Gentlemen, lend us your ears, open your mind, and prepare to tap into your savings accounts. The following perfumes—available at some of Los Angeles’ most prestigious stores and apothecaries—cost a bit of a pretty penny, but are sure to please sophisticated sweethearts this Valentine’s Day. Sans any type of cheesy gift set, the sensual scents we’ve picked out only exude the finest, exotic ingredients. Unknown to the majority of perfume consumers, the bottles are fit for females who like to make statements and find extreme pleasure in dousing themselves in ultimate luxury.
Miss Charming Eau de Parfum: Developed by independently owned Parisian perfumery, Juliette Has a Gun, the feminine creation is reminiscent of an otherworldly bouquet. Non-saccharine smelling—but extremely romantic—it combines musk, Moroccan rose, and wild berries, reminding us of a recent love-making session. It smells of his cologne mixed with her perfume; need we say more? $110 for 100 ml.
Available at Kitson: 3939 Cross Creek Rd, C-110. Malibu. 310.317.1421.
Le Boise Eau de Toilette: Listed as one of Scent Bar’s top picks for the month of February, Le Boise offers a more romantic, out-of-the-box alternative to a yawn-worthy bottle of wine. Not only does the bottle resemble a vintage bordeaux, it captures the intoxicating smells of one too. Woodsy undertones come together to form a unique musk, similar to the experience of taking in fresh oak barrels and fall spices. $110 for 100ml.
Available at Scent Bar: 8327 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles. 323.782.8300.
Vanille Galante Eau de Toilette: First off, it’s something from Hermés. Second, the fragrance blends smokey undertones with the sweet aroma of vanilla, every girl’s weakness. The newest scent to the captivating Hermessence collection is one of those rare gifts the wearer will never want to take off. $235 for 3.3 fl oz.
Available at Hermés: 434 North Rodeo Dr. Beverly Hills. 310.278.6440.
Portrait of a Lady: Deemed one of the most innovative perfumers to date, Dominique Ropion has teamed up with fellow Frenchmen, Frédéric Malle, to form a new rose petal-based fragrance. Packaged in a minimalistic bottle, the oriental concoction reflects spicy musk and sandalwood. $300 for 100 ml.
Available at Barneys: 9570 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills. 310.777.5877.