Flowery or fruity, spicy or sweet -- it doesn't matter what kind of mom you have. Chances are, someone will be buying her perfume for Mother's Day.
With thousands of perfumes out there, from Accenti to Yvresse, knowing which one to give Mom isn't easy. Here's our take on some of the new women's fragrances on the market:
By: Giorgio Armani, $38.50 for 1.7 ounces
The packaging: Tasteful, understated, expensive-looking
Described as: Flowery and refined
We say: Bellissima! Armani knows fragrance as well as clothes. This crisp scent is elegant and feminine.
Perfect for: A mom who loves beautiful things
By: Ralph Lauren, $45 for 1.7 ounces
The packaging: Tailored, elegant
Described as: Romantic scents of rose, ginger, marigold, violet and musk
We say: A lovely scent -- clean and feminine but not overpowering
Perfect for: A mom who likes Audrey Hepburn movies and white tulips
By: Estee Lauder, $25 for 1.7 ounces
The packaging: Sweet, springy and fun
Described as: Fresh, delicate honeysuckle scent that "envelops you in a sheer veil of happiness"
We say: Fresh, yes. Delicate, no. This sweet, flowery fragrance smells a bit strong at first, but then again, so does real honeysuckle.
Perfect for: A mom so sweet she'd put Betty Crocker to shame
By: Jacques Fath, $50 for 2.5 ounces (Available at Nordstrom only)
The packaging: Made to wear with the accompanying Yang for Men. Get it, Yin Yang?
Described as: "Created in the image of a flowing garment ... composed of many superimposed levels of transparency"
We say: Huh? Smells kind of like rubbing alcohol. Guess it needs the companion scent to really flower.
Perfect for: A mom who likes to do everything with dad, including spritz perfume
By: Chanel, $45 for 1.7 ounces
The packaging: Minimalist
Described as: Refreshing, Oriental, floral, both spicy and fruity
We say: Allure's allure lies in the fact that it's not overpowering. At first whiff, it really doesn't smell like much. Ten minutes later however, the demure scent is appealingly crisp.
Perfect for: A mom who says she doesn't want anything for Mother's Day (but secretly does)