Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Jennifer Aniston, an American actress and the star of the popular “Friends” sitcom, is the latest celebrity to jump into the scented waters. While I give Jennifer Aniston Eau de Parfum 3 stars, when compared to other celebrity fragrances it probably should get all five. Instead of the expected candy bar and bubble gum compote, we instead get a silky white floral bouquet over a delicious sandalwood and musk base. The result is polished and comfortable, the fragrance equivalent of nicely fitting jeans. Given that a perfect pair of jeans is an important piece in anyone’s wardrobe, having a perfume to convey the same impression is not such a bad thing at all. Not every single perfume needs to be the equivalent of an haute couture gown.
The initial impression of Jennifer Aniston is that of a milky white floral, touched with a fresh green note. The floral accord suggests both the warmth of jasmine and the crisp richness of gardenia, while the citrusy notes give the white floral bouquet a sparkling quality. As the composition dries down, the base of sandalwood and white musk foils the flowers in a hazy veil. Wearing Jennifer Aniston, I am reminded of Indian sandalwood soap with its sweet woody, creamy perfume.
Clean, musky white florals are, of course, a well-known and popular genre, and they fit the girl-next-door allure that made Aniston famous. Jennifer Aniston perfume has the clean, innocent aura of Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs and Sung by Alfred Sung. The sensation suggested by the musky floral composition would be perfect for those who love a just-out-of-the-shower sensation in fragrance.
My main qualm with Jennifer Aniston and the reason why I gave it only three stars has to be the longevity of the fragrance. While my other favorite musky floral Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely wears like a silk slip—light, yet with a rich sillage, Jennifer Aniston feels a bit thin. Also, as it dries down, the sharp note of sandalwood begins to dominate on my skin, conveying a rough impression of raw silk. Overall, however, it is a nicely done white floral, and for those who enjoy clean, musky florals like Cartier de Lune, Parfums de Nicolaï Odalisque and Vera Wang Sheer Veil, it might be just right.
Jennifer Aniston Eau de Parfum includes notes of citrus, rose water, jasmine, lily, violet, sandalwood, golden amber, musk. It is currently available from Sephora. (1oz/30ml–$39; 1.7oz/50ml–$55, 2.9oz/87ml–$70.)
Sample: my own acquisition