Yea I totally agree with you. If you haven't had pan ransa, I suggest you do. It's like a creamy nag champa. Which is definitely not a bad thing. I could definitely see how your mom sees perfume though. It's a very crisp, brisk, spice profile.
just throwing this out there, when i smoke it i get nutmeg, cinnamon, and something that heavily reminds me of nag champa insense. which is not a bad thing!! then when my mother smokes it it reminds her of a perfume that her grandmother used to wear. both of us heavily enjoy this tobac.