Of love, lust and perfume names

Of love, lust and perfume names

In the wake of Valentine’s Day, so you still have love on the brain? Us too. And then we started brainstorming perfumes, past and present, which target our libido and our romantic daydreams with love-struck or otherwise downright lusty names.

This month, Coach launches Love, a sparkling floral spritz with a heart of magnolia, jasmine and gardenia and a soft sensual wood-vanilla-musk base. Not that Coach has a monopoly on the life-force emotion. You might, after all, already have a crush on Chloe’s Love, Chloé and its feminine powdery essence.

If your mood is a little more get-right-to-it, there’s Lust from Lush, a heady jasmine-infused perfume with plush ylang-ylang, rose, vanilla and sandalwood.

Or consider Michel Germain’s now classic Sexual franchise with Sexual Sugar and Sexual Sugar Daddy.

Then of course Marc Jacobs Bang, which leaves nothing to the imagination.

Before all of these, there was Eau Sauvage, that zesty Dior spritz first bottled in 1966. And Passion by Elizabeth Taylor, a heady rich oriental ideal for eighties indulgences.

And speaking of love and what he and she are spritzing, we can’t forget Calvin Klein and his ever-growing portfolio of lusty toilettes. From Obsession to Euphoria, or perhaps CKIN2U, it’s all been about getting very up close and personal.

Dolce & GAbbana of course has The One to symbolize true love. The design duo’s newest offering seems less monogamous though: It’s called Desire and it hits shelves this April.

What’s your favourite love-themed fragrance title? Are you awaiting the newest olfactory erotica? Perhaps it’s Madonna’s Naked that’s piqued your interest or maybe Rihanna’s Nude, which seems just the soft, sexy style of fragrance tailor-made for Valentine’s Day month celebrations full of red roses, pink champagne and, if the perfume’s packaging is any indication, plenty of blush-toned lingerie too.

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.