What's Jennifer Lopez's One Style Pitfall of Working at American Idol?

05/09/2014 at 11:20 AM ET

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Jennifer Lopez is known for her stunning fashion choices, but she not only strives to look great, she wants to smell fantastic as well.

“Scents, for me, create memories in my mind so fragrance has always been a big part of that,” the American Idol judge tells PEOPLE.

And Lopez, 44, makes sure she has a large hand in the fragrances she wears, because she designs them herself.

“Sometimes I will just be inspired, and I’ll say ‘Put a pin in this. I love the smell of this candle right here,'” she says. “And then from there we will build on different things just so it is fresh and new. I’m always thinking about it.”

And it seems that others want to smell like Lopez as well. The international superstar recently released “Glowing Goddess,” her 21st fragrance since hitting the market with “Glow” in 2002.

“The first one was easier in a way. Glow was just about being out there. I was just starting my career in this arena and it was a different feeling,” she says. “Now I am more grown up and I want to feel a certain way. I always just try to be honest to how I am feeling at the moment.”

The fashonista also has the same outlook when it comes to choosing her outfits with her style team of Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn.

“We just go with how we feel that day. I’ll try anything,” Lopez says of choosing her outfits for the American Idol live shows. “But a lot of the looks are really short, and we sit above the audience so I have to be careful!”

For more on our exclusive interview with the the star, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE on stands everywhere now. What do you think of Lopez’s Idol style? Have you tried her fragrances?

–Patrick Gomez

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Lexie on

I think she is beautiful, but I think she keeps trying to look younger and sexy. I think she also likes the attention she gets each week from Ryan Seacrest, Keith and Harry. This woman likes attention, and if short dresses does it, she’ll wear them. Ultimately, she’s the one making the choices.

Smithy on

She looks gorgeous in this picture, but her short teenager dresses make her look desperate. She looks good for her age, has great legs, but needs to stop trying so hard. In other words, class it up a little girl.

bibledoctor on

j lo is a threat to society a straight jacket would be nice

MG on

LOL Jennifer Lopez, smells create memories for everyone! its called your limbic system…its in your brain and it is directly linked with memories. so special. for you.

Sabrynnia on

She is a very pretty lady, but some of her hair dos and clothes are not flattering because they are messy or too short. Last year she dressed better. I should look half that good!!!!!!!!!!

Dot on

She is too old to be wearing the clothes she wears to Idol. If she was performing, that is different but she should wear something that covers her hinny. What if the guys came out there with cut-offs and showing their hinny. Tight and short short is not a good style for someone 40 and over. Most of the time her top is not plunging. Every year she adds now should be showing her that those heels are also ruining her feet.

ed on

She is naturally pretty so she doesn’t need all the makeup.

carla on

Her clothes are soooo tacky. She should wear more age appropriate attire.

james on

pls stay with me

John F C Taylor on

Wow! Way too much on the eyes in that lead-in photo.

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