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Beauty: Could your scent seduce a star?; To help you decide which perfume to buy this Christmas, we asked three sexy celebs to tell us which scents turn their heads...

Byline: Words: Lynne Michelle

OUR STAR SNIFFERS

Mark Owen

We fell for former Take That star Mark all over again in Celebrity Big Brother. Now he's back as a solo star - and he's got a nose for a hit.

Check him out: Mark's new album In Your Own Time is out now (Island)

Luke Hamill

You'll know Luke as The Bill's Dean McVerry, the newest copper on the Sun Hill beat. He's proved he's as good at sniffing out fragrances as he is crooks.

Check him out: The Bill, Weds & Thurs, 8pm, ITV1

Darius

We could barely contain our excitement when the Pop Idol hunk agreed to spritz us, baby, one more time...

Check him out: Darius's autobiography Sink Or Swim is out now (Headline)

Lynne Michelle

Our beauty editor has an extra nostril in the back of her head for sampling fragrances. Probably.

Chic Michael Kors Sheer, from pounds 29

What's in it?

Sicilian lemon, jasmine, tuberose, ylang ylang and honeysuckle

Lynne's verdict

Heady jasmine brings to mind a fragrant Mediterranean garden. Fresh, lush and distinctive.

Mark's verdict

MARK'S FAVOURITE Mmm, this is lovely. I'd want to snuggle up to whoever was wearing this - it's a perfect first date fragrance.

Luke's verdict

Sweet and musky. I like it but I wouldn't buy it. The packaging's too unisex - the bottle's really nondescript.

Darius's verdict

This is pleasant but it lacks character. Looking at the bottle I was expecting an uplifting, feminine fragrance but it was actually a bit forgettable.

Fun-loving Origins Frolic, pounds 25

What's in it?

Honeysuckle, rose, linden blossom, fleur de lis

Lynne's verdict

Nice but not stand-out - very similar to other light florals. Would make a perfect present as it's easy to wear and won't offend anybody.

Mark's verdict

This reminds me of those parma violet sweets. The kind of girl who'd wear this would be young and funky, a real jeans and trainers type. Nice.

Luke's verdict

Quite a young, summery, girlie scent - definitely not an evening perfume. Distinctive in an understated type of way. For unpretentious types.

Darius's verdict

I like honeysuckle but this just smells a bit like air freshener. It's a bit tacky and acrid, to be honest.

Elegant L'Instant

De Guerlain, pounds 31

What's in it?

Citrus, honey, Chinese magnolia, benzoin

Lynne's verdict

Beautiful bottle but the scent doesn't quite live up to it. Luxurious but powdery and slightly old-fashioned - a fur coat kind of fragrance.

Mark's verdict

Classy fragrance that belongs to a slightly older lady - I'm thinking Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut. It's subtle so you want to keep sniffing it.

Luke's verdict

Home counties and ladies of leisure spring to mind with this one. It doesn't appeal to me. It's not a sexy fragrance.

Darius's verdict

This is the ideal Christmas present for your mother. The flowery, mumsy scent and impressive packaging will ensure you an extra helping of turkey. Lovely.

Exotic Estee Lauder

Beyond Paradise,

pounds 27.50

What's in it?

Blue hyacinth, philodendron vines, Brazilian jabuticaba fruit and `Eden's Mist', a watery blend inspired

by the Eden Project

Lynne's verdict

Love the glam packaging but to my nose, the scent itself is a bit Glade plug-in.

Mark's verdict

OK but quite a safe fragrance. It doesn't stand out really and it's a bit potpourri.

Luke's verdict

This is too heavy for day wear. It's strong but definitely a feminine scent. I'd buy it for my mum. It's got a glamorous feel to it.

Darius's verdict

I like this - it's serene and calm with cool watery undertones. The mix of hyacinth and orchid is `heaven scent'.

Romantic Givenchy Very Irresistible, pounds 27.50

What's in it?

Rose (five types, no less), star anise, verbena

Lynne's verdict

A real grower. I was a bit underwhelmed at first but it's actually a layered, complex scent that makes you want to keeping smelling it.

Mark's verdict

Classy and ultra-feminine. It's the sort of fragrance you'd remember on a lady - a nice signature scent.

Luke's verdict

Sexy bottle but this smells a bit like air freshener to me. It would appeal to a more sophisticated type. But I find it quite resistible.

Darius's verdict

Does exactly what it says on the very elegant bottle - a beautiful, fresh scent. I imagine the kind of woman who'd wear this would be sexy and mischievous.

Fruity Cacharel

Amor Amor, pounds 19

What's in it?

Pink grapefruit, Indonesian jasmine, cedar, sandalwood, ambergris

Lynne's verdict

LYNNE'S FAVOURITE Creamy, sexy and very distinctive. A lovely date fragrance that makes skin nuzzleable.

Mark's verdict

This smells very flirty to me. I'm picturing a Spanish-looking girl with a sexy red dress and black high heels. Gorgeous.

Luke's verdict

Floral but with hints of strawberries and cherries too. I like it enough to buy it for someone. For confident women.

Darius's verdict

Wow, this is a real killer fragrance - very sassy and sexy. A musky scent like this is guaranteed to get a man's pulse racing.

Quirky Burberry

Brit, pounds 23

What's in it?

Lime, icy pear, green almond, lime, mahogany wood, vanilla beans

Lynne's verdict

Quirky but gorgeous. One second you think it's sweet and then you catch a hint of the green notes and the soft, seductive vanilla.

Mark's verdict

Reminds me of being on holiday, so it instantly put me in a good mood. It's sweet but not sickly - a happy, good-times smell.

Luke's verdict

LUKE'S FAVOURITE I like this, it's got lots of vanilla and spicy notes. The girl to wear this would be metropolitan, wanting to make a fashion statement.

Darius's verdict

I wasn't keen on the garish bottle but the fragrance itself is playful and fresh. An acquired taste but it definitely stands out from the usual flowery scents.

Sensual Armani

Night, from pounds 30

What's in it?

Blackcurrant, cranberries, purple peonies, lily of the valley, magnolia, myrrh, patchouli

Lynne's verdict

Sensual rather than OTT seductive, it's halfway between a daytime and evening fragrance.

Mark's verdict

This is the kind of fragrance you'd catch a whiff of at a smart London nightclub. It's trendy and chic - I'd turn my head if I smelt it.

Luke's verdict

Not overtly feminine, more of a bold statement for an executive career girl. The packaging is sexy so I think the type of girl would also be quite hot.

Darius's verdict

One of my faves - passion in a bottle. The kind of woman who wears this is devilishly sexy. I reckon this should be in the arsenal of every femme fatale.

Comforting Serge Lutens Un

Bois Vanille, pounds 42

What's in it?

Vanilla, sandalwood, coconut milk, liquorice, beeswax

Lynne's verdict

A real love it or hate it fragrance. It smells a bit sickly at first but does soften on the skin to become very warm and comforting.

Mark's verdict

This smells of candyfloss at a fairground. It's quite a bohemian scent but, to be honest, I'm not very keen. It's a bit too sweet for me.

Luke's verdict

Smells like whisky and brandy and reminds me of Christmas pudding but I'd be alarmed to actually smell this on someone. Definitely not for me.

Darius's verdict

It reminds me of death by chocolate cake - sickly and far too rich. The vanilla is overpowering and the bottle looks cheap.

Fresh Clinique

Simply, pounds 32

What's in it?

Toasted soya nut, soya milk and white dew-laden flowers

Lynne's verdict

Fresh and clean but with enough of a kick to avoid being just another bland daytime fragrance.

Mark's verdict

This reminds me of freshly-washed linen. It's simple but stylish too. The kind of girl who'd wear this would be easy-going and pretty in a very natural way.

Luke's verdict

This smells cosmopolitan, unusual and quite striking. It's fresh and sexy, more of an everyday fragrance with a bit of an edge. I'd buy it for my sister, if I had one.

Darius's verdict

DARIUS'S FAVOURITE

My favourite. It's soft, fresh, demure and delicate - really exquisite. It just brings back happy summer memories.

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