Top 5 Mother’s Day perfumes: Gift ideas

Top 5 Mother’s Day perfumes: Gift ideas

Yogi or rock ‘n’ roller? Aesthete or romantic? Whatever mom’s personality, we have Mother’s Day perfumes to win her heart.

On the list of top Mother’s Day gifts, fragrance ranks high. But only if that scent is one that suits the heart and soul of the recipient. With that in mind, we’re suggesting a few perfumes to give your mom this weekend, that match her mindset—and style persona.

For moms who aspire to simplicity and zen

Forget anything rich and dark for these minimalist-leaning matriarchs. If the mom you’re gifting loves clean and fresh and light-minded spritzes—yes, like clean laundry, the outdoor breeze etc—treat her to a bottle of Cucumber from the newly released Marc Jacobs Splash Collection. Clean and pretty, that’s the MO here and we’re sure she’ll be smitten.
Marc Jacobs Splash Cucumber, $70 (100 ml),

For moms who will rock leather forever

Does she love a moody room, a smoky fire, a rich cocktail? Well, then, yes, we’ve got her number. Gift her Vinyle. It’s just one of the delicious perfumes in the new nighttime-themed follow-up to Yves Saint Laurent’s Les Vestiaires collection of chichi scents. This one is undeniably sexy and sultry.
Read more about the collection here.
Yves Saint Laurent Le Vestiaires de Nuit Vinyle, $230 (125 ml),

For stylish moms with a love of décor and design

How can you not love this bottle? With its matte-coral packaging and floral-relief sculptural flask, it’s a knockout. Perfect for the aesthetically inclined mom in your life. This is a perfume that sates a feminine-with-attitude soul: an orange-blossom-based floral with a delicious spin of sweetness and warmth. She will love it.

Valentino Valentina Blush, $132 (80 ml), at Hudson’s Bay and Nordstrom

For undeniably feminine moms

She loves beautiful flowers—in the garden, on the table, in her perfume. We’re most certain, then, that she’ll appreciate this sheer floral, Fleur Musc from Narciso Rodriguez. It’s a sleek scent with rose at its heart, and warm amber, musk and bright pink peppercorns delivering a certain elegance and je ne sais quoi. Tuck this one alongside a bouquet of blooms and you will indeed be the favourite child.

Narciso Rodriguez Fleur Musc, $124 (100 ml),

Refined, that’s what this mom is

She can be in a ball gown or bathrobe, and she’s still chic. It’s just her. And therefore, we think she will truly love to receive Parco Palladiano V from Bottega Veneta. This aromatic spritz is many wonderful things: crisp, light, green, woody, spicy. Consider it the distillation of a walk in the Italian countryside. And wouldn’t she like to receive that all wrapped up with a bow?
Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano V, $330 (100 ml), available at Holt Renfrew

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.