Say it with scent this 14 February thanks to a little help from Cult Beauty’s next-day delivery service.

The season of love is upon us. If you fancy gifting your paramour with scent this Valentine’s Day, we have shortlisted nine of the most sensuous from Cult Beauty (who offer next day delivery if you are browsing for last-minute inspiration). Fragrance is no longer just about smelling good; perfume houses are tapping into ‘functional fragrance’ notes that can boost our mood and energy too, using new technologies to create blends that can adapt to our own skin’s pheromones for a wholly personalised scent profile. From neck-nuzzling ouds, to romantic blousy florals and down-right sexy leathers and woods, we present our pick of this classic Valentine’s Day gift – all with a modern twist.


Young Rose, £122 for 50ml


Byredo


Byredo’s monochromatic bottles are the last word in Insta cool. Inspired by the ‘restlessness of the new generation’, its new fragrance, Young Rose, is the perfect expression of a new era in floral scents. Forget sweet sickly blooms; traditional Damascena rose has been blended with energetic Sichuan pepper, ambrette seeds and a heady hit of musk and ambroxan. Love’s young dream. Buy it here.


Une Rose, £172 for 50ml


Frederic Malle


Crafted by haute perfumer Edouard Flacchier for Frederic Malle, Une Rose takes the concept of a pure floral scent and adds a gothic twist. That’s thanks to an earthy truffle note and base of vetiver and patchouli for an intoxicating blend that exudes dark feminine allure. Buy it here.


Fragrance Miniatures Set, £225 for 7 x 9ml


Christian Louboutin


Not sure which scent to plump for? A discovery set is always a great option. With this set of luxury miniatures from Christian Louboutin in their sculptural, Egypt-inspired bottles, the lucky recipient can explore all seven scents – including Louicrown, with its cocktail of cedar wood, patchouli and tonka bean; and Loubicroc with its spicy blend of myrrh, cypriol and sandalwood. The perfect indulgent gift for fashion lovers. Buy it here.


Whispers in the Library, £49 for 30ml


Maison Margiela


If you’re looking to treat your old university sweetheart, Whispers in the Library could just be the thing to bring back memories of clandestine clinches. Maison Margiela’s Replica range of scents has been created specifically to ‘reproduce familiar scents and moments’ – in this case Oxford, 1997 – using the olfactory triggers of paper and waxed wood. Great for bookish lovers and romantic reminiscing. Buy it here.


Gorse, £80 for 100ml


Laboratory Perfumes


This fragrance demonstrates perfectly the transportive power of scent. One squirt and, even in the depths of February, you’ll be in the English countryside in the height of summer, thanks to the gentle breeze of a citrusy scent with a lingering cardamom note for added heat. Like sun-warmed skin on a lazy July day, this is the perfect note to signal the promises of summers to come. Buy it here.


Revolution de la Fleur, £95 for 50ml


Sana Jardin


A great option for a sustainability conscious partner. Sana Jardin empowers female flower harvesters through fair commerce, using their petal power to concoct a heady, tropical mix of sun-warmed ylang ylang, jasmine, frangipani and rose – all laced with creamy vanilla and sandalwood depth. Instant far-flung wanderlust in a bottle. Buy it here.


Killian’s Love Don’t be Shy, £185 for 50ml


Kilian Hennessy


Kilian of *that* Hennessy heritage has spent his life surrounded by the intoxicating mix of botanicals and alcohol. It comes as scant surprise, then, that his foray into the perfume world should riff on those same woody, amber, syrupy notes. Killian’s Love, Don’t Be Shy is a fragrance inspired by that seminal moment – the first kiss – with tender orange blossom, juicy honeysuckle, romantic rose and sharp neroli for a sensual, warm fragrance. All his bottles can be refilled too, for a long-term love affair with fragrance. Buy it here.


Another 13, £142 for 50ml


Le Labo


Originally created as a limited-edition collaboration with Jefferson Hack, Another 13 has become a permanent fixture in the Le Labo stable thanks to its sell-out status. The key note of ambroxan (a heady musk) is blended with twelve other ingredients, including moss, jasmine and ambrette seeds in a subtle yet seductive scent that is designed to blend with the wearer’s natural pheromones to create an almost undetectable your-own-scent-but-better allure. Buy it here.


Mind Energy, £85 for 50ml


The Nue Co


Presented as a ‘fragrance supplement’, the Danish brand’s Mind Energy scent has been blended to hone focus and limber up your mental energy – using patented neuroscience technology, no less. It might not sound that romantic, but consumer trials have shown wearers felt more productivity after 30 days, with a lift in ‘mind fog’ symptoms. Perhaps a thoughtful gift for a post-COVID pick me up? Notes include juniper, clary sage and pink peppercorn for a mind-clearing, energising hit. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
February 2022

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