The Scent a Celebrity Series is my vain attempt at picking perfumes for those who don’t know any better, yes I mean celebrities. Let’s face it, most celebrities are incapable of choosing decent clothing/boyfriends/girlfriends/movies/insert-celebrity-mistake-here let alone having the ability to make decisions about something as important as their scent – that’s where I come in. Never fear my dear schlebs, I will ensure that you are appropriately scented, all you need to do is listen.
I am a child of the ’90s and I am not ashamed. Yes fashion-wise it was probably one of the worst decades but musically it was pretty ace, for it was the ’90s that bought us Brit Pop, Rave music and most importantly – The Spice Girls. Ginger, Baby, Sporty, Scary and Posh may have long gone their separate ways but I (and many other ’90s kids I’m sure) still hold a soft spot for these persistant purveyors of ‘Girl Power’.
To celebrate the world’s very best girl band I offer up a scented tribute of perfume selections that showcase the ‘zig-a-zag-ah’ that gave the Spice Girls their power. Mad, bad, ridiculous and brilliantly feminine these perfumes invite you to ‘Scent up your life’ and live just like the coolest thing to come out of the ’90s since MC Hammer and his Harem Pants.
Viva Forever – The Spice Girls’ Magnum Opus
Posh spice was, and still is my least favourite Spice Girl because she never really did much and had the least talent, that is unless you consider looking miserable a talent, which I don’t for the record. Serious, po-faced and clad all in black our dear Mrs. Beckham needs a perfume that has style but lacks a sense of humour.
For Posh Spice the only fragrance that fits is Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. Mr. Ford’s first perfume offering is suitably fashion coloured (black is the new black don’t you know) and takes itself far too seriously. That said, it’s pretty fabulous and this blogger enjoys it much more than he should – much like our good friend Lady Posh.
Baby Spice was the antithesis of Posh, capturing all that is soft, pink and fluffy as opposed to black, austere and harsh. Despite her obviously ‘cute’ exterior Baby Spice always had a cheeky and mischievous air about her that gave the impression that things could descend into serious, glitter-filled mayhem at any moment.
The perfect perfume to capture both the sweet and fun sides of Baby Spice is Insolence Eau de Toilette by Guerlain. With it’s fizzy hairspray note, juicy red berries and huge violet bomb of baby powder Insolence is a perfume that does not feel the need to behave and revels in being loud, proud and shockingly pink.
Don’t ask me why but Scary Spice was always my favourite Spice Girl, I think I might even go as far as to say that I had a small crush on her as a tween. Clad in leopard print and rocking some of the biggest hair seen since the 80’s Scary Spice always struck me as wonderfully tacky.
‘Wonderfully tacky’ leads me to think of a perfume that is gaudy in an attractive way – Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum to be precise. Rocking zebra print and an incredibly tacky gold crown Roberto Cavalli EDP’s bottle fits the bill just as much as the hyper-sweet cocktail of syrupy white flowers (so syrupy in fact it smells quite similar to Calpol) released by the perfume. As with Mel B, Cavalli is a guilty pleasure that is hard to justify to those more sensible people around you.
Sporty Spice definitely got the raw deal – having the most talent yet always being forced to wear tracksuits cannot be good for anyone – and I take it as a personal challenge to make up for her years of pain by not selecting a sporty perfume within this list.
Listening to Mel C’s solo stuff it is easy to forget her spice roots and to pick up on a more ethereal quality. This ‘airy-ness’ combined with the strong ’90s feel of Sporty’s look is reminiscent of the scent that defined the decade – CK One by Calvin Klein. CK One summed up all that was good – fun synthetics – and bad – thin, wan scents – about the ’90s, just like the Spice Girls really – marketing over substance.
Ginger Spice was, and possibly still is, the most iconic member of the Spice Girls. She was the loudest, brashest and most obscene – the glitziest, most glamorous Spice that single-handedly embodied the movement of girl power. Attention seeking was the name of Ginger’s game and she requires a scent that is so colourful it verges on the brink of being annoying.
I know I bang on and on (and on) about Thierry Mugler on this blog but the only option for good old Ginge is Angel. What could suit Geri Halliwell more than a ladette fragrance that demands the attention of everyone it comes into contact with? Nothing, absolutely nothing – Angel is the only answer.
Join the Discussion!
Which was your favourite Spice Girl?
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