Mums are the best. I can scarcely begin to imagine what it must be like to devote your entire life to another human that your very own body produced. No one will ever love me in the same way my mum loves me, of that I’m sure. Often her love is overbearing; there are times when we don’t see eye-to-eye, and she doesn’t always give me the advice I’m after, but at the end of the day, I know I can always count on her to be the voice on the other side of the phone, reassuring me that everything will be okay.
Every decision my mum has made for the past three decades has revolved around me and my siblings. I was so touched by her overjoyed reaction to having received a Chanel foundation recently that it nearly snapped my heart in two, made even more heart-warming by the fact that, while she earns enough to be able to comfortably spend $200 on a foundation, it’s because of me that the thought wouldn’t ever cross her mind. I’m yet to meet someone as selfless as my mum.
Here’s to all the mums and grandmas out there (we literally would not be here without you). To all the dads who’ve played both roles. To all the friends and sisters who we lean on when things feel too much. You’re the greatest, and we love you. Every. Single. Day.
Whatever your budget, we’ve rounded up the best products to buy for your nearest and dearest this mum’s day. Go on — get her what she really wants.
La Mer The Mist
There’s a reason La Mer has garnered such a cult following; I guess that’s what happens when you employ magicians to produce little vials of magic that have been improving our faces and bodies since 1946. La Mer’s The Mist is no exception. I’m pretty sure the word ‘decadence’ doesn’t even cut it when trying to describe how amazing the packaging is – it’s the perfect finish to make-up, and is a refreshing midday snack for dry skin. Your mum’s face will forever be in your debt.
African Botanics Kalahari Bath Salts
Baths are the bomb. There’s really no easier and cheaper way to pamper yourself than by filling up your tub, throwing in some bath salts, lighting a candle, and blissing the f*** out to tranquil rainforest sounds (or Drake’s latest record, pending your idea of a relaxing time). If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that no one mixes up a bath salt quite like African Botanics. The bottle is going to fancy up your mum’s bathroom tenfold, before it helps to boost her circulation and remove all those nas-teh toxins. Her skin will be soft. She’s going to smell great. Favourite Child Of The Year award is almost in your grasp.
Fornasetti Profumi Candela
See the aforementioned tip on pampering your mum by way of a good ol’ fashioned bath. If she’s in the market for a candle (we all are, all the time – let’s be real), then look no further than the Fornasetti Profumi Candle, the most deluxe candle on the market. The packaging is simply ~divine~, the candle itself is the prettiest shade of pink you ever did see, and the smell is enough to reduce grown men to tears.
Eve Lom Time Retreat Eye Treatment
Wish you could take your mum on a three-day spa retreat to the hinterlands, but can barely afford the plane tickets home to see her at Christmas? Eve Lom’s Time Retreat Eye Treatment has you covered, DW. Fortified with retinol, the retreat-in-a-bottle helps to improve elasticity and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. The medium-weight texture will be perf for your mum’s beautiful eyes, which will no doubt be sparkling when she opens up her present to find this little guy come Sunday.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — any product that works on my face while I sleep is a product I wanna BFF the shit out of. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate goes above and beyond when it comes to breathing life into my skin while I catch some Z’s. If there’s such a thing as the elixir of youth, it’s this anti-ageing serum, housed in the most luxurious of deep blue bottles.
Jurlique Hand Cream in Rose and Jasmine
If there’s a brand that personifies mums, it’s gotta be Jurlique. Based in Australia, the brand pumps out beautiful hand creams like it ain’t no thing, and the ones on top of your mum’s wish list are definitely the Jasmine and Rose. The creams both come good on their promise of smelling luxurious, and my hands are following in Benjamin Button’s footsteps after using them in tandem for a week.
Aesop Gift Kit
Why buy your mum a single gift when you can rock her entire universe with a whole pack of prodz from Aesop? The ‘A Rose By Any Other Name’ Body Cleanser is what shower caddy dreams are made of, the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash will spruce up your mum’s hands and bathroom sink (as will the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm), and the Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm will fix any dry-winter-skin woes in a heartbeat. Give your mum the gift of smooth skin, from head to toe, this Mother’s Day.
Serge Lutens L’Eau De Paille
Goddamn this perfume is special. From the super chic, minimalist packaging, to the perfect aromas that err on the masculine side, your mum is gonna love it, especially if she’s on the hip and kewl end of the mum spectrum. The smell reminds us of wandering the halls of a fancy hotel, with dry, grassy notes of hay, and touches of vetiver and frankincense.
Words, Madeleine Woon.