Quiz: What's the Best Perfume for Your Mom?

Take this quiz to see what women's perfume you should gift for Mother's Day

Within the first week of life, newborns are capable of recognizing the scent of their own mother and after a few short weeks, most babies prefer the smell of their mom to the smell of another woman -- no joke! As the mother's scent becomes forever wired into the infant's brain, this helps form a strong bond between the two of them.

That said do you know what type of perfume your mom likes? If you're not quite sure what her perfume preference is, you definitely know her likes and dislikes (sometimes all too well, right?) such as her favorite flower, color, time of day, etc. In light of Mother's Day (which is fast approaching -- it's May 9th, in case you need to pop a reminder into your calendar), we called on someone who nose best -- scent aficionado Sarah Horowitz-Thran, founder of Sarah Horowitz Parfums, a Westlake Village, Calif.-based fragrance house. We put our noses together to create this quiz that'll help you find the best perfume for your mom.

Based on the scent feedback you enter about your mom, you'll get results that'll let you know which women's perfume category she falls in to: Citrus/Clean, Oriental/Gourmand, Floral, or Fruity. Not that any of that info matters unless you see our second piece of advice, which is a list of a few perfume suggestions that fit into each group. So instead of browsing through a ton of beauty products or getting a headache from sniffing every perfume that lines the walls of Sephora to find one that suits your mom best -- this quiz will help narrow your perfume search so that you can pick up a gift in minutes. Wouldn't your mom be so proud?

Your Results

The Best Scent Type for Your Mom: Citrus/Clean

Fragrances in this category smell so fresh and clean (hence the category name). Horowitz-Thran says, "the woman who loves them generally has an appreciation for simplicity" and is "outdoorsy and may not wear fragrance every day." Adding that women who go gaga for fresh scents wear them because they're understated, but still make them smell amazing.

Scents to buy: Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Eau De Toilette Spray, $65 or Philosophy Pure Grace Spray Fragrance, $50.

products mentioned
Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Eau De Toilette Spray


As low as $26.61

Philosophy Pure Grace Spray Fragrance


As low as $11.29

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Parfum


As low as $9.97

Calvin Klein euphoria Sensual Touch Parfum


As low as $47.46

Kimora Lee Simmons Baby Phat DARE ME


As low as $2.74

Michael Kors Very Hollywood Eau de Parfum


As low as $40.00

Beyonce Parfums Heat


As low as $1.60

Sarah Horowitz Perfect Nectar


As low as $40.00

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