Sam Faiers' La Bella perfume is inspired by her Spanish background.

The former 'Only Way Is Essex' star has revealed she wanted her first fragrance to take her on a trip down memory lane and remind her of her childhood in sunny Spain.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''La Bella means 'the beautiful' in Spanish and Italian. Growing up I lived in Spain, and my grandparents still live out there - it's like a second home. I wanted to build a perfume that was elegant and pretty, I wanted it to mean something to me.

''I didn't want to name the perfume something silly, so [it reminds me of my] Spanish background.''

Sam, who reconciled with her on/off boyfriend Joey Essex in March, is pleased with the results and hopes the scent's mix of vanilla top notes and caramel base notes combined with a blend of iris, benzoin heart and musk has wide-ranging appeal.

The 23-year-old reality star explained: ''It's quite sweet, but it's not sickly sweet. My following is quite young, but I wanted the fragrance to be across all ages. To me it represents sophistication and [can be worn] everyday, as well being classy and elegant.''

Sam is currently taking time out from 'TOWIE' following her diagnosis with Crohn's disease in the wake of her nightmare ordeal in the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house in January, so her health and fitness are her top priorities.

She said: ''Everyone is being really supportive ... I've been cutting out carbs, working with my personal trainer, everything in moderation really. Just living a healthy lifestyle. I do kettle bells with my trainer so I don't do cardio, it's more about toning.''

Sam Faiers' La Bella is available to buy now, retailing at £24.50 for 100ml and available exclusively at The Fragrance Shop.