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Now We Know What Dolly Parton Smells Like

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I just got my sample of Dolly Parton’s brand-new perfume! Dolly: Scent From Above is a heavenly fragrance… but what does it actually smell like? Read on to find out!

Dolly Debuts Her First Fragrance

Dolly Parton is many things: musician, entrepreneur, theme park owner, and philanthropist. Now she can add “perfumer” to the list!

Many female musicians have discovered the power of developing their own fragrance lines. Britney Spear’s line of over 30 different perfumes contributes significantly to her bottom line. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande all have their own fragrances.

Dolly joins their ranks with Scent From Above, a perfume inspired by her own “signature” scent. She said of her perfume:

Having my own perfume has always been a dream of mine. For as long as I can remember, people have commented on my scent. “What are you wearing?,” “what is that fantastic smell?,” and “where can I get it?” are all questions I have heard daily for more years than I can remember. 

The truth is, I have been blending my own scent for years. It’s a combination of bath oils, powders and perfumes that have become my “signature” and is known everywhere I go. It’s time for me to share this with you. I hope you enjoy!

The full-size perfume, which is topped with one of Dolly’s iconic butterflies and features her signature, is only available through HSN. However, you can score a “discovery size” tester at Scent Beauty for just $10–and if you decide to buy the full-size bottle, you’ll get a $10 discount.

Scent From Above perfume bottle

My tester just came in the mail, and I’m really excited to tell you all about this scent!

Perfume 101: What Are Fragrance Notes?

Perfumes are described as a balance of three notes:

  • Top Notes
  • Middle or Heart Notes
  • Base Notes

You can think of a well-balanced perfume kind of like a three-note chord played on a piano. If one note is off or hit too heavily, then it just doesn’t sound right. Same with fragrances, except with smells instead of sounds. Neat, huh?

Let’s break down the notes in Scent From Above and see how they work together.

Dolly’s Top Notes

The top notes are the scents that hit your nose when you first spritz. They’re usually more delicate and fleeting, fading away as the perfume transforms on your skin. For Dolly’s perfume, the top notes are pear, black currant, mandarin orange, and peony.

The fruit hit me right away the minute I smelled this fragrance. The combination of black currant and pear gave me strawberry vibes, to be honest, but there’s definitely a juiciness to the fruit notes that makes it really fun and playful. Just like Dolly!

Dolly Parton at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Joyful Noise' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on January 9, 2012.

Dolly’s Middle Notes

The middle notes are what you smell once the initial impression of the top notes has receded. In this fragrance, Dolly chose a classic selection of flowers. Jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and vanilla orchid form the heart of the perfume.

For me, this is where the perfume struggles. The overwhelming sweetness of these old-fashioned florals was a little much for my taste. There’s a powderiness to the scent that I don’t love. Thankfully, Scent From Above loses a lot of what I don’t like in a surprising finish.

Dolly’s Base Notes

Base notes are the heavier scents that anchor the perfume. They also last the longest during what’s known as the “dry down.” This happens as the less stable molecules of the top and middle notes evaporate, leaving only the lasting scents of the base notes to warm on your skin.

It’s hard to find a contemporary women’s fragrance that doesn’t have amber as a base note, and Dolly’s is no different. She did opt for tonka bean, a “cousin” to vanilla that isn’t quite as sweet. There’s also a dab of white musk. So far, so standard, but the woodsy notes to this fragrance are what sets it apart.

Sandalwood, patchouli, and–almost shockingly–fir are all woodsy notes. While sandalwood and patchouli are often found in women’s oriental-style fragrances, fir is more often found in men’s cologne.

Scent From Above: Worth Buying or Nah?

Scent Beauty describes the perfume like this:

A playful floral, as soft and spirited as its namesake. Welcome to Dolly’s world, where fruited notes as bright as rhinestones dance and float above irresistible florals, like butterflies in a garden. The earthen scents of southern fir and musk rise up to join them, in a sweet, singular harmony.

Is that kind of extra? Yeah. Do I want to smell like a rhinestone-covered butterfly floating through Dollywood? Um, yes!

Pigeon Forge, TN: December 28, 2019: Dollywood theme park in the city of PIgeon Forge. Dollywood is a major tourist attraction in Tennessee.

If you’re a Dolly Parton fan, then buying this perfume is kind of a no-brainer. That being said, you should always test a new perfume on your skin for at least two hours before deciding to buy it. For me, Scent From Above did turn ever so slightly funky on me during the dry down. I think it’s the fir! I certainly don’t hate it, but it probably won’t become my signature scent.