By Livia Scarcella
Mother’s Day is on its way – Sunday May 8, to be exact! What will you be spoiling your mum with? Put aside thoughts of buying her pyjamas, tea towels or a gift card and investigate the new and classic fragrances that get the mum seal of approval!
Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum
Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli’s self-titled fragrance is an elegant floral that exudes sensuality and femininity. Featuring notes of pink pepper, orange blossom, tonka bean, vanilla and benzoin, this scent is warm, rich and alluring – perfect for any fearless or fashion-forward mum to wear this autumn and winter!
Available at Myer, David Jones, The Perfume Connection and selected pharmacies (30ml EDP – $80, 50ml EDP – $110, 75ml EDP – $140)
Gucci, Flora Garden collection (Gorgeous Gardenia, Gracious Tuberose, Glamorous Magnolia)
Inspired by the flowers appearing on the famous “Flora” pattern, originally designed for Princess Grace of Monaco(Grace Kelly), is Gucci’s new Flora Garden collection, three of which are hitting Australia this month. Gorgeous Gardenia is a sparkling white floral with notes of red berries, pear, gardenia, frangipani, patchouli and brown sugar. Gracious Tuberose’s fresh and elegant aroma features peach, violet leaves, tuberose, orange flower, rose, cedarwood and citrus notes. Finally, Glamorous Magnolia has a refined and feminine feel with top notes freesia, green leaves and citrus, a heart of magnolia and peony and a base of sandalwood, musk and chocolate. Three different fragrances to represent the aspects of a modern mother!
Available at Myer and David Jones (50ml EDT – $109, 100ml EDT – $164)
Ralph Lauren, Big Pony Collection for Women
After the success of the Big Pony Collection for men, fashion and lifestyle brand Ralph Lauren have created a collection of the same name for women. #1 is for the “sporty”, energetic mother and consists of grapefruit and white lotus, #2 is the “sensual”, romantic woman’s fragrance with notes of cranberry and tonka, #3 is the “free-spirited” fragrance which features pear and mimosa – great for your mother if she’s the laid-back type – and #4 contains wild cherry and amber and is for the mum who’s “stylish” and young-at-heart. With four scents to choose from, you’re bound to find the right one for your mother!
Available at Myer, David Jones and The Perfume Collection (50ml EDT – $90, 100ml EDT – $120)
Guerlain, Idylle Duet Jasmin Lilas (limited edition)
Fashion and beauty powerhouse Guerlain releases Duet Jasmine Lilas, the second follow-up in its Idylle series, after Duet (which focussed on the notes of rose and patchouli). This limited edition fragrance is a bright floral and is based on the scent of lilac and jasmine flowers, with hints of musk and rose. A great gift for the caring and gentle mother, Duet Jasmine Lilas is the fragrance to wear when you’re wishing for spring to come sooner!
Available at Myer and David Jones (50ml EDP – $150)
Estee Lauder, Beautiful
One of the top 10 women’s fragrances in Australia, even after 27 years is Estee Lauder’s most popular floral, Beautiful. Nicknamed “the bouquet of a thousand flowers”, the scent consists of mandarin, rose, tuberose, ylang ylang, jasmine, sandalwood and vetiver. Beautiful is a fragrance to be enjoyed by women of all ages, all year round. If your mother is a romantic at heart, this is the scent for her!
Available at Myer, David Jones, The Perfume Connection, selected independents and from EsteeLauder.com.au (30ml EDP – $90, 75ml EDP – $130, 100ml EDP – $165; 50ml EDT – $100)
Originally released in 1971, the now-classic Chanel No.19, named after Coco Chanel’s birthday – August 19, is a green floral for the confident woman. No.19 includes galbanum (an aromatic gum resin used in many green fragrances), bergamot, narcissus, jasmine, leather and oakmoss, which blend into a sophisticated scent for all occasions. For the mother who exudes boldness and self-assurance!
Available at Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies (50ml EDP – $159, 100ml EDP – $234)
Christian Dior, Diorissimo
In 1956, master perfumer Edmond Roudnitska created the classic green floral Diorissimo. Based the fragrance of lily of the valley, the scent includes jasmine and rose absolutes, musk and hints of forest greens. Fresh, slightly sweet: great for a spring day! Over 50 years later, Dior blended a more modern version of the classic fragrance in EDP form – still with notes of jasmine and rose absolutes, but with a different green characteristic. It’s richer, yet still has the essence of the original Diorissimo. Both concentrations would suit a classy and ever-beautiful mother!
Available at Myer, David Jones and selected independents (50ml EDT – $115, 100ml EDT – $155; 50ml EDP – $130)
Make your mother feel like royalty with the fragrance made especially for Princess Grace of Monaco to wear on her wedding day! Fleurissimo is a stunning bouquet of Bulgarian rose, tuberose, ylang ylang and iris accented with bergamot, violet leaves and ambergris. Mum will feel like the queen of the neighbourhood in no time!
Calvin Klein, Eternity
Loved by women the world over, Calvin Klein’s Eternity (named after the antique wedding ring Klein gave his wife, which was inscribed with ‘eternity’) is a fresh, clean floral for the outgoing mother. Opening with freesia, mandarin and sage, its heart consists of white lily, narcissus, marigold and muguet (lily of the valley) and is anchored by sandalwood, amber and patchouli in its base. A true modern classic, Eternity is a fragrance that has no equal – just like your mum!
Available at Myer, David Jones, The Perfume Connection and selected pharmacies and independents (50ml EDP – $90, 100ml EDP – $120)