Jennifer Lopez. The Original Glow Bug (and Celebrity Scent)

Thu, 13 December 2012 12:24PM

Ten years ago, Jennifer Lopez, then known as J.Lo (remember that funny little P.Diddy phase?), and also known as a triple-threat (She can act! She can sing! She can dance!), added another slash to her sparkly Versace belt: perfume brand.

Glow by J.Lo, from $45, from department stores, could not have been more perfectly named. I mean, can you think of a star more luminous than this one (without the use of an illuminator, that is)? If you could bottle J.Lo’s lustrous skin, you would, right? This is her from her most recent Melbourne concert, at the age of 43:

As my three year old would say, “Wowee, Mama!”

And this was the original ad:


I don’t know about you, but I could quite possibly sell my soul for that skin.

Just as the lady evidently knows a great skincare tip or two, so too does she knows how to make a good perfume. Well, how to direct a good one. Because since 2012, Jennifer has worked with Coty Lancaster to concoct a whole slew of scents. The latest is Glowing. You might remember Yaz reviewed it here. Here’s the visual:


And yes, the bottle really does light up!

But while La Lopez is all about the new right now – songs, boyfriend, fragrance – I’ve found myself getting a little nostalgic for her old ‘I’m Real’ days.

Remember this? So gorge.

And nostalgic, too, for her original Glow.

You see, you might think it’s just another celebrity fragrance. Because there are so many perfumes out there stamped with famous names these days. But Jennifer was pretty much the first star to launch a scent (except for the divine Elizabeth Taylor, RIP). And a really successful one, at that.

That’s because, I think, it really was meant to capture J.Lo’s essence. It wasn’t just J.Lo plonking her name on any old bottle, as some stars are wont to do. It was J.Lo in a bottle.

Bear with me here while I explain … Years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Catherine Walsh, Coty Lancaster’s Senior Vice President, who established the celebrity scent division (and has also signed up Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Madonna – in other words, this lady is pretty good at her job). She told me how she flew to Europe – where J.Lo was on tour – for a preliminary brainstorm about the fragrance. Having been ushered up into Jennifer’s hotel suite, she waited while the star showered. Eventually the diva came out, robed in fluffy white, her skin warm and buffed and shiny. “I want my perfume to smell just like this,” she told Ms Walsh, holding out her arm for the Coty perfume guru to sniff.

And so, Glow by J.Lo was born. And indeed, it does have the fancy hotel soap aroma to it. In a good way. It’s technically a soft floral, but there’s a definite soapiness to it, along with powderiness and muskiness.

It’s sexy, yet also clean. Not an in-your-face, drop-dead-glamazon of a scent at all. It’s her Jenny from the Perfume Block, perhaps.

As for Glowing, this one’s a sexy, woodsy scent. Much stronger than Glow. And more the diva that J.Lo has become, you could say.

Tell me, Primpers, did you buy Glow by J.Lo? Do you still wear it?

Can you think of a glowier celebrity?

And what’s your favourite old-school J.Lo song? I’m quite partial to ‘Ain’t it Funny’ while Hayley’s a ‘Jenny from the Block’ fan.

Kat x


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  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:05pm

    Haha I do in fact have Glow… I don’t really wear it much anymore. It has probably gone off!

  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:24pm

    I loved Glow… I don’t have it anymore but can still remember the smell!! I’m going to her concert on Sat night- can’t wait!!

  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:24pm

    I loved Glow… I don’t have it anymore but can still remember the smell!! I’m going to her concert on Sat night- can’t wait!!

  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:24pm

    I loved Glow… I don’t have it anymore but can still remember the smell!! I’m going to her concert on Sat night- can’t wait!!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:34pm

    Oh i never bought glow. She is very beautiful and indeed a triple threat!
    Haha jenny from the block. Now that brings back memories.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:48pm

    Her skin is amazing! I wonder what she uses…?

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 02:07pm

    Love the idea of the bottle lighting up! SO cool. Her skin is soooo amazingly perfect!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 02:11pm

    I’m not a J-Lo fan, but hell, you have to admire her talent and longevity!

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 07:29pm

    Aint it Funny!!!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 08:16pm

    I have never owned glow by J.Lo but I must say that it is a lovely fragrance that is a fragrance that I wouldn’t mind owning. And you are right J.Lo was one of the first to bring out her own perfume and she did a great job and I would love to see what her new one smells like

  • Posted by: Alishes Devotee // Thu, 13 December 2012 08:33pm

    Wow I can’t believe she’s 43! She looks so good. I never even smelt glow, but it doesn’t sound like a scent I’d like anyway. I refuse to buy celebrity perfumes. Just wondering, with the new perfume she’s brought out, aren’t perfumes supposed to be kept away from bright light? How would this light up bottle affect the shelf life?

  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 10:15pm

    I have actually never tried any of her perfumes!

  • Posted by: Caz // Thu, 13 December 2012 11:28pm

    I tend to stay away from celeb fragrances…we all know they never really have anything to do with the development apart from put their name on the bottle, pose for the ad campaign and collect a lot of $$. A lot of them are too sweet for me anyway. Respect a lot of people like them.

  • Posted by: Mampha Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 02:05am

    I’m with Caz on the celebrity fragrance bandwagon, so I confess I have no idea what Glow smells like.
    Whilst not a fan in general.. I agree… WOW for 43. She is certainly impressive in many ways.
    That image from the original ad must be Airbrushed to Jupiter though, surely… that chick has superb booty! I cannot imagine her waist could be that narrow even pre kids and middle age surely? 😀

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Fri, 14 December 2012 06:23am

    That is the best way to describe Glow, like expensive luxury soap. I always thought of it like this, and perhaps that is the reason I strayed from it… I tired of the constant soapy smell. …..I still have it, still use it sometimes straight after the shower, going to bed, when I want to smell so clean and so fresh.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 12:40pm

    I have never even tried JLo’s perfume which is a little slack on my behalf. I think she will always be gorgeous and glowy. My name is Jenni so I will always be a “jenny from the block” fan, as I still get called that to this day.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 05:53pm

    i dont like celebrity perfumes

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 06:00pm

    Glow is nice

  • Posted by: Diana // Fri, 14 December 2012 09:36pm

    i love Miami Glow!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 11:25am

    I love the song ‘get right’, always gets stuck in my head, but im not a fan of her perfumes.

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Wed, 19 December 2012 12:59pm

    I’ve never bought a J Lo perfume….although my Mum picked one up (can’t remember which one) and I could smell her perfume one day and commented how nice it was and when I asked her what it was she told me it was a J Lo perfume…I was shocked. I really didn’t think I’d like any of hers.

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Sat, 26 January 2013 11:45pm

    Jenny from the block all the way! haha

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 17 May 2013 07:45pm

    These are some really nice photos, i love Glow by JLo

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Tue, 21 May 2013 08:58am

    Not too keen on any of J.Lo’s songs. She sure can dance though.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 17 June 2013 02:32pm

    Glow is absolutely gorgeous, a warm and sexy perfume. I love it.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 1 March 2015 09:10pm

    Glow is absolutely divine, such a gorgeous sexy fragrance.


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