By Marilisa Racco Long the domain of those dirty hippies*…
Roses, pink grapefruit, peony, cotton candy: We’re looking at love through rose-coloured perfume bottles.
Though fragrance is most appreciated for its ability to influence mood and actions, sometimes we’re all about the pretty packaging. This month, we’re inspired by the colours of the eau—pink to be exact.
These rosy spritzes look—and smell—the part when it comes to being well-suited to Valentine’s Day.
Pink: as in zesty, pink grapefruit
Notes: grapefruit, blood orange, jasmine, cedar and iris
Wear for: a Valentine’s Day spent exploring the city. Wandering, browsing, stopping in galleries, trying somewhere new for lunch—you’ll need this upbeat citrus toilette to keep you energized for an activity-packed day.
Chanel Chance Eau Vive EDT, $88 (50 ml), at Chanel beauty counters
Pink: as in an earthy garden filled with pink flowers and red berries
Notes: blackberry, violet, rose, patchouli, musk, cedar, cypress
Wear for: a date night at home. This perfume is pretty and sophisticated enough to wear for a dinner out, but its woodsy base makes it a great choice for cozy sweaters and a home-cooked meal to be enjoyed with your significant other in front of the fireplace.
Balenciaga L’eau Rose EDP, $90 (50 ml), at www.nordstrom.com
Atkinsons Rose in Wonderland
Pink: as in classic roses
Notes: rose, currant buds, geranium, amber, vetiver
Wear for: a busy Valentine’s Day. Maybe you need to run some errands or you have to taxi the kiddos around—it doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the iconic scent of the occasion: rose. The softness of this fragrance is the perfect background scent to remind you to stop and smell the flowers.
Atkinsons Rose in Wonderland EDP, $240 (100 ml), at Holt Renfrew
Pink: as in a bright, pink bouquet—sans roses
Notes: neroli, lychee, ivy, peony, pink jasmine, mango, cassis, tonka bean, musk
Wear for: a traditional Valentine’s Day celebration. The dinner. The gift. The candles and the bouquet. If Valentine’s Day is your favourite holiday, pair this spritz with a pretty dress (in red or pink, natch) and enjoy the evening.
Oscar de la Renta Flor, $88 (100 ml), www.thebay.com
Pink: as in cotton candy
Notes: passionfruit, rum, cassis, mandarin orange, honeysuckle, jasmine, pink freesia, vanilla, musk, sandalwood
Wear for: a Valentine’s Day plans that revolves around the bedroom. Although the sweet top notes fade, lingering rum and vanilla essences create an edible, sexy impression. Wear with lacy lingerie—or nothing at all.
Rihanna RiRi EDP, $59 (50 ml), at Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall