INSIDE MY MOTHER’S FRAGRANCE COLLECTION
I grew up with a bathroom filled with tiny perfumes on display, they were too old to be used, but they were gorgeous and they were there because of my mum’s little crush for dainty bottles and clean, effective packagings. I cannot assert that these little bottles are the reason why perfumes are a little bit more than just a nice scent to me, but I have definitely inherited my mother’s love for all things fragrance as well as her way of looking at it more as an object than a beauty item. Whilst the scent will always be the first criterion, my mother looks at the bottle, which has to be sleek and simple; its name, which needs to appeal to her, match the season or her personality, and finally, the colour of the water, always light and discrete. Here is her collection…
Jo Malone Cologne | Lime Basil & Mandarin
As the name would suggest, a citrus, crisp scent, but what makes it so unique and different for my mum is the way it blends these summery notes with something peppery and delicately spicy. Nothing too overpowering or masculine, but rather something so light and fresh that she will need to reapply it several times throughout the day.
Estée Lauder Eau de Parfum | White Linen
The deep, wintery fragrance she is the most faithful to. Although my mother adores the name, the notes are much more representative of the old-fashioned bottle: White Linen is a statement. It definitely holds the clean scent of freshly washed sheets, but Estée Lauder paired it with some warm and flowery notes such as Amber, Violet, and Bulgarian Rose. The Jasmine and the Muguet, on the other hand, bring the original freshness of the fragrance back to life and build the perfect wintery scent for my mother, even a rich, bold fragrance has to avoid anything too overpowering and overwhelming for her.
Estée Lauder Eau de Parfum | Pleasures
From my point of view, Pleasures is my mother’s signature scent, Estée Lauder describes it as a ‘shimmering’ fragrance and it is exactly what it is! It’s a bowl of fresh air where all the green notes have been replaced by extremely feminine ones, with lots of White Flowers, Patchouli and Sandalwood in it. Just as the bottle presages it, it is a simple scent which would gracefully suit every season of the year.
Jo Malone Cologne | Earl Grey & Cucumber
Such an unusual scent, and something she first and foremost bought because of the idea of having her favourite tea held in a fragrance. It won her heart because of its springy, musky side which gives an even more refined edge to the notes of Bergamot and Cucumber. Sweet, light and modern at the same time, my mother finds it incredibly refreshing and doesn’t hesitate to carry it in her purse to lift her mood at any time.