mother's day 2019

38 Nice-Smelling Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms With Discerning Noses

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You could consider it going the extra mile to gift something that’s useful and awakens the senses, so if you haven’t already picked up a Mother’s Day gift, might we suggest a few things that smell wonderful, many of which we’ve touted on the site before. Note: We’ve actually smelled these things with our own noses and can vouch for their lovely odors.

Miu Miu L’eau Rosée Eau de Toilette

If your mom’s looking for a new signature scent, you might want to treat her to this rose-scented perfume that Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton says is “classic without smelling old lady–ish, and always makes me feel fresh and elegant.” And it’s not too much for sensitive noses.

Le Labo Vetiver 46 Solid Perfume

For on-the-go moms, this solid perfume is totally shatterproof and, according to writer Kaitlin Phillips, rubbing a little on your wrist in public “is as innocuous as quickly applying hand lotion.”

Scentered Sleep Well Therapy Balm

As a stressed-out new mom, this aromatherapy stick was the only thing that helped writer Sara Gaynes Levy get some sleep. She calls it “Ambien without the side effects.”

Palo Santo Wood Hand-Pressed Incense

Make sure you let mom know this woodsy-smelling incense has “reached ubiquitous-in-Brooklyn status,” according to Strategist associate editor Katy Schneider.

Saint Olio Neroli Cleaning Spray

For the mom who’s all about keeping her home fresh, gift this all-natural cleaning spray beloved by Claire Mazur, co-founder of Of a Kind. It “just smells phenomenal,” she says. “It’s got this citrus scent because of the neroli, and it doesn’t even smell like a cleaner.”

Mangiacotti Natural Kitchen Soap Pomegranate

And for the mom who loves to cook, try this plant-derived soap with coconut extract and vitamin E that the staff at Bowery Kitchen Supplies say they “can’t keep it in stock,” because it smells so good.

D.S. & Durga Spirit Lamp Candle

If mom’s style icon is Linda Rodin, she’ll be thrilled to know that Rodin keeps this candle in her bedroom and calls it “fresh and heavenly.”

Jonathan Adler Hashish Candle

Hippie moms will appreciate this earthy candle that actress Abby Elliott says “doesn’t necessarily smell like pot, but it’s nice and smoky.”

Byredo Inflorescence Eau De Parfum

Another one of Elliott’s picks, this “perfect floral” scent feels just right for spring.

Nest Fragrances Sicilian Tangerine Candle

Carole Radziwill loves these long-lasting, “fresh laundry”–smelling candles. “You wake up and smell it, and think, It’s going to be a good day,” she says.

Boy Smells Set of 3 Scented Votive Candles

Make sure mom’s ahead of the trends with these candles that “smell really good in unassuming ways,” and are our pick for the next status candles.

Keap Candle

We’re also fans of these all-natural candles with “scent profiles [that] are more evocative of experiences than of objects,” like “Wood Cabin” or “Hot Springs.”

Harper + Ari Coconut Exfoliating Sugar Cubes

These exfoliating sugar cubes have made a fan of the Into the Gloss’ Ashley Weatherford because “they leave skin soft and smooth without depositing an oily residue, and come in a range of fruity scents,” though she prefers this muted, nutty coconut one.

Juara Candlenut Body Creme

This velvety body cream — made from candlenuts found in Bali — was praised by Kathleen Hou as “one of the best-smelling body lotions, period,” if you want to smell like a tropical combination of “powdered vanilla pudding, coconut, and white tropical flowers in the humid sun.”

Apa Beauty Lip Loofah

We have this Apa Lip Loofah and can tell you that it is the answer to messy sugar-lip scrubs. It goes on smooth and light without littering chunky granules all over your lips, and has a delicious, sweet almond smell that’s not too cloying.

Cocoa Moisture Mask

An indulgently smooth and rich mask that smells like a chocolate soufflé on your face.

Dr. Hauschka Almond Soothing Body Cream

Should you want a buttery body cream that smells like sweets, Kathleen Hou says this one replicates the post-gommage feel of going to a hammam and “reminds me of the yellow, buttery almond cookies my mom used to buy me in Chinese bakeries.”

Herban Essentials Lavender Towelettes

For just the lightest touch of lavender, these wipes come recommended by writer Celeste Ng as “aromatherapy in a foil-wrapped packet” — and incidentally, they’d be a great gift for a new mom.

Skinfood Peach Sake Toner

We own and love this Skinfood toner because it has the most soothing peach scent — like spring in a bottle — and, coupled with the actual cooling effect of the toner, it is a very refreshing way to end a long day.

Sonoma Lavender Neck Pillow

After two minutes in the microwave, says writer Alex Ronan, this toasty lavender pillow has a multitude of uses. “I’ll sprawl out with it on my stomach when I have cramps or have eaten too much takeout. Or I’ll retreat to bed and drape the whole thing over my face if I’m feeling particularly unable to face the world.”

Le Labo Hand Soap

A distinctive Hinoki-scented hand soap that says she knows what’s in right now.

Diptyque Eau Rose Hair Mist

For someone addicted to the scent of rose, who wouldn’t balk at spraying said scent in her hair, Rio says this Diptyque hair spray “is vibrant and lovely without being too aggressive or hair-product-y-smelling. There’s also camellia oil in it, which provides nourishment for your lovely locks.”

Tata Harper All-Natural Aromatic Stress Treatment

Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff says that when she dabs on some of this aromatic stress-treatment oil from Tata Harper, she’s suddenly “someone in an Architectural Digest spread wearing a long camel-colored cashmere cardigan, white pants, a pair of Tods loafers, walking through the atrium of my beachfront Bridgehampton estate to adjust a flower arrangement.”

Cire Trudon Ernesto Candle

A smoky offering from Cire Trudon that smells like “the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco.”

Diptyque Room Spray, Baies

The intoxicating smell of Diptyque’s Baies, in room-spray form.

La Compagnie de Provence Wild Rose Liquid Marseilles Soap

The hand soap that Lesley Arfin can’t live without: “I used to hate washing my hands — it’s so boring! That all changed once I discovered this soap. Sometimes, I do a little bathroom drive-by, skip the toilet business altogether, and just let my hands live it up. The bottle is a sturdy glass, the graphic design is simple and pretty, and you can order refills.”

Byredo Gypsy Water Body Wash

Bodywash was from Byredo in the brand’s signature Gypsy Water scent, which one Basenotes commenter aptly describes as smelling like “lemon Hostess cupcakes tempered by a dose of dry woods.”

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

When she wants a little pick-me-up: This Mario Badescu facial spray, made with aloe herbs and rosewater, is both “refreshing and soothing, with just the right bit of floral-ness,” says the Strategist’s own Camilla Cho. Tavi Gevinson uses it as “a reset button during a tedious, overwhelming, or high concentration day.”

Le Labo Santal 33 Signature Detergent by the Laundress

Her clothes will smell like a Greenpoint graphic designer, in a good way.

Maison Louis Marie No. 2 Le Long Fond Candle
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Maison Louis Marie No. 2 Le Long Fond Candle

This affordable French candle, a favorite of writer Zachary Wampler, “is not abrasive, but rich and warm. It’s the sort of fragrance I could imagine wafting through a chalet in wintry Gstaad while I count the diamonds on my fictional tennis bracelet.”

Kai Body Lotion

A cultish scent — with hints of gardenia, jasmine, lily, and white musk — from this Malibu-based, Hawaii-inspired skin-care line.

Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish
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Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish

A lush coconut-oil body scrub that Ashley Weatherford uses weekly, which she says “smells sweet — like rose, naturally — and the scent slowly dissipates as the day wears on.”

Ouai Volume Spray
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Ouai Volume Spray

Your hair will smell lightly of hibiscus when you use this Jen Atkin volumizing spray to zhuzh up your flat hair.

K. Hall Peony Hand & Body Cream

This lotion, with just the faintest hint of peony, comes in a nice, millennial-pink box.

One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil
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One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil

A Heyday facialist introduced writer Jen Doll to this organic oil-based cleanser, which has a “gorgeous natural pineapple scent that makes you want to sniff your own face” and has actually made her excited to wash her face in the morning.

Oribe Beach Wave & Shine Spray
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Oribe Beach Wave & Shine Spray

All of Oribe’s products have a particular light scent — simultaneously flowery and fruity — that’s a big part of the appeal, like this texturizing spray for beachy waves that the Cut’s Amelia Diamond described as “so good that I also use it as an alternative to both perfume and Febreze.”

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

This lip balm features a faint (and delightful) scent of sweet lime and mint.

Chandrika Bath and Body Ayurvedic Bar Soap (Pack of 10)

This is made from pure vegetable oils (coconut oil, sandalwood oil, and patchouli oil), and smells a bit like an occult shop.

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38 Nice-Smelling Mother’s Day Gifts for Discerning Moms