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Try: Libertine Gilded
Why: This unisex fragrance includes notes of green cardamom, cinnamon bark, brown sugar and immortelle, which together are about as warming as a steaming cup of tea and some softly burning incense. ($120 for 30 mL, libertine-fragrance.com)
Try: Euphoria Blush by Calvin Klein
Why: Decadent chocolate notes come together with hits of sweet raspberry and blooming rose to effectively deliver Valentine’s Day in a bottle. ($119 for 100 mL, at drugstores and mass-market retailers)
Try: Aerin Wild Geranium Fragrance
Why: Geranium’s peppery character imparts a blooming complexity to this fragrance, which is more evocative of a wild garden than your grandma’s tidy florals. ($150 for 50 mL, holtrenfrew.com)
Try: Goutal Paris Encens Flamboyant Eau de Parfum
Why: Three variations of frankincense notes create a velvety soft fragrance, calling to mind a balmy evening in a faraway mystical land. ($225 for 100 mL, holtrenfrew.com)
Try: Eric Buterbaugh Los Angeles Oud Saffron Flower Eau de Parfum
Why: Saffron – the world’s most costly spice by weight – meets oud to create an ambery oriental scent enhanced by honey. ($250 for 100 mL, saksfifthavenue.com)
Try: Jo Malone London Lavenderland
Why: This limited- edition triad of fragrances accentuates lavender with wisteria, silver birch and coriander to cast three new, moody visions of the English countryside. ($72 for 30 mL each, at Jo Malone boutiques beginning March 2020)
Try: YSL Beauty Black Opium Eau de Parfum Neon
Why: YSL’s newest iteration of Black Opium uses dragon fruit to inject a fizzy acidity into the signature juice. Simply put, if fuchsia had a scent, this would be it. ($135 for 75 mL, yslbeauty.ca)
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