If your Valentine’s dreams of sunny days in Provence, outdoor adventures in Iceland or a dance party in Buenos Aires are on hold, gift them one of these romantic scents that evoke their destination of favorite trip.
Le Sirenuse Positano Eau d’Italie Perfume, $170
Instantly transport your Valentine to the Amalfi Coast with an unforgettable scent created by one of the world’s most legendary luxury hotels: Le Sirenuse, in Positano, Italy.
The sensual perfume captures the essence of summer in this quaint Mediterranean village with scents of bergamot, magnolia, cassis, sweet clover and salty sea air, as well as subtle notes of incense and musk.
The addictive unisex fragrance was created by Marina Sersale, whose family owns the iconic Le Sirenuse hotel with her husband, Sebastian Alvarez Murena, to celebrate the hotel’s 50th anniversary. Once reserved for discerning guests of Hotel Le Sirenuse, it is now available to anyone seeking the romance of Amalfi.
Glasshouse Fragrances Eau de Parfum, $100
Australia-based Glasshouse Fragrances has just launched a quartet of handcrafted fragrances in the United States, each inspired by an enchanting international travel destination.
Kyoto in Bloom is a delicate floral fragrance with notes of camellia, lotus, sandalwood and Japanese citrus. Forever Florence blends summery scents of peonies, lilies and jasmine with a touch of musk. Midnight in Milan features roses, saffron, cassis and moss. And A Tahaa Affair Devotion transports to its namesake island in French Polynesia with a delicious blend of vanilla orchid, sugar cane, sea salt, black amber and hibiscus.
Floral Street Sunflower Pop Eau de Parfum, from $32
This bright, lemony scent from the South of France is a special collaboration between London-based Floral Street and Amsterdam’s famed Van Gogh Museum.
The fragrance of the sun in a bottle is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s iconic perfume Sunflowers painting and the idyllic Provençal countryside of Arles, France (where the artist created many of his best-known masterpieces). It’s an energizing blend of tangy bergamot and sweet mandarin orange with hints of blue iris, honey accord and bellini accord (in the perfume world, an “accord” refers to a blend of several ingredients that produces its own distinctive scent.)
Even better, the purchase of each bottle helps support the famous Van Gogh Museum.
66°North Útilykt solid perfume, $60
If you and your Valentine have an expedition to Iceland on your travel list, gift them a scent that evokes the wind, snow, sea air and fresh green grass of the Icelandic landscape.
This ethereal, invigorating scent is handcrafted in Iceland using native medicinal herbs and essential oils, and there really is nothing quite like it. Somehow Útilykt manages to capture forest, sea and mountains all at once in a cool, mossy and brackish mix.
This is the first-ever fragrance from Icelandic outerwear designer 66°North, in collaboration with Reykjavík-based perfumery Fischersund. The gender neutral fragrance is available in both spray and solid form. But the solid formulation — which comes in a tin can stamped with the number 66 — is especially good for spill-free travel.
Moreover, since one of the founding partners of Fischersund is Jónsi, the leader of the Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós, this perfume even has its own soundtrack: a handmade vinyl record that echoes the feeling of spending time on the magical land of Iceland.
ALTAIA Don’t Cry For Me Eau de Parfum, $210
Conjure up a sultry night of dancing in Buenos Aires with the unforgettable scent of Don’t Cry For Me perfume.
The fragrance is by ALTAIA, an acronym for “A Long Time Ago In Argentina”, it’s a nod to the romantic history of the husband and wife team behind the brand.
The lush combination of white jasmine, amber, cashmere wood, heliotrope and cherry blossom petals is the perfect thing for strolling through Recoleta on a warm summer night.
LOULOU DAMOUR Eau de Parfum, $149
In French, “My love loulouIt’s a term of endearment reserved for someone very close. That’s why the fresh and floral fragrances of the French fashion and perfume brand LOULOU DAMOUR perfume – a celebration of love and spring in the French countryside – will be the perfect gift to give your Loulou this Valentine’s Day.
The sophisticated scent is a marriage of green hyacinth, pink grapefruit, lily of the valley, bergamot, peony accord and cedar notes.
And the bottle even carries a bonus gift: a white gold Loulou charm strung on a blue satin ribbon, which doubles as a necklace.