The Erotique goddess has spoken!!
Dita Von Teese has a unique appeal that stands out from that of all other celebrities, so it makes sense that her fragrance would have the same characteristic!
She has just launched the fourth scent in her very successful fragrance empire, called Erotique, so of course she├óΓé¼Γäós been busy giving fans the olfactory details behind her latest juice!!
And the burlesque beauty makes it VERY clear that unlike many other celebs, she has taken a very hands-on approach to her perfumes; she benevolently dictates everything from packaging, to formula development, to advertising, and more!
To find out just how involved she is, check out the HIGHlights …AFTER THE JUMP!!!
On what inspired her to create her own perfume line, and why she chose Luxess over bigger brands that specialize in celebrity scents:
├óΓé¼┼ôI’ve always sought out rare and unique perfumes, so when Luxess approached me to create my own, with creative control, I accepted. Usually celebrity fragrances are made with plenty of focus group testing in order to appeal to the masses, but I was very clear from the start that I wasn’t going to pick a pre-chosen “juice” that “did well in focus groups”. I was also adamant that I wouldn’t go for any fruity, vanilla-y, gourmand fragrances, even though those are what generally sell well. But I believe that things that are universally accepted by the masses are generally mediocre, and I really don’t think my fans are looking to me to show them things they can already find ├óΓé¼┬ªThey’re people that like the exquisite, looking for unusual, rare things that make them feel glamorous. My entire career is based on being unique, challenging boundaries├óΓé¼┬ª changing people’s minds about striptease, fetishism, etc, and showing it in a different light, so there was no way I was going to just bottle up a popular scent and put my name on it. Integrity and authenticity are important to me. It’s not always easy to do everything I really want to do while keeping the price points accessible. ├óΓé¼┬ª There comes a point where I have to understand and accept that when designing within a certain price range, some things simply aren’t possible, but I keep pushing, challenging, hunting for ways to offer sophistication at an accessible price. My latest fragrance Erotique is the fragrance I really had to fight to have made, I think it’s my favorite of the four that I’ve done. It’s technically a “flanker” so the bottle emulates Rouge and Fleurteese, but the scent is completely different from the others I’ve done. The others might be more “me”, but Erotique was about my fantasy of the woman I really want to be! I took total control over the imagery and language to describe the perfume too. I suppose there aren’t many celebrities that write the press releases for their perfumes, but after working for so long on each, I feel like I have to do it myself!├óΓé¼┬¥
On her earliest perfume memory, and how it├óΓé¼Γäós impacted the perfumes she├óΓé¼Γäós created:
├óΓé¼┼ôMy earliest actual perfume memory is of my mother wearing Halston in the 70s. I also recall the scent of fallen autumn leaves and blooming spring purple lilacs, and one of my most vivid scent memories was the smell of smoldering fire, so I love scents that have a “smoky” accord. My first perfume was based on my desire for a very sophisticated, elegant floral that has also has a mysterious, skin-like feel to it. I would say my love of the scent of smoldering fires and autumn leaves can be found a bit in my latest perfume Erotique. Erotique was inspired by the vintage erotica that first inspired me to create retro-fetishistic photos when I first started out in the early 90s. I loved reading Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Georges Bataille. I wanted to create a perfume that captured that feel, something that would smell like a perfume laced with elements of leather├óΓé¼┬ªlike a bouquet of flowers held by black leather opera gloves, which are an obsession of mine, I wear them with everything! I thought a lot about perfume from another time, and I met author Barbara Herman who introduced me to the world of vintage perfumes, and I began collecting decants of actual fragrances from the 1930s-50s, noticing how different perfume was back then, how animalistic and erotic they were├óΓé¼┬ªhow vastly different from all the commercially made modern scents. It got me thinking of what it must have been like back then, how perfume used to mean something else, and then, of course, I had the desire to actually wear a perfume like that, so I made Erotique ├óΓé¼┬ª People in business are always afraid of taking chances, but I say that at some point, someone has to be brave enough to try something new. To be frank, I’m a little embarrassed to [be] part of the ‘celebrity scent’ category, because it all reeks (pardon the pun) of sacrifice of quality for profit. I honestly care more about creating interesting, special things more than I care about turning a profit├óΓé¼┬ªsurely I could offer fragrance that appeals to everyone, and I could sell more, but that’s not what I stand for ├óΓé¼┬ª My fragrances are not for everyone, but I believe in them, and each has my personal touch on them├óΓé¼┬ªErotique more than any of them, in fact, because I was able to take it to another place, both with the ‘juice’ and the imagery.├óΓé¼┬¥
On the importance of fragrance in her daily life, and what influences her scent choices:
├óΓé¼┼ôI am very influenced by the seasons and my wardrobe, and of course for situations. I choose different perfumes for different occasions. I always choose very carefully which scent I would wear on a first date, because if it works out, I know I will be wearing that fragrance for as long as I see the man! Scent and memory is very powerful, and I’ve found the men in my life like it when I have a signature scent they equate only with me. That’s not to say I wear the same fragrance all the time, but I like to have a signature along with a rotating fragrance wardrobe.├óΓé¼┬¥
On her absolute travel essentials:
“I always have a little purse sized makeup kit with mini moisturizer, powder, red lipstick and mini perfume along with other beauty essentials like a mini-hair brush and hairpins for creating a quick chignon upon landing. I also always have my iPad with a few TV shows, movies and books downloaded onto it plus a ‘real’ book or two and a few select magazines. I also travel with my favorite teas and a bar of pure dark chocolate. Great sunglasses and a chic coat are the quick way to glamorize the simple, comfortable dresses I like to wear when traveling.”
On what she would be if she weren├óΓé¼Γäót a glamour, beauty, and burlesque icon:
├óΓé¼┼ôI would basically be doing the same thing but I wouldn’t be the star of my own show or the ├óΓé¼╦£face├óΓé¼Γäó of my own products. I’d strictly be orchestrating. I got my start styling my own shoots, creating burlesque shows├óΓé¼┬ªI would hope I would have been able to design and create for someone else instead of with myself as the subject. But then again, I guess we will never know what would have been!├óΓé¼┬¥
On what├óΓé¼Γäós next for Dita:
├óΓé¼┼ôMy show Strip Strip Hooray! is always a big focus for me, my first love! I will start touring again with that in the US in the early spring. I’m launching my lingerie in a big US retailer in early 2014 too, so I’m especially excited for women to be able to try things in stores rather than just order online.├óΓé¼┬¥
On her quote, ├óΓé¼┼ôI advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute.├óΓé¼┬¥ and what it means for the average person:
├óΓé¼┼ôI think glamour will live on and on for some people, but I think for the average person, high-glamour might eventually be lost. It can be very difficult in this day and age to indulge in glamour and beauty and not be ridiculed or labeled as ├óΓé¼╦£eccentric├óΓé¼Γäó. I think the divide is getting greater and greater. All you have to do is hang out in the airport for a while and see that glamour in everyday life is becoming lost, save for the flight attendants, pilots and a few of us who find clever ways of finding comfort WITH glamour.├óΓé¼┬¥
Dita Von Teese never fails to impress us with her beauty, charm, creativity, eloquence, fashion sense, and EVERYTHING else!!
P.S. CLICK HERE to go behind the scenes of her Erotique campaign!!