5 great Valentine’s Day fragrances for women

Fancy buying the woman in your life a fragrance for Valentine’s Day but not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, I’ve made it easy for you by asking some of my favourite beauty industry pals what they’d recommend…chaneljpegJane Cunningham, founder of britishbeautyblogger.com:  Chanel No5, from boots.com

“It’s the classic floral you cannot go wrong with, not least because every woman in the world would like to think she deserves Chanel and she’ll love the fact you realise that!”

westwoodlLauren Naylor, The Sun’s Beauty Expert: Vivienne Westwood Boudoir, from escentual.com

“If you want to get in your woman’s good books, opting for a designer fragrance like this is a sure fire way, especially when the bottle looks so goddamn exquisite. She’ll love you for choosing such a quintessentially English brand too.”

moleculesNadine Baggott, Health and Beauty Editor of HELLO! Magazine: Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, from liberty.co.uk

“If you want to indulge your partner in a scent that works for you as well then go for this one by maverick nose Geza Schoen. I never tire of this unisex, pheromone-based, mossy, light-as-air scent.”

amyrisLynnette Peck Bateman, Beauty Director of Saga magazine: Amyris Femme by Francis Kurkdjian, from selfridges.com

“If you’re looking for a unique and imaginative gift for a more sophisticated woman I’d recommend this warm powdery scent with hints of citrus. It’s not by one of the large cosmetic houses so also has the advantage that it won’t be worn by every other woman in the world.”

avedaJacqui Ripley, beauty writer, author and Dolly Mixture blogger: Aveda Pure-Fume Ancient Attar, from aveda.co.uk

“In its presentation it’s low-key and mindful rather than a big splashy blockbuster. It smells natural on the skin too, with Bulgarian Rose being at its heart. Gives the sentiment of love without being predictable.”

Brad Pitt for Chanel No5? Eau deary me

We all know that parody is the mark of a good ad. Or a truly bad one. And if you want proof just look at all the youtube parodies of the Brad-Pitt-for Chanel-No5 ad that have sprung up. I can’t quite find a gangnam style one yet (one must surely be in the pipeline) but there are plenty of others to keep you entertained.

It’s difficult to know how Chanel feel about this. On the one hand, the much-mocked ramblings of Mr Pitt have got everyone talking (even more than the snoresome story of a man fronting a women’s perfume). More importantly, they’ve got everyone talking about Chanel No5  – a fragrance I’ve seen women hate in blind tests but love when they know it’s Chanel No5. On the other hand, everyone is openly mocking a revered brand that once stood for style and sophistication. Anyway, I certainly don’t have the energy or inclination to form an opinion on it. In the meantime, though, here’s one of my favourite spoofs. Admittedly, nothing quite matches the absurdity of the original ad but it made me chuckle anyway…