by Bonita Turner
Buying a scent for your baby may not be up there on your essential to-buy list along with nappies, wet wipes and bubble bath. But, it’s definitely not to be sniffed at.
Just like fashion designers who produce perfume lines as a extension of its brand – children’s fashion lines want in on the act too. And, why not?
Fragrance for kids – both boys and girls – is big business in Europe especially in France where scenting ones baby and child is seen as part of its daily beauty regime – and aren’t we always looking for ways to add that certain Joie de Vivre spirit into our everyday?
An important thing to remember is that most baby fragrances and perfumes tend to be made up of water – meaning you’re not exposing delicate skin to alcohol or other nasties. And, until the age of 3 they really are designed to be spritzed or dabbed onto clothing.
Meaning babies smell, well a little more like clean babies – and isn’t that just a little more desirable than most baby smells? Plus, these lighter scents are perfect for you to wear too.
Especially if you’re a mum-to-be who has gone off perfumes due to those inevitable hormonal changes; Or a new mum who wants to feel a little fresher when shower time is almost non-existent or, even as a softer alternatives to your usual scent which can help to create that ‘safe smell of mum’ to comfort baby at nap time (try dabbing on your scarf or on a muslin) means these colognes and eau de toilettes do double-duty.
So, why not awaken your little ones olfactory senses with a few of our favourites?
Burberry Baby Touch Eau de Toilette
A gentle floral fragrance of mixed blooms – ideal for mum and baby. A delicate top note of rhubarb, orange zest and spearmint mix with warm base notes of lily of the valley, jasmine and sweet vanilla.
Creed Pour Enfants Eau Fraiche
This light scent captures the playful innocence of childhood with apple, plum and grapefruit – think of a carefree child running through a flowering fruit orchard on a warm spring day.
Bvlgari Petits et Mamans Eau de Toilette
For mums and babies this scent offers up fresh base notes of iris, peach and vanilla, floral middle notes of sunflower, rose and chamomile finishing with woody top notes of Brazilian rosewood, tangerine and bergamot.
Gabriel et Valentin Eau de Toliette
A gentle EDT spray perfume with a sparkling citrus hue. Bergamot, vanilla and white musk ensure it’s not to sweet – so it can be worn by both boys and girls.
Nenuco Agua de Colonia
Infamous in Spain and fully approved by the Spanish Institute of Paediatricians this clean lemony cologne is light natural and the perfect ‘splash on scent’ for mother and baby. This concentrated version lasts longer than the classic spray cologne.
Ambrette 9 Eau de perfume
This precious musky scent is based mainly on the Ambrette grain – the only musky scent made by nature itself and almost impossible to find – which is softened with citrus and fruits notes. Perfect for mother and baby.
Chicco Baby Moments Eau de Cologne
A sweet and delicate scent that can be used from day one on babies delicate skin to lightly scent and refresh.
Bonton Eau de Toilette
A delightful mix of neroli, lemon, citrus leaf and galbanum – finished with the powdery top note of iris to give this scent a grown-up feel – so, ideal for mums too.
Théophile et Patachou Gentle Baby Fragrance
A gentle alcohol-free natural scent with clean smelling overtones.
Jacadi Tout Petit Scented Water
The house of Jacadi has created a whole wardrobe of scents for children. From scented waters for babies and toddlers, separate eau de toilettes for 3-7 years old boys and girls to a sparkling, more vivid ETD for girls over 7. This scented water encompasses fruity hints of orange, granny smith, neroli and citron.
Presented in a bear shaped bottle – that recalls the brand signature bear charm – this alcohol-free fruity scent with mandarin, apple, pear and musk offers a unisex splash for children.
Petit Guerlain Eau de Toilette
Encased in mythical bee bottle – the emblem of the House of Guerlain since 1853 – this enchanting scent of mimosa, orange blossom mixes with pistachio and acacia honey for an innocent aroma.
Bonpoint Eau de Senteur
An alcohol-free version of the classic Bonpoint scent with essence of neroli and orange blossom water.