Fragrance Review: StellaNude by Stella McCartney

by PJ on Monday, January 4, 2010

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In one of my earliest blog posts, I talked about my three favorite fragrances. Stella by Stella McCartney is among them, and it is still one of my favorite scents. Late last year, Stella McCartney released StellaNude, which joins the Stella family. It is also a continuation of the Stella McCartney Lingerie Collection.

(StellaNude UK TV ad, via YouTube)

Top notes: Moroccan rose, grapefruit
Middle notes: white peony, pink pepper
Base notes: Ugandan vanilla, grey amber

For me, the easiest way to talk about StellaNude is to compare it with Stella. While both are sensuous scents which feature the beautiful rose note, one element that really differs StellaNude from Stella is the pink pepper. It makes StellaNude sharper, spicier, and more bouncy. (Interestingly, this is not the way I expected StellaNude to be when I was looking at how the scent was visually marketed.) On the other hand, Stella is relatively more sedate, rounded and grounded.

StellaNude has a strong opening and a subtle drydown, and the punchy pepper note gives StellaNude a youthful and playful edge. Stella is softer and carries a feminine elegance, and its intensity is released more steadily.

Stella is an eau de parfum and StellaNude is an eau de toilette, and I do think that Stella lasts longer.

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The bottle has the same shape as that of Stella but it features facets in pale blush pink (instead of deep plum).

Overall, I prefer Stella. But what I like about StellaNude is that, while it is certainly instantly recognizable as part of the Stella family, it is different enough from all the other members to warrant its own identity. I think it is another successful modern interpretation of a rose fragrance. Compared with Stella, it will probably appeal to slightly younger consumers.

StellaNude is currently available in Eau de Toilette (30ml, 50ml, and 100ml) and Linen Scented Mist (125ml).

(The product featured in this article is provided by Stella McCartney.)

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

miss wiggle Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Oh are you into fragrances too, PJ? Didn't know! Great review! I am fascinated by scent, but I don't collect perfumes as I do makeup. Perhaps it's because I'm not much of an olfactory person… ;P

Hope you had a fantastic New Years!!


PJ Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Hi Miss Wiggle,

Thank you very much, and I hope your 2010 has started off well!

I don't think I am into fragrances as much as I am into makeup, but I do wear fragrances regularly and I enjoy testing out new scents in the shops. I have actually planned to talk about some of the fragrances that I have in the coming months. I hope you will enjoy the posts!

Thank you very much for stopping by again! :)


innerchild Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm a long-time reader, and I just wanted to let you know that I've quoted you in my post for Shiseido d Program, I couldn't find another source ( It's for their cleanser. I've yet to try other products from the brand but I really am impressed with the cleanser. Thanks for introducing us to this brand, your blog is just full of helpful!


PJ Monday, January 11, 2010

Hi Innerchild,

You are very welcome!

Thank you for quoting me and for letting me know about your review. I am very glad that you like the cleanser!

I have linked to your review from my post on Shiseido d Program. I am sure many people will find your review to be helpful.

Thank you very much for stopping by again! :)


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