When they say “love is in the air,” chances are, it’s an assortment of all the alluring and romantic fragrances spritzed into the room. Whether you need some romance in the midst of a dry spell, you’re looking for a dose of olfactory romance all year round or, perhaps, seeking a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone (in which case, you’d better hurry), these romantic fragrances will smell like you’re in love no matter what season it is.
If anything embodies a vivacious young romance in a bottle, it’s this. With the elegant yet rebellious face of Natalie Portman behind the “Dior For Love” campaign, Miss Dior Eau de Parfum is feminine, but that’s not to be mistaken with passivity. It’s a truly rosy and womanly scent, tinged with spunk: Wild cut roses, May rose from Grasse, and sensual Turkish Damascus Rose are intertwined with the freshness of blood orange, mandarin and Calabrian bergamot, before ending with a vivid pink peppercorn and Guyanese rosewood.
HK$625/30ml; HK$870;50ml; HK$1,280/100ml from Dior, including Shop 1076, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2870 0543
If you love the feeling of falling in love too fast, YSL’s Mon Paris Eau de Toilette, a new variation of its Eau de Parfum, might be for you. It’s a love letter to the archetypal city of romance after all, and with that, the scent is bright and dizzying, just like falling head over heels. It’s a new “white chypre” fragrance as they call it, characterised by sharp citrusey top-notes of bergamot, raspberry and blackberry, a floral heart of jasmine, tuberose, peony and orange blossom, and a base accord of narcotic datura flower, woody patchouli, warm and animalistic ambrox. Tied with a couture polka-dotted ribbon, the bottle is reminiscent of an enigmatic and stylish, yet utterly torrid love affair.
HK$630/30ml; HK$900/50ml; HK$1,050/90ml from YSL Beauté including Shop 2117, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3192 4338
Imagine being wrapped up in sun-drenched, lived-in sheets under the golden glow of Italian sunshine: that’s how this pair of Valentino scents interplay. Embodying the ultimate his and hers scents, Uomo Acqua (his) Donna Acqua (hers) exude a naive yet sophisticated and sensual romance — they’re sweet, but not too sweet. Uomo Acqua is an Italian garden bursting with fresh mandarin, citron and green tomato, with hints of leather, clary sage essence, patchouli and charming iris adding depth in the background. Donna Acqua clashes tender green almond with the sweet crispness of frosted pear, met with feminine frangipani rose and mysterious sandalwood and hawthorn.
Valentino Donna Acqua HK$565/30ml; HK$800/50ml; HK$1,135/100ml; Valentino Uomo Acqua HK$650/75ml; HK$900/125ml from Valentino Fragrance counters including Lane Crawford, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2110 1085
The newest fragrance by Tom Ford is a potent love spell made with intoxicating spices, vanilla and robust woods. Dressed in the iconic architectural flacon of the Private Blend collection, the unisex scent is a heady mingling of spicy saffron and coriander with smoky myrrh and frankincense. The smokiness extends into its heart notes with lovely roasted barley and coffee, before being lifted by a rich narcissus and creamy frangipani. Rounded off with luscious Madagascan vanilla and mahogany, the complex, yet primal and exotic fragrance is sure to turn heads.
HK$1,850/50ml; HK$2,530/100ml; HK$4,300/250ml from Tom Ford Beauty counters, including Lane Crawford, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3572 0184
Each fragrance in the Splendida Bulgari stars its own spectacular floral, from iris to jasmine to rose. This latest addition puts the spotlight on the rare and magnificent Chinese red magnolia, made for the charismatic, sophisticated woman. Known for its short and intense blooming periods which account for its preciousness, the scent of magnolia here is outlined by head notes of zesty mandarin and delicate neroli, and base notes of patchouli, musk, and Tahitian vanilla for a sensual, mysterious and creamy finish. The cherry on top is the exquisite bottle: As with each design of the Splendida collection, the sleek glass shape mimics a woman’s delicate decolletage and shoulders, wearing golden Bulgari jewels around her neck.
HK$645/30ml; HK$920/50ml; HK$1,310/100ml from Bulgari counters, including Facesss, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
For gents who want to attract The One, perhaps this charismatic Eau de Toilette by Dolce & Gabbana will capture the right attention. First launched in 2008, the classic scent was designed as an unconventional, yet timeless uomo — a traditional masculine fragrance, one that ladies are sure to love. Woody and oriental, enhanced with notes of coriander, basil, and spicy cardamom and ginger, it’s as delicious as it sounds.
HK$500/30ml; HK$630/50ml; HK$870/100ml from Dolce & Gabbana Beauty, Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, +852 2907 6627