For a safe bet this Valentine’s Day, finding the perfect scent is an easy way to get your gifting on the nose. From fragrant stalwarts by Creed to relatively fresher Le Labo concoctions, nothing quite spells out the love in the air like the right whiff of Eau de Parfum.
The link between scent and attraction has long hardwired our attractions, and below, we’ve rounded up a few choice bottles that are known to drive Highsnobiety staffers wild. Take note, you’re unlikely to find the selection below in your local drug store or airport duty-free — and believe us, this kind of last-minute fragrance shopping is far more easily clocked than you might think.
Highlights from our picks include Alessandro Michele’s woody The Voice of the Snake fragrance, part of Gucci‘s kitsch “The Alchemist’s Garden” scent collection; as well as Loewe‘s Madrid-inspired violet, apple, and rose-scented Paseando por la Calle Mayor.
At the more masculine end of the spectrum, Creed Aventus is a classic with instantly recognizable top notes of pineapple, blackcurrant, apple, and bergamot; but if you’re wanting to enlighten someone to something different Claus Porto‘s musky Classic Scent or Maison Francis Kurkdjian‘s warm and robust Oud are two sniffs in the right direction.
Whether you’re buying for him or for her (please, feel free to pick from either in this increasingly unisex market), peep all our favorites below.