Fragrance has the ability to transform your entire mood. And when the one you want to conjure up is romance, a whiff of the right scent get you there faster than a binge-session of Nicholas Sparks movies. From spicy, sensual accords to rose-based floral diaries, we rounded up 10 of the best fragrances to wear this Valentine's Day—or whenever you want feel like you're living in a fairytale.
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1. Ralph Lauren Romance
Designed to hit all the feelings that are associated with falling in deep L-O-V-E, a spritz of this classic and light romantic fragrance treats you to notes like white violet, patchouli, musk, rose, and marigold.
Ralph Lauren | $74
2. Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream
"I believe you can use Scent of a Dream to create an emotional pathway with someone else's energy centers: their brain, heart, and sex receptors, igniting the senses," Tilbury once said about creating her first fragrance. With citrus, woody, and floral notes all present—think fire tree, jasmine, and mandarin, among others—this scent is alluring without being overpowering.
Charlotte Tilbury | $100
3. Viktor&Rolk Spicebomb
Though technically a men's fragrance, InStyle editors swear by this spicy and ultra-sexy concoction of scents like bergamot, pink pepper, cinnamon, saffron, and leather for boosting confidence. Spritz it on and watch the compliments pour in.
Viktor & Rolf | $112
4. LANCÔME Trésor
We have a feeling you recognize this diamond-shaped bottle. One of the most popular fragrances out there, the brand evoked the radiance and warmth of love using floral and fruity notes like rose, lilac, peach, and apricot.
Lancome | $87
5. Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum Spray
Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent created a new genre of fragrance with this creation. Dubbing it a feline floral, it balances musk and gardenia for a fresh yet enticing and powerful aroma you'll want to wear every single day.
Cartier | $110
6. CHLOÉ Love Story
The first chapter of your love story? Dabbing this legendary fragrance on your wrists and behind your ears. Thanks to the marriage of jasmine, neroli, and orange, this inviting scent will lift your spirits and creates a memorable and attracting impression.
Chloe | $132
7. Byredo Rose Noir
It wouldn't be a romance-themed fragrance roundup without a bottle purely dedicated to the power and intoxicating scent of rose. The strong and addicting floral is complemented with notes like grapefruit, moss, and musk.
Byredo | $150
8. Maison Margiela REPLICA' Fantasies: Wicked Love
This interesting and invigorating mix of water hyacinth accord, rose, vetiver, green pepper accord, and jasmine is like nothing you've ever smelled before. It's kind of like meeting the "one" you never thought you'd run into.
Maison Margiela | $180
9. Krigler Elegant Schwan 06
Want your life to feel like a fairytale? This fragrance might be the answer. After a visit to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle, the founder of Krigler was inspired to create one of the most romantic, alluring fragrances of all time—Elegant Schwan 06. This year, only 100 bottles of this German rose and warm sandalwood-infused fragrance will be re-released. Now that's a Valentine's Day gift you'll definitely remember.
Chateau Krigler | $555
10. Michael Kors Sexy Ruby
All things sex appeal came together with Michael Kors' latest scent, Sexy Ruby. Think sweet raspberry, sexy jasmine sambac, and alluring cashmere woods. The ruby red packaging itself will remind you Valentine's Day is on the way.
Michael Kors | $112