The season of love is here, and that means finding ways to spoil those closest to you, including yourself. While many of us are spending most of our days at home this year, it does not mean romance and excitement are out the window. Scents are powerful, and with the right touches, anyone can create a romantic sensory experience at home to take your Valentine’s Day to the next level.
Boity Pink Sapphire is best described as an ode to powerful, modern, African queens, making it a sensual fragrance with a poetic balance of floral and mineral notes. Boity Thulo, the face of the fragrance, agrees that a good perfume is that finishing touch to your daily routine or just before a night out. “People wear perfume for many reasons; to boost self-confidence, to highlight individuality or even evoke certain memories and experiences. It also happens to be one of the most popular and lauded Valentine’s Day gifts for men and women.”
Precious Thamaga-Mazibuko, more commonly known as Precious the Planner, one of South Africa’s most sought-after wedding and event planners, waxes lyrical in a recent IG live with Boity about the importance of fragrance when connecting to memories. “It is very emotive. Whether it’s in your home or on your body, fragrances play a big role in how you want to be received, addressed and even remembered. Creating a sensory experience can help create or evoke memories and change the entire atmosphere of a room, making it more sensual and romantic for Valentine’s Day at home. And it can be done on a budget.”
She continues, “Simply adding your favourite essential oils in your diffuser ensures a delicate, lasting fragrance throughout the room. Adding scented candles with complementary scents is also a budget-friendly way to maximise the fragrance in any room and create a more romantic setting. Don’t forget to add a few spritzes of your signature perfume for a really personalised touch.”
Precious the Planner adds that simply putting a few drops of essential oils or spraying your favourite fragrance on your mattress or pillows can help you quickly and easily transform the mood of your bedroom. “Like Rosewood, Vanilla, and Sandalwood, the most romantic scents ignite emotions, while friendlier scents like Garden Roses, Begonia, Lavender and Jasmine, are more calming. Because scents can affect our emotions in a powerful way, choose ones that best suit the mood you want to create or change.”
Also, don’t forget the power of fresh flowers. Precious advises placing fresh flowers in a vase in your entryway, offering a welcoming and fragrant touch to visitors entering your home.
Perfume as an aphrodisiac
Many perfumes have ingredients known to have aphrodisiac qualities, like Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ginger and Ylang-ylang, to name a few. When it comes to perfume notes with aphrodisiac properties, it is a common generalisation that men are attracted to more floral, fruity, spicy and musky notes. At the same time, women find fresh, spicy, woody and musky notes more enchanting, which are fragrance notes that Halo Heritage took to heart when creating Boity’s Pink Sapphire EDP.
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Says Boity, “Halo Heritage has done an incredible job at developing a fragrance that represents the perfect duality of sensuality and strength. The top notes of tangerine, sugar and wild marigold and heart notes of Jasmine, French Vanilla and Amber are perfectly complemented by base notes of salt, moss and cedarwood for a fresh, clean, delicate scent that boosts your confidence and leaves a lasting impression. Why not complement the 100ml Boity Pink Sapphire EDP with our newly-launched 15ml purse-size vial for the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day!”