I don’t think I’m alone in saying that Valentine’s Day can sometimes be anything but romantic. In my mind, a holiday that centers completely around men meeting impossibly high standards for romance in the middle of dreary February is just kind of unfair. However, even though most of us enlightened ladies know that Valentine’s Day is mostly marketing fluff, we all get our hopes up, right? It’s in our nature to expect something heading our way from Cupid on the 14th, feminism be damned.
My solution to the cycle of our expectations being squashed every year: tell him exactly what you want. In my opinion, men are really great at following directions; they like the challenge, and they usually feel relief that they’re not left to try to decode the mysterious female mind themselves. Is it as romantic as being surprised with a puppy and a dozen roses at your cubicle in the middle of the day? Well, not exactly. But, I’d rather forgo the element of surprise and allow my guy to gift me in the exact way that I want, rather than endure that painful process of expectations and disappointment.
In my opinion, one of the best gifts to request from your fellow this time of year is a new scent. It’s the perfect gift: a big enough ticket to feel like a substantial gesture, but far more affordable than, say diamonds. Plus, a beautiful fragrance is something that will give you (and your guy!) pleasure every time you wear it—let the Valentine’s spirit live on! Ahead, check out my picks for the sultriest new scents that you should consider requesting once the day rolls around. Or hey, purchase it for yourself—we’re supposed to love ourselves first, right?
featured photo by jennifer rose smith