Dolly Parton releases her first fragrance, says it smells ‘like heaven’

Dolly Parton continues to prove that not only is she a savvy philanthropist but that she still got it. Dolly gave $1 million to Moderna for research for the COVID vaccine. Dolly also recreated her Playboy cover shoot to celebrate her her husband Carl Thomas Dean’s 79th birthday. Now Dolly is stepping into the world of beauty. Specifically, she is launching her first signature fragrance for HSN called Scent From Above. Dolly said the fragrance smells heavenly and that she wanted to make something that was a combination of several scents. According to Dolly the scent is both soft and feminine but also long wearing. Dolly also released a theme song for her scent called Sent From Above. Below are a few more details via People:

The “9 to 5” singer made her first foray into fragrance with the debut of Scent from Above, available now exclusively at in a spray ($59), rollerball ($20) and body cream ($30).

“I wanted it to smell like heaven, kind of soft and cloud-like,” Parton tells PEOPLE exclusively of the fragrance, which combines notes of mandarin, peony blossoms, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, musk, patchouli, and more. “That’s why we call it Scent from Above! I thought that was a real good name for it.”

She had strong opinions about what the fragrance should be: “Not one of those perfumes that when you wake up in the middle of the night — it’s too strong, it almost keeps you awake,” she said.

Instead, “I like it to smell soft and feminine. But I like it to last too. I like it to be where it’s like, ‘Ooh, what is that?’ I love that,” she said. “I like it to smell just like something you would want to wear. This one … you feel like you’re laying on a cloud. It smells good!”

Instead of finding one scent she loves and making it her signature, Parton says she’s always been someone who “combines different perfumes.”

“People used to follow me around all through the years saying, ‘What are you wearing? It smells so good.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s a whole lot of different things, so we’ll just call it Dolly.'”

[From People]

I read the ingredients for Dolly’s perfume and it is right up my alley. I love woodsy, spicy and sweet scents. Fragrances with complicated and layered notes are my jam. And I am not mad that Dolly is selling her fragrance exclusively on HSN or that she wants to make several fragrances. Having her first fragrances sold exclusively through HSN will make it easier for those with limited incomes in the U.S. to purchase. I am sure they will be allowed to purchase it on a payment plan (old school I know, but it works). I feel like I can imagine what Dolly would smell like if I hugged her by reading the notes in “Scent From Heaven.” While I understand why Dolly decided to go the route of the Home Shopping Network for her first fragrance, I hope Dolly’s subsequent fragrances have a wider distribution. I believe everyone should have a little piece of Dolly’s fabulousness in their lives. If Dolly’s fragrance was created with the same thoughtfulness as her music then I am sure it will be a hit across generations. I look forward to trying it out.


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  1. Jessica says:

    Get your money Dolly 😎

  2. Who ARE these people? says:

    Dolly is almost as good at selling as she is at making music. Said with respect.

  3. Jo73c says:

    1. How has Dolly never had a perfume before?
    2. She assumes we’re wearing it to smell good while we sleep?
    3. How do I get this in the UK?

  4. C-Shell says:

    Dolly is a goddess.

  5. Soupie says:

    OK Dolly I’m sold. But I’ll get the rollerball, 60 bucks for perfume ain’t in my budget anymore.

    Love her dress. It’s so “Dolly.” I now live in an area that is similar to her area (it’s close). Getting used to lots of water, trees and rolling hills. No dust, no smog, no sand, better traffic, (but no mountains or beach, and lots of humidity)! I can see why she still lives in her home state.

  6. Ariel says:

    I’ve been wearing Emporio by Armani for years, they don’t make it any more so I pay a ton if I find it at an outlet store, and just as much through Amazon.
    Perhaps I will try Dolly’s fragrance, maybe in one of the cheaper versions like body cream.
    If Dolly made it, it is bound to be good.
    I trust in Dolly.

  7. Marietta says:

    How can we smell it first? Oh hell. Its Dolly. I’m in.

  8. Twin falls says:

    I love Dolly Parton to the moon and back but I feel like I can no more carry off a Dolly Parton scent than I could a Dolly Parton look.

    But I hope she makes another fortune with it because we can be sure she won’t take a giant cleavage shaped spaceship trip to the moon with the money.

  9. Delphine says:

    I just ordered a sample! Based on what’s in it I think it will smell divine.

  10. KinChicago says:

    I remember reading about an unrelated makeup line sold at a snooty high end retailer and on HSN.
    The snooty high end retailer told the makeup line that HSN was not classy enough and in order to remain at their counters- had to stop selling on HSN.

    Except, the HSN sale profits were millions more above the retail store sales- with far less loss. So the makeup line kept HSN

    And the retail store is still snooty and painfully struggling. Inclusivity is more profitable than snobbery.

    Go Dolly- you are a legend- make your money, keep it accessible and fund charity too.

  11. JRenee says:

    8ve always admired her business savvy.

  12. Agreatreckoning says:

    Received my sample today! The sample is a little spray bottle so don’t try to screw the top off. A tiny spray is all you need. I think it’s a really nice scent. It becomes better the longer it sits. A soft floral that I pick up on the mandarin/orange, jasmine and sandalwood notes moreso. If I’m saying that right. My husband, who is not an expert on perfume and would be happy if I wore a perfume that smelled like fried onions & grilled meat, liked it and said it didn’t smell like old lady perfume or a car pine tree that some people wear. Neither of us sneezed or coughed from it and that happens sometimes. That’s my opinion/experience for what it’s worth.

    ETA: I’m crossing my fingers that the perfume will give me Dolly’s smile, figure and kindness. They might be crossed for a long time.