November 15, 2023
Chaka Khan has been busy captivating audiences with her soulful voice for so long that she made little time for entrepreneurial endeavors. But all that’s changing as the self-described “fragrance freak” releases her first perfume, Essence reports.
The 10x Grammy Award-winning singer is proud to announce “Chaka by Chaka Khan,” her first official fragrance, released in partnership with HSN, today. “Designed to elevate your spirit and bring out the best within you, this scent captures the essence of Chaka’s soulful energy and magnetic presence,” HSN said of the new scent.
It’s been a long time coming for Chaka, 70, as she’s always toyed around with scents to craft her own signature aromas.
“I’ve always been a fragrance freak, too,” she tells Essence. “I don’t know why I haven’t done this sooner. I’ve been making body sprays and fragrances for people for years.”
Made using a combination of oils Chaka has been wearing for years, the new fragrance includes hints of patchouli and lemongrass, among other earthy tones. It’s also a “life scent” she feels reflects her own lifestyle.
“I’m a fan of men’s colognes, so I was most inspired by those fragrances and earthy tones. I’m not a fan of floral scents,” she shared. “Now, whenever I wear it, people always stop and ask me what I have on. They tell me they have to have some. It’s definitely reflective of me – it’s my life’s scent.”
The “Ain’t Nobody” singer also designed the perfume’s sleek microphone-inspired packaging that she says “came naturally” to the creative. With one fragrance under her belt, Chaka is ready to release new scents for different demographics.
She has plans for “something for young girls,” and “I also want to make something really healthy for getting good sleep.”
Other fragrance notes include cinnamon, bergamot, pink pepper, violet, ylang-ylang, musk blossom, vanilla, and New Caledonia sandalwood. “Chaka By Chaka Khan” is available on HSN for $90.