As a perfume lover, I never feel completely dressed or 'made up' without a spritz of a beautiful scent so during this pregnancy I decided to find an alternative to perfume - something more soft and gentle - not even necessarily a perfume but something to make me smell beautiful and fresh without making me gag.
I researched fragrance oils, body mists and my research led me to Bvlgari Petits Et Mamans; a fragranced water, oddly enough, created for babies!
Now I cannot imagine why a baby would need a perfume - the mind boggles. There is nothing more intoxicating, pure and beautiful than the smell of a newborn baby (explosive nappies aside) I just wouldn't feel comfortable actually applying a perfume to my baby. It seems wrong.
I digress - baby products smell delicious and are not at all offensive to my nose - we are already on to a winner! I originally started wearing the Petits Et Mamans fragranced water (an alcohol free formulation developed for the sensitive skin of a baby) and once I had finished the bottle, realised they offer a slightly stronger formulation designed for mama - the eau de toilette version which I now use.
This scent is so delicate and uncomplicated - worlds apart from the heavy, heady scents I usually favour. This is clean, fresh, baby powder loveliness. It is extremely easy on the nose and a pleasure to wear.
I wish I had discovered this fragrance in my first pregnancy and beyond - because after my son was born I gave up on perfume altogether for a huge part of the 18 months that I breastfed him for. He shares my sensitive skin and I was always worried my perfume and lotions would irritate him.
I could confidently wear Bvlgari Petits Et Mamans fragranced water whilst feeding without overpowering or irritating baby, so I will be switching back to that from the eau de toilette and have a bottle ready for my hospital bag.
This isn't a particularly long lasting fragrance but is a pleasure to spritz and reapply throughout the day to freshen up so I don't mind at all. It is also really reasonably priced - the 100ml eau de toilette retails for around £33 and the 40ml fragranced water for £21 (escentual / feelunique are online stockists)
I shopped around and picked up the edt for just over £23 on amazon.
Do you have any favourite clean and simple scents?