October 09, 2008 09:30 PM

Courtesy Coty

Daughter Nahla Ariela isn’t the only new baby in Halle Berry‘s life. The Academy Award-winner dished about her soon-to-launch first fragrance, Halle by Halle Berry at an exclusive unveiling of the Coty scent in N.Y.C. “We call Halle my second baby,” she said, “because that’s really all I’ve been working on for the past two years.” Throughout the process, the actress insisted on being involved in just about every aspect creating the fragrance, from doing scent tests to helping design the bottle itself — and made sure that the woody oriental included two of her most-loved notes. “I was mixing two fragrances, a fig and a mimosa, and putting them in a bottle and carrying them around,” she says. “That was my flavor of the moment.” And it’s a flavor she hopes men will appreciate as much as women. “I want women to feel that their partners, that special person, thinks they smell beautiful, thinks that it’s simple enough that they can ingest it all day, every day. That’s what Gabriel said,” she adds, of her boyfriend Gabriel Aubry’s take on her signature scent. “He said it smells like that — he better be right!” Tell us: Will you try out Halle’s fragrance when it launches in March?

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