Scent From the Heart: 10 Fragrances Perfect for Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2012  |  

 

"Woman Smelling Perfume on her Wrist"

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to update your fragrance wardrobe. By now, most people have developed a signature scent, but its allure may have diminished because a significant other or friends have gotten used to it. And since smell is the strongest tie to memory, why not create brand new ones with a new brand of perfume this V-Day? We’ve searched high and low to bring you several fragrances that will spice up, freshen up, or sweeten things up a bit.

Purchase a bottle for yourself or “hint” to your lover which perfume is your heart’s desire: “Honey, I’d love that bottle of perfume on page __ of this Madame Noire article!” Let’s face it, there’s no time for subtly. Just remember that a great fragrance – like a great outfit – is an investment and subjective. If possible, visit the store to get a whiff of these scents in person. Even try a sample for a day because the scent can change as it wears. Still, we’ve included the complete notes of each perfume to make it easier for those who know what scents they like and are willing to purchase online.

With all that said, browse our picks and find the one that speaks to your heart…


"Burberry Body Perfume"

Burberry Body, Sephora – $55-$95

If you’re looking for a strong scent then this fragrance is for you. It’s sophisticated, but still young and the combination of notes blends seamlessly. If forced to choose one, the freesia scent stands out the most. After smelling it, one gets a sense of warmth thanks to the amber. These details make it perfect for winter and ideal for evening.

Complete Notes: Freesia, Green Absinthe, Peach, Rose, Iris, Sandalwood, Cashmeran, Musk, Amber, Vanilla.

"Vera Wang Princess Night"

Vera Wang Princess Night, Macy’s – $60-$75

It’s an exotic blend of orange blossoms, raspberries, roses, and vanilla. The bottle design was inspired by the sparkle of the city lights. Plus, purple is the color of royalty and what princess doesn’t dig glitter? Obviously an evening scent, this perfume will push it’s wearer into being a bit more daring! Who knows what the night will hold…

Complete Notes: Wild Berries, Watermelon, Raspberry, Jasmine Petals, Orange Flower, Passion Rose, Plumeria, Crushed Sugar, Creamy Woods, Sensual Musk, Vanilla.

"Boyfriend Perfume"

Boyfriend by Kate Walsh, Sephora – $20-$65

Everyone needs a ‘boyfriend,’ at least according to actress Kate Walsh. The Private Practice star designed this fragrance with the scent of a man in mind. It starts off masculine and woodsy, but as it dries the vanilla and amber notes are highlighted. ‘Boyfriend’ gives you the best of both worlds, without actually having to deal with a guy. That wasn’t meant to come across as man-hating as it sounded. The point is that this one is perfect for all the single ladies. However, if you’re still fragile from a breakup try her new fragrance, the more floral Billionaire Boyfriend.

Complete Notes: Dark Plum, Myrrh, Night Blooming Jasmine, Benzoin Tears, Skin Musk, Golden Amber, Vanilla Woods.

"Prada Candy Eau de Parfum"
Prada Candy, Neiman Marcus – $80-$180

Smells like candy! Sensual, joyful and full of sophistication are all words that describe this sweet scent. Caramel is the standout note in this one, but it’s not too sweet. It’s actually light, but will last for hours. This is great for folks who love a sugary perfume, but don’t want a headache later. YUMMY!

Complete Notes: White musk, benzoin oil and caramel.

"Flowerbomb Perfume Valentine's Day Trio"

Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Valentine’s Day Set, Nordstrom – $105

“Flowerbomb, let me guess your favorite fragrance?” Wale got it right with his hit song “Lotus Flowerbomb.” However, contrary to the belief of some, the Viktor & Rolf perfume was a best seller prior to the rapper’s hit song.

Either way, it does smell amazing! Floral notes run the show initially, but it dies down into a clean scent. It can be a bit strong, so stick to one or two sprays. This Valentine’s Day set comes with a Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 oz.), Bomblicious Body Cream (1.3 oz.) and Bomblicious Shower Gel (1.7 oz.).

Not interested in the set? Snatch the limited edition perfume bottle here.

Complete Notes: Bergamot, Tea, Freesia, Jasmine, Orange blossom, Orchid, Rose, Patchouli.

"Chloe Perfume Bottle"

Chloé ‘L’Eau de Chloé’, Nordstrom – $65-$85

This light floral mix is a nice springtime take on the original. The light green color represents the freshness of the eua de toilette. It puts one in the mind of fresh cut grass and grapefruit-infused lemonade. This is great for a daytime date where you want to smell refreshing. Totally relaxing!

Complete Notes: Grapefruit, Cedrat, Peach, Violet, Rose Petals, Natural Water of Rose, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Amber.

"Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume"

Violet Blonde Private Blend Eau de Parfum, Saks Fifth Avenue – $65-$145

You don’t have to have Rihanna’s new blonde hair and purple lip color to wear this floral scent. The violet notes of this perfume are explosive, but the spicy undertones add a unique twist. It’s soft, feminine and just screams luxury! With a light hand it can be worn in the daytime, but once the sun goes down all bets are off.

Complete Notes: Violet Leaf Absolute, Italian Mandarian, Baie Rose, Tuscan Orris Absolute, Tuscan Orris Butter, Jasmin Sambac, Sampaquita, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Vetiver Absolute, Musk, Soft Suede.

"Vanilla Perfume"

Pure Vanilla by Lavanila Laboratories, Sephora – $25-$58

‘Pure Vanilla’ smells exactly like its name. Dab this one on your collar bone, neck and wrists and as your pulse races the smell will intensify. And as I discovered during research for our LUSH story, vanilla is a scent that attracts men. BONUS! This one would definitely come in handy on V-Day!

Complete Notes: Madagascar Vanilla, Freesia, Patchouli, Heliotrope, Tonka Bean.

"Miss Dior Perfume"

Miss Dior, Sephora – $62-$102

An oldie, but a goodie. This lovely scent smells slightly of citrus and florals. The jasmine notes linger the longest.  Miss Dior is feminine, chic, and classic.  As a bonus, the silver bow can actually be removed and worn as a ring. Who knew?! Add some sultry perfume and a little bling to your look this V-day.

Complete Notes: Italian Mandarin, Egyptian Jasmine, Patchouli.

"Sephora Perfume Gift Set"

Collector’s Edition Fragrance Sampler For Her – $75

This set is perfect for the indecisive gal. It contains samples from Calvin Klein, CLEAN, Dior, DKNY, Givenchy, Jennifer Aniston, Juicy Couture, Paco Rabanne, Philosophy, and Thierry Mugler. Try them all, then pick a fave. Redeem the included voucher inside Sephora stores to get a free full size bottle of any of these perfumes. And we didn’t forget about the man in your life. Snatch up the Collector’s Edition Fragrance Sampler for Him as a gift. Guys deserve a little love on Valentine’s Day too!

What’s your favorite fragrance? Are you willing to try any of these fragrance suggestions? Let us know in the comments. 

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    I gotta get some Burberry Body!

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    Halle Berry’s is really nice and so is Vera Wang’s Princess, my favorite!

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    I have been wearing Opium for years and get compliments from everyone. I will never buy another scent again.

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    I love me some Flowerbomb and Prada Candy! Must haves!