Wowza, I can’t believe this year is practically over! 2015 has been such an incredible year, and I’ve had so many amazing opportunities thanks to this blog and I am so grateful to share them with you. This is the last review before 2016, and it’s a good one: five fragrances by Avon in partnership with pop star Fergie.
Stacy Ann Ferguson is the classic American success story brought to life; born in California in 1975, she was a cheerleader, straight-A student and spelling bee champion. At one point she was even one of those angels that deliver Girl Scout cookies! Her career as a singer took off when she left an unsuccessful girl group called Wild Orchid and joined The Black Eyed Peas in 2003, where she did well enough to release a solo album called “The Dutchess” in 2006. In May of 2010 she released her first perfume for ladies with Avon, and although her cosmetics line with Wet ‘n Wild Beauty is not available in Canada, the fragrances can be purchased directly from the Canadian website or through your local Avon representative. As you’ll see, it took them a while to get it just right, but if Ferguson’s career is anything to go by, sometimes the biggest hits come after the most epic failures.
The Fergie fragrance experience begins with Outspoken by Fergie from 2010. The bottle was inspired by a crystal vase from her wedding, and the juice inside features some really unconventional ingredients for a celebrity-endorsed perfume: black currant, passion-flower, leather, ebony wood, and star fruit to name a few. It has been compared heavily to Givenchy’s Amarige ($73*), but to me it smells extremely soapy and quite cheap. If you can get past that tuberose opening it’s got fairly nice fruity-musky heart, but I really hated the top notes.
Outspoken Intense was released a year later, intended to evoke the adrenaline rush the singer feels as she steps onstage. Many of the same notes are featured here, this time in a silvery flacon. However, it is a completely different experience. The first notes to hit the nose are berries and sour kumquat, a tiny citrus fruit with a lemon-pine fragrance. It has a hint of white florals and a base of sweet vanilla, making for a more traditional starlet scent. It’s better, but still nothing to gag over.
In 2012 they took a break from Outspoken and came out with Viva by Fergie. The bottle is somewhere between Art Deco and “Hotel Transylvania,” but the juice is a truly refreshing mint and lavender masculine with a woodsy base that reminds me of Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Summer 2012. Quite nice, but I’m not sure it’s quite what Ms. Fergie intended when she said “a fresh and unexpected fragrance that brings out the duality of a woman…”
So back to Outspoken they went in 2013, with Outspoken Fresh. This was a limited-edition summery scent with sweet yet subtle guava, sour peach, and more white florals. It was a really nice fragrance, but I can’t shake the feeling that it wasn’t entirely the fragrance it was meant to become.
Enter Outspoken Party from this fall, a home-run after a series of near misses. Presented in an alluring purple bottle with a rose gold atomizer, it is meant to be glamorous and exciting. Are you ready for the notes? Red fruit, intoxicating flowers and caramelized woods; yum! Sitting right at the border (“Meet me halfway…”) between Bath & Body Works and Britney Spears, this is an ultra-sweet berry syrup mixed with a peony undertone. I love how flirty and fun the perfume is, perfect for young girls and the young at heart. It is available now for $34*.
Verdict: I won’t pretend to understand Fergie’s obsession with white florals, but I’m glad she stayed away from them lately. It took time and love to make her fragrance collection just right, and I think that for the price these fragrances are perfect. You should know that when you buy a Avon Fergie scent you’re not getting the ultimate in quality and sophistication, but they’re perfectly nice as pick-me-ups and body sprays. After testing all of these, you could definitely say that I’m feeling a bit Fergalicious. Happy New Year, everyone!
*Prices true at time of writing.