Beauty confidential: Scent with love Valentine"s gift special

SCENT WITH LOVE: VALENTINE'S GIFT SPECIAL

ELSA MCALONAN

If you’re planning to buy the one you love a bottle of fragrance this Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone. Sales of perfume go up by 50 per cent at this time of year, according to John Lewis. Here’s our guide to the right spritz for February 14.

Sales of perfume go up by 50 per cent around Valentine's Day, according to John Lewis

Sales of perfume go up by 50 per cent around Valentine's Day, according to John Lewis

FRAGRANCES FOR HER

FASHIONISTAS

Jimmy Choo eau de toilette, 34, Debenhams

A newly launched lighter version of the gorgeous Jimmy Choo scent, which, in keeping with all things romantic, is pale pink. There are top notes of ginger and heart notes of tea rose. It comes in an exquisite faceted bottle.

FLIRTY GIRLS

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau, 37, House of Fraser

In a beautiful bottle with a sapphire blue stopper, this new version of the iconic scent has top notes of damask rose and iris on a base of vanilla and tonka bean. It’s fresher than the original, with an almond overtone.

TRUE BRITS

Burberry Body Mist, 32, harrods.com

A new, lighter version of the best-selling Burberry Body fragrance, this is lovely for spraying all over as it’s delicate enough to scent hair and the whole body. Use after bathing to allow skin to absorb sandalwood, freesia and peach notes.

Jimmy Choo eau de toilette which contains top notes of ginger and heart notes of tea rose

Jimmy Choo eau de toilette which contains top notes of ginger and heart notes of tea rose

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau

Gucci Guilty Intense

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau (left) Gucci Guilty Intense (right)

SULTRY SIRENS

Gucci Guilty Intense, 37.50, theperfume shop.com

A warm, oriental version of the eau de toilette, this is a feminine fragrance, with notes of pink pepper, mandarin and powdery violet. Perfect for romantic nights out.

FUN LOVERS

Coach Poppy, 36, Debenhams

Brand new from Coach, this is a fruity, floral scent with fresh cucumber, juicy mandarin and baby freesia buds. In a pretty pink and red bottle, its woody undertones blend with the floral aspects. Lovely for every day.

HOW LONG WILL YOUR FRAGRANCE STAY FRESH

If stored properly, most fragrances will last for up to three years with the lids tightly closed. Unopened bottles will last longer if they are kept in a box.

But the best rule with perfume is to trust your nose. If it starts to smell strange, throw it away and splash out on a new one.

LUXURY LOVERS

Dolce & Gabanna The One, 38, Boots

This scent feels exclusive and luxurious. It’s a warm oriental with a citrus blend of bergamot and mandarin. The heavy glass bottle feels substantial and expensive.

REAL LADIES

Carita eau de parfum, 65, 020 7313 8780

With top notes of bergamot and rose, heart notes of violet, heliotrope and iris and base notes of vanilla, amber and musk, this is one of the sexiest new scents around. A must-have for true romantics.

FLORAL FANS

Fan de Fendi eau de toilette, 40 (harrods.com)

This limited edition of the Sicilian scent is like a little bottle of sunshine. A fresh floral perfume with notes of Damascena rose, it comes with the famed Fendi logo in bright yellow. It’s available for only one season, so is sure to become a collector’s item.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million After Shave

Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Eau de Toilette

Tom Ford Extreme Eau de Toilette

FROM LEFT: Paco Rabanne 1 Million aftershave, Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Eau de Toilette, Tom Ford Extreme Eau de Toilette

FRAGRANCES FOR HIM

FOR ADVENTURERS

Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper eau de toilette, 36, moltonbrown.co.uk

With fiery Madagascan black pepper- corn oil, this sultry, warming scent is very masculine. Another great choice is one of Molton Brown’s fabulous gift sets, Fresh Black Pepper, 32.50, which contains shower gel and a deodorant.

TRUE GENTS

Boucheron Pour Homme, 37, John Lewis

A refreshing citrus scent with a woody base and notes of bergamot, verbena, basil and coriander. One for men who like to look and smell classic and dapper.

KEEN TRAVELLERS

Jean Paul Gaultier Kokorico, 54, theperfume shop.com

This sweet, yet fresh, fragrance contrasts cocoa bean with fig leaf for an unusual, yet distinctly Gaultier scent. It comes beautifully presented in a red tin, so it would make a great Valentine’s gift. Ideal for men who like a powerful, exotic fragrance.

Coach Poppy perfume

Guerlain Boisee

FROM LEFT: Coach Poppy perfume and Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee

OUTDOOR TYPES

Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee, 46, 01932 233 887

A woody version of Guerlain Homme L’Eau, with notes of Indian vetiver. There’s a lovely crispness, too, perfect for spring days.

DISCERNING CHAPS

Tom Ford Extreme eau de toilette, 80, Boots

A real treat for the man who knows exactly what he wants. Rum, caramel, vanilla and black truffle make this a unique spicy scent. In an elegant bottle, it will quickly become a favourite.

GOLDEN OLDIES

M7 by Yves Saint Laurent, 55, House of Fraser

This is part of The Collection from YSL, another brand to relaunch cult and classic fragrances. Dating from 2002, it has notes of mandarin and myrrh to give a woody, distinctive fragrance. The retro bottle will look good in the bathroom. Look out for another six relaunches, including Rive

Gauche, 55, Jazz, 55, and In Love Again, 69.50.

FLAMBOYANT TYPES

Paco Rabanne 1 Million aftershave, 31.50, Boots

A huge seller, this scent is leathery and freshly crisp, with notes of frosted grapefruit, mandarin and peppermint, contrasting with tonka bean and amber. The bottle is impressive and will look smart in a wash bag.

TOP BEAUTY PICKS

PUCKER UP

Mii Moisturising Lip Lover, 14.95, miicosmetics.com Dry, cracked lips are not very kissable, neither do they make a good base for lipstick. This ultra-moisturising lipstick from Mii has active ingredients to help soften and condition lips and provide long-lasting colour and sheen.

KISSES FOR ME

MUA’s Love Hearts range is perfect for a quirky Valentine’s gift. The range, which launched last week, consists of six nail varnishes (2.99 each) and five lip balms (2.50, muastore.co.uk) and have a Love Hearts logo on the lid.

A NEW FLAME

For a little piece of luxury, Oskia’s Valentine’s gift set, 60 (oskiaskincare.com), is hard to beat. Containing the fabulous Renaissance mask, which brightens and smoothes skin, and a Rose de Mai massage candle — melt it for a delicately scented massage oil.

DIY PERFUME

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own fragrance or find out how perfumes are made, the Cotswold Perfumery, in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, is running courses by top perfumer John Stephen (125 a day, cotswold-perfumery.com) .

Love Hearts

Mii Moisturising Lip Lover

Oskia

FROM LEFT: MUA’s Love Hearts range, Mii Moisturising Lip Lover, Oskia’s Valentine’s gift set