In the UK, we don’t really do fragrances for children. I must admit when Lucy was a baby and we went to France, I was dying to spritz her with Tartine et Chocolat or Petit Guerlain because it seemed so sophisticated somehow but I don’t think I ever did. In other countries, there’s no stigma attached to fragrancing your baby although you must remember that you aren’t supposed to douse the child! Children’s fragrance is often just dabbed on clothing (particularly for babies) and it’s usually alcohol free, being mainly comprised of water. It’s a strange one really because Lucy often ended up (and Max) smelling of the perfume I was wearing anyway (Chanel No.5) because with close contact, that’s going to happen. I don’t know that we should assume that babies and young children shouldn’t develop an affinity with fragrances.
I’m not sure quite how Chat Perche translates (I originally though it was ‘lost cat’ – how tragic!) but I think it’s roughly perched cat – ready to pounce and play kind of thing. But, I do know that there is an old saying that if a cat washes behind its ears, it’s a warning for rain. For children, this weather is full of possibility – jumping in puddles, searching for rainbows or tasting a raindrop and that’s really the gist of the inspiration for Chat Perche; positive possibility.
In reality, the fragrance smells of clean washing; soapy and aquatic with a nudge of lemon flower and sweet pea. It’s delightfully delicate in a soft skin-scent way – just charming, really, and not something I’d necessarily save for the kids! If you’re not a fragrancy kind of person because you find them too strong or too directional, or for some reason can only tolerate at a low level, this may well be a wearable option for you. I think it’s utterly lovely – simple and innocent. You can find it HERE for £66.
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