LOVING AND GIVING…
Seven of the best Valentine's Gifts......By Belinda Morris
From a panic-stations perspective, it may not be like Christmas and birthdays, but there are some who definitely expect something in the way of a token of lurve on February 14th. If your significant other deserves/expects a thoughtful gift (or perhaps needs a little help in finding something for you), here are a few ideas that we personally heart…
PAUL SMITH LIPS CUFFLINKS, £95
Valentine’s is all about kissing, right? These cheeky rose-gold tone metal cufflinks are right on message.
YELLOW GOLD NECKLACE by ILEANA MAKRI, £1,130
Show that you have your finger on the pulse of colour trends – set with vibrant blue sapphire and hot green tsavorite stones and diamonds.
FRENCH LOVER by FREDERIC MALLE, £160 (100ml)
Created by innovative perfumer Pierre Bourdon, this eau de parfum has been described as ‘the ultimate men’s scent’. Subtle spices have been added to the combination of anjelica, juniper and vetiver and the long-lasting drydown is smoky, heady and rich thanks to iris, incense and musk.
RESIN SACRA by TOM DAXON, £105 (50ml)
Is it possible to have a scent that is sensual at the same time as it is ecclesiastical? Certainly… if it has frankincense at its heart. Add to that a helping of benzoin, cistus, suede, patchouli and sandalwood, and you have a very sexy scent indeed, to give him, or her.
BLACK ORCHID by TOM FORD, £76 (50ml)
Could be for him, could be for her – either way, this is a very sensuous, luxurious eau de parfum – the glamorous, jet black, Art deco-inspired bottle tells you as much. At its heart is the signature Tom Ford black orchid blended with floral and fruit notes. As it dries on the skin, decadence sets in thanks to patchouli, incense, vetiver, vanilla, balsam and sandalwood.
SCENT OF A DREAM by CHARLOTTE TILBURY, £68 (50ml)
Such a pretty bottle – how could she not love you for it?! And the eau de parfum is a light, crisp floral that opens with uplifting notes of lemon and bergamot, with a heart of jasmine, tuberose and frankincense.
The name says it all – give her this sensual eau de parfum and you wont really need to splash out on a card as well… The gorgeous deep red bottle houses a heady scent with tuberose absolute at its heart, notes of rose de mai and jasmine and with warm, sultry base notes of patchouli, moss, sandalwood, black musk and oud.