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Three of the best Mother's Day Scents

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Balenciaga's new fragrance is a mysterious but classic scent from one of France's most prestigious fashion houses
 

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The pure DKNY Mother's Day gift box is great value, with eau de parfum and moisturiser for £42
 

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The latest limited edition collection from Harajuku is a fun option for Mother's Day
 

03 MARCH 2010

If you’re searching for suitable ‘smellies’ for Mother’s Day, we’ve got three of the best, guaranteed to suit everyone,
out just in time.

For a classic gift

Balenciaga, £42 for 30ml eau de parfum. The first perfume from the House of Balenciaga in more than 50 years, this is an unusual fragrance, sophisticated and mature, that stands apart from many of the sniff-alikes launched lately. It’s class in a glass bottle – itself a miniature work of art, a chunky, offset hexagonal shape that looks like a caped silhouette.

It’s hard to categorise the perfume itself, as it’s complex and seems to change constantly as it develops, but it’s neither breezy or overpowering – describing violets over peppery notes and mossy woods doesn’t do it justice. It does, however, make for a scent mysterious enough to be difficult to dislike. Available from major department stores

For a can’t-go-wrong gift

DKNY pure Scent Mothers Day Set, £44. A beautifully simple gift with which, again, it’s hard to go wrong. The scent itself is stronger than Balenciaga – sweet and fruity, with lotus flower,

Bulgarian rose, jasmine, freesia and orchid, so it’s definitely a feminine fragrance. But the presentation itself is clean, with a clear glass bottle of 50ml eau de parfum and 100ml Body Butter in a plain white tube.

For a fun gift

Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties, £15 for 10ml eau de toilette. The perfect gift from younger children, these collectible doll figures look cute on any dressing table, regardless of your age, and stand on top of surprisingly appealing perfumes.

This limited edition of five are all summer based – a fruity, sensuous or dewy floral, a creamy musk or a citrus scent with sugared patchouli.

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