This Mother’s Day we’re not only celebrating mothers (as many can have fractured relationships or, through loss, find this day difficult); but suggesting we honour any of the women who have been mother-figures to us. These are women who’ve guided you, given you hugs when you most needed them, and who you know you can turn to when things get tough. What better way to say ‘Thank you!’ than with one of these gorgeous fragrances…?
CARINE ROITFLED Carine (Limited Edition)
A wearable hug of patchouli, vetiver and cashmere will wrap around the lucky person who receives this so-chic, yet ultra-comforting scent, while in the heart a bouquet of white flowers sprinkled with pink pepper unfurls. This feels like a fragrant embodiment of the strength of women, and within this love-bedecked limited edition flacon, your message (in a bottle) will be treasured all the more.
Exclusively in-store at Harrods
ACQUA DI PARMA Signatures of the Sun Magnolia Infinita
Magnolia continues its reign as one of the key ingredients du jour, in a radiant floral that envelops you in sumptuous, sun-speckled kindness. Breathe in luminous citrus elements of orange and lemon before the encounter between sambac jasmine and magnolia, rose and ylang ylang, in the heart. Skin-warmed, Magnolia Infinita reveals sensuous undertones of musk and patchouli. Seriously lovely: what a gift!
From £212 for 100ml eau de parfum selfridges.com
BVLGARI Rose Goldea Blossom Delight
Yet again, Alberto Morillas casts a spell here, proffering a gorgeous bouquet of violet leaf, rosebuds, rose petals and lily of the valley, underpinned by white musks. That apparent simplicity, however, belies an audacity: this is not one for shrinking violets (or even shrinking rosebuds, come to that), but an elegant, empowering floral for a woman utterly at ease in her skin, as unabashedly feminine as a fragrance can be.
£104 for 75ml eau de parfum fenwick.co.uk
JIMMY CHOO I Want Choo Forever
We’re loving the trend of a dark shade of cherry fruitiness rippling through the fragrance world right now. Encased in the mossy softness of the base notes, this offers a juicy juxtaposition with rose – a glamorous garnish to the cocktail of the composition, the initial hit of which is a boozy, black cherry liquor. Who better than to gift this scent to than whichever (seriously glam, we’re guessing!) woman inspired you most?
£47 for 40ml eau de parfum theperfumeshop.com
ANGELA FLANDERS Precious One
This exquisite jasmine/tuberose, which gradually softens to a green chypre, won a Fragrance Foundation Award for Best New Independent Fragrance in 2012. Now, through her talented daughter, Kate Evans, who took on the house and role of perfumer after her mother’s passing; Angela’s legacy endures. This is a beautiful fragrance to wear at any time, but how even more precious to gift to your ‘mum’ figure, now…
£75 for 30ml eau de parfum angelaflanders-perfumer.com