Arriving in stores next month, Katy says the "sophisticated" scent, named after Queen's song of the name, is a lot edgier than her previous fragrances Purr and Meow.
"Killer Queen has been in my vocabulary since I was 15, because of the song Killer Queen by Queen. Freddie Mercury painted the lyrics of this woman who I wanted to be. She seemed very powerful, and she captivated a room when she walked in. I named my company Killer Queen after those lyrics. I feel like, after all this time, it was appropriate to use that name in association with something I did. I feel like I’m falling, finally, into that woman Freddie painted…Killer Queen is powerful, edgy, sophisticated — and that’s exactly where I’m trying to be now with my music."
The scent includes notes of wild berry, red velvet flower, rainbow plumeria, and liquid praline and comes housed in a jewel-shaped bottle inspired by a queen's scepter, but whipping up that elixir wasn't easy!
According to Katy, it took "30 or 35 tries" to get right! She elaborated:
"I wanted some floral [notes], like jasmine, but I also wanted red velvet flower, which is incredible — it gives it the edge that makes it Killer Queen. It does have a bit of a gourmand thing to it — but gourmand like high tea at Claridge’s. I wanted the scent to have a little bit of ambiguity. I was attracted to scents in the last couple of years like Alien by Thierry Mugler and Black Orchid from Tom Ford. They’re too strong for me to wear all the time, and I didn’t want to them to be [copies], just to have a hint of ambiguity like they do. It’s sophisticated, but it’s not alienating my main group of people. The patchouli heart gives it ambiguity and this thing called cashmeran is really cool. It has this real curve ball in it that I think is sophisticated but still super sexy."
At the end of the day, Miz Perry just wants to "put out a real quality project that competes, and competes beyond the celebrity fragrances." And we think she will!
For those KatyKats looking to smell like royalty in August, Killer Queen will be available in four sizes — 0.5 oz. for $20, 1 oz. for $39.99, 1.7 oz. for $49.99 and 3.4 oz. for $59.99. There will also be a 6.7 oz. scented body lotion for $25 and a 6.7 oz. shower gel for $25.
Let the countdown begin!
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