The Fragrance Gift She Really Wants


Whether you’re shopping for her birthday, Mother’s Day, graduation, her wedding, or just because you love her, one of these brand new perfumes is guaranteed to delight her senses.

She wishes everyday was spring…
In a field of fruit and flowers on a beautiful spring day is where one imagines the new Eclat de Fleurs by Lanvin was created. The lovely round bottle, with marguerite (daisy) petals carved into it, is topped with a pink faceted stone and two rings representing love. Jeanne Lanvin’s daughter, Marguerite, is her inspiration and perhaps the two rings symbolize their bond. For you, let the rings be a symbol of someone you love dearly. Eclat de Fleurs Eau de Parfum opens with a juicy long lasting pear note, and I detect a little aldehyde (love that!). From fruit notes, it heads to delicate florals, rose, freesia and Sambac jasmine. Finally, the base notes of white musk and milky sandalwood round out the scent with a long lasting warmth. Perfumers Anne Flipo and Nicolas Beaulieu tell us, “…a wild field of flowers that immersed us in an “Impressionist” painting. The green herbs were sprinkled with colorful flowers scintillating in the sun, thus creating a picture symbolizing a burst of flowers. For this fragrance, we have translated this image into scent. The rich and facetted ingredients of the fragrance gave us all the colors to create the DNA of the fragrance.

Available in 50ml $85.and 100ml $105. at Nordstrom

She’s so cool, her perfume has its own hashtag…
The ground breaking Angel by Thierry Mugler created in 1992 by perfumer Oliver Cresp was so different, it defied any existing perfume category, hence the gourmand category of fragrance was born. Today, Mugler’s Angel is still one of the best selling perfumes ever. Not resting on his laurels, Mugler now presents Angel Muse created by perfumer Quentin Bisch. Angel Muse is obviously a relative of the original Angel, but is not simply a flanker. While Angel is strong on chocolate and patchouli, Angel Muse Eau de Parfum is strong with hazelnut and vetiver, and it’s the vetiver that really makes it stand out, along with a teeny spritz of pink peppercorn and grapefruit. Not only will she love the scent, but she’ll enjoy holding the sculptural elliptical bottle in her hand. Fun fact: Model Jerry Hall was the face of Angel perfume, and now her daughter Georgia May Jagger, is the face of Angel Muse. Hashtag: #HateToLove

Available 1oz $70 and 1.7oz $95 at Macys

She’s a dreamer…
She dreams of fine things, beautiful objets d’art, elegant settings, and a floral fragrance to delight her olfactory senses. She’ll love Rêve d’Infini by Lalique. Created by perfumer Richard Ibanez, this utterly feminine Eau de Parfum is a bouquet of delicate flowers. It opens with bergamot, lychee, and freesia, and then goes to a heart of rose absolute, fresh peach, and a touch of cedar wood. The long lasting dry down is a beautiful and sensuous combination of vanilla, musk and sandalwood. The glass bottle is deco inspired and has the signature Lalique soft satin finish Rêve d’Infini is French for infinite dreamer, and is a perfect choice for the lovely woman who’s champagne flute is always half full.

Available in 50ml $125 and 100ml $175. at Neiman Marcus

She’s a Mediterranean aficionado…
If she loves the ocean, and aspires to spending her days relaxing on the sun washed shores of the Amalfi Coast or the South of France, she’ll love Mediterranean Honeysuckle by Aerin Lauder. A spritz of this citrusy Eau de Parfum will instantly transport her from city to sea. The honeysuckle is very subtle, while the burst of citrus, especially juicy grapefruit, immediately elevates the spirits. Created by perfumer Honorine Blanc, this uplifting scent contains notes of bergamot oil, lily of the valley, jasmine sambac, a touch of bourgeon de cassis for some green notes, and a warm dry down of ambrox with musk. It’s a Mediterranean vacay in a bottle.

Available in 50ml $110 and 100ml $155 at Nordstrom

She always has the inside scoop…
Odin New York perfume may not be a household name (yet), but the true perfume aficionado knows them well. From their White Collection, tempt her nose with Efflora. It’s a great spring/summer Eau de Parfum created by perfumer Jean-Claude Delville. Efflora opens up with Algerian tangerine, Turkish rose and neroli blossom as top notes, and moves to a beautiful bouquet of geranium, lavender, grapefruit flower and Sanbac absolute. The dry down anchors it all with notes of oakwood absolute, vetiver, white moss sandalwood and a hint of patchouli. The minimalist, elegant white cube bottle is housed in an artistic pink box with sculptural details.

Available: 100ml $210 at Barneys

She loves pretty bottles on her dresser…
The Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream collection always has the best girly, flirty bottles that every woman adores keeping on her dresser. The newest in the series, Blush Eau de Toilette is pretty on both the inside and outside. Inside the bottle, perfumer Annie Buzantian uses pear at the top then blends it with pretty florals that include violet, water lily, freesia. lily of the valley, with a dry down of subtle vetiver and musk. Outside, adorable pink daisy petals cover the cap and bottle and complement the pretty pink fragrance.

Available: 1.7oz $78. Macys

She loves the smell of freshly laundered linen…
The Clean line of scents has a laundry list of fans that stretches for miles and who anxiously await the latest offering. The newest, Clean Sunkissed Skin won’t disappoint; in fact #BeautyNewsNYC makeup editor #AmySciarretto immediately called ‘dibs’ on my sample when it arrived. Can’t blame her, as this latest incarnation is a winner. Top notes of lotus blossom, fresh air and honeydew move into an aquatic accord with a hint of coconut, and a very soft dry down of amber, musk and vanilla. Perfumer Harry Fremont says, “The splash keeps the touchable softness of the Eau de Parfum.” Clean Sunkissed Skin is like the smell of fresh bare skin…only better.

Available: 5.9 oz $59. Sephora

She’s loves a great ‘bang for the buck’…
ActivESSENCE fragrances are kind to your wallet, and will last up to 12 hours. She’ll love that. These cheap-and-charming mists are available in four scents: Cherry Blossom, Vanilla Lavender, Coconut Coast and Moroccan Orchid & Amber. The company’s new technology offers time released micro encapsulates that extend the scent to last all day. Along with fragrance, ActivEssence moisturizes skin and is infused with vitamins A, C, D and E, making it a perfect post-shower ritual. At only $8. for 8 ounces, splurge and buy her all four!

Available: Amazon

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