When I became pregnant, I was one of the (un)lucky few to experience what felt like a superhuman sense of smell. It tied in nicely with my morning sickness, and my usually beloved perfume became as offensive as the trashcan. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, think of it as a great opportunity to try out a new fragrance. The right one can temper morning sickness and provide that all-important pick-me-up when you need it most.
Here are my top 5.
1. Lemon Eau de Parfum by Mary Greenwell
Citrusy but with guts. This scent, by the world-famous makeup artist Mary Greenwell, is somewhat of a lifesaver when it comes to tackling morning sickness. You’ll smell fresh and clean regardless of the sweaty retching! $100 http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/detail.asp?itemid=56103
2. L’Occitane Verbena Mint Eau de Toilette
Verbena is gloriously cool and sparkling, a real lemony zinger. Add in mint and you’ve got the little gem that’ll help you spring from your bed each morning. $52
3. Diptyque L’Eau de Neroli
You’ll enjoy the refreshing blend of bergamot, verbena and orange blossom, but most importantly the warm heart of neroli, a real soul-soother and incredibly sensual. Not overly sweet, it’s the ideal pregnancy-does-date-night perfume. $98
4. Dior Homme Sport
Yes, it’s for les hommes, but that’s half the appeal when you’re pregnant. Less likely to overwhelm than with powdery florals and sweet fruits, aftershaves tend to be sharper, cleaner alternatives. This one has the necessary citron but with a ginger buzz at the centre. $62
5. Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne
I was grapefruit-obsessed when I was pregnant, and turns out it’s a great craving to have – they’re rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber and folic acid. This cologne has that same sharp tang, but it’s also got a hint of peppermint. Perfect, right? $115