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Friday, November 17, 2006

Little Miss Colombina's Perfume Collection

A couple of weeks ago I related to you the cunning little plan that my crafty little daughter has for my perfumes. Basically, she thinks that when she is “bigger” (which, as far as she is concerned, is any day now), she is going to use them to her little heart’s content. My counter-plan is to try to distract her with her own collection of fragrances. Le Petit Prince and La Rose du Petit Prince are currently being considered for the honor of gracing a shelf in the princess’s room..

Le Petit Prince is a soft verbena-based eau de toilette. It is fresh and sweet, candied even. A delicate woody base prevents it from being too syrupy and brings a welcome, slightly dry quality to the composition in the drydown. It is uncomplicated, extremely wearable, and overall a total delight for kiddies and grown-ups alike. La Rose du Petit Prince is a sparkling rose and citrus blend. The rose is juicy and pink, the citruses are bright and not really sweet at all, they have an acidic, mouthwatering, unripe feel that I find appealing and unexpected in this little-girl scent. La Rose is not the most complex of fragrances, but it is rather more sophisticated than the childish pink packaging might suggest. The tangy grapefruit and the dry, green petit grain add an interesting twist to the blend. Again, this is as appropriate for little girls as it is for their mamas. Of the two, Little Miss Colombina seemed to prefer La Rose, although when asked which one she’d like to have, she greedily demanded to be bought both. I am not sure yet if she will grow to appreciate perfume, but she already shows the traits of a future bottle collector.

Le Petit Prince and La Rose du Petit Prince are available at, $26.00 and $32.00 for 100ml respectively.


Blogger tmp00 said...

The first thing I thought seeing the Rose one was "Bell Jar".

The second was "apples don't fall far from the tree".

How about Rose for Christmas and the other for her birthday?

11:13 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

LOL at bell jar, but you are so does look like one. Oh, I am going to get her both. It is generally thought that I am a disciplinarian in the family, but when it comes to buying things for her...I just can't say no. Mostly because everything is so cute. I buy this stuff to enjoy it myself :-)

11:17 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Well that's wonderful of you. Personally I think Christmas should be a bounty, so well done.

For her birthday (in a addition to her regular present) she should be allowed to spritz from anything on your dressing room table. Of course, temporarily moving certain bottles to the garage is allowed...

1:23 AM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

I had exactly the same thought as Tom--petit Bell Jar!! In fact, I wasn't sure at first whether you had photoshopped it! How lovely! Of course, she much have both!

PS I am not so sure I would let her freely spritz, though. For one thing, she might decide to take several over:)

6:41 AM EST  
Blogger elle said...

Yep, like Tom and Judith, I definitely thought of a future bell jar collection when I saw the Rose bottle. Maybe she can start a young perfumista blog. :-)

7:47 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

She is fully intent on appropriating my bottles, that's for sure. She is at that age when she is like a magpie, she is attracted to everything that glitters :-)

8:00 AM EST  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Oh, dear me...
You've unleashed the devil, mark my words, beloved...

It's SO tough to refrain, especially if they share our own fondnesses [this is the voice of experience speaking !].

What the hell, go for it...
But then, modify the rest of the booty.

[One of the potential drawbacks, I've noted, is that, with the passage of time, they come to expect more and more- so that, by teenage, one's angelic son / daughter has transmogrified into a veritable monster. I've seen this in particular, with my friends' girls.
Please don't hate your loving, well-meaning Grinch-y mama...]

Then again, my Baltic Beauty, I might just be an old fuddy-duddy.

PS- my Lithuanian DH is in shock- but he's a dear old-fashioned guy.
Gotta love a man who makes a kick-a-- cup of coffee...

8:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I absolutely agree about Christmas. The downside of course is the fact that the child is becoming spoiled ...along the lines of the Evil Cousin in Harry Potter. "Last Christmas I had 41 presents! I only see 40 this year!" :-)

8:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Funny, I haven'teven noticed the similarity till Tom pointed it out :-)
Oh I don't think I'd allow free spritzing even on birthday. As you said, she'd just take over :-)

8:03 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You know what would have been cool? A kiddie perfume line from Lutens :-D Teeny tiny little bell jars. Aww.

8:05 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Yes, I know. I created a monster :-) Oh well. Too late to worry about it now. Your DH sounds like a sweatheart.

8:06 AM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

Of COURSE you're buying her both -- why not?! ;-)

I live in fear of the day the little ones dig into my fragrances. The big girls, having sampled a few, mostly wouldn't touch them with a barge pole...

8:33 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

HAHAHA...Well gave me an idea...maybe I should make her sniff KJ, Yatagan and MKK...she might not WANT my bottles anymore after that...:-)

8:34 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bell jar indeed! I am smitten with the bottles, if not the juice. In truth, without having tested them, both are probably too citrussy for me, but the bottles are adorable, as is your "greedy" little daughter! :)

10:12 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You know, in many respects she is such a tomboy, but of course when it comes to my things, she immediately becomes super-girly and wants "to share". :-)

10:13 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

They actually might be too citrusy, yes. You kno what's not at all citrusy and lovely and gentle, from this line. The Chamomile scent for infants. Such wonderful smell.

10:14 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Little Miss Colombina will follow her Mama's olfactory footsteps. :)

3:46 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

:-D ...unless she becomes one of the EBCs (evil bottle collectors), those who pay $$$$ for rare bottles, throw the juice away or/and keep the bottles under the bright light. Then I'd have to disown her. :-)

3:48 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

I thought both were really well done. And I keep hearing that Spongebob has a really good citrus scent, but haven't checked that out yet. Perhaps you daughter wouldn't swoon over a Spongebob bottle though :-)

7:21 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Oh she'd love it. But you know what's funny. I offer her all these scents, and she still wants mine :-) She knows that hers would not be the Real Thing. :-)

7:41 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

I'd love it if Spongebob was a great scent: I'd love to wear it to work and when complimented on it, raise one brow and whisper knowingly "It's SpongeBob.."

11:14 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You'd really proudly admit that you are wearing SpongeBob? :-D [in the voise of Randy Jackson] Gotta give you your props, dawg! :-) (I am ashamed of myself. Why do I have these strange trash-TV quotes in my head, yikes)

11:19 PM EST  
Blogger katiedid said...

Hehe - "My counter-plan is to try to distract her with her own collection of fragrances." Good luck with that :D

It hasn't worked in our house, but it's worth a shot. My boys picked out their own, and they still want to try whatever I've got, and now, to my utter dismay, they are very into sampling as well. Age seven is apparently a very inquisitive perfume period for kids, and I suspect by the time she gets that age she will be a pint-size perfume snob in her own right :) Based on the kid perfume contingent of my own household, may I suggest Miss Dior or Antilope for her future consideration?

12:32 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

"A pint-size perfume snob ", hehe. True! Miss Dior or Antilope? Your boys have truly wonderful taste!!

7:17 AM EST  
Blogger Lisa Olga said...

Such lovely fragrances to start your little one off with. It may well educate her nose to eschew the nasty mass teen-goop when she comes to that age. And they are almost enough for me to wish for a little one of my own on whom to lavish such sweet gems.


10:36 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

They are very tastefully done. And I find the very fact that their are based on Le Petit Prince book extremely appealing.

10:40 AM EST  

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