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  • I like it, but I wouldn't say it necessarily deserves the reputation it has

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      IMPORTANT: There are two fragrances called “Child”. This review refers to the one produced by Susan Owens, NOT to the one produced by Scentsational of Huntington

      Before becoming a respected perfumer, Susan Owens – better known as Susie Owens in those days – was Playboy’s “Playmate of the Month” (March 1988).

      Why does this matter?

      Maybe it doesn’t, but the perfume she concocted a few years later, in 1991, is supposed to be very “sexy”, so perhaps its author’s emphasis on physical attraction is not irrelevant after all.

      The perfume, called simply (and somewhat ambiguously) “Child”, became the craze among starlets and bona fide stars after one of its fans, the actress Jennie Garth (in those days ultra-popular because of her role as the sexy “Kelly”


      in the popular TV series “Beverly Hills 90210”), declared in an interview that the scent “drives men wild”.

      While one could, not unreasonably, assume that Garth’s own physical attraction must have contributed to said worrisome effect on men, the perfume certainly is based on one of the most sexually attractive and uplifting scents in nature: jasmine.

      That much we know – that much we can smell.

      (Some speculate it’s probably Hawaiian jasmine or Pikake. The maker’s website speaks only of “brilliant white flowers” being the main component. Good luck finding a listing of the exact ingredients!)

      However, if you’re a jasmine essential oil fan you know that in order to bring out all the olfactory impact and character of jasmine, a few drops of a citrus essential ...


      • oil (preferably lemon) are required. This – as well as our nose – tells us that there must be a citrusy component in there.

        Whatever it contains, to me this “absolute concentrate” (oil) smells like soft, very sweet jasmine with a twist of lemon (probably neroli or bergamot).

        It is a rather unilinear scent. It doesn’t really develop beyond the first impression - which is good if you like its simple and sweet “white floral” character. On my skin, the drydown is practically identical to the ouverture.

        The perfume is marketed as being “hand crafted”, meaning that Susan Owens produces it and manually pours it into individual bottles herself.

        Rumour has it, however, that in the past few years this has changed.

        The perfume is still

        relatively difficult to find in stores (according to the maker, only a few “exclusive boutiques” carry it). It is also relatively quite expensive. But lately I seem to detect an unpleasant side “note” reminiscent of nail polish remover, which shouldn’t be surprising since the essential oil of jasmine is commonly extracted with a petrochemical solvent, but it wasn’t as perceptible earlier. There is a shrill quality to it, and also a certain “flatness”, that I don’t remember being there in the 1990s.

        It certainly is an “intoxicating” sweet scent.

        However, not everyone reacts favourably to it. Some find its “animalistic” quality (inherent to jasmine and to several other sweet-smelling flowers, like Bulgarian rose) overwhelming, even nauseating.

        I like it, but I wouldn’t say it necessarily deserves the reputation it has.




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