Sniff test: Making scents of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's Unbreakable
Forget that the recent Hollywood "launch party" for the new Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian branded unisex fragrance "Unbreakable" was nothing more than a set piece for the couple's soon-to-debut reality show.
And forget, if you can, that this fragrance is being unleashed on the world by a professional basketball player who just so happens to be sweating 95% of the time he's in the public eye, and a woman whose curious blend of celebrity stems from being someone else's sister.
It would be easy to be a hater, but as far as we can see it, if someone's willing to try and make a few bucks (or create a reality show plot line) by filling and marketing the essence of their unbreakable bond of love, all the more power to them. At least they didn't name the fragrance "Klamar."
Here at All The Rage, all we really wanted to know was what, exactly, Unbreakable smelled like. The scent, made by Lighthouse (the same company that gave us sister Kim Kardashian's eponymous perfume) is described as a "harmonious blend of nutmeg, bergamot and orange [that] fuses sultry geranium, jasmine and dark chocolate with a rich base of cedarwood, amber, sandalwood and musk."
In the spirit of the unisex fragrance, two of us spritzed, sniffed and scrutinized a sample. The results:
Adam Tschorn: "It's kind of sickly sweet like cotton candy."
Booth Moore: "It smells like a girl's high school locker room."
A: "It makes me think this is what the Laker Girls smell like."
B: "It reminds me of that Bonne Bell roll-on lipgloss that used to come in the glass bottle. Or Love's Baby Soft.
A: "I'm not finding much of a guy smell in here -- no musk, no cedarwood -- if it's here, it's buried."
B: It's kind of like one of those designer imposter scents -- 'If you like Calvin Klein Obsession, you'll love Confess!'"
A: "It's a generic smell -- kind of like what someone unfamiliar with humans might imagine a woman smells like."
B: "Unfortunately, you know what it smells like? Scented tampons."
A: "It's giving me a headache."
B: "There's a hint of sweaty palm awkwardness too."
The upshot? Unbreakable wasn't something this duo would dab behind their collective ears, but since scents interact with everyone's body oils differently, the safest thing to do -- as with any scent -- is to try before you buy.
Because we're guessing that Unbreakable is probably unreturnable too.
Unbreakable by Khloé and Lamar eau de toilette spray (1 oz. for $30 and 3.4 oz for $45 ), available exclusively at Perfumania stores (including Westfield Culver City and Santa Anita Mall locally) and online at perfumania.com.
-- Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn
Photo: Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom pose for photographers during the "Unbreakable" Fragrance Launch Monday at the Redbury in Los Angeles. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.