Child Perfume? Never heard of it. That’s probably what you were thinking after reading this post’s title. Actually, I had never heard of it or seen it mentioned anywhere either…before I fell headlong into the world of perfume, that is. Then I found out it actually has a cult following and is a big hit among celebrities in Hollywood.
Lindsay Lohan reportedly hoarded many bottles, Britney Spears considers it one of her favourite perfumes, and it was after actress Jennie Garth (of 90’s show Beverly Hills 90210 fame) said during an interview in 2000 with InStyle magazine that Child perfume ‘drives men wild’, that consumers became more curious and sought after this fragrance. Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, and even male musician John Mayer are said to be fans of the scent.
Each bottle of Child Perfume Oil has been blended and poured by hand, one-by-one, by its creator, Susan D. Owens, since 1990.
The experience of wearing Child is enhanced by the way the fragrance touches those around you. The scent of Child is all its own. The formula has two dimensions: one of confident power, and one of enigmatic mystery. Both are qualities every woman possesses when wearing child.
Top Notes: Vanilla, Lilac, Faint Magnolia
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Tuberose, Violet
Base Notes: Crème Musk, Rose, Mimosa
Pictured above is my little sample vial of Child. At the moment I believe it is available, unfortunately, only in the USA. I made an online purchase with perfume shop Beautyhabit.com last year and requested this as my free sample.
I was very excited to try it. When I received it, I dabbed on a lot of it, which was a mistake. It’s in perfume oil form, instead of the regular alcohol-based perfume, and while perfume oils stick closer to the skin than alcohol-based ones do, I only needed a small amount of this to able to smell it all around me. One quick, light swipe of the dipper top was enough for both wrists. It’s quite concentrated.
It opens rather strong, crisp, green, and also…pungent. I do not like how this perfume smells when I first apply it. I know the top notes say ‘Vanilla, Lilac, Faint Magnolia’, but I didn’t smell those, save for the faint magnolia. I really thought I’d be disappointed with this fragrance, but, as it wore longer on my skin, I got the big, blossoming, jasmine- which to me is what Child perfume is all about. It also becomes softer and soapier- the smell of musk and clean softly mixing with the jasmine. And there is a sweetness to it that seems to get amplified as the temperature of my skin increases, which I have mixed feelings about. Sometimes I like the sweetness; other times I’d prefer it to just remain a soft, clean jasmine.
As a whole I do like it, and I think that anyone who prefers scents with white florals (i.e. jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, freesia) might like this as well and should give it a try. I also happen to love perfume oils because they stay close to the skin and don’t invade a whole room with their scent. Child melts right into my skin and is warm, pretty, feminine, and light hearted. It is expensive at $98 for a 1.3oz bottle, but this seemingly small amount can go a long way since I only need a tiny amount for each use. I’d get myself a bottle, if I had the extra cash.
As for driving men wild, well, I already knew that my significant other isn’t into white florals so I knew this wouldn’t fall in love with this. I really wanted to try it for myself. I can see though how some men would find this scent very approachable and warm. I do think Child is worth trying, not because it’s loved by celebrities, but because it actually smells nice.
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