berries in an unusual combination that reminds some fans of marshmallows — maybe that’s why success smells so sweet.


Angelina Jolie

When Angelina’s not making magical movies like The Breadwinner she’s jetting round the globe on humanitarian missions for the UN. And all while looking effortlessly elegant. But her latest role in the beauty industry is muse for Thierry Wasser, master perfumer for French fragrance house Guerlain. The Mon Guerlain adverts cast her as a provocative femme fatale who drives a master perfumer to distraction — until he creates a superb scent that captures her beauty in a bottle.

Angelina JolieJennifer Lawrence

And last but not least comes Jennifer Lawrence. The kooky actress produces her own signature scent in sustainable style — direct from her own pores. So Jennifer doesn’t rely on expensive designers seeking her favour. She naturally smells of a combination of cabernet with light spicy notes of chili pizza sandwich — absorbed as she relaxes in her boudoir of an evening. If you want to get a head start in the style stakes use the favourite fragrances of these five fashion icons will leave you smelling like a superstar.

 (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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