Scent of a Diva: Mariah Talks Fragrance with PEOPLE

08/16/2007 at 06:00 PM ET

Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden

Mariah Carey has topped the pop charts for almost two decades, and now she’s setting out to conquer the fragrance world with her first signature scent, M by Mariah. With the fragrance just hitting shelves, Mariah chatted a little about the process of making a scent with PEOPLE. Buy the fragrance for yourself, $63 at

What was it like collaborating with Elizabeth Arden?
“It was so much fun working with Elizabeth Arden. I mean, I never expected such a huge corporation to feel like a family. and that’s what it feels like to me. Like every time I work with them, they’re so welcoming in terms of the concepts. If I have an idea or something that inspires me, there’s never a time where they’ve been like ‘No, we hate that.’ Every single person from Arden has been fabulous.”

Did you tell them what your favorite scents were?
“Before I went there, I told them some of my favorite smells, and I described the Tiare flower — and they actually knew what it was. They had never used it as a base for any person before. When I got there, there was this huge board of all the things that I said that I loved. The thing about the blue grotto, Capri, and just all these references that I had given them. The sunset. It looked like it was a done finished thing. I didn’t realize how next level it was going to be. It was really amazing.”

So then you went back and forth with the perfumers? Did it take a couple of tries?
Well, we went to a few different perfumers and every time we would test a different fragrance. It was very similar to writing and recording a song for me. And not everybody realizes that I write my own songs — and they definitely don’t realize that I produce them. It’s a process that I’m really used to. They have told me that no one has been this involved in creating their own fragrance before. So I was like ‘Oh, that’s cool.'”

Where do you spray the perfume?
What I do is I spray it — and then walk into it.

FILED UNDER: Fragrance , Mariah Carey
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Shayna on

totally agree with trap. You don’t even need real singing talent anymore to score a record label either.

Bojan on

Mariah’s scent will be an instant hit.It allready entered at #1,on Elizabeth Arden’s best seller list.
MIMI we love you.You are the best.

Sonja on

At least shes talented.
Leave the woman alone.Its her first fragance in almost 20 years.

I love the bottle.

Tamer on

the fragrance will be released in September but it’s already a best seller on Elizabith Arden online shop. it must be really cool fragrance !!

Cynthia on

well at least Mariah does have real singing talent. I got a sample of her fragrance in the mail and I can’t wait to try it!

♥ Summer on

Mariah always has a reason to pose provocatively and she doesn’t have a fantastic body either. Bodies sell, and I agree with Trap, no celebrities need talent anymore to “expand” their careers with clothing lines, perfumes, etc. Jessica Simpson has a screechy voice and her sales are going down, yet she manages to have a clothing line, shoe line,cosmetic line, even hair extensions! It just goes to show what Hollywood does these days.

nights on

At least she waited to do this, some of the new artists just come up with everything at once and you get sick of them fast,besides, she does not need to do anything to sell her image, her body is ok but again i hate those super skinny type of girls. This might smell good, i’ll check it out.

Ro on

The ladies are gonna love it… i hope she comes out with a cologne.

Tiratas on

We are so excited for her Perfum , It is now a must have perfum listed in my country…….we all love you MARIAH!!!! FOREVER!!!!

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