Valentine's Day Fragrance Gift Round-Up

    by Danielle Cooper, 07 February 2008

    Valentine's Day Fragrance Gift Round-Up
    Seven, yes just seven, days stand between us and the most romantic holiday of the year. When we consider the effect that fragrance can conjure, it is easy to understand why it is such an eternally popular Valentine's Day gift. For me, my first meeting with my husband will always be relived at the slightest hint of Le Male. The lavender nestles sensuously amongst the delicious gourmand notes of cinnamon and vanilla to recreate a sunny, rain-washed summer in Scotland. Again it is rich foody notes, including vanilla, ginger and juicy oranges combined with delicate rose and orchid, that capture my wedding - I wore Le Male's opposite number, Classique, a gift from my husband. Fragrance can be so steeped in our own, personal romantic mythology that buying it for a loved one needs to be a carefully weighted decision. This could be the fragrance that forever defines our relationships, reminds us of our favourite date or even be the fragrance we wear when bringing home our children following their births (for me Classique for my son, Paul Smith Extreme Woman for my daughter.) With this in mind our Valentine's Day choices need careful consideration, so Basenotes has put together a shopping guide to assist in this most romantic of purchases.

    (Prices are in USD or GBP)


    Giving scent is an eternal gift for the reasons that I have mentioned above, but if you are looking for a lasting memento that will be treasured long after the last drop of fragrance has been enjoyed, try Penhaligon's ( for a classic, understated yet exquisite range of solid trinkets that can be kept and even reused over the years.

    We particularly like the sterling silver miniature scent bottle, £90. For the same sentiment with a less heartbreaking price tag Penhaligon's also offer a miniature heart shaped bottle for £30. For something to fill them with, try spicy Malabah in its beautiful fuschia packaging (100ml edp £80) or, the eternally English, Elisabethan Rose with its amazing bouquet of delicate blooms (100ml edt £70). To enhance the ambience invest £25 in a heart shaped, silver plated travel candle to release the scent of Ellensia or Elisabethan Rose into the room.

    Penhaligon's also offer sumptuous solutions for men. Grooming gifts such as their mock ivory hairbrush and comb (£45 and £20 respectively) will recreate a bygone era of sophistication. For scent the perennial favourite since 1902, Blenheim Bouquet, is available in 100ml edt for £65 and presented in the traditional Penhaligon's packaging with a smart bow at the neck of the bottle. Shaving cream (£20) and After Shave Balm (£25) are available to compliment the fragrance. For a more contemporary option Opus 1870 (named after the year in which Penhaligon's was established) is available in 100ml edt for £65 and also includes shaving cream and after shave balm in the range.

    Ormonde Jayne

    For elegance, indulgence and the most friendly and meticulous service, try Ormonde Jayne. You can visit their incredible award winning boutique in The Prince's Arcade off of Old Bond Street in Central London or online at

    Bathing Beauty, Belle of the Ball and Pure Indulgence are all gift boxes available in a variety of the exceptional fragrances offered by this unique perfumery. Costing £68, £92 and £110 respectively and containing a variety of contents including combinations of scented candles, bath oil, body lotion and eau de parfum, these gifts are presented in beautiful simplicity in the Ormonde Jayne signature style of mandarin and ebony coloured boxes and ribbons.

    To set the scene candles are available in nine enchanting and exotic fragrances and are topped with a stylish silver lid. Large candles, with a burning time of 55 hours, cost £36 or a set of three miniature candles with a burning time of 18 hours each can be purchased for £48. The best thing about treating your valentine from the fabulous range at Ormonde Jayne is that from now until the 14th of February you will receive an extra gift for yourself (or to pass on to your chosen love if you are feeling particularly giving...) as they are giving away a free mini scented candle with every online or instore purchase.

    Bath & Body Works

    To make gift buying easier on yourself take some of the pressure off by taking advantage of Bath & Body Works gift wrap offer. Spend $25 on one of their Japanese Cherry Blossom gift sets at and they will include a free gift-wrap kit. You will not need gift wrap if you choose the incredibly cute ribbon wrapped, heart shaped gift box containing shower gel, body lotion, eau de toilette and a mini scented candle, all in the new Japanese Cherry Blossom Range ($42.50). Molton Brown's Re-charge Black Pepper edt ($45) is also packaged beautifully and will make a great gift for your chosen guy. Or you could try the simplistic design and fresh scent of the Anthony Logistics For Men range of body sprays which retail for $20.

    Perfume Emporium


    Have some fun with Perfume Emporium and their online gift finder which allows you to shop by gender and star-sign. With huge savings on high street prices and hundreds of bottles and gift sets to choose from there is truly something for everyone. As well as the huge savings there are a number of special offers that Basenotes' visitors can take advantage of. Free shipping can be obtained using voucher code FS2000, spend $40 and get $10 off with voucher code CD1972 and buy any two items and voucher code FB1990 will get you a $15 discount. Grab a bargain!

    Scent Systems

    For the ultimate in personalised gifts, may have the answer. Little can compare to the luxury and decadent indulgence of a bespoke perfume gift voucher. Following a personal consultation with Scent Systems founder Hiram Green covering elements of the history of perfumery and sampling a variety of aromatic compounds, a personal fragrance is created and the recipe kept on file from which to create future refills.

    If the £339 cost (price includes a 17ml bottle of the resulting fragrance) is a little steep or you know your love will not be passing through London in the near future you could try something from the ready to wear range. The five, all natural, florals are Jasmine, Rose, Oeillet, Tuberose and Wild Violet, all priced at £229 for a 17ml bottle. You can visit the website for reviews and information about the processes behind these natural perfumes, and if you still cannot decide perhaps the sample box, containing 0.5ml of all five for £34, will help you to solve your dilemma.

    And if you have no Valentine...

    If you feel that Cupid's arrows have been a little blunt and you need some help to capture the heart and senses of your beloved (and fourteen pounds of the finest milk chocolate has failed to win them over) Love-Scent claim to have the answer. Their products are based around pheromones - the natural communicators that our body uses to attract others.

    With a wide range of scented and non-scented pheromones for both men and women, the company is so confident of the outcome of using its products that they offer a money-back guarantee. If you need an extra reason to try the site Basenotes visitors can enjoy 10% off from Love-scent with coupon code 10vday2008. The coupon is valid until 29th February (may help with those leap-year proposals ladies...?).

    Whatever you decide to do to celebrate this Valentine's Day we hope it is happy, hope-filled and highly fragrant.end of article

    From the Basenotes Fragrance Directory

    The following fragrances and houses are mentioned in this article. (In order of appearance...)

    Le Mâle by Jean Paul Gaultier (1995).
    Jean Paul Gaultier Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier (1993).
    Malabah by Penhaligon's (2003).
    Ellenisia by Penhaligon's (2005).
    Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon's (1902).
    Opus 1870 by Penhaligon's (2005).

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