Lovely by Laurent Le Guernec and Clement Gavarry for Sarah Jessica Parker 2005


Post by Portia


Hello Fragrance Friends,

Last week in Australia on our AFN FaceBook page we had a Wear Your Celebrity Scents week. We often have special Wear Your weeks because by highlighting a particular section of our collections to wear we remember to bring out things that have sat neglected. It’s been over a year since I last spritzed todays fragrant offering, and it used to be one of my go-to, wear everywhere frags. So it was really nice to spend a full day re-engaging with it. Fully respritzed it for morning, noon and night.

Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker 2005

Lovely by Laurent Le Guernec and Clement Gavarry

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Fragrantica gives the following accords:
Top: Nectarine, bergamot, rosewood, lavender
Heart: Apple martini, white daffodil, orchid
Base: White amber, cedar, woody notes, white musk

The shimmery, hefty/sheer fruity opening of Lovely is skimming the edge of screechy as you apply it. I hold my breath for that first few seconds of zing because it’s completely overwhelming to me. It only lasts a few seconds and then  Lovely becomes well named. My mind has always told me that lovely is a fruity rose and jasmine bouquet fragrance over the most enormous hit of fluffy, powdery, clean woody musks. So there are no roses or jasmine in the notes list but even now that I’ve read the note list my nose is not getting the memo.

What I love about Lovely is how softly insistent it is. While you may not be strong smelling the fragrance does tend to have legs and will fill a room if you spritz in one room, leave for whatever reason and come back 20 minutes later you’ll still smell juicy/musky remnants. So when I wear Lovely I can sit down with someone and it may take 10 minutes for the fragrance to make itself known and then I’ll get a compliment.


Longevity is excellent and because it’s now so cheap I can spritz with abandon. Lovely also leaves excellent sillage, people will look up about 30 seconds after you’ve walked past and will be looking for where that fabulous smell is coming form. Dressed up or lounging around the house Lovely feels like a perfect fit.

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What has been left loveless around your place that needs to see some spritzing?
Portia xx

9 thoughts on “Lovely by Laurent Le Guernec and Clement Gavarry for Sarah Jessica Parker 2005

  1. Hi Portia,
    Lovely has been left love-less around here! I loved it for awhile but eventually didn’t want to bother with the “edge of screechy” that you mention in this post. You have convinced me to give it yet another go and do the room spray test that you talk about too. Last week I tried SJP’s new Stash. I liked it at first too – but then lost interest. I should try that one again as well.
    Azar xx


  2. Ah Lovely! I bought a bottle in about 2008 after having read Chandler Burr’s book in which he follows its development (along with Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil). I wore the heck out of Lovely, especially as an evening/bedtime scent. I always found it fairly moderate in sillage and longevity, but much depends on how the wearer perceives the musks. If you have trouble smelling some musks you might be disappointed in Lovely.

    I even bought a huge back-up bottle because I thought that Lovely would drop out of sight, as so many celebrity scents do. But it is a great piece of work and has turned into a modern classic, deservedly. Still going strong on the market. Do you remember when everyone was comparing it to NR for Her, and Guerlain’s Idylle? Lovely is just as good and can be had at a fraction of the price.

    I eventually sold the back-up and just last week finally packed the original bottle away in storage, for I don’t imagine I’ll be wearing it much any more. I’ve finally moved on from it I guess. Still haven’t worked out what ‘apple martini’ is!


    • Apple Martini was what she was drinking when she put the frag together, it was all she could smell. HE HE HE.
      Portia xx


  3. I purchased Lovely a few years back, really having high expectations. But with both Lovely and Narciso I am anosmic. I simply cannot smell them. I tried and tried and tried, and finally gave up and listed on ebay. My only celeb perfume now is Fancy Nights, a decent wood-patch smell that I can spritz with anandon.


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