I'm strangely snobbish when it comes to flowers – although obviously I prefer to call it discerning. I would far prefer to receive a handful of cheap and cheery yellow daffs say, or iris, over a big bouquet of lilies any day of the week.
Turning to the de rigueur hearts and flowers of the big V tomorrow, red roses – even those with long stems and lush, velvety petals – are too obviously "romantic" and impersonal to actually feel special (it's not the thought that counts if you choose the default option). But as a surprise on a random day in November they'd be very welcome. Plus there's the fact that fresh flowers just don't last – surely the physical manifestation of love shouldn't wilt and rot within days?
As such, my gift of choice would have a fresh floral at its heart but be of a far more lasting disposition. That attitude might not scream "romance" to you, but there are plenty of products that marry practicality with a spritz of scent to create something magical indeed.
Diorissimo EDT 100ml
£83, Dior, boots.com
The spring-like freshness of lily-of -the-valley is at the heart of this classic fragrance – an oldie, but still so good.
Artemisia bath oil
I adore Penhaligon's bath oils, with their little grosgrain bow ties and old-fashioned glass stoppers. This one boasts notes of violet, lily and cyclamen.
Cleanse & polish hot cloth cleanser with rose & cedrat
A limited edition version of this skin care favourite has a light, heavenly scent and comes with two cleansing cloths.
Love in White
White flowers – magnolia, narcissus and white hyacinth – combine with ambergris in the prettiest soap you can imagine.
Wild bluebell body & hand wash
Evocative of a walk through a field in bloom, there's a vegetal note too, which stops the lingering scent being too sweet.
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