On the occasion of of Mothering Sunday, also known as Mother’s Day, here in the United Kingdom, The Perfume Dandy tips his hat and and presents a bouquet of flowers to mothers, grandmothers matriarchs everywhere.
Hurrah for mamas!!
The tradition in this part of the world derives from the practice of Christians returning to their mother church on the second Sunday in lent and combining the pilgrimage with a visit home to celebrate the day with their own mater.
Today as with Mothers Days in other parts of the world the occasion is marked with flowers, special meals and the giving of gifts…
All of which leads me to 10 scented last minute suggestions for sons and daughters who have perhaps mislaid their presents home… the shops here in London open at midday, so you better get your skates on!
1. The Earth Mother: Eau de Campagne by Sisley
Possibly the most naturally green and garden-like scent ever created. Herbs and grass and tomato plant combine in a light and joyful way that’s perfect for the woman who likes to be with her plants!
2. The Spring is in the Air Mother: L’Essence by Balenciaga
Violets are one of the essential scents of the Spring and this tender perfume from the reinvigorated Balenciaga has a spring in its step, and knows how to celebrate. Click on the image above for a The Perfume Dandy’s review.
3. The Grand (Dame) Mother: Shalimar by Guerlain
Let’s not forget the grand dames out there and indeed the grandmothers. Whilst The Dandy doesn’t believe for a minute in the idea of ‘old lady’ perfumes, Shalimar is the ultimate fragrance for rekindling the flames of a fabulous past.
4. The Unflappable Mother: L’Histoires de Parfum 1826
Inspired by the last French Empress, Eugenie, “The Beauty of Granada”, this is a cologne on turbo charge with patchouli and amber to back up citrus and floral notes. One for a woman who takes everything in her stride.
5. The Foodie Mother: Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens
Every mother knows the best bit of a creme brulee is the slightly burnt sugar on top! Giving a darker edge to the cult of vanilla, Lutens’ fragrance of for the discerning gourmand.
6. The Flower Power Mother: Do Son by Diptique
There ain’t no bloom bigger than a tuberose. If you want to say it with (bottled) flowers Diptyque’s elegant take on the most forceful personality in the floral world is a wonder.
7. The Glamour Mother: First by Van Cleef and Arpels
If you want to demonstrate to the mama that she is still the main event then putting her First would not be a bad move. Arguably bigger than the current No. 5 and deeper than Patou’s Joy, this huge aldehyde, floral animalic drips old style glamour like practically nothing else on the market.
8. The Tough (Love) Mother: Cuir de Russie by Chanel
We all know that all mother’s are the boss, but some mothers are The Boss, for the woman who likes her place in pole position and knows how to rough house it with the boys nothing beats Chanel’s great leather.
9. The Never Forgotten Mother: Private Collection by Estee Lauder
Not every mother will be with us today, or any other day. Estee Lauder’s masterful rendering of chrysanthemums and an almost transcendental sense of cleanliness is a perfect way to remember.
10. The Dandy’s Mother: Narcisse Noir by Caron
With its breathtaking scent of daffodils, the national flower of the Dandy’s homeland, and its sense of dignity and serenity, this is The Dandy‘s personal choice. If you’d like to hear more, more words are a mere click away…
Of course, every mother is different, unique and special in her own way and The Dandy only makes these suggestions for your convenience and consideration.
Perhaps you have alternative perfumed thoughts? If so please do share…
The Perfumed Dandy