Guilty Pleasure: M by Mariah Carey
I tend to find celebrity fragrances a bit silly. Paris' and Britney's smell like hairspray and candy; Sarah Jessica's smells like Narcisco Rodriguez; JLO's, Hilary's and Gwen's aren't bad per se, but they aren't really distinctive enough either. So when my coworker offered me a bottle of M by Mariah Carey, I tried to turn it down, but she insisted I take it. Okay, so the bottle is pretty--it's purple, with a Lalique-esque butterfly cap--but I was understandably skeptical about what was inside. This is Mariah Carey, after all; can you truly capture the scent of crazy? The notes don't do much to help her case: marshmallow, "ocean breeze", tiare, gardenia, amber, patchouli, and incense. However, somehow, like Mariah herself, it all seems to work. In fact, it smells incredibly good. There is definitely a marshmallow accord, but not in an I-want-to-eat-my-arm kind of way. It's sweet, but not sickeningly so, and it fades into a nice, warm drydown. Is it going to be my signature scent? No, but I like it a lot, and I plan on wearing it until I find my elusive Holy go ahead, call me crazy too.

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