‘Scents are surer than sounds to make your heart strings crack’ so wrote Rudyard Kipling. Madame Pompadour spent the equivalent of more than a quarter of a million dollars on perfumes to impress her royal lover. Cleopatra never undertook a journey without the sails of her boat were coated with precious scented oils and Marilyn Monroe once declared Chanel 5 to be the only thing she wore in bed.

So if you are desperately still looking for a Valentine’s gift for that special someone you cannot go wrong with buying a gift of fragrance.

We’ve put together some of the new launches that are sure to please that special person.

The new limited Edition Alien Man Mirage by Mugler pictured above) is sure to please even the most discerning fragrance wearer. It’s a woody, equatic leather eau de toilette created by Amelie Jaquin and Nisrine Grille. It’s equal parts of refreshing and breath taking. Available online at

There’s a special edition from Jimmy Choo that celebrates self confidence and the joys of springtime, for the season ahead. Blossom Special Edition EDP is just on counter. It has top notes of exotic fruits, a heart of Frangipani Flower and base notes of Sandalwood.












Pasha De Cartier is certainly a fragrance he will love. It is a modernised take on the original with a bold and deep signature carried by the warmth of sandalwood. It’s a sensual scent that radiates confidence. It’s a real classic with an off beat allure from the House of Cartier.












Herbae par L’Occitane L’Eau. This new fragrance celebrates the powerful beauty of white clover. It’s a fresh citrus floral fragrance that creates a sparkling bouquet of flowers interlaced with wild grasses. This lovely fragrance comes with a soap, shower gel and beauty milk so its perfect for layering. Pop into the L’Occitane Boutique in the Victoria Quarter and those lovely people will tell you all about their newest fragrance.











Jo Malone’s newest addition to the Cologne Intense range is Vetiver and Golden Vanilla Cologne. Inspired by the North Eastern corner of Madagascar with is idyllic beaches and sparkling ocean it pays tribute to the island’s most prized ingredients. This sensual scene opens with a dash of cardamom and the freshness of grapefruit tea ushering in the earthy aroma of native vetiver. Visit the boutique in the Victoria Quarter and test it for yourself.









Red Red Red is the lipstick colour for Valentine’s Day for the perfect pout we love Chanel’s Rouge Allure in Pirate. An intense long wearing lip colour that gives full coverage it leaves lips protected with lasting colour











Nars Bad Reputation is a dare to wear lipstick in a medium dark red with a cream finish. If you prefer the matt look then Nars Inappropriate is for you it’s a medium red that’s cool toned with a great finish












And if you really want to nail the Valentine’s look then our own Leighton Denny’s nail polish in Passion or Smoking Jacket is the perfect finishing touch. Available, John Lewis or Marks and Spencers.













Those fun loving and care for the environment people at Lush have come up with some great bath products especially for Valentine’s Day either for gifts or as a treat for yourself and there’s always time to dash into the boutique in Lands Lane with its customer friendly hours.

We really love the Prince Charming Shower Gel, which is ideal for a romantic overnight stay away in its small bottle. Their bath bombs pay homage to the 70’s Love Boat but this floats and fills your bath with a sherbet, orange and Sicilian lemon scene whilst the heart shaped Love Locket filled with tiny love hearts gives the bath strawberry scented swirls with a freshness of orange and the cosy feel of tonka.




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