Penhaligon's is ready to rescue your Valentine's Day with ideas to excite and delight. Your lover shall thank you (and probably us).​ ​

Want to impress your Valentine? Fret no more! Penhaligon's has been burning the midnight oil pondering the wonderful ways to show your affection on February 14th. Our top tips are terribly thoughtful - but don’t take our word for it: find out for yourself!

Mastering the Fine Art of Valentine's

A Night at the Theatre

Surprise your paramour with a show to suit their impeccable taste (they chose you, after all). Whilst we love a West End musical – not very far from Penhaligon’s first store, you know –, perhaps an elegant evening at the Royal Opera House is a touch more romantic. One must dress the part, of course: don your finest evening attire, wear your most dazzling jewels (no need to be shy, now), and of course, finish with a spritz of perfume. We’ve heard the Portraits Family are also having a night at the Auditorium of Attraction, but hopefully your evening will have suitably less drama.


Treat Them to a Spa Day

Who doesn’t love a spot of pampering? Yes, escape to the country (we imagine the best spas are there, although William Penhaligon was partial to the hammams of Mayfair) and slip into your white robe, ready for a day of rest and relaxation. Now, the best part about a couple’s spa day? It would also be a gift for you! How convenient. And should you have such a marvellous time, recreate the experience at home: start off with a flirtatious footrub, and prepare your lover with a bubble bath perfumed with Penhaligon’s Posh Wash (and we shan't think about what those straying hands get up to!).


Say it from the Heart

There are some things money can’t buy – love being one of them. If you’re lucky enough to have that in your life and wish to keep it that way, then find a romantic gesture that doesn’t break the bank. Write a poem. Paint a picture. Cook a delicious meal. Surely you’re skilled at one of those things?! No? Well, we suppose you could also charm their undergarments off with a personalised scent, engraved with one or two words of affection (we’re sure you can manage that). Now you have another year to brush up on your artistry. You’re welcome.


Stay Up All Night

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, get your mind out of the gutter and look up at the stars! One might want to spend Valentine’s embroiled in the sheets, but a little anticipation never hurt anyone. Doesn’t a moonlit stroll sound rather appealing? Walking hand in hand amongst the stars, sharing each other’s secrets and desires. It’s a different form of intimacy altogether... and a terribly frightening one at that. Perhaps it is best to stick to the boudoir, after all. And if you need a little starlight in your life, there’s always the Moon Goddess Luna on hand, with her seductive perfume of bergamot and rose to scent the scene (don't worry, she won't watch).


Couples' Classes

Every day is a school day – but it doesn’t have to be boring! Think outside the box and treat your lover to a workshop or experience this Valentine’s that’ll bond you as a couple (aww). Book an escape room. Sip wine at a tasting. Take a life drawing class (or draw each other). Make one’s own candles. Yes, the possibilities are endless but one’s patience might not be. So, if you don’t fancy the risk of burning your flat (and relationship) to the ground with your questionable candle-making skills, Penhaligon’s has a few fine-smelling ones for you. Isn’t that a better way to start your evening?


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