In Praise of Mothers


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Mothers are often our first point of reference when it cnd.221omes to perfume.  It never ceases to amaze me how people can forget what they had for breakfast yesterday but remember exactly how their mother smelled to them when they were four.  It often moves me to read comments on my blog where postnd.96ers nostalgically muse about scents of their much missed mothers, or even the much missed years of their childhood.

One thing I admire about my own mother is that she always tried a different scent.  She has by turns, worn Louis Feraud by Avon, YSL Rive Gauche, Paloma Picasso, Chanel No 5,  Estee Lauder Knowing, Dior Dune and several late great Avons that I cannot name but would immediately recognise.paloma-1

Today she favours Avon Soft Musk, Body Shop White Musk,  Tweed and Dana Tabu, which I introduced her to and which smells terrific on her.   She doesn’t very often like anything I like,  but she has always been interested in perfume, wearing it every day, and that in turn, has made it part of my 125530_a_LARGEordinary day to day life.

My son asked me “When is Kid’s Day?”  and I said “every day is Kid’s Day”.

Dear Mum, thank you for having me.


6 thoughts on “In Praise of Mothers”

  1. Dear Iscent, happy Mother’s Day to you. Today I landed in Jaipur the exotic land & suddenly felt so lonely & scared of the new surroundings that as soon as we set in our luggage I accessed my emails. You believe or not but your notification in praise of mother’s caught my eyes instantly & felt so much comforted . When I was packing my bags for the long haul, I was so distraught over what to carry & what to leave in the custody of my best friend & in the storage. I collected all the bottles near my bags & paced around them like a perfume dog, putting one in the bag & then taking out & replacing with another. Due to International travel we have so much limitation. Finally Mr V gave me an ultimatum that I could carry only 3 so I packed Pleasure, La Vie Este Belle & Chanel no 5.To leave Joy behind was very agonizing but my friends husband promised to carry it for me the next time. So my journey begins……..

    1. Jaipur! How exciting. How scary. As you mentioned storage I imagine you are going for quite some time. Are you moving permanently? When I moved to the US (29 years ago) I remember being very upset that I couldn’t bring my perfume collection all at once. It was (and still is) a huge part of my life as each bottle represents a small story and is part of my life’s tapestry. Back in the 80s it was all about BIG, so I brought Opium, Rive Gauche, Youth Dew and L’Air du Temps, the latter being the only “quiet” one among them 😉 All best thoughts to you on your new path.

      1. Dearest Sally, I love everything on your list! I wish more people would wear these now. I’m over the cupcake revolution.

        PS My Mum is 67 and says Youth Dew is too “old lady” for her. I am 44 and I think it’s great as it is.

    2. Dear Cilantro, how lovely to hear from you. I am glad to hear your move is going well, but what a wrench to have to leave so much scent behind! Maybe you can buy more where you are? What’s the shopping scene like in Jaipur?

      I adore Pleasures and wore it non stop when it first came out, so light and floral! And of course, you can’t ever go wrong with Chanel No 5, although I prefer the Eau Premiere version. Not that I would object to either!

      Do keep us posted about this new and exciting chapter in your life.

      warm wishes

  2. Belated Happy Mother’s Day to you. It’s always a bittersweet day for me – I live in the US and my mum is still in England where I was raised and so I only get to send her flowers and a card. As she is now 96(!) I don’t even talk to her on the phone as she doesn’t hear me, so in the last year that she has been in a care home (which is fantastic) I have had to relay my good wishes via a member of staff. In her honor yesterday I wore 4711 which she loved in the summer as it was so cooling. Even though its drizzly and cool here in Oregon it seemed somehow fitting.
    “Today is all about me” – I love that.

    1. Hi Sally, Great to hear from you as always. Your Mum has great taste if she likes 4711. It’s a classic that never goes out of style. I have the little scented tissues which I love on a hot day.

      My boys are aged 4 and 7, which is a delightful age, but I am exhausted most of the time. They will literally argue about anything and nothing, but I wouldn’t miss it for all the perfume in the world!

      warm wishes

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