See what secrets Halle Berry, Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and Mary J. Blige reveal about their signature perfumes.
These A-listers reveal the motivations behind their signature scents.
Halle Berry launched her third new fragrance.
The Oscar-winning beauty joined forces with cosmetics giant Coty to produce her "floral" perfume Reveal.
The 43-year-old admitted she had been surprised by the success of her previous perfume ranges - Halle launched debut scent Halle by Halle Berry followed by Pure Orchid, and wanted to expand it further as she loved wearing different fragrances.
She told Women's Wear Daily: "I've always wanted to have my own scent. When I was younger, I never wanted to smell like every other girl in class. Even as an adult, I'd mix different perfumes together."
"Some days it would be great and people would say, 'Oh, what fragrance is that?' And I would say, 'Well, it's about five different ones!' "
Steve Mormoris, senior vice president of global marketing at Coty, said: "Halle is an actress and a very emotional person - she loves art and beauty, and she's a great creator. Halle's fragrances resonate with the consumer much more than we thought. We are double in size."
He added to the actress at the fragrance launch in New York: "I guess we underestimated your fan base."
Despite becoming an instant scent success, Halle, who has a two-year-old daughter Nahla, was uncertain her perfumes would be popular.
She added: "We weren't sure what to expect. I was more worried than anybody."
Kylie Minogue launched a modern floral oriental amber, Kylie Minogue Pink Sparkle, back in 2010. The fragrance is a sparkling blend of juicy fruit notes and luscious champagne accord combined with the sensuality of gardenia musk.
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Jennifer Lopez always wants to make her perfumes "sexy."
The singer-and-actress thinks she drove manufacturer Coty "crazy" when creating the specific scent she was looking for with her fragrance Love and Glamour.
She said: "I drive Coty a little bit crazy, because it's always not signature enough. I go back and say things like, 'Can we push the sandalwood a little bit more, can we make it a tiny bit more sexy?'
"To translate that into actual chemistry is a difficult thing. Then they go back and say, 'What does she mean by sexy?' And I'm like, 'You know if you take that little piece that smells a little bit like wood but has a little bit of musk? But I just want you to add a little bit of sweetness. Can you do that for me?'
"And then I think we are in the right direction. And then they come with one or two variations and I say, 'No, that's not it.' It's a long process."
Jennifer loves creating a scent because there are so many different avenues to explore in designing a "unique" fragrance.
She added in an interview with Women's Wear Daily: "Making the bottle, creating the packaging, creating the campaign - it's all so much easier than creating the juice. You always want to create something signature - that's always kind of what I'm pushing for when working with Coty. You want it to be a combination that people have never smelled before. It's always an exciting time, because the sky's the limit and it can go in any direction."
Mary J. Blige
Mary's debut perfurme paid tribute to confident women.
The 'Stronger' singer teamed up with beauty brand Carol's Daughter to create her first fragrance, My Life, and said it had been inspired by her personality.
She said: "It is the epitome of a confident woman. It doesn't scream out for attention - it's feminine but strong, powerful yet humble. It is my life." She also wanted to design the scent for her fans and pay homage to her female followers.
She said: "It's a special tribute to us as women . . . we're soft, we're edgy - we're all those things. And I wanted this perfume to represent every female's everyday life."
The fragrance is described as a fruity floral and its ingredients include gardenia, pear, freesia, tuberose, jasmine, and lily.
Eva Longoria developed her own fragrance because she is allergic to so many ingredients.
The former 'Desperate Housewives' actress admitted she was always envious of other women who could wear perfume, and it had never occurred to her to make her own out of the ingredients that wouldn't make her sneeze.
Speaking at the launch of her fragrance, Eva by Eva Longoria at her Beso restaurant in Los Angeles, she said: "I've been allergic my entire life. If someone were wearing perfume next to me, I would sneeze and sneeze and sneeze.
"I always admired people who wore perfume - I was like, 'Gosh, I wish I could wear one. My agent said, 'Why don't you make one?' "
The resulting scent has warm, citrusy tones which Eva branded a "day fragrance".
She added: "I wanted something clean and fresh. Something that smelled like you just got out of the shower. And that's how I came up with the scent." Eva wore a beaded Rafael Cennamo dress to the launch, which was also attended by a host of celebrities including her former 'Desperate Housewives' co-stars Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman.