Exclusive: Carmen Electra Rrrr! review

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     From publishing with Prince to posing for Playboy, putting on performance art and now playing in perfume, Carmen Electra has done it all.

     Ohio-born Carmen is an entertainer that easily transfers from stage to screen and beyond, and her latest medium of artistic expression is through fragrance. This fall she launches her signature Carmen Electra Rrrr! perfume for ladies exclusively through FragranceNet.com, the Internet’s leading catalogue of discount genuine beauty since 1997.

     As a child Carmen studied at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, where she developed a love for dance. In 1997 she told People Magazine that her goal was to dance on Broadway, but since then she’s accomplished far more. Electra has appeared on television in “Baywatch,” MTV’s “Singled Out,” “Tripping the Rift,” and in “Britain’s Got Talent.” Her most notable film credits are “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” andMeet the Spartans,” and in 2006 she was even the spokesperson for esteemed cosmetics company Max Factor. Indeed, her résumé is a long and busy one; she even had an extinct genus of fly named after her in 2002!

     Electra’s fragrance pays homage to the media’s perception of her personality: sweet (she’s a big supporter of charities, including those for abused and abandoned children and brain tumor survivors) and sexy (the Electra line of personal lubricants became available this year). When news broke out about the fragrance’s release many people criticized the bottle, thinking that it might even be a practical joke by parent company First American Brands (the guys behind fragrances inspired by “The Smurfs” and “Winnie the Pooh,” to name a couple). I can confirm now that is it in fact a legitimate fragrance available as of this month, and it’s not half bad – bottle included!

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     Though I was apprehensive about the bottle myself, I have to admit it’s growing on me. No, it’s not as elegant as something from Tom Ford or even FragranceNet.com’s private-label Exceptional collection, but it has a playful charm and a very unique design. The plastic leopard-print cap comes off entirely, but the lips on the front are actually a feature of the glass. Although Carmen didn’t play Catwoman in the 2004 film by the same name (that role belongs to Halle Berry, with her own line of fragrances), the bottle certainly seems inspired by the superhero, who ironically enough begins her story in a cosmetics store.

     The fragrance is described as a sexy and playful blend of juicy mandarin, peach nectar and wild blackberries in the opening, gardenia petals, night blooming jasmine and tiger orchid in the heart, and creamy sandalwood, warm amber, liquid caramel and sensual musks in the base. I found longevity of this scent to be mediocre, and on my skin it faded out entirely after about six hours. However it is soft-spoken from the get-go, a total juxtaposition from the bottle. The top is very fruity but has a hint of that caramel, and as it wears it takes on a mild sandalwood and amber warmness. It reminds me slightly of the same type of balance in D&G’s Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino ($65.99*), but is more gourmand than that one was.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     Verdict: This is a must for Electra’s fans, Catwoman lovers, and anyone looking for a flirty feminine fragrance. The price point ($29.99-39.99*) isn’t half bad, and I think that the bottle alone will be a statement piece. Deliciously naughty, Carmen Electra’s Rrrr! will be a great perfume for college-aged girls, or anyone else that likes to dress up as a sexy bunny for Halloween.


*Prices true at time of writing.


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