Even though Mariah Carey has a new fragrance, she never was the
type to spray on a scent before she left the house. In fact, Carey
says she never really wore perfumes until she fell in love with her
own creation, "M."
"This is the first fragrance that I wear," Carey told The
Associated Press in an interview Monday. "I'm not really a perfume
person at all ... Things that are too strong and overwhelming,
that's what I was always not a fan of."
But when Elizabeth Arden approached the superstar to create her
own perfume, it piqued her interest — mainly because the cosmetics
company didn't want to use just her name, but wanted her input in
the creation of the scent, which she describes as light, sensual
"They were welcoming in my involvement just in every detail, and
that was what was the most exciting thing to me," said Carey.
Carey says the fragrance, which comes in a purple bottle with her
signature butterfly icon on top, was based on some of her favorite
things. One is a Moroccan incense; another is a flower called the
Living Tahitian Tiare. But another scent mixed into the fragrance
is unexpected: toasted marshmallows.
Carey worked on "M" while on tour and working on her latest
album, and said she spent as much time on launching the fragrance
as she did working on her music career: "I'm obsessed with it!"
But now she's back to putting most of her focus on the new
record, due out early next year. The as-yet-untitled album is the
follow-up to her multiplatinum comeback disc, The Emancipation
of Mimi, which earned her three Grammys.
"It's hard for me to sit here and talk about it without sounding
like I'm bragging if I'm in love with it, but I'm in love with this
album," she says. "I think that having the success with the last
record allowed me to have more freedom. ... and just make records
that I like. It's kind of a really fun record."
(Agencies via China Daily October 23, 2007)