With nearly 1,300 fragrances on the market (and at least 118 scents introduced in 2009 alone), there's a perfume for every type of mother…and then some. To help you narrow the field, Allure’s editors spritzed and sniffed their way to the best scents for Mother's Day.
Marc Jacobs Lola (Starting at $45)
is part spicy, part floral, and all gorgeous. Notes of pink peppercorn and musk give it depth; peony and vanilla keep it feminine.
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Laced with hints of white peony, black lilac, and violet leaves, Estée Lauder Pleasures (Starting at $49.50) smells as bright and cheery as its optimistic name suggests.
Many light scents are so citrusy, we'd rather squirt them on our salad than our skin. Calvin Klein Euphoria (Starting at $38) is crisp and cool, but with a milky sandalwood accord to combat the zest effect.
Guerlain Idylle (Starting at $94.50) captures the oldworld quality of Bulgarian rose without smelling, well, old. It manages to be decadent and delicate all at once.
The patchouli-pear-and-guava blend of Gucci by Gucci ($80) comes on so gently, you need to get close (very close) to take it all in.
Brimming with blackberry and musk, Jeanne Lanvin by Lanvin (Starting at $40.50) is incredibly sophisticated—not cloyingly sweet.
|Malin + Goetz|
Too many home scents are a cliché of fruit and flowers. The leather, plum, and amber in the Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Scented Candle ($48) are inviting and unexpected.
|Editions de Parfums|
Smoldering with cinnamon, cloves, and pepper, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Noir Épices ($200) leaves behind a warm, sultry scent that doesn't fade.
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