Scentsational Mother’s Day gift ideas

Friday, 11 May 2012

Mother’s Day is about indulging the woman who stayed up till 2am baking cupcakes for your school bazaar, cleaned up those scrapes with Mercurochrome and warned you that cutting your own bangs wasn’t a good idea. While there’s no way you could possibly repay that extraordinary woman for all she’s done, you can treat her with special gifts.

But the last thing she wants is a two-tier mini cake stand or the MasterChef Japanese Global knife set (who cares if it’s stainless steal). Spoil her with a delicious designer fragrance, and show her that you’re thinking about her and not her homemaking (even though her skills in the kitchen are amazing).

Scentsational gift ideas for Mother's Day

YSL Opium EDP, R995 for 50ml

While the name suggests a heady experience, this fragrance is for a passionate and impassioned woman. The oriental, floral and spicy notes create a sensual blend of mandarin, bergamot, jasmine and carnation, which lead to warmer scents of vanilla, amber and patchouli. The cooler base notes of lily of the valley, jasmine sambac and a woody myrrh round off the very feminine fragrance.

Available at selected Edgars, Red Square, Stuttafords, Truworths, Woolworths, Foschini and Dis-Chem stores.

Justine Utopia, R420 for 50ml

If your mom’s a romantic at heart, she’ll love this fragrance. Top notes of litchi, peony and freesia bloom into lily of the valley, magnolia and rose before gently settling on to a warm base of cedarwood and amber.

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Boucheron Jaipur EDP, R645 for 50ml

The floral woody fragrance at first comes across as fresh and citrusy, a result of the violet leaves, basil and lemon scent of verbena top notes. At the heart, undertones of hyacinth, marigold and carnations blend silkily into bottom notes of cashmeran, cypress and iris scents.

Available at Stuttafords, Truworths and Miladys Gateway and Pavillion.

Burberry Body, R1200 for 85ml

The motivation behind the name of this fragrance was to capture the spirit of the iconic trench coat. Just as the trench is timeless and elegant, so is the fragrance. British, yet feminine, sophisticate, but modern, it will appeal to women of all ages. (So if you’re hoping to pick up something for your mom that you could also spritz on from time to time, you may have a winner here.) With top notes of fresh green absinthe, illuminating elegant peach and refined freesia, the heart notes of sandalwood, natural rose absolute and iris blend well. Rounding off the fragrance are scents of woody cashmeran, creamy vanilla, sensual amber and musk.

Van Cleef & Arpels Oriens, R1065 for 100ml

This chypre fruity floral fragrance is conjured from fleshy red fruit and transparent petals. Mandarin, raspberry and blackcurrant form the top notes, which collide in different ways, while the heart notes of jasmine petals build the sensual aura. Patchouli and praline found the base notes.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. diamond

    I really want the jaipur so badly

    6 years ago •

  1. Bella

    OPIUM brings back so many memories for me. My granddad used to buy it for my granny.

    6 years ago •

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