Just in case you are running out of ideas for Mother’s Day (this year on March 26th), can we point you in the direction of three fabulous fragrances that would be sure to please. Yes, you could spend your money on flowers, but they are often over within the week. An elegant bottle of fragrance, perched on your mum’s dressing table, is going to remind her of just how wonderful you are for a whole lot longer.
We’ve picked three charmers; easy to wear, beautiful and from quality brands that know what they are doing. You’re very welcome,
Anything from Penhaligon‘s is pretty much guaranteed to delight, but we really love the Trade Routes collections, with its intriguing association with tales from the orient, featuring spices, luxurious silks and jewels imported from exotic destinations. Empressa in particular, is a sophisticated gem, an elegant and complex floral, tinged with oriental glamour through its use of creamy sandalwood and patchouli. It opens with a brisk but subtle note of blood orange, which quickly evolves into orange blossom, geranium and rose, swirled through with echos of spiced bazaars and wood paneled tea rooms. We can’t help thinking Downton-Abbey-does-Colonial-India, in a delightful way. Of no small importance is the glorious presentation box, with its surface veneer of mother-of-pearl vinyl and gold lettering. Truly, a magnificent gift for anyone.
We’re big fans of London based perfumer Linda Pilkington and her Ormonde Jayne fragrance brand. Again, everyone’s a winner, but if we were to pull a Mother’s Day crowd pleaser out of the range, we’d go for Tiare, with its romantic bouquet of white flowers, it’s a little like immersing your head in a very expensive florists shop. On first spray, you are enveloped in a misty cloud of luminous flowers – including freesia, orange blossom, gardenia and jasmine – which appear light and fresh to begin with, but then soften and warm through as they settle. Hints of powdery iris then appear and everything shimmies down into a musky wrap of grown-up glamour. Even though it has a strong sense of elegance, this fragrance has a wonderful friendliness to it that works across all age groups and all styles, from floaty bohemians to sharp-suited business women.
Another wonderful female perfumer, Sarah McCartney at 4160 Tuesdays, creates original fragrances to suit those seeking scented creations with interesting characters. Sarah’s perfumes are richly layered and feature unusual, but very beautiful, combinations and Sunshine & Pancakes is no exception, merging hints of sun-tinged skin alongside candyfloss, salty breezes and lemon. With one inhale, Sarah conjures the slightly retro memories of a British seaside holiday, with its welcoming waves of slight vanilla sweetness (those pancakes and a mouthful or two of candy floss) and the honeyed, musky warmth of suntanned limbs all mixed together in laughter and joy. A gloriously original fragrance which seems at once contemporary and nostalgic all at once. Delicious.