...or at least in the shops. There are lots of gorgeous ways to treat yourself or a loved one this Valentine’s Day. Fiona Adams goes in search of romance
Subtle lighting and a sensual fragrance can transform most rooms into boudoirs and the intoxicating scent of Very Nature Franginpani Candle (£25) will deliver an instant seductive hit.
Beauty at home
If you would like to treat yourself to a little beauty love this month, take a peek at the Ruuby app, which has teamed up with Darphin to offer at-home facials using the classic French brand’s gorgeous products. Ruuby is London’s first digital beauty concierge, offering appointments either at home or at one of the capital’s top salons. Book an Instant Illuminating Facial (£95 for 60 minutes) and enjoy a taste of Parisian luxury in your own home. Every booking before Jan 31 includes free samples of Lumière Essentielle Illuminating Oil Serum and Oil Gel-Cream.
A solid relationship is all about support, which is why a good sports bra is a must. MyZone’s new range, however, is a cut above the rest. It is created by the company behind the MyZone fitness system, which is designed to measure your body metrics and heart rate while you exercise. Similar to a Fitbit band, a MyZone belt measures performance, while the associated MyZone app keeps track of your results. The bra comes in heart red or jet black (£49.99) and incorporates a MyZone sensor.
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Rosalena is a local company and its natural face oils are just sublime. Beauty & the Beast Face Oil (£42) is the ideal (unisex) gift for the man or woman in your life. It works perfectly as a vitamin oil, pre-make-up – but equally well as a post-shave moisturiser – and is packed with organic essential oils like cape chamomile, cypress, sandalwood mysore, sweet orange and neroli.
Got a hairy hunk at home? Or even one with hirsute ambitions? Richmond’s Not On The High Street has the perfect present with this toiletries pouch for travelling gents; a snip at £9.90.
Look back in love
As romantic places go – wifely beheadings aside – Hampton Court has a lot going for it. You can wander the gardens, get lost in the maze, admire the beautiful rooms and, finally, find a gift in the shop. If your passion is large, but your budget small, go for a heart stone candle at £6.99 or a pretty heart pillbox at £3.99.
- Can’t find time for a visit? Both items can be bought online at historicroyalpalaces.com
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