It’s getting down to the wire, and if you haven’t already picked up a Mother’s Day gift, might we suggest something that smells wonderful, which you can order on Amazon and will arrive in time. Note: We’ve actually smelled these things with our own noses, and can vouch for their lovely odors.
Smell Like Lavender
As Strategist writer Hannah Goldfield put it, this relaxing rub-on oil “is like a portal to a sun-dappled field in Provence where a breeze rustled through the lavender boughs.”
According to the Strategist’s own Jen Williamson, her mother keeps one of these lavender-scented eye masks in the fridge, and wears it in the mornings while she drinks coffee and listens to the news.
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.”
Smell Like Rich People
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.”
A smoky offering from Cire Trudon that smells like “the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco.”
The intoxicating smell of Diptyque’s Baies, in room-spray form.
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.”
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.”
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.
Her clothes will smell like a Greenpoint graphic designer, in a good way.
A cultish scent — with hints of gardenia, jasmine, lily, and white musk — from this Malibu-based, Hawaii-inspired skin-care line.
This lotion, with just the faintest hint of peony, comes in a nice, millennial-pink box.
Smell Like Fruit
Another Lesley Arfin favorite: “This is the best candle that’s ever lived.”
A vitamin C–infused night cream that smells a little bit like orange sorbet, and will give her skin a dewy glow.
This lip balm features a faint (and delightful) scent of sweet lime and mint.
The Monq is an aromatherapy inhaler with strong orange notes.
This tangerine-scented candle, a Carole Radziwill favorite, “just has this great smell that’s not perfumey, but a little like fresh laundry. You wake up and smell it, and think, It’s going to be a good day.”
Smells Like Hippies
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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