What is the best thing about a receiving a fragrance as gift? To me, it’s that smell associated with both the event and the person who gave me the fragrance. I still remember the Bright Crystal Versace my mom gave me for my matric farewell, the Dolce & Gabbana The One I received as a graduation gift and the ‘just because’ bottle of Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman I got from my boyfriend last year. Gifting a fragrance is more than just a present in that normal sense, it is gifting an emotional response forever – making it the perfect gift!
We’ve rounded up our favourite fragrances for this Valentine’s Day so that you can spoil that special someone.
Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum
From R745, select department stores
This one is for the babes, the trendsetters and the it-girls. With a strong base note of vanilla, musk and even a little bit of sandalwood, and a top note of cherry, this fragrance makes a thoughtful gift as its neutral tones are set to please even the most sensitive of noses. I gave a good spray around the office and the girls identified pineapple and a sweet musk, making it both sweet and sultry – the perfect combination.
Oscar de la Renta Bella Blanca
From R995, select department stores
Nothing spells fresh to me like a white floral fragrance. This feminine Oscar de la Renta fragrance reminds me of the jasmine bush outside of my window growing up, and the has lovely woody textures with a musky finish. The bottle is adorned with textured, three dimensional flowers which creates a great visual effect and will be a gorgeous addition to a perfume shelf.
Lanvin Modern Princess
From R795, select department stores
Think strawberries and cream on the Wimbledon lawn, or a beautiful, ice cold pink G&T garnished with berries. This is what the Lanvin Modern Princess is all about; fruity top notes with a sweet finish, but also not too sweet as it still has a musky vanilla base note. I would definitely recommend this for that special woman in your life that tends to appreciate the sweeter things.
Chanel Chance Eau Tendre
From R1 292, select department stores
An intoxicating mix of floral and fruity aromas, this fragrance screams sophistication as it tops the sweeter scents off with a spicy mid-tone. Chanel’s Chance is also a fragrance that evolves. and when I tried it out, at first I detected that definite grapefruit fruity bouquet, while I got that fresh spicy musk later in the day . This sophisticated scent, and the beautiful, simplistic bottle design in which it comes, will make a great gift this Valentine’s Day.
Zadig & Voltaire Girls Can Do Anything
From R668, select department stores
I absolutely adore all of Zadig & Voltaire’s fragrances, as they are bold, unassuming and fit for that go-getter lady in your life. The fragrance’s aromatic, musky orange blossom and bergamot top notes are complemented by the clove and vanilla base note, making it an exquisite mix of flavours that is not an ordinary fragrance bouquet, but rather something more daring.