According to a survey from RetailMeNot 88% of all Americans will purchase a gift for Mother’s Day. If it was up to us, Mother’s Day should be a national holiday. Not only do moms never get a day off, their special day is always Sunday (usually a day of play for the rest of us). Were you planning on buying your mother a nice meal or flowers? According to this same survey more than half of all moms would love to receive something more sentimental. At ÇaFleureBon we believe she (or you) would love a gift that is SCENT-imental. Here are seven suggestions:
Bring fragrant Mediterranean breezes right to Mom’s door with Limited Edition Corsica Capsule Collection from NEST Fragrances. Fig, olivewood and lemon zest are “blended to evoke the ethereal beauty of the French Island, Corsica.” The packaging and presentation is very chic and contemporary, and features an original design carved out of porcelain and accented with gold. (I will definitely be keeping the gorgeous containers from both the candles and the reed diffusers after I’ve used them up; they’ll make gorgeous flower vases.) I’ve been burning my candle for several days, and it’s like having all the windows in the house thrown open on a soft summer day; pure heaven without the humidity! Michelyn who loves diffusers, was transported to another time and place so she watched the movie A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004) a three hankie love story entirely filmed in Corsica for the second time… only this time it felt like smell-o-vision. NEST FRAGRANCE Capsule collection includes a classic candle, a sculptural multi wick candle and a reed diffuser–Tammy Schuster, Sr Contributor and Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief ($275 for the set or can be purchased individually) USA only
After falling hard for BLOCKI Parfums’ This Grand Affair, I just had to try their other two fragrances. As I was perusing the website to order samples, I saw this unique gift set which includes samples of all three fragrances and a limited edition handkerchief made for BLOCKI by General Knot &Co. out of vintage and rare fabric collected from around the world. The idea for the handkerchief came from a circa 1900 Blocki ad for handkerchief essences and BLOCKI owner’s Tammy and Tyler Kraemer love that General Knot & Co. give vintage fabrics a new lease on life similar to what they have done in reviving the Blocki perfumery. The inspiration for the handkerchief came from a circa 1900 Blocki ad for handkerchief essences, and it still works well for today, with so many fragrance free work environments and sensitivities. It’s a flexible way to carry a fragrance with you and I couldn’t resist placing an order. Everything BLOCKI does is incredibly elegant, and the gift set is no exception; it’s a lovely presentation and the minute I opened it, I knew I’d be giving it to my mom, who shares my love of fragrance and all things vintage. Michelyn thinks that the hanky is indispensable for anyone who rides a NYC subway in the summer or plans to watch “A Very Long Engagement” (see above). Tammy Schuster, Sr Contributor and Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief ($50) USA only
M. Micallef 75 ml Crystal Orchidee glass flacon and she can choose from 25 perfumes
My mom is famous amongst friends and family for her green thumb; her beautiful orchids that live for YEARS. She lines the window sill with dozens of varieties (I need to ask Ellen Covey what they are) and they never seem to lose their blooms. If your mom is like me, and her plants look pathetic after a week, behold M. Micallef’s Crystal Orchidée flacon. Orchids that will never wither nor die beautifully etched, painted and studded with crystals filled with her choice of 25!!! of M.Micallef perfumes. Each can be personalized with a special message. Swooning yet? ($235.00) exclusively through M.Micallef’s website WorldWide
Diptyque Voile Protecteur pour le Visage
Most perfumistas know Diptyque for their sought-after fragrances. The French House also has a wonderful line of skincare. Many people who meet me compliment my complexion. My secret? Diptyque’s Protective Moisturizing Lotion (SPF 15) which is a lightweight, non-greasy emulsion formulation that thoroughly hydrates, protects, and refreshes. Grapevine root extract boosts the complexion’s radiance, while the calendula and lily extracts soften skin. Formulated with many natural ingredients, including Damask rose hydrosol, which is known to be anti aging and moisturizing orange blossom extract. This round the clock smooth operator is infused with floral and grapevine root extracts and rich in Omegas 3, 6, and 9, as well as vitamins and trace minerals. Mom will love the skin she’s in. ($72.00) USA only
I have noticed that many of our readers love cats. Our favorite Kitty, Laurie Stern of Velvet and Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery custom designed this lovely Victorian inspired locket from her antique cat post card collection. Open the pendant; it is filled with her gorgeous all natural edp solid in Honey. The scent of orange blossom, roses, clove and Laurie’s own beeswax wafts sublime. They are available in small, medium and large Medium pendant on golden chain ($32) USA Only
One brand that offers beautiful feminine fragrances is Maison Francis Kurkdjian. If you are reading this guide, M. Kurkdjian need no introduction, he is possibly one of the most talented perfumers working in the industry. MFK Fragrance Wardrobe for Her is the house’s greatest hits. 8 x 11ml Spray refills that can be used solo or with one of the elegant Globe Trotter travel cases; nestled inside is Aqua Universalis, Aqua Universalis Forte, Aqua Vitae, Oud, APOM Femme, Lumiere Noire Femme, Amyris Femme and Feminin Pluriel. ($195) USA only
If you have a picky perfumista for a mother, our best advice is a gift certificate from a scent boutique that offers lots of options. This way she can shop for perfume, beauty and other lovelies at her leisure, A $50 Gift Certificate to Twisted Lily is a great way to say “I love you Mom, but its time to retire the Dolce Gabban Light Blue for Her”. Since some of our readers may use the GC for themselves, I recommend using the $50 towards Masque Milano’s Romanza by Cristiano Canali. As The Silver Fox wrote in his review last year “The heart is where Romanza enraptures; the hedonist bouquet of plush violet, narcissus and mucky hyacinth. This central woozy heart-piece is both sullied and sweetly ambiguous. You feel transported to a jolting carriage, your senses teased from you by men of impeccable beauty and aromatics. There are words, whispers, kisses and bared skin. The rhythms of the carriage are measured in laughter and the dirty soak of smeared jonquil rising like fire from exposed wrists and throat”. Just in case you are a mom who needs to jumpstart your marriage or relationship. (or have a mom, had a mom and need to get your own sexy on).
–Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief
George Harrison and Ringo Starr dancing with their mothers.
All seven scented gifts are for draw thanks to our incredibly kind sponsors. To be eligible please leave a comment with what you admire (d) most about your mother (or maternal person in your life), as many of the above you would like to win for your mom, (IF YOU CHOOSE THE MICALLEF FLACON BE SURE TO INDICATE WHICH OF THE 25 SCENTS YOU WANT) and where you live by May 6, 2015. We will announce all the winners May 7, 2016 so you can show your mom this article and let her know her Mother’s Day gift is on its way. You must be a registered reader to be eligble, so please click here.
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