The Best Fragrances for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

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It’s their special day… flowers wither and gift cards are so impersonal…fragrance is forever. This Mother's Day and Father's Day give the gift of scent; they will cherish with each spritz.

Rene Gruau©

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, so how do you choose a fragrance she’s sure to cherish?  Selecting a fragrance for your mother can be a daunting task, but giving your mother a scent that she will love isn’t as difficult as it seems.  We recommend taking into account her style, her favorite flowers, and her personality in selecting a perfume she will wear over and over again.

Elegant, chic, she loves the arts, fine wine and classical music; Mom loves to travel and feels as at home in Paris, Marrakech and New York. Worth Je Reviens when translated from French, means “I am returning” symbolizes both the past and the present. Created in 1932, Je Reviens is one of the rare perfumes to focus on narcissus. Sparkling aldehydes and spicy clove meet in a fragrance she will return to again and again.

Your Mom still holds hands with Dad and is forever the optimist. She cries at weddings and has seen La La Land at least 6x. In Victorian days, secret messages were passed by sending a flower; sending your beloved a sprig of lily of the valley meant the return to love. Also known as muguet, lily of the valley is forever the flower of May, and her special day. Mom will feel like a heroine from her favorite romance novel wafting Penhaligon’s London Lily of the Valley a deceptively delicate soliflore with a dusky oak moss dry down.

Anais Anais L’Original is for the incurably romantic Mom. An exquisite fragrance that is ethereal yet has longevity. Created in the late 70s, the perfume is a powdery oriental. The star is its Lily heart,  soft rose, ylang-ylang, tuberose, carnation and a shadowy base of cedarwood, sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, incense, and vetiver.

Promise her anything but give her Tabu a fragrance of forbidden love that was created in the 1930s.  When it launched  the ad was scandalous; showing  a woman at the paino being kissed passionately bya violinist. Tabu is for the Mom who know how to make an entrance and bewitch all those around her. Best for evening wear, this is a luxurious oriental with a vintage vibe amber, resins, civet and precious woods –  creamy sandalwood and earthty patchouli at the base.

If your Mom is playful and lighthearted, I Love Love by Moschino is a  whimsical, contemporary and breezy perfume created by master perfumer Olivier Cresp. This floral fragrance with notes of lily and grapefruit is for the Mom whose smile can light up a room.

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If your Dad is still wearing the same cologne he wore when you were a kid, it’s time for a scent intervention. Whether he is a hipster or a traditional kind of guy, has rounded up some favorites.

Your Father is as comfortable in a suit as he is in designer blue jeans, then Dunhill Man is perfect for the dapper Dad. This masculine fragrance has a heart of iris, carnation, and a memorable drydown of sandalwood, tonka bean, moss, and musk.

 Dreamer by Versace was the famed designer, Gianni Versace’s personal scent. A passionate fragrance that is blended with sensuous notes of tobacco, and amber and touched with a surprising hint of tarragon.  If your Dad is a class act, this is the cologne perfectly suited for his personality.

Ed Hardy Born Wild pushes the envelope, a great scent for the Dad who seeks adventure. He skydives, rides a motorcycle and loves fast cars. Not for the timid, this cologne is for  the father with a confident attitude; the combination of sweet and spicy aromas of cardamom and neroli. Wear with caution.

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