Flowers and chocolates are all very well, but receiving a beautiful bottle of perfume or cologne on February 14 (ideally paired with underwear) is always better. So why not opt for a different sort of bouquet this year, and frolic with fragrance instead?
Hugo Boss The Scent, £45 for 50ml (www.theperfumeshop.com)
:: Help For Heroes Xtreme, £30 for 100ml (www.debenhams.com)
A traditional masculine scent with a slight fruity edge, this fragrance was created by five injured veterans to help raise money for British servicemen and women wounded in the line of duty. Comes in a great hip flask bottle and at least £3 from every sale goes to Help For Heroes.
Eisenberg J'ose For Men, £44 for 30ml (www.boots.com)
Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense, £105 for 100ml (www.jomalone.co.uk)
Parfums de Marly Akaster, £215 for 125ml (www.harrods.com)
Carven L'eau Intense, £70 for 100ml (www.selfridges.com)
FRESH & FEMININE
Chloe Love Story, £46.50 for 30ml (www.johnlewis.com)
Amore by Vince Camuto, £55 for 100ml (www.debenhams.com)
Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.20, £49 for 50ml (lizearle.com)
Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper, £39 for 50ml (www.moltonbrown.co.uk)
Miss Dior, £49.50 for 30ml (www.houseoffraser.co.uk)
Barbour For Her, £40 for 50ml (www.selfridges.com)
TRIED AND TESTED
Face masks can work wonders. Our testers put three new releases on trial...
Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, £28 (www.kiehls.co.uk)
Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Cleansing + Scrub + Mask, £11 (www.boots.com)
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque, £16 (www.my-dermacenter.com)
BUY IT NOW
Burning desires are all around come Valentine's Day. If you don't fancy buying perfume or cologne but still want to set the mood for love, try a Diptyque candle. The new Rosaviola range, designed in collaboration with fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan, will look beautiful in the boudoir.
Diptyque Rosaviola Candle, from £28 (www.diptyqueparis.co.uk)
STEAL OF THE WEEK
For the slightly younger valentine, Ghost Girl is a tough fragrance to beat, especially when it comes with an amazing free gift. Every purchase of the perfume currently comes with a complimentary cosmetic bag, complete with two lip crayons, in Berry and Blush, available while stocks last.
Ghost Girl, £25 for 30ml, available nationwide in stores including Boots, Superdrug and The Perfume Shop