If you had to guess what Jennifer Aniston smells like, you might say coffee from her years slinging the ol’ bean juice at Central Perk. You might also think she smells of balmy beach days and dry texturizing spray, given her signature voluminous ‘do. But Ms. Aniston’s new fragrance, Near Dusk, doesn’t smell like any of that. No, it smells like nectarines and coconut water.
As for the process of being a perfumer, it takes some time to reach the perfect scent, as Jennifer’s nose can attest to. She says that she starts by “smelling every note,” which includes everything from “different flowers to leather belts.” In the “every” category, scents could also include freshly cut grass, the moist paper at the bottom of a garbage can, a taxi cab interior or even melted cheese that has become crispy on the pan. Every note means every note, right? And Jennifer’s nose knows.
When you’re the artist previously known as Rachel, you encounter a lot of smells. One fragrance she’s all about these days is “church,” which she says she smells every time she’s over at her friend Ellen Degeneres’ home. She tells People, “I love the smell of church – any church.”
And although Jen is into a myriad of nose flavours, she wanted something sultry that you could wear for “date night.” And that meant skipping over her love of churches and leather belts, and moving on to sexier scents. The final profile? A combination of nectarines, pink peppercorns, coconut water and jasmine.
And don’t expect her to be creating a men’s cologne – ever. She says she doesn’t like fragrances for men, as she prefers “their own eau de sweat.”