Pick Your Scent

February 19, 2006

Now that I am past breastfeeding and carrying a baby, now that my son is his own little man and I no longer have to worry about making him wheeze, I am ready to wear perfume again. A distant reminder of my past before motherhood, I’ve been visiting perfume counters and sniffing the samples in Vanity Fair. (Loved Christian Dior’s “Pure Poison” in last month’s issue!)

Parents Magazine had a convenient guide to match your celebrity style and perfume. I’ll run a few examples out of the seven “star scents” the magazine featured — everyone from Catherine Zeta-Jones to Britney Spears:

SULTRY BOMBSHELL
Celeb inspiration: ANGELINA JOLIE
Whoa, Mama! Your glam and uber-confident style exude sex appeal. If you could, you’d wear nothing but cashmere all day, every day.
You’ll love: Warm, spicy notes like vanilla, Bulgarian rose, and nutmeg.
Classic favorite: Yves Saint Laurent Opium.
What to wear now: Avon Extraordinary ($25), Soul by Curve ($45).

BOHO BABE
Celeb inspiration: KATE HUDSON
You can be found scouring flea markets or singing along to old Grateful Dead records as you hang out with the kids and their pals. Your upbeat, friendly attitude scores you tons of mom friends wherever you go.
You’ll love: Woodsy notes like patchouli, cedarwood, and sandalwood.
Classic favorite: Guerlain Samsara.
What to wear now: Valentino V ($42), Tom Ford Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude ($65).

NATURE LOVER
Celeb inspiration: JULIA ROBERTS
You’re totally a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of mom. Down-to-earth and environmentally friendly, you’re into things that are clean and simple.
You’ll love: Leafy greens and tart notes like apple, lemon, and green tea.
Classic favorite: Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien.
What to wear now: Escada ($45), L’Occitane Green Tea with mint ($40).

Multiple personalities? The magazine recommended The Body Shop’s “Invent Your Scent” collection pack ($28).