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 It’s a bowl of fresh air where all the green notes have been replaced by extremely feminine ones, with lots of White Flowers, Patchouli and Sandalwood in it.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.


  • clare⭐

    My mum had 2/3 of these scents too!

  • Ah I’d love to be able to see your mum’s collection! I used to wear Estee Lauder Pleasures a few years ago, I loved it! x

    • I’m very glad to hear that, it’s such a beautiful fragrance, I think it is my favourite of the four!

  • My mother has a few perfumes, but none that I could point out. I associate her with teal eyeliner. Or blue eyeliner.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Oh, this is funny because I associate my grandma with blue eyeshadow, but for my mum it is definitely Pleasures by Estée Lauder!

      • My grandmother did not wear eyeshadow, only a dusty rose lipstick.

  • Violette

    I’ve never smell any of them but they must be delicious!

    • I highly recommend you give some of these a try, Estée Lauder’s Pleasures and White Linen aren’t the most famous ones of their fragrance range, but they definitely feel more unique and perhaps a little bit more intricate than the more famous ones!

  • Such a great idea for a post lovely, I need to check out those two Jo Malones. I only have Wood Sage & Sea Salt and it’s not my fave, I think it’d be more suited to a candle haha.

    Kirstie |

    • I do love Wood Sage & Sea Salt, but (just as you) it isn’t one I can see myself wearing! The good thing about the Jo Malone picks in this post is that they are both very easy to wear! Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂

  • What a lovely, innovative idea for a post. I’ve not tried any of these but they all sound fab. x

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • Thank you, it’s a very nice thing to say 🙂 I highly recommend you check out some of these, they are all quite unique and different from the usual offer!

  • The only perfumes my mum owns are the ones I have bought her, lol xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

    • Ha, ha, I don’t even try to buy her one because I know she is very picky about them!

  • Yiotou_La

    I always wanted to try the Jo Malone scents since everyone has tried at least one but never got to try them. My mum has also an impressive collection, in fact I think she owns more perfumes than me, 80% of them are birthday gifts from her girlfriends! x


    • Definitely check out the Jo Malone fragrance range, they have so many different options, from very fresh and fruity to really dark, woody scents!

  • This is such a brilliant idea for a post! My mum’s signature perfume for the longest time was Poison which quite frankly suffocated the hell out of me. I’m glad she got over that perfume in the end. LOL! Pleasure is a classic, I can even remember the scent because I used to wear it a lot too.

    • I do know Poison and it is definitely a strong scent indeed! Yes, I believe Pleasures is very famous in the USA, but here in Europe, it isn’t as easy to find which is a shame because, as you said, it is one of those timeless, classic scents!

  • Kate

    Your mum is obviously a woman of great taste! I adore pretty much everything by Jo Malone, and although I don’t know those Estee Lauder fragrances, they both sound wonderful! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • I couldn’t agree more: Jo Malone never hearts and I feel like everyone can find at least one scent they love from their range, because it always suits so many different tastes 🙂

  • Such a lovely post! I remember going through my mom’s fragrance collection and playing around with it as a child!


    Tamara –

    • Thank you 🙂 Yes, as a child, I believe the very first fragrance we wear are usually the ones we steal from our mother, Pleasures was the one I used to steal (well, borrow) and wear! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • Such a sweet post! My mum used to wear the Charlie perfume and I used to hate it. But oddly, I’ve come to love the scent and everytime I catch a whiff of it somewhere, it reminds me of her. Also, your mum has brilliant taste in perfumes!

    Lavanya | Elle Files

    • Your comment is so interesting because it perfectly sums up the weird thing about fragrance, when you love the one who is wearing it, you are kind of forced to love the fragrance itself, odd isn’t it? Thank you, she will be glad to hear that 🙂

  • This was such a cute post! I love Jo Malone!

    Have a lovely day!

    xx Kris

  • Such an interesting post. I forget how much one’s perfume collection says about them! My great grandma has a specific scent tied to her and I always wanted to ask if it was a specific fragrance she used. Estée Lauder has a lot of classics! xx

    • Thank you and I couldn’t agree more with you 🙂 Yes, Estée Lauder is really good at creating those timeless scents! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • What a lovely idea for a blog post! I bought my mum a small bottle of the Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber for Mother’s Day this year and she loves it.

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl

  • Love this post! I’m a huge fan of Lime, Basil & Mandarin and you’ve reminded me that I used to adore Pleasures! xx