Scent-sational: Sniffing out the perfect perfume


When asked what she wore in bed, Marilyn Monroe famously replied:

“Why, Chanel No. 5 of course”

Now there was a woman with a signature scent!

There is nothing more evocative of time and place than scent. A familiar smell can trigger memories, feelings, sensations and even emotions, so if you are looking to make a lasting impression, there really is no better way than with the perfect perfume.


Chanel No.5

With Christmas coming up, now is the time to start hinting to your other half about what you might like to find under the tree, and perfume is a fabulous choice. But the dizzying array of options available can be a little overwhelming, and it’s sometimes tricky to know where to begin.

Well we are here to help! When choosing your perfect perfume, it’s helpful to bear in mind that scents can be divided up into 4 main categories: floral, oriental, woody and fresh – finding out how your personal style fits into the scent spectrum can be a great way to narrow down your options, helping you on your way to finding your new signature scent!


Floral Mama

Floral Perfume

Floral scents are some of the most popular perfume choices – and for good reason! Pretty, feminine and easy going, these fragrances have a naturally sunny disposition and are romantic without being overtly sexy. Perfect for day wear – think girl next door.

The Idols: Zooey Deschanel, Nicole Kidman

The dress: A floral print – what else! Try our Winter Floral Ditsy Maternity Dress

The perfumes:

Daisy – Marc Jacobs

Pleasures – Estee Lauder

Flower – Kenzo


Oriental Mama

Oriental Perfume


Spicy and exotic with a surprisingly soft and sensual effect; oriental scents feature rich notes of vanilla, musk, cardamom and clove. These enticing scents are designed to tantalise and tease – definitely more suited to the bedroom than the boardroom!

The Idol: Halle Berry, Scarlet Johansson

The Dress: A sexy LBD – Vamp it up in our Black Bodycon Maternity Dress

The Perfumes:

Opium – Yves Saint Laurent

The One – Dolce & Gabbana

Shalimar – Guerlain


Woody Mama

Woody Perfume


Opulent, sexy and long-lasting; wood-based scents are very much in vogue right now. These earthy fragrances are marvelously musky, with hints of pine, cedar and sandalwood. With influences ranging from a British woodland walk to an exotic Arabian garden, these scents never fail to excite and surprise.

The Idol: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Garner

The Dress: The cosy style – Wrap up warm in our Chestnut Roll Neck Knitted Maternity Dress

The Perfumes:

Un Jardin sur le Nil – Hermès

Sahara Noir – Tom Ford

Body – Burberry


Fresh Mama

Fresh Mama


Crisp, zesty and effervescent; fresh scents incorporate fruity, herby and marine influences to capture the essence of cut grass, laundered linen and invigorating sea breezes for a clean, light scent. A little spritz here and there will provide the perfect refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day!

The Idol: Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow

The Dress: The floaty dress – Opt for a light bohemian look in our Midnight Blue Tiered Maternity Dress

The Perfumes:

Infusion d’Iris – Prada

Happy – Clinique

Amazing Grace – Philosophy


Marilyn & Chanel No.5 – A Love Story



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