Dolly Parton is a living legend. She is not only one of the biggest stars in the music industry, but she is also a woman that has been singing professionally ever since she was a small child. Music flows through her veins. It’s part of who she is but not necessarily all that she is.
Parton is intimately connected to the Tennessee arts and culture scene, but in the decades since she first became famous, she has developed a devoted following of fans from many different cultures from all across the globe.
Nowadays, Parton is known for being much more than just a country music singer. She is also an actress, entrepreneur, and lifestyle guru to boot. People look up to Dolly Parton. They want to be like her in their own individual way. But for those who want to capture her unique scent, they can now do so by purchasing her signature fragrance, ‘Scent From Above’, which just recently hit the market.
Dolly Parton Is A Cultural Icon And A Brilliant Businesswoman
Dolly was born in 1946 and was raised in an impoverished household in Eastern Kentucky. But even when she was still young, she already had ambitions and aspirations of achieving success. Parton’s talent was obvious from an early age, and by the time she was 10, she was already performing on local radio stations and in stage shows.
When she was a teenager, Parton moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she started pursuing her music career – fiercely determined to one day make it big. By the late 1960s, Parton had already made a name for herself in the highly competitive country music industry, and her success continued to grow throughout the 1970s and beyond.
Parton is not only a highly-celebrated and award-winning music star, but she is an accomplished actress as well. Over the years, she has starred in several hit films, including 9 to 5. Parton is also a very successful entrepreneur, who even operates her very own theme park, aptly named Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Dolly has additionally authored several bestselling books and has launched multiple product lines. Most recently she released her highly-anticipated fragrance which she has characterized as a ‘heavenly combination of notes’.
In July 2021, Dolly launched ‘Scent From Above’. The perfume, which is available through Parton’s website as well as through the Home Shopping Network, has been whimsically described in a press release as featuring ‘fruitful notes as bright as rhinestones’ coupled with ‘irresistible florals like butterflies in a garden’.
The most prominent notes in ‘Scent From Above’ are vanilla orchid, sandalwood, Tonka bean, Patchouli, amber, and mandarin orange. The bottle includes a touch of Parton’s personal style, with her signature butterfly included in the topper. For Dolly Parton fans who can’t seem to get enough of her whole vibe, the fragrance would certainly make for the perfect gift.
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Why Release A Fragrance Now?
Parton has been wanting to come out with her own fragrance for quite a while now. In an interview that she gave right around the time of the perfume’s release, she revealed that designing a perfume of her own has been a dream of hers for a long time. She says that that the idea had been brewing in the back of her mind for as long as she can remember and that people have been complimenting her on her scent for years.
She went on to explain that she’s been blending her own scent for decades. Her signature scent is a combo of bath oils, powders, and other perfumes. She has been wearing it for so long that wherever she goes people immediately pick up on it.
Furthermore, Parton acknowledged that at some point, she wants to expand her fragrance line to include a cologne just for men. Beyond just scents, Parton wants to release an entire line of beauty products like lotions, wigs, makeup, and more.
Dolly Isn’t The Only Star Known For Their Scent
It can be argued that the most intimate and personal of beauty products is someone’s choice of perfume. Somebody’s scent can speak volumes about who they are and what they represent. Dolly Parton knows this all too well, but she wasn’t the first celebrity to arrive at this somewhat obvious conclusion.
Take Marilyn Monroe for example. She, like millions of other women, was obsessed with Chanel No. 5, but in 2002, it came out that she also had a soft spot in her heart for Floris Rose Geranium. Monroe had this fresh floral fragrance shipped to her under a fake name by the truckload at the Beverly Hill Hotel while she filmed Some Like It Hot.
The British Eau de toilette features notes of rose, geranium, citronella, and sandalwood. Unfortunately, it has since been discontinued is now only available for purchase as a bath essence.
Even though the former first lady wore several different perfumes throughout her life – including Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55, a pungent, woody blend of patchouli, bergamot, and leather – her scent of choice was the classic yet elegant Joy by Jean Patou. The scent was infamously known for decades for being the most expensive perfume on the planet.
To produce just one ounce of the heavily floral scented liquid, more than 10,000 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen roses are required. And because this scent was created at the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929, it was a fairly risky business decision to develop such a lavish concoction.
But that risk paid out. In 2000, the Fragrance Foundation awarded Joy with the Scent of the Century Award. Joy is now famous for being the most successful fragrance in history.
When she became the Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956, Grace Kelly strutted down the aisle of Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco with folks like Cary Grant and Ava Gardner in attendance while she was wearing Creed Felurissimo.
The scent, from the renowned family-owned fragrance house, was commissioned by Prince Rainier specifically for his bride to compliment her wedding bouquet. The fragrance includes distinct notes of bergamot, tuberose, Florentine iris, and Bulgarian rose.
These days, everyone and their mom has their own fragrance line, but Elizabeth Taylor was a visionary when she launched her trailblazing perfume empire.
To this day, Taylor’s ‘White Diamonds’ perfume is still the bestselling celebrity fragrance of all time. But before she ever launched her line, Taylor wore Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles – an oriental scent with subtle notes of rosemary, orange blossom, sandalwood, and vanilla.
It was the scent that Taylor wore while she was on the set of Cleopatra. It was also the scent that she introduced to Michael Jackson. The King of Pop liked it so much that he wore it for the remainder of his life.
Natalie was always a fan of the humble gardenia flower. In fact, there’s even a gardenia on her gravestone. For most of her life, Ms. Wood wore Jungle Gardenia, a scent that was first gifted to her by the legendary Old Hollywood actress Barbara Stanwyck while they were filming The Bride Wore Boots together in 1946.
The original formulation featured notes of bitter orange, heliotrope, and tuberose, however, it was notoriously redesigned in the 90s by Cory. The reimagined scent failed to impress and to this day it’s remembered as one of the most embarrassing commercial flops of it’s era.
In 2016, Natalie’s daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, released a modern gardenia scented fragrance in her mother’s honor, simply called, Natalie.
When the late royal, Princess Diana, walked down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981, she was wearing Quelques Fleurs, a somewhat more modern floral scent that features notes of tuberose, jasmine, and rose.
Rumor has it, Diana accidentally spilled the bottle on her wedding dress while attempting to top off just before getting out of the carriage.
Later on in life, Princess Diana was partial to 24 Faubourg by Hermes, created by perfume designer Maurice Roucel in 1995 and named after the address of the Hermes flagship store in Paris, France.
24 Faubourg is a vibrantly sunny scent that contains notes of amber, gardenia, peach, and orange blossom.
Dandridge was the first black woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. At the ceremony, Dandridge wore Tabu by Dana, a seductive scent that was formulated by perfume designer Jean Carles who reportedly commissioned his team to create a scent that a prostitute would wear. Tabu’s notes include bergamot, patchouli, sandalwood, musk, moss, clover, oriental rose, amber, and vetiver.
Ava Gardner was supposedly a huge fan of Creed Fleurs de The Rose Bulgare, a scent featuring notes of rose, bergamot, and green tea.
Some of her other favorite scents included Guerlain Mitsouko and Fracas by Robert Piguet.
While Gardner was wed to Frank Sinatra, rumors started circulating that she would spray the stairway with perfume whenever she wanted to signal the end of her and Ol’ blue eyes infamous fights. If he smelled her perfume, he apparently then would know that it’s safe to talk to her again.
Hubert de Givenchy created the scent L’Interdit – which translates from French as ‘Forbidden’ – especially just for Audrey Hepburn in 1957.
The buzz at the time was that Audrey didn’t want Givenchy to release the scent to the masses, but ultimately it was made widely available for purchase in the 60s.
L’Interdit has a wide scent profile that includes notes of rose, jasmine, bergamot, iris, violet, sandalwood, and narcissus. Years later, Hepburn wore Creed Spring Flower – yet another perfume that was specially formulated just for her.
No, before you ask, Audrey and Katherine weren’t related.
But Katherine, an aviation enthusiast and gifted actress, was an outspoken fan of Jacques Guerlain’s 1933 scent Vol De Nuit, which was designed to pay homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novel Night Flight.
Vol De Nuit is a spicy, floral scent featuring hints of bergamot, jasmine, and vanilla. The bottle itself displays a relief of a spinning airplane propeller – which obviously was right up Hepburn’s alley.
Hayworth was often caught by photographers spritzing herself with perfume. She was especially fond of the 1926 oriental fragrance Guerlain Shalimar – which some speculated was created when Jacques Guerlain poured vanillin into a bottle of his scent Jicky as an experiment.