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Empress Sean John for women

Empress Sean John for women
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Total people voted: 113
female 25- 25+
male 25- 25+

I have it: 114 I had it: 25 I want it: 47

main accords
fruity
citrus
sweet
tropical
warm spicy
woody

Sean "Diddy" Combs launches a new women's perfume under his Sean John fragrance collection in 2011. Empress is the female equivalent of the I Am King fragrance from 2008.

„I created Empress for the woman who is powerful beyond all others. She is greater than a queen; she is the ruler of her universe", said Sean to wwd.

Created by IFF perfumers, Empress is designed as a crisp floral scent. The top notes are key lime pie accord, mandarin, star fruit and cranberry. The heart consists of raspberry, peony, passion flower, cardamom and ambrette seed, followed by notes of vanilla, sandalwood, crystallized caramel and second skin accord in the base.

The fragrance is available as 50 and 100 ml EDP and 200 ml scented body lotion.

Perfume rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 113 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Lime Mandarin Orange Carambola (Star Fruit) Cranberry

Middle Notes
Cardamom Ambrette (Musk Mallow) Peony Passion Flower Raspberry

Base Notes
Musk Sandalwood Vanille Caramel

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This perfume reminds me of  
I Am King
3 no yes
Guess Dare
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Eau de Cartier
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Cool Water
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Empress Fragrance Reviews

dilqna
dilqna

I just bought this one ! I am still not quite sure do I like it , but I am sure that this is A MAN FRAGRANCE ! And this is what makes me crazy my cousin love it , nothing feminine in that one is 100% a man perfume,even the bottle reminds me a man perfume . I don't know am I gonna use it or I will give it away to my father or cousin ! Citrus too much dominate , it's strong but ladies this is not for us !

Nov
26
2016
Southern Blonde
Southern Blonde

Empress is a sweet fruity Oriental. I thought the opening to this scent was pretty bizarre, not Womanity by Thierry Mugler kind of bizarre, just different. It smells like lime and almost like a faint echo of Virgin Island Water by Creed. The citrus is pretty strong and a bit masculine like a man's after shave and something out of an old school barbershop for men. The passion fruit and carambola star fruit is really the best part of the fragrance. Fortunately for me and on me these 2 notes are the strongest accords. It smells tropical, like a beach scent. I love to wear fragrances that are like that because I live in Florida and I spend a lot of time either at the beach or near the beach. I grew up in Charleston South Carolina and enjoy cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Aquatic scents beach scents and tropical scents are my favorite. On the downside this is not a floral and I like my perfumes to have a floral aspect. This is mostly a fruity gourmand. A raspberry is here to make it girly and sweet. The caramel and vanilla begin to emerge as the scent progresses and gets into the dry down phase. Just a sweet and very lovely fruity caramel scent. Not candied, definitely richer and more full bodied but very fresh and youthful.

May
06
2016
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

Empress is a weird Oriental gourmand scent. To me it evokes Malaysia or Indonesia or the Philippines with tropical scents in the air. The carambola star fruit and passion flower are decidedly tropical and a bit aquatic. The soft peony gives it a sweetness and the citrus are rather strong and a bit like the opening to men's colognes. The rest of the fragrance wears like a spicy women's evening perfume. It's sexy, aromatic, fruity and sweet, especially toward the end. I smell a lot of cranberry and raspberry and a vanilla note as it dries down. There is also a bit of musk and some woods that is other than the Oriental sandalwood. There could be a touch of rosewood here. It smells ancient in a beautiful way. I envision an Asian Empress ruling an island kingdom long ago and history never recorded her name or her reign. It's sweet and strong, powerful but also delicate. It's multi faceted and very unique among my fragrance collection.

Mar
08
2016
celebrity89
celebrity89

I love the beginning, but the drydown is to musky and harsh.
Update: Bought a small bottle, and upon closer inspection, BLECH!
Way too bracing, going straight to my boyfriend's table.

Jan
17
2016
Fragaria
Fragaria

This is nothing but a bottle full of every pleasant word in the dictionary. I can't find a single fault. It's summery alright, but is substantial enough to wear all winter too. What a nice surprise!

Jan
16
2016
Lybarra118
Lybarra118

I agree with a lot of the reviewers. Empress does have a masculine feel at first, and then it dries down to Cool Water. I have no complaints, it's really nice and great for every day. I don't really have anything like it in my collection.

Jan
16
2016
rhaineclayton
rhaineclayton

Fizzy citrus soap smell. Clean but a tad sour (could just be the citrus on my skin). Kinda ok but not really my thing. Blind buy.

Jan
01
2015
Mdox407
Mdox407

Just received this in the mail yesterday and I wore it to my second job (which is at a restaurant.)
I agree with everyone in saying that it most definitely smells masculine upon first application...but in my opinion and experience...that is not a bad thing. I love variety and I love fragrances that can sometimes give you "the unexpected." This fragrance deff is not a boring, "run of the mill" generic perfume. I like it. I get diff notes at diff times wearing it. The first time I wore it...I got mostly citrusy notes. Now that I'm wearing it today...I get a lot more woody notes than I did yesterday. Anyway...overall the smell is very pleasant...VERY CLEAN! Deff a crowd pleaser...I can't really see anybody cringing at the smell of this as you pass by so that's a plus!

Reasonably priced...pleasant smell...and performance was MOST DEFINITELY NOT bad for the $22 that I paid for a 3.4 oz bottle!

Overall scent : 8
Longevity : 5-6 hours
Sillagge : A couple feet away. Decent, while not being in your face or "filling a room."

Overall score : I would give this a 7 or an 8.
Thumbs up Sean John!

Also as a side note....this was my very first Sean John fragrance. I think I'm going to try Unforgivable for men now :)

Nov
19
2015
bekah
bekah

So, I found a 1 fl oz. bottle of Empress at Marshall's today for $3.99 and grabbed it because it was so cheap! I wasn't sure if I would like it or not but for 4 bucks I figured I might as well get it. After I paid and got into my car, I sprayed it in the air and could not smell anything at all. I really did think I bought a small bottle of water. But I sprayed it one more time right next to me and I could smell it...and I liked it! I sprayed it on my arm and the first spray is very citrusy and a little manly but in a few minutes it gets really good. It gets sweeter and the citrus stays constant. At least it stayed that way on me. It is not a strong scent, but I like perfumes like that. You don't have to worry about giving anyone a headache :) Also, the bottle is super plain looking so don't judge just based on the bottle because this one is actually really good!

Nov
17
2015
kiristarr
kiristarr

Slightly masculine in the initial moments, Empress ultimately smells like watermelon bubble gum on me, but I like it very much as a summer aquatic. I bought a 30 ml bottle for $3.99 USD at Marshalls today. At that price, it's damn near earned itself a love rating.

Nov
04
2015
Konga5000
Konga5000

Under 5 dollars from Marshall's "pick n' save" rack. Nicely surprised! Sunny cute daytime frag. Has a bit of a "bamboo" smell in the dry down--as well as a slight "foodie" smell that I cannot quite describe. Like a few people below said "unisex" ....yeah . Blind Buy OK!

Oct
29
2015
Sasha75
Sasha75

Just bought this for 10 dollars AUD. Absolutely love this, it's fresh and fruity and perfect for a hot, summer day. The only thing is that I don't think it lasts long on my skin! Oh well, it was only 10 bucks for a 30ml EDP.I was pleasantly surprised with this fragrance, can't wait to start wearing it!

Oct
28
2015
TLight
TLight

My initial reaction after sniffing the bottle was that this might be a men’s fragrance. That early analysis was quickly changed by the delicate floral notes that preceded. The peony mixed with a spark of lime delivers a refreshing twist. Cool star fruit blends well with the sandalwood notes and makes this a tranquil yet delicate fragrance that I look forward to wearing during the day. A welcome addition to my perfume collection.

Aug
31
2015
Cel405
Cel405

I also spotted one lonely bottle of this at T.J. Maxx today for $3.99. Truthfully, I didn't know a whole lot about this going in, but based on some reviews, I thought it would be something I'd like. It's actually quite nice. The lime is the first thing that hits me. It definitely more fruity-lime, rather than a sugary candy type of lime. About a split second after I sprayed it, I detected an almost men's cologne note. It wasn't bad, just unexpected. Once it settled a bit though, the masculinity in it dwindled down, and I could smell the sandalwood, caramel, and other fruity scents come through. To me, this is fresh and light, with just enough depth to it to keep it from being boring. This would make a good choice for someone who doesn't want to drown a room with scent. The only negatives (for me) are that I do wish it was a bit stronger and lasted longer than 3 hours for me.

Aug
09
2015
Emilee1978
Emilee1978

On me , it smells very citrus and soapy. I might like it for summer, we'll see . I bought it for $2.99 at TJ Maxx so even if I toss it, it's worth it.

Aug
08
2015
pg1864
pg1864

My husband LOVES this on me! He hardly ever buys me fragrances and he immediately went to get me some of this! I just wish it lasted a little longer than it does.

Aug
04
2015
shellapoo
shellapoo

Looking at all of the fruit notes listed, I don't know what possessed me to buy this perfume. (Maybe the $5 price tag?) I normally don't like fruity scents at all on my skin. But what a happy accident that I ended up buying this despite my preconceived notions! This is really beautiful...and super sexy!!! I normally get a sharp, unpleasant, almost bitter effect from citrus notes, but not here. I almost always detest any and all berries...my skin makes them rotten upon impact. Smelling my wrist and really trying to pin down exactly what my nose is detecting in this lovely concoction, I don't get the uber-fruity concoction that I would have expected. What I do get it a fresh, mildly sweet, very mildly floral, very warm and comforting, almost edible in a sexy way, scent. Does that even make sense? I think the creamy warmness of the vanilla and sandalwood along with the distinct, delicious caramel could be responsible for the uniqueness of this frag, at least in my collection. I am wearing this for the first time today. I can't wait until my husband gets home. He is sensitive to perfumes and isn't a fan of many. I have a feeling this one may get a different reaction...I hope so!

Jun
01
2015
Rie60
Rie60

I like this one, but can tell right off that it doesnt have staying power. However it's VERY refreshing, lots of clean bright lime and delecate fruit- but I detect florals also- doesn't say. This would be really nice if it had more power, but all in all a nice summer freshner.

May
30
2015
perfumeglam87
perfumeglam87

light, masculine, a bit sweet & creamy. if you like tommy girl, cool water, mont blanc presence type fragrances you will like this..it's a nice and sexy unisex scent. not at all sugary sweet. but a bit creamy sweet. fall/winter scent.

May
29
2015
perfumeprincess 91
perfumeprincess 91

so I didn't even know he had fragrances for women so i'm all late lol now on to the perfume I found it on ebay for $.5.49 just like the other ladies on here and well... I just couldn't get into this one for it reminds me of a can of glade clean linen or some kind of ocean breeze house spray lol sorry I don't know why but it's coming off a little strong to me it doesn't give me life I wanted to like it but just can't i'm not sure if maybe I let it set for awhile it might grow on me but I may just consider placing it for sale! on ebay not sure yet I sell perfume on ebay look me up perfume by princess I have the 1.0 fl oz 30ml bottle just came in the mail today only sprayed once! plastic still on box
are I may consider doing a swap

Mar
24
2015
Shoota#1
Shoota#1

This is a good one ladies. I must agree with the most recent reviews. THanks for being helpful and my wife smells amazing in this perfume!

Feb
17
2015
paganpurge
paganpurge

Thanks to the two previous reviewers, I also got a one ounce bottle on eBay for a fiver. I am so glad I did! It is so fresh and delicious that I have caught myself reapplying through the day just to refresh the scent. I think I will buy a bigger bottle!

Feb
05
2015
Shimone
Shimone

Thx to Kaypops,I too got this gem off of EBay for five bucks;thank you so much sweetie!!!


I'm from Louisiana and it's almost carnival here...the first thing that came to mind after spraying on Empress was a lavish Mardi Gras ball! I can totally see myself wearing this to the upcoming ball,all made up,formally dressed with a mask,wearing beads,second lining to jazz music while Louisiana cuisine,& king cake fill the air! On my skin I get key lime pie,sandalwood, caramel, & that I hugged a man wearing I Am King. IMO the name Empress fits this fragrance well!

Jan
27
2015
kaypops
kaypops

Gosh this smells good! I got a bottle of this for 5 bucks off e-bay brand new! I think it smells amazing! Super sexy and different then any other perfume I have.

Jan
20
2015
skitten
skitten

My Empress SJ, EDP arrived today, a blind buy which I bought on weegee's Review written on here.
I am so happy I now have a bottle, I need to get more.
Definately tangy, but sweet limes, mandy's, soft vanilla, opulent caramels, passionate passion flowers, spices and all things delightful.
It sits close to my skin and I have to keep sniffing my arm, I don't mind, as it smells like sweet lime/mandy heaven, like a tangerine dream.
I think I will tape my arm to my head... but I won't as I have work to do. I do not find this masculine at all, but if a man wore it I would not complain, just would make him pretty enticing.
Thanks weegee, another wonderful perfume I will add to my favorites.

Jan
06
2015
greengrl
greengrl

I wasn't sure what to expect with this fragrance. I picked it up for such a good price that I couldn't resist. It starts off very strongly with lime. You can also picked up on the mandarin. Once it starts to settle, the berries come in and sweeten and the sandelwood softens the citrusy notes.

I agree with those who say it smells a little masculine but only during the initial stage. It's a good day time fragrance for those looking for a fruity scent.

Aug
16
2014
amy1983
amy1983

This perfume makes me think of Italy,for some reason. I think it's the lime and the starfruit. I do smell lime,but it's a zesty lime,not key lime pie,like others have stated. This smells like mens' soap.
This is not overly feminine. It's quite dry and woodsy. The bottle is quite regal-looking,too,though I'm not sure what an Empress is supposed to smell like.
This is what I thought K&L's Unbreakable Bond was going to smell like. I like this much better.
This is a pleasant scent,and very affordable.

Jan
18
2014
weegee
weegee

Cranberries, limes, caramels and sandalwood are an unlikely combination but... they're the stars in this production and together they're GORGEOUS! Sweet & tangy-tart. Absolutely delicious. (Reminds me bit of B. Spears' Believe, another lime/caramel treat but there the savory is patchouli and here it's sandalwood.)

I, too, found a 1oz bottle for next to nothing and I'd buy a bigger one if only it lasted more than an hour on my skin. Still, truly enjoyable after an evening shower to enjoy while reading just before sleep. By morning it's gone, leaving the stage free for your fragrance of choice that day.

Jan
11
2014
purrz11
purrz11

A nice, inoffensive lime & sandalwood perfume. The drydown is a little sour. In truth it bores me but I don't hate it. Lasting power- about 3 hours. Low sillage.

May
19
2013
Tamelimul
Tamelimul

I sampled this at Kohls & really liked it. It wasn't like a "wow" scent, but I thought it was nice & the bottle is pretty as well. Good for everyday wear, like to work, and wouldn't be offensive. This is what I wanted the Hilary Duff With Love to be like.. Which I would gladly swap,if someone is interested! But, I wouldn't say this is a quality scent & I wouldn't pay full price for it!

Apr
29
2013
kaejuntun
kaejuntun

Bought this for next to nothing on clearance at Kohl's, couldn't pass up a good bargain. I don't hate this fragrance at all. To me it really smelled like sugared citrus - I didn't think the lime was too harsh, prominent though it was. Empress is linear and straightforward, what you smell at first is really what you get. I don't get masculine or unisex at all, but this isn't super feminine either... kind of hard to nail down. I will agree that the name doesn't suit the fragrance - a perfume called Empress should exude class and sophistication, should be smooth and confident without being too loud or in your face. Sean John's Empress is not these things - "she" is not exactly an imposter, but a pretender to the throne, maybe. I can wear it, and I am sure I will when the mood strikes, but it will most likely never find its way to my deepest affections.

Apr
24
2013
missk
missk

I always review fragrances with an open mind. I might not be a fan of Sean John, (Sean Combs, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy etc), however when I was handed a free sample of Empress, I promised myself that I would test it with all previous opinions aside. I like lime as a note, so I was actually looking forward to my first testing.

Unfortunately, Empress smells quite unappealing on my skin. All those fruit notes, when blended together, smell distracting and synthetic. Forget the dominant note of lime, and picture fruit salad with a dash of cloying vanilla and sandalwood shavings.

In its early stages, Empress was repulsive both on my skin and on a piece of card. This fragrance's biggest mistake was bringing together an array of potent fruit notes, like raspberry, cranberry, star fruit and lime, and thinking that they could work well together. The strong floral accords in the heart only made matters worse. The peony mixed with passion flower and cardamom, is really not my cup of tea.

The drydown was thankfully more subtle, however it had an odd 'play-doh' scent, mostly due to the thick vanilla note. Had I not been an honest reviewer, that believes in experiencing a fragrance through all its stages, I would have scrubbed this fragrance off the second I applied it to my skin.

Empress resulted in a bad headache and a thorough scrub in the shower. Take my word of advice, Unforgivable for Women is a much better fragrance.

Jan
06
2013
RadicalFace
RadicalFace

Too bad that a perfume named Empress smells like this. I was truly disappointed. I don't know what I was expecting but with a name like that I simply found it unfitting.
Also, I was very glad that it wears quickly b/c it's just not to my tastes. It really smells like a kitchen cleaner. A very nice one, but still nonetheless, a kitchen cleaner without over amounts of harsh cleanser.
It's not my cup of tea, but it does have the zingy lemon scent to it. Try it first.
I bought it blind and although it was 20 bucks, I'd rather have the 20 dollars I spent for it in my purse instead of a bottle of this. Sorry no offense to those who enjoy.
Xoxo

Dec
08
2012
starvega
starvega

Wore a sample of this today... to me it is a masculine smell, overlaid with a bit of a citrus zing. Disappears almost immediately after applying. Nothing pleasant in there at all, that I could notice.

Dec
08
2012
talk0
talk0

it is that thing a women has when all eyes are drawn to her
it is when a women has an undefinable thing called it
it is what every women can be
it is now
it is me
it is you
it is Empress by Sean John for Women

my Now, my Future, and my Forever.

Oct
23
2012
aqua76239
aqua76239

I sampled this yesterday and to my surprise liked it quite a bit. Perhaps I should say that I wasn't impressed with Sean John's any other offerings for women so this was a pleasant surprise. Bottle, while nice looking, is rather masculine so I guess I was expecting something more masculine as well. It really isn't. I sprayed one pump on my hand and thought it was rather citrusy. After about a minute, zesty note went away and I was hit with key lime pie. Mmmm, nice. At that point, I was really liking it. It continued to develop into sweet lime pie scent with some caramel at the base notes.
I would have never guessed that this has so many floral notes because it doesn't smell floral at all, neither I don't get anything remotely masculine about this scent, unlike other reviewers. I also don't see this as unisex scent all
Key Lime pie with some cream and mandarins on top is what I get. Lasting power was about an hour so I will have to sample it again to see whether the lasting power improves.

Apr
11
2012
Aspendina
Aspendina

wanted to love this so much but kinda came off smelling a little like a household cleaner :-( but I still think Sean John makes great scents.

Mar
04
2012
danimcneil
danimcneil

I am a bit perplexed with empress. Its very unique! I can see the connection with cool water for women and with a "mens cologne". I would never guess a celebrity would put something out like this. It fresh, zingy, masculine, feminine, and so much more. I DO NOT like masculine scents on myself, yet i find myself craving a bottle of empress...maybe at a good price:) very well done!

Mar
02
2012
MademoiselleMimi
MademoiselleMimi

Didn't wanna like this - since I'm not a fan of Puffy - but it's nice. I get the citrus, wood, and powder notes.

Feb
29
2012
sweetstar1
sweetstar1

I sniffed this from the bottle and sprayed it on paper. To me, it's very cologne like and extremely musky.

Jan
16
2012
LunaPearl
LunaPearl

The scent is not what I expected. I imagined Empress to smell dynamic and diva-like, but suprisingly encountered a sweet orange, citrus fragrance with a dry down that smelled remarkably similar to Davidoff's Cool Water for women.

Its effervescent fragrance smells like something you would wear to a beach party.

Oct
17
2011
smellgoodhallie
smellgoodhallie

I am obsessed with I AM KING & Unforgivable. I just saw an advertisment for this & had no idea he was releasing a new fragrance. I need to smell this ASAP

Sep
02
2011
Guest_sweetgirl
Guest_sweetgirl

clean, woody , manly dry scent...seems very unisex maybe...ill pass

Jul
17
2011
APassionateJourney
APassionateJourney

Smelled this at Macy's today and it smells just like I AM KING by Sean John. I dunno if that means I Am King is really femminine or Empress is really masculine. It smelles like a tad lemony or orangeish like I AM KING. Both are sweet citrus scents. Putting them both on 1 arm I don't think I could really tell the difference

Jul
16
2011

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