Gold Flowers by Montale perhaps.
I have to pick a fragrance for my boyfriend's mother, who is in her 60's, Southern, extremely kind and feminine, and very professional. She doesn't generally wear any fragrance so I was thinking of going for something very light and simple, like JM orange blossom, Philosykos, or something floral from L'Artisan. I can't ask her for pointers since it's a surprise. Please share any thoughts or recommendations. Thank you!
Gold Flowers by Montale perhaps.
It's a beautiful fragrance. And maybe the perfect scent for someone who usually doesn't wear fragrances. But I wouldn't chose the EdP version as it is less lightly and more masculine than the EdT.
Another recommendation: Préparation Parfumée by Andrée Putman. A bit unisex, peppery, fresh, woody.
I don't know how the new version of Vent Vert by Balmain is, but this you could try as well.
Last edited by Graphite; 12th January 2013 at 04:14 PM.
Thank you so much for these recommendations! I must look into the descriptions/reviews of these and see if I can envision any being a nice fit.
I like the idea of Diptyque, but I'm wondering whether a fig scent could be too much of a surprise for somebody who is not into perfumes. A floral l'Artisan seems appropriate, as well as a light Goutal (like Songes, or Eau du Sud).
What about ADP Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi? Everyone seems to like that one, and the citrus opener balances the fig note. It's a cologne, so it's relatively light.
My daughter, my mother and I all like it and we range in age from 17 to 84.
My first thought was Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan. It's beautifully floral, sweet, and completely lacking in animalic or aldehydic or other scarey notes. The tea's main job is to counter all of those characteristics before they're too extreme--it calms down the floral and the sweetness that might otherwise have made the scent cloying and too-young.
It's also _extremely_ light. I'm normally a single-sprayer, but I tend to apply four or five sprays of Osmanthe Yunnan. So she could wear one spray without needing to do that irritating quick-half-spray move that more often than not leaves your fingers damp with perfume.
Interesting! Everyone's personal chemistry is different and some things that are nice on others are terrible on me.
BTW, my husband also likes Fico di Amalfi, as well as the medical assistant at my mother's doctor's office-- she actually wanted to know what Mom had on, so I gave her a decant. It's odd that so many around me like it. I can't think of any other fragrance I have that is like that.
You might also try JM Blackberry & Bay. Really nice, and not loud at all.
I think phylosykos would be great for a professional woman.
I think it might be a little strange to an older woman who doesnt wear fragrance often and whom is more used to floral aldehydes, though. -may be a nice change for her.
I think it's wonderful that so many people in your life are Fico di Amalfi fans. There's nothing like sharing in something you find beautiful. (Also the your husband enjoys it doesn't hurt).
- - - Updated - - -
+1 to Osmanthe Yunnan or maybe even Rose Ikebana. Very light fragrances and very high quality
I'm liquidating my collection to help fund my site. Please show your support for the FPindex and buy buy buy - Tuscan Leather, Egoiste, Costume National 21, etc!
Founder of the Fragrance Potency Index (FPindex)
Providing real data on fragrance projection and sillage! Check it out
Une Fleur de Cassie - Editions de Parfum was the first thing that came to mind.
DIptyque is a phenomenal house. Philosykos is wonderful! So is Tam Dao. Cannot go wrong with either. You may also consider some of the scents from a house called pacifica.
For what its worth -- My sister (50s professional woman) "doesn't like perfume" but now, due to my interest in perfume, she will occasionally sniff some when shopping, and she discovered and fell for the Philosykos. (she likes the edt)
If you want to hedge your bets, you could get her a sample set? -- Jo Malone has a set of Minis that could make a nice gift. And l'artisan has a 3 fragrance coffret - 15 ml Sprays: Mure et Musc, Premier Figuier, La Chasse Aux Papillons. (parfum1 has these.)