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Interview with Dita Von Teese

What was your inspiration behind the new fragrance?

About 3 years ago when I started working on this perfume I was dating a guy and we really liked each other, we were walking down the street and he asked me what my perfume was and I told him and he said "my mother wore that fragrance" so I realised I had to either get rid of the man or get rid of the perfume! Scent is a very powerful and emotional thing.  I kept the man for a while but at the same time I was approached to make my own signature scent so it was kind of serendipity and I felt motivated to make something that I felt could replace my favourite perfume.


What was your favourite perfume?

My favourite perfume was a perfume called Quelques Fleurs, it’s a very old fashioned obscure fragrance that not many people know. I’d never met anyone that wore the same perfume so it was shocking to me that that my ex-boyfriend's mother was wearing that.


Do you remember your first fragrance?

My first fragrance was something called Love's Baby Soft, do you have that here in the UK? It’s a lot of American girls' first perfume, and also I liked Lou Lou by Cacharel, that was a little bit after, when I graduated to a real perfume. I still think that’s a beautiful scent.


What are your handbag essentials?

I always have a red lipstick in my bag, and I always have a powder compact, I also carry a mini size of my signature perfume, the bottle is really cute, it's actually my favourite. The bottle is like a little vintage-style amphora with a tassel on it, so I always have that in my bag.


Talk us through your beauty regime and fave products..

I have a lot of beauty products but I don't have a stylist, I don't travel with a glam squad, I do my own hair and make-up for events and everything, so I have a pretty big beauty kit because I love make up. I always have at least ten red lipsticks in my beauty kit because I have so many different shades of red that I love. And I have my own line of make up now with Art Deco cosmetics (available in Debenhams), I started with a very small collection and I'm building it up. So most of my make up that I'm using now is from my Art Deco collection.


Hair wise I use these products called Obliphica by HairKop, I used to always use Pantene and I still think Pantene is a really good product, and people would send me these expensive shampoos and things and I would just try it, but when it came down to it, I'm not spending $50 on a bottle of shampoo that didn’t change my life! So I was very faithful to Pantene for a long time and then one of my friends sent me these products called Obliphica and I think they're kind of expensive but it was the only time that I said OK, I would shell out whatever this cost because I thought it really made a difference.


What do you think the most important thing is when looking after your skin?

I always wash my face first thing in the morning and before I go to bed without fail, I haven't ever gone to bed with make up on, I think that skincare is really important and I’m notorious when my girlfriends come over and even if we're up late drinking and they think they're going to bed with their make up on, i'll throw a make-up wipe on their face saying ‘you better clean your face off! House rules!’


Do you have favourite products?

 I use a MAC cleansing oil, because I wear a lot of eyeliner and a lot of stage make up and this really dissolves all of it when you add water to it, it emulsifies. Also Darphin makes a really nice aromatic cleanser, it’s a cleansing balm, and I love the smell of it.


Do you get any treatments that you could recommend?

I have a good dermatologist who doesn’'t have a bunch of lasers in his office, he's really about the health of the skin and he said to me, "you know, none of those creams are going to change your life, just find something that you like the texture of and you like the fragrance or whatever, you like the jar, I don't care, and use that!" And other than that I always use something that has a sunscreen in it during the day, I think sun protection is really important.


What is your dressed down look when you’re at home relaxing?

My dressed-down look is usually simple ballet flats and usually I wear a lot of my vintage clothes during the day, like a full-skirted dress or Capri pants with a simple blouse, I like to be comfortable. Dresses with full skirts alway feel very comfortable to me with a ballet flat.


Where do you shop?

When I want to splurge on something I look to my favourite designers and see who’s doing clothes that have a nostalgic feel, I like to shop in Burberry because they’re often making things that are my style. And then also I love Roland Mouret, that nice figure-hugging look, so generally, I look for which designers are into my style when I want to buy new clothes. And then on the other hand I do a lot of vintage shopping. I have a couple of different favourite stores around Los Angeles that I go to. One of them is called The Way We Wore and then there’s also these vintage fairs that happen twice a year in L.A. and so I go to those, and I like to shop for vintage on eBay too.


Whose style do you love?

I like eccentric dressers, I love Tilda Swinton, I think she always looks really chic, every time I see her she looks amazing and I can't take my eyes off of her, she's so beautiful, like a sphinx cat , she’s just so gorgeous and has a really distinctive style.


Dita Von Teese’s first fragrance Dita Von Teese is available now in Boots stores nationwide, RRP £18.00.

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