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10 Perfumes Your Mother Deserves This Mother’s Day!

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As you grow up you start seeing your parents in a very different light. They become individuals and relatively cease being mere authoritarian figures in your life. Even though they never stop treating you like a child, you try to understand the thoughts behind their actions and make an effort to look at their point of view. If you have already reached this stage or are surprised by a change in your behaviour towards your parents, congratulations! You are “adulting” just right.

This Mother’s Day, don’t take the easy (and lazy) way out by merely buying gifts that are being marketed as such. Not to brag, but I know that my mum would frown upon typical “mom gifts”. No, she does not appreciate kitchen appliances, no matter how high-end they are. If I have to gift her something, it has to be something that’s exclusively her. I love that she doesn’t pretend to like my gifts just because she doesn’t want to hurt my feelings. Here’s a woman who knows what she wants and deserves, and expects no less. Even though she’s exasperating at times, and I wish she would just graciously accept my hurriedly put-together present, I love the fact that she doesn’t do so. She has taught me to put thought and effort in my gift ideas and expect no less in return. For this, I will forever be indebted to my mumsie!

So now, I urge you to take a moment to observe your mum’s personality. Stop looking at her like she’s your mum and look at her instead as a human being with a distinct character. This is as much about her as it is about putting your skills to the test — how well do you really know her? And while you do that, here are some fabulous fragrances that are not your typical “mom perfumes”:


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1. Prada Candy Kiss (Rs 2,547)

This soft, gentle smell is a great combination of musk and orange blossom. If your mum loves fruity smells with a touch of sophistication, Candy Kiss is definitely a good buy. Musk is dominant in this perfume, but the orange blossom adds softness and freshness while vanilla adds a creamy quality to the fragrance. The end result is a fluffy but sophisticated scent.


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2. Paco Rabanne Olympèa (Rs 4,693)

The best way to describe this fragrance is that it smells like sweet vanilla and the salty wind by the beach. It is sweet but not overtly so, it is sensual and sultry, and strong. Its salty and floral compositions open with sparkling green mandarin, water jasmine, and fiery ginger lily, with salted vanilla in the heart. The base notes of sandalwood, cashmere and ambergris add warmth and strength to this perfume. Perfect for the unconventional woman!


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3. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Sorbet (Rs 5,866)

If your mum is someone who loves fresh, fruity, sweet fragrances, the Daisy Eau So Fresh Sorbet should be your first pick. With its top notes of mandarin, apple blossom and lotus and the heart composed of magnolia, jasmine, and violet, this is a fresh, fruity fragrance. The delicate and creamy woods and musk in the base prevent it from being saccharine sweet.


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4. Philosophy Live Joyously Eau de Parfum (Rs 5,736)

A dynamic and captivating scent, Live Joyously is an inviting floral perfume that opens with notes of tangerine followed by pink peony and patchouli, which add warmth to this rich, refined fragrance.


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5. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops (Rs 3,788)

This light and clean fragrance is fresh and airy thanks to its smell of freshly picked flowers sprinkled with dew. The top notes open with peach, apple, papaya flower, and neroli. Its heart includes white flowers of water lily, amaryllis, and daffodils before drying down to the base notes of cashmere wood, musk, and sandalwood. I think it would be perfect for the woman who loves nature.


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6. Diptyque Eau Plurielle (Rs 13,950)

This intoxicating but clean aroma blends woody scents with gentle, fresh, Turkish roses. The lightness of the ivy and foliage mixed with the heady wood and musk gives Plurielle a very distinct but attractive edge. The ambroxan adds strength to the body of the fragrance and makes it long-lasting. It evolves from being fresh and bright to a rosy floral and settles down to a musky-ambroxan on the skin. Intriguing, to say the least!


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7. Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau De Parfum Spray (Rs 7,441)

This mature scent from Marc Jacobs is is sexy and sophisticated. The top notes of Italian plum, saffron and iris give way to Bulgarian rose, Sambac jasmine and orris root to form the heart of the perfume. The base notes include warm liquid amber, vetiver, and papyrus wood. If this alone does not convince you, just look at the gorgeous bottle. It is trademark Marc Jacobs with its opulence and glamour. The bottle looks like an emerald green handbag with a python-skin pattern, with a luxe gold chain and black tassel.


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8. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum (Rs 5,698)

The mellow dark coffee is neither sweet nor intimidating. YSL marketed this as the dark, mysterious side to their brand. Vanilla and notes of coffee dominate the scent. It is offset by juicy pear that makes this a densely sweet fragrance. Jasmine and orange blossom help in refreshing the composition while pink pepper adds a touch of spiciness. And that glam rock bottle! Just. So. Perfect.


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9. Kate Spade New York Walk On Air Eau de Parfum (Rs 9,699)

This casual, relaxed scent is light, fresh, and floral. It smells like lilies in full bloom in a garden of freshly cut grass while clean laundry dries in a faint breeze in the sun. It gives off that sense of clean freshness. It opens with top notes of linden blossom, Calabrian bergamot, maiden’s hair fern, Solomon’s seal and Tunisian neroli. The heart is composed of lily, magnolia, Egyptian jasmine and narcissus, that end in base notes of crinum lily, white iris, and violet leaf.


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10. Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette (Rs4,223)

This fresh scent has the garden rose as a central motif. The amber and rose notes are followed by frozen lemon, fresh mandarin, freesia, peony and violet leaf. The watery notes of freesia give it a soft, dewy feeling. The Bulgarian rose essence at the heart of the fragrance coupled with the violet leaves and peony petals make this a very feminine fragrance. However, the ambergris adds a masculine undertone and balances it out.


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