Bouquets and chocolates are always popular on special occasions like Mother’s Day, but how about gifts that keep mom looking radiant and wonderful all year round? We’ve rounded up 10 best beauty treats to help her indulge in some much-needed me-time.
Subtle Energies Night Queen Double Body Cream
Ayurveda is all the rage in the luxury beauty space in recent years, but there’s a lot to the 5,000 year-old Indian healing philosophies that not many are aware of yet. Founded by avid ‘ayurveda aromatherapy‘ advocate and practitioner Farida Irani, Australian label Subtle Energies is one of few brands bringing this knowledge to the forefront. The products are each formulated to maximise the natural healing benefits of its prized ingredients, extracted using a cold-press method so you can ensure they are full of vital fatty acids, contrasting against some of the big brands which use artificial substances. Treat your mum this Mother’s Day with the deeply hydrating Night Queen Double Cream (US$183, approx. HK$1419/180g online or at Joyce Beauty) which blends a synergy of oils including rose (mogra), rare jasmine and sandalwood. The result is an ultra-rich cream to restore your mama’s skin with luxurious moisture.
Hermès L’Ombre Des Merveilles Eau de Parfum
As one of the most highly venerated houses for perfume, Hermès extends its well-loved Eau de Merveilles collection with a 2020 iteration with Christine Nagel as its nose, taking a magical starry night as inspiration. The collection itself, started in 2004, was inspired by fantasy and childhood dreams, and hence its round perfume bottle designed by the late sculptor Serge Mansau was chosen to resemble a magnifying glass that opens doors for the curious. For classy mothers, 2020’s L’Ombre Des Merveilles (HK$1,320/100ml) is a winner with its heady tones of incense and black tea, layered with woody and oriental musk, with a dab of sensual Tonka bean. This contrasts against its predecessor, the Eau Des Merveilles Bleue, which ruminated on the elusive aroma of sea salt.
Celine La Peau Nue
Beauty geeks had been highly anticipating the launch of Celine’s first fragrance collection last year, which features 11 scents. Under the artistic direction of Hedi Slimane, the Haute Parfumerie scents are all gender-neutral, classified only by day time and night time scents. With the idea of the eternal elegance of Parisian fashion icons in the 60s and 70s, La Peau Nue (HK$1,600/100ml) takes a floral approach, enveloping velvety smooth accents of orris and rose, with hints of bergamot and white orris butter to match the nostalgic and alluring vision of timeless beauty.
Dr Barbara Sturm Night Serum
You’ve probably heard of the ‘vampire facial‘ and the ‘blood creams’ made famous by celebrities around the world. Who’s the person behind it? Dr. Barbara Sturm, an expert at slowing down the ageing process naturally. With an undeniable cult following of A-list clientele looking for their skincare fix, Dr Barbara Sturm is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after labels. For an evening hydration formulation (that’s not as intense as the notorious vampire facial), the newly released Night Serum (HK$2,745/30ml from Joyce Beauty) is an overnight renewal process infused with cotton thistle extract and Senna alata extract to counteract dryness and stressed skin — for the mother who’s constantly running about with a long to-do list, this handy treat will help keep her looking radiant as she powers through her day.
Oribe Serene Scalp Balancing Conditioner
Let’s not forget about mom’s luscious locks. Oribe (pronounced ‘or-bay’) is a luxury haircare brand by one of the most influential hairdressers of all time, Oribe Canales. Having worked with icons from J-Lo to Cindy Crawford, the stylist’s eponymous collection is not only beloved for its efficacy, but also its sophisticated scent, named ‘Côte d’Azur’. Available exclusively to Joyce Beauty in Hong Kong, the entire range is dermatologist-tested, gluten-free, cruelty-free and topped with UV protection. Help your mama keep her tresses tame with the Serene Scalp Balancing Conditioner (HK$390/200ml from Joyce Beauty) which works to hydrate and detangle during the humid weather changes.
Asaya Exclusive Gift Set by EviDens de Beaute
Not sure how to settle on a single gift and looking to pamper your leading lady? Wellness-oriented mothers would know about the hype of Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong, one of the city’s latest luxury wellness destinations. Many city dwellers flock here whenever time allows to indulge in some of the beauty treatments at the spa and wellness offerings. Yet with the recent restrictions in beauty salon and spa openings, it’s also been offering spa experience packs for some at-home pampering. Perk your mother up with Asaya’s exclusive gift set by EviDens de Beauté (HK$2,040), a skincare label which thrives on its international ingredients from Japan and France. Get this set for your mother which includes a luxurious cream mask, five sample sachets and an anti-ageing SPF50 sunscreen.
Aesop The Orator
For the practical mother (and okay, what matriarch isn’t?) who prefers a simple, versatile set to treat her beauty necessities? One of Aesop’s latest gift kits, The Orator (HK$1,300), is just the thing. The three-step skincare routine comprises a winning trio of antioxidant-rich parsley seed skincare to cleanse, tone and hydrate for a no-fuss nighttime facial treatment. Best yet, the minimalist design of the reusable case will fit any household even long after its contents have been used up.
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Energising Set
A classic Mother’s Day go-to gift—hand creams. Stepping it up a notch with the Aromatherapy Associates’ brand of essential oil healing, this dry hand treatment (HK$1,605) is designed to soothe and restore dry hands from peeling cuticles as weather patterns change. As we’re accustomed to the new changes in our daily habits — especially the need to wash hands frequently — have mom follow the exfoliate and moisturise routine to soothe chapped skin, while the Revive Energising aromatherapy oil makes for a happy bedtime treat.
Dior J’adore Eau de Toilette Roller Pearl
One of Dior’s signature perfumes, J’adore, is shaped in a teardrop form that has evolved from the silhouette of the quintessential Dior woman. Treat your mother to this iconic perfume as a tribute to feminine beauty and complexity — accentuated by its delicious floral bouquet of ylang ylang, Damascus rose and jasmine grandiflorum. The J’adore Eau de Toilette Roller Pearl (HK$350/20ml) is a perfect option for mothers on-the-go, easy to pack as a handbag necessity on city ventures.
Chanel Sublimage La Collection Lumière
If you’re able to splurge for Mother’s Day, look to Chanel for its prestigious new skincare range, Sublimage La Collection Lumière, which is made up of three complementing skincare products for your mama’s glow. The Sublimage line leverages on Chanel’s proprietary active ingredient that the house discovered in 2006: Vanilla Planifolia PFA, based on the prized Madagascan vanilla pod and its rejuvenating and anti-oxidant properties. First, slough away dirt and debris with La Lotion Lumière Exfoliante (HK$1,180/125ml). Next, L’Essence Lumière (HK$4,000/40ml) helps to prepare the skin, as if injecting it with radiance. Follow with the third step, La Crème Lumière (HK$3,100/50ml), which reinforces and brightens skin for a healthy glow. A truly decadent beauty set for a luxurious routine that all mamas will be sure to love.