Fragrance Review: “Queen” by Queen Latifah


I love my job.  Today in the mail I got this:


Such wonderful accompaniments for what else lies inside:1020091706a2.jpg


In my words, a bottle of premeditated romance, passion, and that fleeting thought you had when you saw the object of your affection across the room.

In her words: “For me, beauty really does start on the inside. It’s like a state of mind, a state of love if you will. I see fragrance as just a natural expression of this state of love. Scent expresses a woman’s confidence and sensuality; it’s how she embraces her body, her mind and her strength.”-Queen Latifah

Couldn’t agree more. Even though I’m obviously not a woman, the folks at Parlux Fragrances Inc., sent me this wonderful fragrance to try out. And luckily I know a couple ladies that would love to try this out! (And I admit, I’m a little curious to see how it will smell on myself as well!)

Here’s what you get in a bottle of Queen Latifah’s very first fragrance, “Queen”:

Upon first spraying (also known as “Top”):

“The top notes premiere with lightly sparkling citrus notes of Italian Bergamot and Mediterranean Mandarin, wrapped in an intoxicating Golden Tequila inspired accord.”

Notes you’ll probably smell upon first sniff here: Golden Tequila, Mediterranean Mandarin

Heart/ Mid (as the fragrance is beginning to dry and settle):

“The heart of this scent brings together the two sides of a woman, femininity and sexiness. Fresh bouquets of Bale Rose and Jasmine Noir blend with the rich warmth of Cognac and the exotic spice Moroccan Coriander. This heart truly imparts love.”

Notes you’ll probably smell upon first sniff here: Jasmine Noir, Bale Rose, Moroccan Coriander

Base (the perfume dried):

“Base notes provide the soul of the scent with an unexpected but exciting combination of Indonesian Patchouli, Sandalwood and a touch of Vanilla Absolute. Tonka Absolute blends with Egyptian Incense and Sexy Musk to make the fragrance linger.”

Notes you’ll probably smell upon first sniff here: Vanilla Absolute, Egyptian Incense

And in my opinion, the bottle: simply alluring.

“Ruby red, delicately faceted and edged with gold borders, the bold, sexy square bottle is as dynamic as Queen Latifah herself.  A dimensional heart emerges on the façade, reinforcing Queen’s message of beauty from within.”


For the women I’ve had try this fragrance, I’ve had the same opinion across the board; this is a perfume you wear on your first date or special gala to attend.  A man can easily remember a woman exclusively from this scent. I imagine a young lady in her early/late 20’s- 30’s wearing this, because this scent emits the scent of vibrant youth, and of attraction. (I should mention that two lady friends of mind tried this perfume on and loved it! They plan on getting the whole Queen set.)

The name Latifah means “delicate” and “gentle” in Arabic, and for this debut scent from Queen Latifah, it’s summed up at those exact two words. This scent will linger to a bystander for several seconds, leaving a pleasing sting to the helpless victim; kind of like if you could physically send a kiss across the room.

Queen Latifah’s “Queen” collection includes:

Eau de Parfum Spray – 3.4 oz. $59

Eau de Parfum Spray – 1.7 oz. $49

Body Lotion – 6.0 oz. $35

Body Butter – 5.0 oz. $40

Would make a wonderful Christmas gift for your niece or daughter… (hint hint, nudge nudge)



Before the perfume, Queen Latifah was leaving the scent of success on every microphone she spoke into or camera she performed in front of.  Her career as a rapper, actor, author, singer, model, and CoverGirl  has translated to a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination.

And it just so happens I have a copy of her first album as a rapper!


Fresh for you suckers from the year of 1989, “All hail the queen” was a landmark in Hip Hop history. I’m gonna frame this and a bunch of other hip hop albums I happen to have; they’d probably make for great wall art. But I digress…
Reader, this perfume is SoJones recommended, and available at fine retailers everywhere.


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