My daughters, Alexandra and Jennifer (right) , sure hit the gene jackpot: As heirs to my beauty and fashion sense, my steely self-confidence, my quick wit and collection of Chanel bags, these are two lucky babes, let me tell you.
Along with those desirable traits, though, I worry that I’ve passed along some questionable ones: We share an addiction to eye makeup, over-the-top bling and I-could-smell-you-coming-a-mile-away perfumes. Look up “subtle” in the dictionary and there’s not a Johnson family photo in sight.
But with Mother’s Day approaching on May 10 — OMG, only 10 shopping days left! — that’s perfectly all right. I look on this “holiday” as a chance for all of us to reinvent our mood and attitude with a fresh summer fragrance. So share the options below with the giftors in your life — husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, chums, whoevers — before they have a chance to start shopping for you!
For the Fitness-Freak Mom: Ask her, “Who are you wearing?” and she’s apt to answer, “Lululemon, Nike and Fitbit!” With summer beach appearances looming, she’s nibbling goji berries and greens while secretly yearning for dark chocolate, artisanal ice cream and gourmet popcorn. For this mother, a dessert-like scent with notes of cocoa, almond, praline, caramel or hazelnuts might make a delish but fat-free stand-in. Help her crave and behave with Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Eau Gourmande, Chocolate Mat Eau de Parfum or Angel Eau Sucrée.
For the Multitasking Mom: Verging perilously close to Momzilla status, this other mother uses her iPad to shop for groceries during business meetings, texts clients from the multiplex and Skypes the kids from her desk at lunch. To stay balanced and de-stress, what she needs is a spritz of sea salt, sun-bleached woods, amber and coconut. That could be just the thing to give her a scent-sual meditation break from work, her tiny cube or generalized office craziness. Send her to the Zen zone with Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Perfume, Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent or The Body Shop Coconut Eau de Toilette.
For the Way-Back Mom: Flea markets, consignment shops, vintage tunes and other nattering nabobs of nostalgia are all relaxation buttons for this type. So if the muvva on your shopping list wears flared jeans, plays Donovan or Janis Joplin tapes while driving or revels in the revival of hippie fashions, do a “decade drop” on her head by picking up a patchouli scent tweaked for 2015; all of the following contain unexpected citrus, iris, smoky or woodsy notes: Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Le Labo Patchouli 24 Liquid Balm, or Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli Cologne.
For additional perfume shoptions, check out my Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age.
Photos: Lois Joy Johnson; hsn.com (2); bathandbodyworks.com; sephora.com
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