It's all too easy to forget that before she had you, your mum had a life of her own. You may have grown used to seeing her just as the person who taught you how to tie your shoelaces, nagged you to tidy your room and gave you an endless hug when you had your heart broken. But there was a time when she had an identity that wasn't connected to yours in any way. She was a princess when she wanted to be, or an adventurer, or a dreamer, a planner, a party-animal, a culture-vulture, or a lover. All those facets of her personality are still in there, although they might not have many chances to show themselves these days. Perhaps they need a bit of a perfumed prompt to bring them out of hiding. After all, there's nothing better than fragrance to help us showcase different aspects of ourselves. So yes, although Mother's Day is the one day of the year when you thank your mum for being your mum, maybe the best way you can do that is to help her find those parts of herself she's long forgotten. Here are some scented recommendations to help you out, all of which have been released within the last 3 years, just to help you stay up-to-date.
For those times when mums want to project a contemporary, urban sensuality, the smooth woods and vanilla of Modern Muse Nuit are ideal. The hazelnut notes at the top add just the right level of intrigue.
Although it features those distinctive watery florals and woods we remember so well, the 90s classic has been made fresher, lighter and more naturalistic in this Pure edition, perfect for conveying breezy casualness.
Everyone should be allowed a moment of innocent foolishness now and then, a spot of carefree exuberance. That spirit is captured in Vent De Folie, where velvety petals and cheerful citruses lift you above the clouds.
The perfume equivalent of a soak in a hot bath, with bubbles, soft lighting and soothing background music. Made for those evenings when your mum just wants to unwind and shed all of the day's stresses.
Inside most mums there's a cheeky little minx eager to break out sometimes. Cue: Candy Florale, with its saucy caramel notes, tempered by pristine, just-cut blooms. Guilt-free indulgence, served with a delicate bouquet.
Jasmine, jasmine and more jasmine. This exceptional composition - full of head-turning white florals - is for those times when your mum wants to channel Sheherezade and weave a thousand-and-one magical tales.
Inside every matriarch there's a vulnerability, a facet that's delicate and fragile. This sense of tender beauty - so gossamer-thin, you almost dare not breathe on it - is captured in Muguet Porcelaine, where lily of the valley meets lychee and soft, skin-kissing musks.
There are so many occasions when mums need to be both friendly and serious, generous and assertive, feisty and flexible. Bulgari's black tea scent, with its refreshing, translucent take on oud, embraces all those concepts expertly. Did someone say 'multi tasking'?
Frederic Malle - Superstitious
Mums are connected to their own families: that goes without saying. But every so often, they want to feel connected to all other mothers, to all other women and to the infinite power of motherhood that has kept the world going for millennia. The primal elements in Superstitious - jasmine, sandalwood and vetivert - tap into these near-mythical forces with an immediacy that is both startling and irresistible. [Please note: Superstitious will be available as an exclusive to Liberty from Friday 24th March. A week after that, it will be sold at all Malle stockists.]