So you have one of those super practical mothers who don’t love the idea of flowers (they say it’s like watching your money wilt), and you’re left to wonder what to give on Mother’s Day. Luckily, there is a gift alternative that’s as touching and fragrant, but unlike a bouquet, it won't go bad after a few days. You guessed it—perfumes!
A good perfume is a fitting alternative to flowers, especially if it's one in the floral fragrance family. For the travel-loving mother who dreams of lavender fields in the South of France, cop her a scent that can mentally take her there; for the traditionalist who loves the smell of roses, get her a perfume inspired by the classic flower. Stumped by the amount of choices? Worry not, because we've found the best gift-worthy ones for you.
Here are 10 floral fragrances that make great Mother’s Day Gifts:
1. Maison Francis Kurkdjian L'eau A la Rose
Designed to reflect “a bouquet of four hundred newly bloomed roses,” Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s L’ eau A la Rose doesn't disappoint in its richness. The perfume combines two fragrant types of rose—Damask and Grasse—with the freshness of peonies and violets. The concoction makes a scent that feels as powdery and clean as it is romantic and feminine.
L’ eau A la Rose (70 ml), P10,300, MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN, Adora, Greenbelt 5
2. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Rosa Rossa
For a more upbeat, less conventional take on a rose scent, look to Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Rosa Rossa. It takes notes of rose and blends it with litchi, a fragrance that’s on the fruity and sweet side. It makes for a scent that’s bright and cheery, perfect for your mom to wear with her sunday’s best.
Aqua Allegoria Rosa Rossa, P6,850, GUERLAIN, Rustan's
3. Chloé L'Eau
Chloe’s L’Eau seeks to create a scent that’s floral in the most vibrant way. For this, they looked to notes of Magnolia—a lemony floral that feels fresh and rich at the same time. The result is a scent that’s refreshingly upbeat, and when bottled with that pretty grosgrain ribbon, makes for a delightful Mother’s Day treat.
L’Eau (100 ml), P7,298, CHLOÉ, Rustan's
4. Flower by Kenzo Poppy Bouquet
A celebrated fragrance in the 2000s (with the iconic bottle to beat), Kenzo recreated their Flower by Kenzo fragrance 20 years later. The Poppy Bouquet iteration feels more floral thanks to a blend of Bulgarian rose and gardenia. Topped with a fruity nashi pear note, it's a bright and light perfume that’s perfect to spritz on for the daytime.
Flower by Kenzo Poppy Bouquet (30 ml), P4,350, KENZO, Rustan's
5. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
This perfume is packaged in a bottle shaped like a grenade, aptly representing the “explosive” scent it contains. Indeed, Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb is a treat for the senses, with notes of jasmine, freesia, and orange flower on a base of patchouli, musk, and vanilla. It’s a spicier, bolder take on flora, fitting for the mother who’s as cool as (or more than) you are.
Flowerbomb (50 ml), P7,150, VIKTOR & ROLF, LOOK At Me
6. Jo Malone London Sea Daffodil
For the sophisticated mother who enjoys tea time and degustation courses, Sea Daffodil would be a foolproof choice. The fragrance sees notes of delicate white sea daffodils and mandarin, giving the scent a fresh and solar first whiff. The concoction is also blended with notes of vanilla and sandalwood—a luxurious touch fitting for the lady of the house.
Sea Daffodil Cologne (50 ml), P6,500, JO MALONE LONDON, Lazada
7. Maison Margiela Replica Flower Market Eau de Toilette
If you've gone on countless flower shopping trips with your mom as a kid, this fragrance is the best low-key nostalgic gift. Combining notes of freesia, tuberose, jasmine, and rose, Maison Margiela’s Replica Flower Market is alluringly floral without being overwhelmingly so. There’s a gentleness to it, a delicately soft scent that when whiffed, can transport you back to those flower market memories.
Replica Flower Market Eau de Toilette (30 ml), P4,350, MAISON MARGIELA, Rustan's
8. Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori
The mom who loves to spend hours in her garden will love the earthy-floral scent of Gucci’s Acqua di Fiori. Part of the Gucci Bloom, the house’s fragrance family that’s inspired by all things flora, this scent blends the lightness of cassis buds with the intensity of green galbanum. It’s wonderfully floral with just the right amount of earthiness to make it feel out of the ordinary.
Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori Eau de Toilette (100 ml), P8,650, GUCCI, Rustan's
9. Diptyque Fleur de Peau
For the mom who loves smelling like she just got out of the shower, this perfume is a match made in heaven. It looks to ambrette seeds, an extract from hibiscus flowers, to create a scent that’s rich, nutty, and musky. Overall, the perfume smells powdery, clean, with just the perfect touch of flora that feels as tender and warm as a mother’s hug.
Fleur de Peau (75 ml), P9,350, DIPTYQUE, Rustan's
10. L'Occitane Lavande Cologne
We know that mothers always manage to do it all, and can always use a little something for calmness, peace, and quiet. Lavender is a perfect scent for that, and L’Occitane’s Lavande Cologne it the type she can bring wherever she goes. With the lavender notes noticeably cutting through, this scent feels like a spa in a bottle.
Lavande Cologne, P3,250, L'OCCITANE, Rustan's
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