“How can babies smell even sweeter than they already do?” asked Stefano Gabbana of the illustrious Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana.
How’s about a perfume that smells like “the softness of baby skin, the freshness of baby breath, a mother’s sweet hug, [and] the first smile”?
Those were the inspirations for Dolce & Gabbana’s eau de bambino, which features notes of citrus, honey and melon. The 50-ml, $45 fragrance is “designed to cuddle and pamper every little boy and girl.”
According to a sassy commenter on Jezebel, the baby perfume is a traditional gift in Italy “as well as other Mediterranean countries including France, Spain and Greece,” which goes back to ancient times “when perfumes and ointments were a gift for the precious – frankincense and myrrh, anyone?”
Anyone? Bueller? Burberry? Bulgari? Those last two also offer baby scents, so for anyone wanting to cover up that new baby smell or simply indulge in some ancient tradition, you’ve got options.
Mx. Bond describes the eau de parfum thusly:
To be a Mx is to access the ecstatic, orgiastic cult of the ancient Goddess Cybele whose followers were known as the Galli, the sacred whores of the temple. These gender-variant spiritual revolutionaries used glamour and the power of their forbidden sexuality to honor the “Mother of the Mountain”, the “Lady of the Trees”. There is a thread that has travelled across the centuries to connect the Galli – through the arts of dance, drumming, singing and eroticism – with such legendary provocateurs as George Sand, Claude Cahun and Vaslav Nijinski, who scandalized the world with his flagrant sexual appetite in Mallarme’s “The Afternoon of a Faun”. The radical fairies and gender outlaws inhabiting our modern world are contemporary tranifestations of the “divine androgyne”. When we make love in the afternoon, on the ground, in the woods, surrounded by flowers we, too, honor the ancestors who have set us free.
To be a Mx is to be sexy, earthy, transgressive, and not just a little dangerous. Mx is for those who have achieved the golden mean – to be both a man and a woman – to be a Mx is to be Everything.
That certainly makes for an inspiring alternative to Axe Body Spray. Probably smells a whole lot better too (but honestly, so does a landfill).