Thursday, 16 March 2017

Mother's Day gift guide: What to buy for mum (and me)

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

If ever I want to evoke my childhood, it's smell that instantly takes me back. The powder puff on my grandma's dressing table. The leather seats in my dad's car. The hint of nutmeg in the macaroni cheese my mum made when I was poorly.

Smell is the most nostalgic of the senses and a shortcut to memory. Rip up the map, I know this way home like the back of my hand.

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

My mum (pictured here, we're looking through old photos) has always been a perfume lover, and I can track her life through the decades through the fragrance on her wrist – Charlie in the 70s, L'Air du Temps in the 80s, Giorgio in the 90s. She's a fan of florals. As a little girl, I'd obsessively fiddle about with the cosmetics and jewellery on her dressing table. Playing at being a grown up, I imagined what life would be like for me when I was old enough to wear perfume or swing a handbag in one hand, car keys in the other.

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

Sometimes, I wonder what smells will make memories for my kids. Will it be the rosemary bush we brush past on the way to the front door? The old fashioned pink toothpaste that ends up all over the basin? Or perhaps it's as simple and everyday as the laundry powder we use to wash their bed linen. Or maybe they'll think of the way my neck smells as they nestle in for a bedtime story...

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review



The world of perfume is a fascinating place to me even now (and if you're as much of an olfactophile as I am, you might like this book). I've distilled my favourites down to woody, incense-like fragrances and warm, musky notes. These smells are reminiscent of candlelit churches abroad, chosen for their cool refuge on baking hot days. A wander through a flowering orchard. Dusty hardbacks in a secondhand bookshop.

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

Last week, Mum and I spent a happy afternoon trying out a few fragrances from The White Company's new eau de toilette collection, talking about our favourite scents and when to wear them.

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

We tried:
Symons – Enveloping sumptuous cashmere and smooth white amber with crisp, cotton cedarwood and delicate peony. 
Day – The delicate sweetness of jasmine and apple suffused with aromatic cedarwood and a burst of bergamot bring a refreshing twist to this beautifully light and luscious scent.
Noir – A sensuous and warming floral scent thats sophisticated, intriguing and contemporary, Noir blends notes of rich amber and bright mandarin with musky sandalwood.
Night – Juicy-rich notes of pomegranate wrapped in opulent cassis and patchouli with a soft vanilla base to create a seductive and sophisticated off-duty scent.

Mother's Day gift guide: day night noir symons eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review
Mum loved Symons. A luxurious choice (like her!), this cosy, clean scent is iconic, inviting and inspired by The White Company's stunning signature store in London. My favourite was NightI adore its heady scent, a powdery, after-dark fruit-ish fragrance.

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

Any of the fragrances (and their companion candle and diffuser range) would make a delightful gift for mother's day, don't you think?

As well as fragrance, here are more Mother's Day gift ideas:

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

Gift idea
Spoil mum with luxury... 

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

Gift idea
Sterling silver jewellery is an everyday classic and a constant reminder of a loved one. 

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

Gift idea
Frame an old family picture for a thoughtful and personal present... 
This glass frame accommodates antique photographs beautifully (and that's my grandma, the baby on her mum's knee!)

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

Gift idea
Flowers - like Paris - are always a good idea! 
Splash out on a giant bouquet or select a few spring stems, placed delicately in a bottle or bud vase.

Mother's Day gift guide: eau de toilette perfumes from The White Company review

Gift idea
With its porcelain holder and lid, this one is made for the dressing table.




So, tell me which of these would you choose? Or something else from the Mother’s Day edit

Would you like to win Chrissie’s Mother’s Day edit – worth £760? To be in with a chance of winning, simply share a picture of your mum on Instagram or Twitter, revealing the best piece of advice she has ever given you, from always wearing a smile to never giving up on your dreams. Be sure to include the hashtag #MumWisdoms in the caption and tag @thewhitecompany.



Photographs: Alice Hendy
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