One’s perfume choice is a matter of personal taste and discretion. As Christian Dior once said, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.”
Angelina with Zahara and Shiloh.
“My kids get to choose my fragrance,” the Hollywood director and women’s rights advocate told Elle magazine. “They have an opinion on what mommy smells like.”
Angelina and her ex-husband Brad Pitt have six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins, Vivienne and Knox. Angelina announced she was separating from Brad last September after 11 years together.
Fortunately for the A-list actress, the perfume preferences of this gang are rather more sophisticated than ours were as children. Not for them the sickly-sweet allure of Impulse body spray, or good old CK One (a scent we still love to this day).
Instead, as Angelina explains, “They like it when I wear Mon Guerlain Eau De Parfum.”
Angelina says her late mother, the French actress Marcheline Bertrand, is also a big influence when it comes to beauty inspiration. Marcheline sadly died of breast cancer in 2007.
“My first beauty memory comes from my mother,” Angelina said. “She was a natural woman, but she had a few special items, like her Guerlain powder, for when she wanted to feel like a lady. I remember it because it seemed so elegant.”
As for Angelina’s makeup essentials, the 42-year-old likes to keep things minimal. “My skincare routine is simple. I use rich oils instead of creams,” she confessed. “In my makeup bag, you’ll always find an under-eye concealer, perfume, and mascara.”
This story originally appeared on Grazia.