There’s so much more to romance than lingerie, strawberries and chocolate body paint. On Valentine’s Day, half the fun is getting creative with foreplay—starting with finding sensual ways to engage all of the senses. What entices your feelings of smell, touch, taste, sound, and sight?

Close your eyes and consider the possibilities. What music gets your motor running (Bruno Mars, U2, Sinatra?). Do you like dimming the lights and whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears? Is there anything new you want to try with your lover? Want to decode your desire?

Now’s the time to set the mood for Valentine’s Day pm, and wouldn’t you know it. We’ve got plenty of brazen romance items you can use to make this night, and all of the nights to come, memorable.

Sitota Collection CandleGet romantic in the bedroom by lighting up a Sitota Collection scented candle (From $40.80). By bringing the exotic scents of Havana, Aigyptos, Blue Nile, and Coco Noir home, these elegant and sensual candles will invigorate your senses.

They are custom fragranced, delicately blended and hand poured into gorgeous glass votives. Your rendezvous won’t be complete without one by your bath or bedside.



Vera Wang Bejewelled Rose


Send the message that you’re ready to flirt by sparkling bright with Vera Wang Be Jeweled Rouge ($60). 

This new scent from a designer whose name is eponymous with femininity and romance is fruity, flora and Oriental, featuring red currants, wild berries, vanilla orchid and creamy praline.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart



Balenciaga Rosabotica


If elegant sensuality is the message you’re sending, then spritz on some Balenciaga Rosabotica (from $100). This new addition to the Florabotanica Garden is racy and luminous at the same time.

It’s designed for the modern woman just like you – sexy, feminine, and utterly brazen.

Available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora, The Bay, and Shoppers Drug Mart


Dermalogica Stress Relief Oil


Amp up your foreplay with a back rub. Warm some of this Dermalogica Stress Treatment Oil in your hands then treat each other to a homemade couples massage. Soothe, stroke and warm while conditioning the skin.

You never know what will happen when you’re THAT relaxed.

Available at these salons and retailers



Fruits & Passion Grapefruit Guava Foaming Bath $14.50

After your rubdown, dive into the fresh sweet smells of summer and citrus with a Fruits & Passion grapefruit guava bubble bath ($14.50) made just for two.

Bonus: There are matching candles ($15.50) to save for that moment you hit the lights.




Buried Hope Cabernet Sauvigon


Red is the colour of love so what better night to sip from wine glasses filled to the brim with Buried Hope ($19.95)? These vinos tell the story of promise—just like your love.

Try the Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain for hints of red fruit, herbs and balsamic. Or go for a deeper commitment with the California North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, which features rich plum and ripe cassis flavours.





Criollo Liquer

Here’s a thought: Lounge by the fire while indulging in some liquid luxury. Criollo, a premium chocolate liqueur made from the rare Criollo cocoa bean, is just special enough for February 14.

Available in two mouthwatering flavours, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle & Chocolate Sea Salted Caramel, it’s a decadent way to end (or begin) your night.



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Your love is real and your chocolate should be, too. Share these tiny truffle treasures from Succulent Chocolates with your sweetie or tuck them away to enjoy when you need some self-affirmation.

Each box ($9.25) comes with five hand-made, hand-painted, perfect little bites that explode deliciousness in your mouth. All ingredients are prepared in-house by award winning chocolatier, Sandra Aballe.




photo credit: * Cati Kaoe * via photopin cc

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