We should really be telling all those we love how much we adore them – and doing that regularly, not only for one officially sanctioned day per year. But with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the pressure builds to choose ‘that special gift’ showing exactly how much you care – or to wonder if your significant other will be thinking of you significantly enough not to just thrust a hasty bouquet of garage forecourt carnations at you this year…
We also happen to believe that it’s the perfect time of year to treat YOURSELF to a little something, too – there’s so much emphasis still on ‘V Day’ as a couples thing, that it can turn a singleton’s stomach. So we say: whether single or in a relationship, why not treat yourselves to some scented goodies this year? With everything from an entire wow-factor fragrance wardrobe to more pocket-friendly presents, here’s our edit of some fabulously fragrant ways to indulge…
This Fragrance Wardrobe provides a luxury explosion of 10 of the bestselling perfume blends from their London Boutique. Each pocket-sized 10ml natural fragrance creates its own mood.
The Shay & Blue Fragrance Wardrobe includes TEN x 10ml samples.
Amber Rose – May rose blended with white amber and sweet creamy notes
Atropa Belladonna – Cassis berries and jasmine dance with patchouli and vanilla
Black Tulip – Exotic plum flirts with white chocolate and woods
Blackberry Woods– Glossy berry juice with punk-sharp citrus
Blood Oranges – Lip-smacking burst of zest underpinned with musks, woods and smoky leather
Dandelion Fig – Fig and dandelion leaf blended with lemongrass, tomato vine and juniper
English Cherry Blossom – Airy blossom with black cherries, fig and bergamot
Oud Alif – Oud spiked with chocolat noir, saffron and dark patchouli
Salt Caramel – Tonka bean and sandalwood meld into sea salt
Tallulahs Camellia – Bluebells and white flowers nestle in blond woods
Love, desire and dreams: the Annicke Fragrance Discovery Set is a collection of SIX exquisite and totally feminine fragrances inspired by the woman who dazzled their creator. Each is a story, bottled, and each will take you on a journey – as only fragrance can…
Annicke 1 – an ode to the extraordinary beauty and elegance of a woman with feminine floral aromas of lily of the valley, peony and jasmine
Annicke 2 – deliberately sensual and irresistible with harmonious notes of fruity fig and mandarin that uplift the senses, and hazelnut that brings a delicate touch of sugar
Annicke 3 – inspired by the sophisticated and glamorous charm of the early 1920s as white rose unfurls an air of vintage femininity across a dancefloor
Annicke 4 – inspired by an enchanted forest with woody and earthy undertones of Cashmeran and oakmoss, with spring-like floral notes of rose, ylang ylang and jasmine
Annicke 5 – discover the art of seduction via rich notes of full-bodied plum, golden honey with a dash of spicy rum and a base of sensual patchouli
Annicke 6 – personifying the complex dimensions of a woman, through juxtaposing notes of Sichuan pepper, bergamot and carnation
The Tropical Birds collection is inspired by the perfumery universe of Granado with a botanical illustration in vintage style that exalts elements of the Brazilian fauna and flora, represented in imposing and extremely elegant kits and sets. The Perfumes Vintage Collection kit presents the main perfumes of theTropical birds collection in an exclusive size!
Imperial – a fresh, light and elegant fragrance, which results in an intriguing duality between Brazilianness and Portuguese influence.
Jardim Real – a union between the citrus and effervescent naturalness of the notes of bergamot and mandarin with the delicacy of the flowers, highlighting the orange blossom as the protagonist of the creation.
Époque Tropical – explores the enveloping side of the woody notes of sandalwood and guaiac and balances this intensity with the citrus notes of mandarin and cashew.
Infusão Botânica – in an unusual and intriguing freshness, the spicy and aromatic notes give personality to the creation and transform it into an invigorating and pleasant fragrance.
Nostalgia – in a contemporary creation, the citrus and spicy top notes give way to an enveloping and elegant floral body of white and rose flowers.
Edeniste Lifeboost Love – £68 for 30ml eau de parfum
A gesture of scented self-care that twists the traditional ideals of love into a new and meaningful ritual of confidence, compassion and generosity, to oneself and to others. With its soft pink tone, sensorial bottle shape and fruity-floral aroma, Love Lifeboost™ stimulates both instant and long-lasting positivity and holistic love.
The fragrance opens with a mouth-watering splash of juicy red berries, sweet cherries and torn green leaves, crushed and softened as if ready to be tossed into pan and transformed into a syrupy jam. That’s precisely how Love Lifeboost™ evolves: notes of deep, velvety rose petals, heady tuberose and steamy jasmine gradually unfurl, swirling about with creamy almond oil into a perfumed elixir that’s warm, embracing, soul-elevating, addictive and unashamedly romantic.
Top Notes – cherry, red berries, green notes
Heart Notes – Bulgarian and Turkish rose oils, Egyptian jasmine absolute, tuberose absolute
Base Notes – Indian sandalwood oil, almond oil, benzoin resin
Ostens Rose Oil Isparta – £135 for 50ml eau de parfum
Unexpectedly, Ostens Rose Oil Isparta is bold and genderless; a voluptuous, addictive floral, full of ripe, jammy blackcurrant and crushed Turkish rose petals lifted by pink peppercorn. This intriguing, intense, almost middle eastern interpretation of rose is instantly warm and enveloping. Already loved by fragrance aficionados, Rose Oil Isparta is fast developing a cult following.
La Montana Divine Sunset – £65 for 50ml eau de parfum
Sunset, especially on a summer day, is a breathtaking experience. Virtually recreating that feeling at a time of year we most need it, this scent is visually extraordinary. Think of skies painted hot pink and orange, contrasted with tonalities of purple, the air is filled with the potent scent of blossoms. Perfumer Pia Long has created a floral amber burst of joy – her stunning interpretation of the open brief of a ‘hot floral riot’.
Top notes – bigarade orange, black pepper
Heart notes – orange flower
Base notes – lavender absolute, musk
Written by Suzy Nightingale