Sarah Jessica Parker on Her New Fragrance: SJP NYC
We'll admit that we cheered the first time we saw the trailer for Sex and the City 2. And while the flick doesn't hit theaters until this May, we're happily getting our Carrie Bradshaw fix via Sarah Jessica Parker's latest fragrance, SJP NYC, which was inspired by the star's onscreen alter ego. RealBeauty recently caught up with Sarah Jessica Parker to get the scoop on the debut of her sixth scent, the stunning advertisement, and how she pampers herself on a (rare) day off.
When asked about the process behind the creation of SJP NYC, she warned us that her answer was going to be a long one.
"When you have a general thought, the hard part is focusing it. I wanted to capture a freeze-frame in Carrie's life: a snapshot of her walking down the street in the spring, in a floral dress."
The result of that image is a fun, sweet scent with notes of Italian mandarin, wild red strawberries (which SJP called "so surprising"), gardenia, and honeysuckle. The star said the aroma is reminiscent of school being out for summer. "It's like when they ring the recess bell, that excitement of the beginning of summer," she said.
In keeping with the youthful, cheery feel of the fragrance, the advertisement, which was styled by Elle magazine creative director Joe Zee, features SJP in a floral-print custom-made Oscar de la Renta dress.
Now an expert on all things fragrance, SJP was happy to share her best perfume pointer with us. "I've learned a thing or two about application," she said. "We apply a fragrance, and then we rip it apart by rubbing our wrists together. The key is to apply it and just let it sit for awhile. No rubbing."
And when it comes to beauty products, the star is surprisingly low-maintenance, claiming she's bad at applying makeup in her personal life and sticks to mascara (the "Holy Grail," she said), moisturizer, and lip balm.
However, she did reveal one beauty indulgence, and considering she's famous for her shoe collection both on- and offscreen, we weren't the least bit surprised. "When I can find the time, which is rare, I go to a place called Angel Feet in the West Village," she said. "It's amazing to have someone rub your feet for an hour."
SJP NYC is available at fine department stores nationwide. It retails for between $25 and $49.