Let me make this clear right up front. I owe this entire discovery to my pal Victoria of EauMG blog. If it weren't for her review of this fragrance last July (I highly suggest giving it a read here), this perfume never would have been on my radar. I mean, I'm not completely "over" celeb fragrances, and I still enjoy JLo's first fragrance, Glow, but to me it smells almost identical to China Rain by Body Time (which, fun fact, was the very first China Rain fragrance ever, created back in 1974, and it's still in production to this day). But what I'm trying to say is that I don't run out and rush to check out celeb fragrances these days, unless the notes REALLY appeal to me. And often times, the notes in celeb fragrances these days feel so generic and "been there, done that" to me. But now I'm rambling, so let's get back to this one.
Jennifer Lopez Still debuted in 2003, which was prime time for celeb fragrances. Which is probably why I don't ever recall giving it a shot or even sniffing a tester at that time. The market was flooded with celeb fragrances in the early 2000s and many slipped past my radar.
In 2017, you can still purchase JLo's Still on Amazon for $14.98 + free shipping with Prime (3.4 oz. eau de parfum, which is what you see pictured above) and on the Target website for the same price/size. That's where I bought mine, after many failed attempts to find it locally at the discount stores like Marshalls, Ross, etc.
So what do I love about this fragrance? Well first of all, it's a serious departure from many other celeb fragrances. To me, it's not what you think of when you think "celeb fragrance". It's much more than that.
Still is very feminine, vivacious, clean and sensual. The opening is luminous and gentle due to the notes of white pepper, mandarine, Earl Grey tea and sake note. The heart note is composed of freesia, rose, jasmine, orange blossom and lily-of-the-valley. The base is warm and sensual with woody and musky notes; sandalwood, musk, amber, orris and pepper. The perfume was created by Michel Girard in 2003.
Something I love about Fragrantica is that they almost always tell you the nose behind a fragrance, which can give you more insight into a fragrance you're considering purchasing. For instance, JLo Still was created by Michel Girard, and if you look at his list of accomplishments, you'll see that he also created Yves Rocher Osmanthus, which I also love. And if you look at the Yves Rocher Osmanthus page, you'll see that some compare YR Osmanthus to Ferragamo Incanto Charms, which I think is also quite lovely. And down the rabbit hole you can go, looking at potential new purchases based on your tastes!
Back to JLo Still. The Earl Grey tea note is the thing that Victoria mentioned in her review that piqued my attention, hard core. I am a sucker for Earl Grey scents so that, combined with JLo Still being one of Victoria's most complimented scents ever, made me feverish to get my hands on a bottle.
From Victoria's review:
The opening of Still has always reminded me of honeysuckle. It’s a fresh honeyed floral with citrus. Still turns into a really realistic Earl Grey scent that’s a tangy bergamot and earthy black tea. Behind the Earl Grey tea leaves are peachy florals. These florals are arguably clean and “shampoo-y”. In fact, I used to think that about this fragrance as well. I still do but I realize there’s more going on than just “clean florals”. The freesia is fresh and radiant with a green pepperiness that reminds me of sugar snap peas. The orange blossom is crisp but heady. There’s red rose petals and sliced peaches. I wish I could get a shampoo that smells this good!
I can't describe it any better than that, nor would I try. Victoria's description is spot-on and I too, wish that I could get this in shampoo form. And hand cream. And a candle!
If notes like Earl Grey, honeysuckle, freesia, rose and peach sound appealing to you, meet your new favorite Spring 2017 fragrance. I mean, it's certainly going to be mine. And if you're already a fan of Still and perhaps wore it back in the day, time to dust off your bottle and rediscover its magic.
For under $15 for a large 3.4 oz. bottle, it's pretty much a dream come true for me. Because like Victoria mentioned, it smells much more expensive than it is. And while the longevity is decent (it lasts longer on clothes than skin) the projection isn't crazy (you sort of need to be in my "sphere" to notice it, which is something I like about it). But it really doesn't matter at this price because you can reapply throughout the day without guilt. I highly, highly recommend giving this one a shot if you haven't tried it already. What a gem!
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