Perfumes to buy that she will remember and love

Moms and mother figures only have one Sunday a year, but a lovely gift of perfume reminds her of how you feel for a month of Sundays.

A fashion designer and mother I admire wears the same perfume as her mother and sisters, which is a way to keep the women in your family close.

If the woman you love likes more variety, there are a few interesting scents that I recommend gifting.

The craft

Tel Aviv by Gallivant. 30ml bottle

Playing “anywhere but here” with your senses can be great fun, as well as a treat for those around you. Gallivant is an independent London perfumer specializing in olfactory escape. Each fragrance is inspired by a district or a city. The brand is a “slow perfumer” that produces in small, sustainably packaged batches and favors natural materials unless a synthetic is more planet-friendly.

The supply chain is short – covering Grasse, Cornwall, Kent and London – and tight. The products are vegan and cruelty-free. Tel Aviv Eau de Parfum, (£65 at today’s conversion rate) from gallivant-perfumes.comwas Gallivant’s bestseller here in the Republic last year, according to founder Nick Steward.

This fragrance is unisex and a celebration of the coolest coastal town in the Mediterranean, with notes such as clementine, bergamot, jasmine sambac absolute and sandalwood. The brand ships from Belgium in 1-4 days, avoiding post-Brexit restrictions.

The classic

Beautiful Intense Magnolia
Beautiful Intense Magnolia

Memoirs of Leonard Lauder 2020 The company I keep: my life in beautyis a tribute to his late mother Estée, who once rejected a lucrative acquisition offer from Revlon because she wanted to keep said company (now Estée Lauder Companies) for himself.

All proceeds from the sale of his book by the former CEO are donated to charity. It’s a great gift in itself and an Estée Lauder fragrance is often a winner with moms. Magnificent Magnolia Intense, 89 € at the counters of the countryis the latest in a long line of bestsellers that includes the original Beautiful, the must-have bridal fragrance of the 1980s.

Despite its name, Beautiful Magnolia Intense is not as boldly floral as Beautiful. It is a powdery chypre with a woody base, a heart of iris and magnolia oil and top notes of mandarin and cardamom.

Chanel oil

Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil

Speaking of bestsellers, Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle now comes in a non-greasy body oil.

Skin-flattering and fragrance-complimentary, Coco Mademoiselle Velours body oil, €70
, is clear with a silky sheen and made to be sprayed anytime.

The one who is from the sun in a bottle

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue for Her was one of the biggest fragrances of the 2000s, right there with Coco Mademoiselle and J’Adore by Dior. Inspired by the Sicilian woman (age indefinite), it is a summery fruity floral that has won several awards.

Light Blue Forever for Her, from €86 in major pharmacies across the country, is new this month and a more complex version of the original. This opens with the signature top notes of Light Blue, an unusual combination of tangy Granny Smith apple and tangy Calabrian lemon, extracted using a traditional technique that allows the lemon to express itself in its entirety.

There is a new sunny heart of orange blossom and white flowers. This gives way to Virginia cedar and cashmere woods, followed by a warm skin accord and a bed of white musk.

Uplifting Irish

Based in Northern Ireland, Stories Parfums is inspired by travel and emotional connection. Founder Toyna Kidd-Beggs likes to think she picks up the pen when formulating, and the wearer continues the story.

She faced painful memories while working on Histoires N°.01, from €140 at Brown Thomas, in a prestigious Grasse perfume house. The scent is a woody citrus that evokes sadness transformed into beauty.

Opening notes of bergamot, grapefruit and orange blossom give way to the reassuring warmth of cedarwood, a touch of jasmine, heliotrope and a fig-tea accord. The glass bottle is made to be refilled and reused.

The vintage-inspired one

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Synthetic Jungle, from €140 on brownthomas.comthe latest from the brand, is something special, especially if your mother loved green perfumes such as Estée Lauder Private Collection and Chanel No.19 back then.

Synthetic Jungle creator Anne Flipo drew heavy inspiration from 1970s hit fragrances. She used natural ingredients for the vintage lushness – lily of the valley, basil and grass – and synthetic blackcurrant and styralyl acetate to keep it modern and fresh.

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