Monday, 20 March 2017

She's More Than Mum - Perfume Choices For Mother's Day 2017

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.

Estée Lauder - Modern Muse Nuit
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.

Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure
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.

Annick Goutal - Vent De Folie
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.

Clinique - Aromatics In White
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.

Prada - Candy Florale
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.

Grandiflora - Madagascan Jasmine
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.

Hermès - Muguet Porcelaine
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.

Bulgari - Eau Parfumée Au Thé Noir
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.]



  1. I really can't wait to try Superstitious. I love classic French floral aldehydes like the reformulated Aprege and Amouage Gold even though they aren't traditionally masculine.

    1. Greek Mike, I hope to post a full review of Superstitious soon. There's a lot to say!

      Yes, it is aldehydic, but not overtly so. The aldehydes are of the fatty/waxy variety, rather than the soapy/sparkly/bubbly type we associate with Amouage Gold.

  2. I really can't wait to try it. I tried Caleche recently and loved it. It's generally accepted that it's been heavily reformulated and a shadow of its former self. As I've not encountered the original, I think it's wonderful and I can't complain. I eagerly await your opinion on Superstitious:)

    1. Greek Mike, I don't think I can say I ever tried the original Caleche either. I shall try to put together my thoughts on the new Malle soon ;-)

  3. Thank you for the lovely introductory words on different facettes of mothers. I appreciate it. And I appreciate your choice of perfumes although I haven't tried many of them. They go straight on my "to-try" list and if my daughter doesn't get the hint, I'll buy something for myself soon.

    1. Neva, thank YOU for reading. And let me know if the hints work ;-)

  4. Carolyn Middleton26 March 2017 at 14:29

    My late & still much-missed mother wore either Chanel No 5 or Joy, though I do remember when I was very young seeing a bottle of blue (?) creamy perfume on her dressing table called something along the lines of Soir de Paris.

    1. Carolyn, thanks so much for sharing that. Yes, absolutely, Soir De Paris is right. As it happens, it was made by Ernest Beaux, the same man who composed No. 5.

    2. Carolyn Middleton30 March 2017 at 17:03

      Thank you so much for this, Persolaise. How interesting that when my mum was so much younger, & therefore less well travelled, worldly-wise etc she still gravitated towards a fragrance created by the same person who created one of her two favourites all those years later - I like to think I have inherited her discernment!

    3. Carolyn, I love coincidences like this. And of course, Joy also has quite an aldehydic facet, which means it's not all that different from No. 5. Your mum was consistent ;-)

      And I have no doubt her daughter's discernment is top-notch!

    4. Carolyn Middleton2 April 2017 at 16:47

      Thank you for your kind words, Persolaise - I like to think so!


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