Finger-painted masterpieces notwithstanding, perfume is a thoughtful, lasting gift to give on Mothers Day. With the holiday planted firmly this side of spring on the calendar, most moms are already looking to update their heavier, wintery scents for warmer weather.
You usually want something fresh and light for spring and summer, says Jayne Harvey, one of Westports perfume experts. Shes been helping women find the scent that scent that speaks to them for 35 years. Usually, you can find her behind the counter at Achorns pharmacy, on Main Street in downtown Westport. Every spring, Estée Lauder comes out with a signature scent for the season. This years is called Wild Elixer. Its kind of a hip fragrance. Its young and fun and a little sweet. A great gift for a younger mom on Mothers Day. Even the packaging is pretty, she says of the honeysuckle pink bottle. I took Jaynes cue and spritzed my wrist with a little Wild Elixer. Its a whimsical, flirty and unapologetically girlie scent. I dug it.
The traditional scents are always a safe but elegant gift for mom, too, Jayne says. A bottle of Chanel No. 5 would put a smile on any moms face. Or, for a more floral twist on the traditional, Coco Mademoiselle is lovely as well.
What about the grandmothers and aunts?
Crabtree and Evelyn is usually a big hit with older women, she says. They have lavender and rose scented soaps and sprays and lotions. Very subtle scents.
Jayne has a favorite scent for the coming summer, too. Pradas Infusion de Fleur d'Oranger, she says. Its a very crisp scent. Its citrusy, not sweet. Working around so many sweeter scents all day long, I think I tend to like this one because its a little outdoorsy and not overpowering.
As for all Jaynes recommendations, it seems she knows what shes talking about. After sampling the scents at her counter, I had to make a less than glamorous trip to the supermarket. At the checkout, the young woman behind the register said to me, Im sorry, you smell so good I just have to ask what perfume youre wearing.
Do you have a favorite scent for spring? What about the mom's on your gift list this mother's day?
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