I admire those dedicated souls who stick with a fragrance long enough to have a signature scent. It’s equal parts comforting and impressive — the friends you can tell have walked into a room simply by their perfume. I, on the other hand, am not one of those people. Not only am I currently rotating between four choices, they’re all polar opposites of one another, and each more unique than the last. And this complexity works when it comes to Valentine’s Day perfumes: Whether you end up at a packed bar or alone with your date in a restaurant’s private room, wearing a scent that jumps out of the crowd feels good.
With the Feb. 14 holiday right around the corner, it’s time to start drafting up a wish list, too — and deciding which scent to go with that evening. And a note to those scrolling along to find a perfume to gift for Valentine’s Day: Keep on reading. Simple florals and established staples are nice, but with this list, the element of surprise will be on your side.
Below, seven Valentine’s Day fragrances that are each one-of-a-kind in their own way, from a modern Lush scent to a fan favorite from BVLGARI.
diptyque 34 Eau de Toilette
34 will thrill the diptyque fan who can’t get enough of the house’s signature candles. According to the product description, the fig leaf- and cardamom-scented perfume is inspired by the street name of the very first diptyque boutique.
Giorgio Armani Privé Cuir Améthyste Eau de Parfum
A distinctly unisex fragrance, this Armani Privé scent — decorated in a vanity-worthy bottle — is an ode to all things leather and birch.
BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline
Inspired by the shape of intertwined rings, this BVLGARI perfume is a crowd-pleaser than manages to carve out a space for itself, marrying the fresh and floral scent categories.
Confessions of a Rebel Get A Room
The newer perfume brand, Confessions of a Rebel, offers plenty of eye-catching picks — including this apple-and-sage scent, Get A Room.
CONFESSIONS OF A REBEL
Maison Margiela Replica Coffee Break
Pro tip: It’s never a bad idea to wear or gift a Maison Margiela Replica scent that pays homage to a special place to you and your Valentine’s Day date. Especially Coffee Break, which balances fruits, botanicals, and (you guessed it) coffee.
BYREDO Super Cedar
BYREDO fragrances are all delightfully unique, and the Super Cedar is no exception; it’s minimalist in its execution, focusing almost exclusively on its cedar heart (with notes of rose, vetiver, and musk included).
Lush The Bug
“The Bug is a little unsettling,” begins this ultra-unique perfume’s product description. Inspired by dystopia, The Bug is both beguiling and challenging, reminding fans exactly why they fell in love with Lush’s scents in the first place.