Love is in the air...

Chain Gang

Buy an Yves Saint Laurent fragrance of 50ml or above for Valentine’s Day and you’ll get this gorgeous gold metal bracelet as a free gift with purchase. It’s perfect for a fashionista, featuring three charms: the iconic Opium fragrance bottle, the brand’s logo and an Yves Saint Laurent branded emblem.

Heart Attack

One for younger lovers to give and get, Vera Wang Princess Night, from €42, is sensual and sweet, blending berries, watermelon with exotic florals, sugar and musk. Plus, check out that blinging sequinned packaging.

Ride on Time

Say what’s really on your mind with the gift of some Horny Cow Seductive Bath and Body Oil, €23.95, from Cowshed. A floral, spicy mix of rose absolute, patchouli and cinnamon, it’s designed to be sensual, warming and heady.

Sweet Treat

Chocolates are a traditional way to show your love and devotion on Valentine’s Day, but do it a little differently with something from the Body Shop’s Chocomania collection. The body lotion, from €3.85, makes a cute and affordable gift.

Spring Shower

Mná na hÉireann can but hope that this will be the case come Feb 14, but just in case, Lush has re-released the cult It’s Raining Men shower gel, from €5.35. A honey and lotus flower-scented potion, this leaves skin scented like toffee fudge, so hopefully he’ll be stuck on you.

Nail it

The four shades in Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Cupid Colour Collection, €8.95 each, are perfectly romance-appropriate. Choose from Back to the Fuchsia, I Pink I Can, Red Zin or Right Said Red.

In Bloom

A gorgeous treat for a fan of the Jo Malone brand, the new Red Roses Fragrance Chronicle, €84, contains a 30ml Red Roses cologne as well as three small accords to layer with it, which change the character of the fragrance to suit the wearer.

Box Clever

Philosophy’s Sweet Talk gift set, €27.50, is a cute package that contains the brand’s candy hearts three-in-one shower, bath and hair gel, plus the matching body lotion and a lip shine to condition your pout perfectly for kissing.

Eternal Flame

The candle of choice of Marie Antoinette, Cire Trudon has a pedigree that goes back centuries. The Mademoiselle de la Valliere candle, €55, is inspired by the former lover of Louis XIV, and is a perfect pick for Feb 14.

That’s Handy

Just in case you think a sparkler might be on the horizon, it’s a good idea to get hands into tip-top shape. Pro-Radiance Hand and Nail Cream from Elemis, €31, is ideal. Plumping, hydrating and skin-smoothing, it’ll make hands the perfect canvas for a new engagement ring.


Body Shop branches nationwide; Cire Trudon at Brown Thomas Dublin; Cowshed phone 01-8903070; Elemis at spas,; Jo Malone at Brown Thomas; Lush 96 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork and branches nationwide; Philosophy at Arnotts and; Sally Hansen at supermarkets and chemists; Vera Wang at Arnotts and Debenhams; Yves Saint Laurent at department stores.

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