I hate doing Mother’s Day gift guides. Moms are diverse people with diverse interests and broad age ranges. And guess what? They each have their own personality! Motherhood didn’t turn them into Mommy Droids! I hate how so many beauty and fragrance PR pitches come into my inbox saying stupid things like “make mom feel beautiful”. Isn’t mom beautiful without a hot pink foot file? In a way, I understand the “feel” part. Most women don’t “feel” beautiful 100% of the time. That’s normal, but something about the marketing end of that makes me feel pissy. As if moms are these people that go around without bathing and wear sweat pants to do their “errands”. These PR people haven’t met my mom. She’s the kind of lady that matches her nail polish to her lipstick, shops at Caché, and actually looks good wearing lime green. She’s tan and blonde and doesn’t skimp on the accessories. Hmm…maybe I inherited my love of animal prints from her. Anyways, what I’m getting at, is that we know our mothers, not some PR agency. We know if they wear lipstick or not. We know if they have a signature fragrance or if they’d rather go fragrance free or smell like Ivory soap. It’s really irritating to see a group of women grouped into a broad category just because they passed on some chromosomes, even leopard print loving chromosomes (which I am thankful for).
Saying all of this, I’ve tried to put together some fragrance and beauty items that I think are worth giving without going into mommy stereotype territory. And maybe some of these will give you some more ideas.
A. Nest Blue Garden Candle – I recently did a review of this dewy spring floral fragrance. Not only is it a luxury candle with an amazing fragrance, but the proceeds go to Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy group, a group that helps support families with loved ones with autism. Many moms are familiar with this disorder. Here’s my review. This candle retails for $32 and is available at Candles Off Main.
B. Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Lipstick – It seems that every woman I talk with, regardless of age, wants a Lipstick Queen lipstick. Something about the brand really speaks to estrogen, so you can’t go wrong with them. I recommend Jean Queen since the shade is so versatile, an “everyday” shade, a pretty mauve. It matches blue jeans and even sweat pants 😉 It retails for $18 and is available at Space NK.
C. Becca & Mars Calm Yourself Set – This set includes my favorite Becca & Mars products: Hand Candy Sugar Scrub, Body Oil, and Fragrance Blend all in the scent Calm Yourself, an uplifting natural scent. Each product comes in amber colored apothecary jars. This limited edition set retails for about $25 and is available at Becca & Mars.
D. Soap & Paper Factory Hand Cream in Verbena – These new hand creams from natural line, Soap & Paper Factory, come in the prettiest packaging, reminding me of stationary. I recommend Verbena, an uplifting woody citrus. Other scents are available ranging from floral to herbal. These creams retail for $18 and are available at Soap & Paper Factory.
E. LUSH Gorilla Perfume Kit – This limited edition kit contains eight samples of Gorilla Perfume. If mom loves naturals, she’s got to find something to like in this kit. Fragrances range from sweet vanillas to hippie patchoulis to proper roses. It retails for $19.95 and is available at LUSH.
F. Philosophy Mother’s Day Amazing Grace Set – I have no idea why, but I find Amazing Grace as such as caring and maternal scent even though I have no “mommy” experience with it. Something about this fragrance makes me feel comfortable and stable. I know it’s a popular fragrance but I really like it. My review here. This limited edition kit contains the perfume, body butter, and shower gel. It retails for $49.50 at Sephora.
G. Deborah Lippmann Gift Set – This set contains 2 versatile nail colors, base and top coat, and a nail polish remover. Every woman loves this line. Why? Because it is awesome. This set retails for $49 and is available at beauty.com. Names are slightly risqué, but I don’t think most moms be offended. My mom would love this set but she would want to know where to find the matching lipstick.
H. Anthousa Home Trio – This fragrance diffuser set contains 3 wonderful Anthousa fragrances: Sweet Basil & Heirloom Tomato, Mineral Waters, and Hycanith, Jasmine, & Mimosa. Here’s my review. This kit retails for $85 and is available at Candles Off Main.
I. Alima Pure Goddess Collection 2011 – I’m obsessed with PNW-located Alima Pure mineral cosmetics. They are so natural looking and versatile. This limited edition collection contains 4 shadow brushes, a bag, and 2 eyeshadows (a sheer gold and matte brown-ish eggplant). This eyeshadow kit retails for $47 and is at Alima Pure. $2 of every purchase goes to the Global Woman’s Fund.
J. Edward Bess Private Eye Set – OK, every gift guide needs a super luxurious product. This is my pick for “Look Mom, I’m doing well. My time to spoil you” category. This set contains 5 neutral eyeshadows and brown and black mascara. This kit is luxurious and something that most women will use daily. This set retails for for $225 and is available at Bergdorf Goodman.