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02-13-13 | Posted by

When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, it’s truly the thought that counts. But not any old thought will do. We all want a well thought out gift that makes us feel appreciated and understood. And who better to accomplish this than yourself? This year, we’re encouraging you to love yourself and splurge a little. If you are single, or attached, don’t hesitate to be thoughtful (it isn’t always about the price tag) and spoil yourself on February 14. Take your pick from our favorites below:

Agent Provocateur’s New Petale Noir ($87)

Photo Credit: Agent Provocateur

Coco Chanel said, “the woman who wears no perfume has no future,” so it”s little surprise that many of the Valentine’s Day gift sets are, in fact, fragrances.

An ode to passion, this fragrance by Agent Provocateur is all about the art of seduction—a deep floral scent with a heart of oriental mystique. Think: exquisite, essential oils that don’t compromise the floral bouquet that every Valentine will cherish, and precious woods with spicy accords. There are aspects of this scent that border on prickly thorns as well—this fragrance is dark, mysterious and edgy, which is what we love about it. Top notes of mandarin, water lily, bergamot, violet leaves, hyacinth, flower stem accord, and magnolia create an illusion of innocence and allure; the middle notes of rose otto, rose absolute, ylang ylang, muguet, and neroli gently caress heliotrope, orris, osmanthus and fine cassis blossom. The dramatic denouement reaches its conclusion as bold ginger, cedarwood, sandalwood, and cistus-labdanum linger with musks, vetiver, leather, oak moss, tobacco leaf, benzoin, patchouli and amber.

For the complex, alluring woman? We certainly think so. There is also a new luxurious body elixir ($53) to use in tandem with Petale Noir, so layering becomes so very fait accompli.

Cranberry Fizz Cupcake Bath Bomb ($15)

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This rich, gooey good-enough-to-eat cupcake bath bomb is something she (or he) will not be able to resist, especially when it comes to Valentine’s Day evening. It doesn’t sap your skin of moisture, plus it adds bubbles to your bath and brings out the inner kid in you. Break it up into little chunks and enjoy an effervescent bath many times over.

 24 Hour Nighttime and Day Lip Protection from OWN ($50)

When we tried the OWN Nighttime and Day Lip Therapy wand, we were amazed. The rollerball applicator did wonders for our parched lips and the longevity factor was indisputable, so we’re delighted that OWN has a set dedicated to nighttime and day lip protection, which also comes with the brand’s Refining Night Cream and Own Dual Protecting Day Lotion SPF30. The lip therapy contains sunflower seed oil, shea butter, and linseed oil, which are all excellent emollients. Since Valentine’s Day falls during the winter months, this pucker-saving set is definitely a timely purchase.

Birchbox Limited Edition “We Heart” Collection ($36)

The Limited Edition We Heart Collection from Birchbox launched February 7 and is filled with products to love, including a full size Color Club polish, Jane Tran Bobby Pins, Cargo Triple Action Mascara, and a Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer Try-Me Set. This is a great gift idea for the woman who really wants choices (there’s also a Birchbox Men in case you’re shopping for the guy in your life).

Tocca “Love Yourself” Fragrance Collection ($18)

The motto by which any civilized citizen conducts himself or herself, “Love Yourself” is also Tocca’s creed. This is a perfect (and inexpensive) introduction to the marvelous olfactory journey that is Tocca. You get six spray vials of fragrance to love and try, including Cleopatra, Stella, Florence, Graciella, Violette, and Giulietta.


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