Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: 5 Fantastic Fragrances

Published in: Clean, Fragrance, Gucci, Tocca, Tom Ford Beauty

From the left: Gucci Bamboo, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua, Clean Reserve Velvet Flora, Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lipstick On and Tocca Emelia

From the left: Gucci Bamboo, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua, Clean Reserve Velvet Flora, Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lipstick On and Tocca Emelia

There’s something so comforting about hugging mom and getting a good whiff of her scent.

Why is that? Maybe it’s some primal leftover from childhood that never quite leaves you? Hmm, deep thoughts…


Mother’s Day is this weekend! If you’re looking for a gift, here are a few of my favorite mom-friendly scents.

For the sophisticated mom — Gucci Bamboo

Gucci Bamboo is like a perfect pair of nude pumps or a tan trench that goes with everything. For moms with a classic style.

Official notes: Italian bergamot, Casablanca lily, ylang ylang and Comoros sandalwood.

Unofficial notes: A great day at a job you love, cocktails with good friends after a long week, and looking at yourself in the mirror and totally feelin’ your current outfit.

$92 for a 1.6-oz. bottle, available now at Sephora.

For the fun-lovin’ mom — Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua

This playful perfume smells like summers on the beach. If your mom’s a water baby, I bet she’ll love it.

Official notes: Citrus and amber

Unofficial notes: Sand between your toes, saltwater on your skin and endless summer days that lead to sultry summer nights…

$150 for a 1.7-oz. bottle, available at Sephora.

For the no-nosense mom — Reserve Velvet Flora, by Clean

For moms who like their scents on the not-so-sweet side, Reserve Velvet Flora could almost pass for a men’s cologne.

Official notes: Green bergamot, jasmine lily, saffron flower, cedarwood, moss, musk, amber and patchouli.

Unofficial notes: Old books, Sunday brunch on a crisp spring morning, and standing next to your current boy crush and catching a whiff of his cologne.

$90 for a 3.4-oz. bottle, available at Sephora.

For the flirty mom — Lipstick On, by Maison Martin Margiela

A girly-girl scent for moms who never leave home without a tube of red lipstick.

Official notes: Bergamot oil, heliotrope accord, neroli oil, orange flower absolute, orris concrete, galbanum oil, tonka bean absolute, vanilla bourbon extract and patchouli oil.

Unofficial notes: Matte red lips, black cat eyeliner and a single strand of pearls. *meow*

$125 for a 3.4-oz. bottle, available at Sephora.

For the easygoing mom — Tocca Emelia

I think this is a scent for almost anyone of any age. You’ll be tempted to “borrow” this fresh, easygoing scent from mom to wear it for yourself.

Official notes: Watery clementine, loquat fruit, bucchu leaves, fig leaf, geranium coeur, magnolia tree leaf, amaryllis, Kadota fig, maté absolute Paraguay, bison gross, florentine orris, praline, ambrette seed absolute and coconut water.


Unofficial notes: Chatting on the phone with your best friend and laughing at all of your inside jokes, long walks in the afternoon on a sunny spring day, and your favorite maxi dress.

$68 for a 1.7-oz. bottle, available now at Sephora.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy Tuesday, friend. 🙂


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  1. Agata says:

    Gucci Bamboo smells really good! Si Rose by Giorgio Armani is currently on my wish list, it smells soo good!

  2. kellly says:

    I LOVED your unofficial notes! How wonderfully creative and evocative! Bravo!

  3. jessica says:

    For mother’s day I want the down payment for my daughter’s braces.
    Because I don’t have it.

    now THAT would have memorable significance.
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  4. Kwmechelle says:

    I want all of these for the unofficial notes as well. Such a creative writer you are!

  5. Marissa says:

    Really awesome scent choices for sure. I always love making little gift bags and gift boxes for my mom and sister for holidays. I will be checking some of your ideas out to see if I should add it to the mix for sure 👌🏽☺️

  6. Chris25 says:

    Happy Tuesday, Karen! I hope you and your family are doing well! <3
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  7. Erin says:

    I haven’t seen the Gucci scent yet but it seems like I might be a winner.
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  8. Sandy P says:

    Thanks for your reviews Karen. But I agree your unofficial notes were spot on! Happy First Mother’s Day to you❣❣❣❣

  9. Suzanne C says:

    I was totally down with the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua, because the beach is my mom’s happy place, until I saw the price. First of all, NO. Second, if I spent that much on perfume for anyone, she would strangle me. We’ve both gotten into the Sephora roller ball perfumes lately. My new jam is LaVanilla Grapefruit, while Mom is into Marc Jacobs’ Mod Noir.

  10. Rachel R. says:

    Love Gucci Bamboo.

  11. hanna says:

    Gucci bamboo sounds awesome
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  12. I kinda want Gucci Bamboo for myself! lol 🙂
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  13. Jane says:

    Although I don’t wear fragrances often I love Jo Malone (most of the line) and Bobbi Brown’s Beach fragrances.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  14. Michele DiCola says:

    I would love to try Tom Ford Neroli!
    I am a beach baby !

  15. denise says:

    I recently got a sample of the Tom Ford one in a Sephora package. I LOVE it! Smells heavenly…a little citrus, a lot of beach. So great. But it fades quickly on me and that’s hard to swallow at such a high price.

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