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Mary J. Blige My Life Carol`s Daughter for women

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Mary J. Blige, in the cooperation with Carol’s Daughter, launches her first fragrance in July 2010, named after her second album my Life from 1994. She dedicated this perfume to all women and their everyday lives.

The perfume opens with gardenia petals, Bartlett pear and white freesia. The heart reflects tuberose, jasmine, golden lily and apricot blossom, while the base features cashmere wood, praline, sesame and incense.

My Life is available in a 50 ml bottle with additional clutch purse. One dollar of every bottle sale will be donated to the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now.

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Gardenia Freesia Pear

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Jasmine Tuberose Lily Apricot Blossom

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Cashmere Wood Praline Sesame

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Mary J. Blige My Life Fragrance Reviews

greenelf
greenelf

I am cautious about celeb fragrances, but got a chance to try this one on and was both surprised and impressed with it--lasting, mature and womanly, with a lot of prescence--and when I found it marked down to nothing at TJ Maxx, I picked it up, along with "My Life Blossom"--which seems to have the same base, but a little lighter and fresher. Jasmine and tuberose---they speak to me and I wear them well. This is a celeb scent with character--like Ms. Blige, it is strong and it can REALLY sing!!

Sep
29
2014
essence_of_chinchilla
essence_of_chinchilla

This fragrance reminds me alot of Halle Berry's "Halle" perfume (minus the heavy fig note.) In my opinion "My Life" is better composed. It's not as cloying, and I really love the gardenia! I disagree with the reviewers who say this smells old fashioned. I'm in my early 30's and My Life works quite well for me. If you are mostly into light fruity florals I would pass on this one, but I think it's quite beautiful.

Aug
09
2014
aym
aym

I bought this at Marshalls today and I am so glad I did. I had never smelled it in fact didn't even know the notes. The bottle is what caught my attention it was lovely. When I got home I sprayed it and knew as soon as I did that it wasn't just the bottle that I liked. I never knew that I liked gardenia until I smelled this fragrance. It is smooth and settles so nicely. I wish there was another bottle since the bottle I got wasn't very big. I would say if I thought the scent was dated but I think it is fresh, smooth and worth my top shelf.

Aug
08
2014
fashionista
fashionista

I really wanted to like this but it reminded me of a perfume that I hate: Michael Kors Michael. It's the tuberose that stands out most to my nose. If you are a fan of strong white florals you will like this.

Aug
02
2014
PerfumeLoveKK22
PerfumeLoveKK22

'My Life' is an elusive beauty! Of course 'My life' has the most common florals in the perfumery world; but florals are pleasantly working together . The pear adds this freshness and oomph that helps it prevent the "old grandma" scent many of us despise. I can imagine 'My Life' being worn by a bride on her wedding day. The sweet woodiness in the base is out of this world, I've never smelled anything like it. It's super long lasting and projects very well. Two thumbs up for this baby!

Jul
18
2014
eliasradiance
eliasradiance

really wonderful floral scent , I love the fresh jasmine smell in it .the bottle is so lovely , and I am happy to know that during purchasing this fragrance I donated a one dollar to empower and support women campaign . excellent fragrance for summery day use .

Update :
I sprayed some of it in my wrist at 6:00 AM and now it is 12:00 PM the scent still exist close to my skin without reaching the sweet base yet, because I still smell the floral notes only , the sillage is moderated ( radiates within arm length) at the first two hours and then it becomes close to the skin.

The beginning is fresh floral, for me it was a little bit edgy but you can still tolerate it, in contrast to the extremely edgy floral perfume of Rihanna, Reb'l Fleur.

I love it !!

Jan
26
2014
Thomasania
Thomasania

I received this from a giveaway and although I don't wear it that often, it is really nice. I'm not much of a floral person but I do like Gardenia and Tuberose if they are done well. Well they are blended nicely in this scent. It reminds of walking into a Bath and Body Works store when they have released their summer scents. I can't say which scent of theirs this reminds me of in particular because they blend together to me, but I think My Life would fit perfectly in the mist of their collection. With that being said, it is a keeper. Thanks to all the great people who participate in giveaways, because without their generosity I might have missed out on this one.

Oct
06
2013
Denoula
Denoula

This has much to recommend it; good floral notes of tuberose and freesia to me. However, the pear comes on too strong for my taste and I regretfully call it a 'dislike'.
Massive lasting power.

Sep
23
2013
Jitterbug Perfume Lover
Jitterbug Perfume Lover

A few years back, I was going to live in New Orleans, so I spent months at a time there getting situated. It's such a different city when you live there versus a quick visit during Mardi Gras or Jazzfest. Once the tourists go home, there is a quiet sexiness that is so intimate. There is absolutely no other city on earth like it. The city has such a sexy, sultry vibe. It oozes sexiness. I think it's a combination of the humidity, the heat, the art, the music, the history, the food -- all combine into this over-the-top sultriness. It takes quite a bit of restraint to rein it all in, which is where the Southern code of conduct comes in. There are so many rules for Southern women to follow, and as a Californian, I found it constricting at first, until I understood that the vibe of the city, the sultriness, could overwhelm you if you weren't careful.

One of my favorite things to do in New Orleans is to walk around the Garden District or Uptown at night. The gardens there are so unbelievably lush and they really come alive at night. I also MUST have a praline or two after dinner, so I KNEW by the notes, that I would LOVE this perfume, but I never expected that it would remind me of these quite evenings in my beloved city.

The entire composition is a lush green garden, in bloom on a humid night. I get Lily and Lily of the Valley plus the dry rice, then in about 20 minutes that fades into the background and the green green Gardenia heart in bloom under the moonlight takes center stage, along with a sexy clean Southern soap. This dominates for hours. It's very restrained, compared to other gardenia tuberose scents that I own. My first impression was that it would make a great first date scent - for when you want to be sexy enough to get noticed, but not send the wrong message - this requires the perfect balance of restraint; something this perfume masters. Finally, a tuberose joins in and softens the gardenia a bit and the two walk hand-in-hand into the moonlight joined by the sweet praline woodsy dry down.

All I can say is WOW! Thank you for that journey in a bottle. This is a new favorite. I expected a lot from a perfume from Carol's Daughter, especially one by Mary J. Blige. MY LIFE is a song about being at peace, being content with what your life has become, and looking within. This perfume is a perfect rendition of the song, but it's also so much more! It's an intimate walk with your love in the gardens at night; thinking about life and love and peace. Bravo!

Sep
08
2013
followmyscent
followmyscent

I'm not a celeb fragrance follower yet this smells smooth,warm and relaxing on me. I like to forget I have it so I can rediscover it all over again:)

May
21
2013
ojosverdes
ojosverdes

I sampled this over the weekend and I was extremely disappointed with the scent. It smelled dated and of rotten fruits. Will not recommend this to anyone!

Apr
08
2013
Cybernoir
Cybernoir

I was interested in this perfume for two reasons: I love gardenia, and I am a fan of the niche beauty care line from Carol's Daughter.

As much as I love gardenia perfumes, I find many to be flawed in some way. I still wear them, and in many cases love them, but since the demise of Jungle Gardenia, a good gardenia is hard to find. This is no Jungle Gardenia, but this is a good gardenia, and a solid contender in the arena of contemporary gardenia fragrances, especially considering it's cost.

The gardenia note is a green gardenia, not a fully ripe, and turning brown around the lips, gardenia. On me, it opens with gardenia prominent, and a peppery freesia that contributes to the green note. The pear is noticeable, but not intensive, and is a pear with a green characteristic.

To me, it is less synthetic or chemical than the Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia. Also less potent: silage and projection is moderate, as is longevity. I am not sure you can get this kind of well-behaved gardenia without losing monster projection. This is an office and daytime-friendly gardenia.

It is based on a white accord of tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine, with the addition of a soapy LOTV (not the lily). About an hour or two after application it is a little too soapy. To me, gardenia should smell dirty to smell authentic, although LOTV works well with this greenish gardenia.

The lily comes on strong once the heart opens, but does not last as long as I would like. The heart is sweeter than the opening: the tuberose, jasmine, and orange blossom comprising the gardenia accord, joined by tuberose and jasmine. Along with apricot blossom, this could easily have become overwhelmingly sweet, but does not.

Although more of a white floral than a gardenia perfume, the gardenia remains distinct throughout. It is never a sweet gardenia, always dry and green. The fruit note is very well balanced and not prominent. I get more of a peachy vibe from the apricot blossom, than I do pear.

I sense more cashmere wood than praline on drydown, which on me is woody and musky, and never sweet.

I turned the box and the bottle over, and both stated Made in Brooklyn. I take this to mean that Carol's Daughter didn't outsource their first foray into the celebrity fragrance market. The bottle is great: easy to hold and spray, deceptively small (read: fits in my already stuffed perfume drawers) and is an attractive shape.

Overall, I like this, and feel that I will get a lot of use out it.

Mar
25
2013
kattassah
kattassah

Smells like gardenia but not sweet at all. Quite bitter, actually. I don't smell any pear or pralines; nothing but under-ripe gardenia. I'll have to pair it with something to be able to finish this bottle.

Mar
15
2013
nargis
nargis

I love gardenia and have a large collection of contemporary and vintage fragrances that feature gardenia and tuberose. "My Life" is really quite good and stands up to some of the better gardenia fragrances. For me it starts off with a cool, fresh gardenia and then warms into tuberose and what could be called a jasmine grandiflora. The dry down is woody and full of chocolate and toffee. The bottle is substantial and even the larger size EDP fits my small hand. I enjoy this fragrance day or night, in winter more than the warmer seasons of the year.

Feb
12
2013
boardbat
boardbat

this is all about tuberose and gardenia. but, not in an old fashioned sense. i am also getting lots and i mean lots of orange notes as it dries down. (even tho none are listed) mixed with the praline, it reminds me of those chocolate oranges. i don't know where any of this is coming from, but from a scent that i thought was going to be an over the top floral has turned into somewhat of a gourmand with a flowery twist. very different and likable.

Jan
02
2013
southernbelle
southernbelle

I decided to grow up and leave the celebrity fragrances alone. But I did find this gift set and was intrigued. I love MJB and was expecting a more modern and complex scent . This is a classic scent with intense notes of gardenia. I would expect this frangrance from the Queen of Soul (Aretha Franklin) not the Queeen of Hip Hop Soul. Thankfully my aunt is having her 60th Birthday next week. I will be re-giftibg this beautiful set.

Nov
20
2012
mamasgotguns
mamasgotguns

This smells just like shampoo and every other celebrity fragrance out there, especially reminds me of Jlo anything.

To be fair, I am not a white floral fan. I was hoping this would be unique though.

Jul
03
2012
jonr951
jonr951

I FINALLY got to smell My Life at Marshalls the other day. I enjoy it far more than Blossom and would not mind a bottle of it in my collection. The one I found open was the only one there so I'm going to have to go searching for it. I LOVE tuberose and white florals now. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! : )

Jun
25
2012
roseredlolita
roseredlolita

I got this in a gift set I love the perfume it's not too loud but the body wash don't make enough suds to make me feel clean though it smells really nice but if you get the gift set don't use the body wash it don't do that good.

Jun
13
2012
NYCTiffany
NYCTiffany

I enjoy this Fragrance. The Gardenia is really strong though, so if you dont like Gardenia then dont buy this. I say its great for day or night, you just dont want to wear too much because then you run the risk of smelling like a old church lady or like you fell asleep on top of Gardenias. I would not wear this fragrance on a really hot day because its too strong. But when worn lightly it smells very nice, and when it fades it smells very high end!

Jun
11
2012
Bklynlatinlady
Bklynlatinlady

The scent is great, the sweetness is very strong at first, but it softens to a beautiful scent. I do love the scents she mixed together though. It would've been better if she lightened the sweetness. She gets my Kudos for this being her first scent.

Jun
08
2012
aqua76239
aqua76239

I found this yesterday for very cheap price so I couldn't resist. Gardenia and tuberose are amoung my favorite flowers so this was no brainer for me. Actually, I bought this at the same time as MK(which I got for bargain price of $10!)so I can compare. I can see why some reviwers saying it simular to MK or KK because both have tuberose/gardenia but that's where the resemblence ends. My Life has a very distinct pear note and praline which is making it much more sweet and fruity then MK scent which is all about tuberose and incense. In My Life, gardenia note is distinctive but it doesn't dominate this scent. I didn't think I would like pear and gardenia together but it works. This is almost a combination of fruity floral and gormand notes, hard to describe, I would really suggest that you sample this scent for yourself.
I love the bottle, its very pretty and looks expensive. I definately would like to try My Life Blossom now. I don't think this is "old church lady" unlike some reviewers although my DH declares all gardenia/tuberose scents as "old lady", I still have to figure out why, LOL

May
07
2012
sharyssa
sharyssa

and p.s. this DOES NOT SMELL LIKE MICHAEL KORS NOR KIM KARDASHIAN FRAGRANCES! IT HAS A SMELL ALL IT'S OWN THEIR IS FRUIT IN IT AND IT IS DETECTABLE! IT IS NOT ALL TUBEROSE AND GARDENIA! TRY SMELLING IT BEFORE WRITING A REVIEW.

May
07
2012
sharyssa
sharyssa

when I smelled the sample a while ago at carol's daughter store i didn't like it but that was a spray on a paper strip. I found a 1.7 oz bottle the other day for $14.99 at tjmaxx and the bottle is so cute i like the heavy cap with her name engraved on the top and the heaviness of the bottle it fits well in my hand and not to mention the box is pretty gold with small hearts anyway on to the scent it has fruity notes but it is very grown up it is a warm scent kind of reminds me of queen of hearts but not spicy. I wore it yesterday and it lasts long. I am actually on the prowl for another bottle hopefully a gift set? I honestly like this fragrance very much and i want to try my life blossom next. walmart also has the 1.0 oz gift sets of my life i seen it in the sales flyer they are $22.00

May
07
2012
kimberlylizkennedy
kimberlylizkennedy

To me this is a less complex, less strong version of Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.
Estee's smells STRONG and is a slap in your face, bug up your nose Gardenia and Tuberose smelling like the genuine petals! No detection of the other notes. Mary's is softer, smells slightly less real than the true Gardenia and Tuberose...But nothing a typical person that is not familiar with notes would notice...I can detect the wood only in the dry down of Mary's. I compared this with Michael Kors, and Kim Kardashian, and although there are slight differences, they are quite similar. So my opinion is if you want a true SUPER strong Gardenia, go with Estees,if you can afford it. Marys is similar, but lighter, and not as quite as true ( but a very good twin), If you want a more softer flowery Gardenia, go with Kims, if you want a Gardenia that is nice and stays true, never to strong, remaining true, even in the dry down, go with Michaels.

Apr
28
2012
SandraV
SandraV

On drydown this smells exactly like Avon's Far Away on me-I have that scent and wouldn't be able to tell the two apart if side by side.

Oct
01
2011
funcaramelqt
funcaramelqt

I don't understand why reviewers are calling it a granny scent?? If your grandmother is wearing MY LIFE then she is surely smelling GOOD! This fragrance is by far one of my top 5's! I receive so many compliments by passerby's that I should have wore a banner stating, "I am wearing MY LIFE by MJB!" To try to explain the scent is really hard but I will try. I hardly smell the pear but you get a fresh sweet smell of gardenia and freesia. ( it is almost like a sweet honey/praline scent with a splash of floral (jasmine and gardenia). It has great sillage and will last all day at work. The bottle's top is very heavy and the blown heart shaped glass is beautiful! I would most definitely purchase this fragrance again and again from HSN! Also, I received her roller ball with her signature lip gloss which has a minty taste, doesn't cake very moisturizing, and looks so good on caramel skin.

Apr
22
2011
APassionateJourney
APassionateJourney

I'm starting to get into tuberoseyish fragrances now, as long as the Tuberose doesn't overpower all of the other notes, so I set out to find a tuberose scent without really knowing I was doing that. I smelled this fragrance on a wrist band that MJB doused her fragrance on and handed them out to fans at the essence festival and it smelled good but when I smelled it in a magazine on a hot day the Tuberose dominated everything.

I re-smelled it in a magazine and it smelled sooo nice and sweet but definitely not too sweet and not too strong this time. I ordered this and the rollerball from HSN. On the skin the tuberose is subdued. I really like this!

The bottle's top is so heavy that it makes the whole bottle seem heavy and I like that. I don't like it when a bottle feels like a cloud. Good job, Mary

Dec
21
2010
guest_SWEET
guest_SWEET

I LOVE IT! I get so many compliments when I wear this fragrance. It has a wonderfully scent that last all day.

I love you Mary!!!

Dec
14
2010
guest_Love This Fragrance
guest_Love This Fragrance

I get so many compliments when I wear this fragrance. It was a wonderfully fresh scent that last all day!!! Great Job.

Dec
10
2010
iset
iset

I would like to try this fragrance. The above reviews are not good, I will not let this deter me. I am an old lady any way.
I have tried My Life,It does remind me of Michael Kors, the gardenia, really stands out on me. I like the scent. I am very fickle when it comes to perfume, my mood is constanly changing.If I wear a fragrance two days in a row, that means I really like it.

Sep
19
2010
guest_
guest_

Had it delivered immediately & love the fragrance...u r scented with Mary J. all day...LOVE IT

Aug
09
2010
guest_
guest_

When I first tried this I thought WHOA,tuberose was really strong,but I hung in there and once it settled in, it became softer, sillage is amazing. I want to like this scent but the tuberose overpowers it.Sorry.

Aug
07
2010
adrienn99
adrienn99

can someone write a propert review not just using the word older woman or granny? this is on one side offending , on the other meaningless with regards to perfumes. thanks

Aug
05
2010

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