Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this is your sign to either impress your date or to just give yourself some love, starting by choosing your February scent wisely. We’ve rounded up our best picks for a wide spectrum of choices, from ambrosial fragrances to richly delicious scents. Use this guide to either help you choose a Valentine’s gift for your fragrance connoisseur date or as your next perfume investment, not just for the holiday, but as your signature scent.
Check out six of our favorites that are definitely worth the splurge!
MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN
Gentle fluidity Silver edition Eau de Parfum
½ half of the Gentle fluidity duo from Maison Francis Kurkdjian, the Silver edition draws from the same notes of the line but results in a different identity. Described as woody and aromatic, Gentle fluidity Silver is dominant in amber wood and nutmeg while seeking to break down the barrier of male and female fragrances and instead urges us to express our individuality with freedom. Perfect for the hers and hims who enjoy delicately sweet and cozy scents balanced with woodsy notes.
Notes: Juniper Berries, Nutmeg, Coriander, Musks, Amber Wood, and Vanilla
Do Son Eau de Toilette
Yves Couselant, French painter and one of Diptyque’s founders was heavily inspired by his childhood memories of spending summers in Do Son, Vietnam. Moved by the seaside breeze, the scent was heavily influenced by the heady floral and slightly spicy whiffs of the tuberoses brought by the sea winds. Perfect for the hers who enjoy a silky floral scent with a gradual musky elegance.
Notes: Tuberoses, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Pink Pepper, Iris, Benzoin
Rose Prick Eau de Parfum
The most floral you can get for this Valentine’s uses a flower from petal to thorn. Inspired by Tom Ford’s own garden, Rose Prick is a wild rose bouquet with a twist. Spicy and floral, this private blend mixes rose and earthy scents with patchouli and herbal notes, influenced by the fragile grace of petals and flesh with the piercing stems and thorns of a rose. Perfect for the hers who enjoy an experimental take on floral chypre scents with a spicy aftertaste.
Notes: Bulgarian and Turkish rose, Rose de Mai, Indonesian Patchouli, Tolu Balsam, Sichuan Pepper
Available at Rustans.com or local carriers of Tom Ford fragrances.
TIMOTHY HAN / EDITION
The Decay of the Angel Eau de Parfum
Inspired by freethinker, Simone de Beauvoir’s 1943 novel of the same name, She Came to Stay is an ode to the sensual freedom in the turning point of humanity and de Beauvoir’s own relationship with Sartre. Giving unique spins on classic fragrances, it’s a fusion of fresh and sexy. Its packaging also features one of five limited edition prints by the award-winning visual artist Kirtland Ash. Perfect for the hers and hims who enjoy adventurously sensual citrus fragrances that have mossy undertones.
Notes: Geranium, Basil, Lemon, Indonesian Clove, Nutmeg, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Cedarwood
Available at Adora.com or local carriers of Timothy Han / Edition fragrances.
MALIN + GOETZ
Dark Rum Eau de Parfum
Taken from the sailors in the Caribbean, Malin + Goetz’s perfume is based on the old-world bay rum. Intensified by the warmth of your body, it’s a seductive noir scent that’s sweetened by ripe plum and sweet bergamot. Leathery and warm, it pays homage to long night outs under the hot summer sun. Perfect for the hers and hims who enjoy an intoxicatingly fruity fragrance that’s tinged with sweetness and leather.
Notes: Bergamot, Plum-Anise, Leather, Rum-Vanilla, Patchouli, Amber-Milk
En Passant Eau de Parfum by Olivia Giacobetti
Frédéric Malle, the mastermind perfumier that collaborates with globally cherry-picked perfumers creates art that you can wear and smell. With Olivia Giacobetti, they created a whimsical breeze of fresh lilac in the French meadow. A moody and aquatic fragrance that reimagines the modern woman that smells of Spring. Perfect for the hers who enjoy a soft floral freshness that is tinged with a breeze of marine notes.
Notes: Streamlined lilac, cucumber, white musk, cedar, wheat
Available at Rustans.com, or local carriers of Frédéric Malle fragrances.
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