What you want
By TRALEE PEARCE, The Globe and Mail
Saturday, February 9, 2002
How could a new fragrance called Deep Red escape Valentine's Day attention? The Hugo Boss eau de parfum is not for the meek; its vampy, heady impact comes courtesy of base notes of mysorewood, cashmeran, cedar, vanilla and musk. They are only marginally lightened up by such ingredients as freesia, ginger flower, citrus and cassis. Perfect for the woman who likes to lead when dancing, Deep Red is available as eau de parfum, body lotion and shower gel and is priced from $35 to $87. At The Bay, Eatons and Sears across Canada.
So. Your man is not a fan of frou frou. Swing by The Body Shop and pick up a treat that's as rugged as, well, motor oil. The grey and blue packaging of Mechanics for Men conceals real luxury. The coconut-oil-based shaving cream, $14.95, and silver-handled shaving brush, $14.95, make for a classic, no-nonsense gift. At The Body Shop across Canada. Call 1-800-387-4592 or visit www.bodyshop.ca for information.
They look like swirly watercolour objets d'art. Still, Joseph Schmidt's Valentine's Day truffles won't remain in your sights long. The $10 trio includes one milk chocolate and amaretto, one dark chocolate and Grand Marnier and one white chocolate and cherry liqueur truffle. Not enticed enough? Visit the Toronto Bloor Street Holt Renfrew storetoday or tomorrow and sample the San Francisco chocolatier's Belgian treats, along with those of Neuhaus. Other chocolate events, including chocolate couture in Calgary, will be taking place at Holt's across Canada. Visit www.holtrenfrew.com for locations.
She'll overlook your tardy ways if she's keeping time with this fab watch. The Baume & Mercier Hampton Milleis Mini is made of stainless steel, with a leather strap, silvered dial and Arabic numerals. Oh, and 22 diamonds on the bezel. The Mini comes with a /maxi price tag of $4,475 at Birks stores across Canada. Call 1-800-682-2622 or visit www.birks.com for information. For other retailers who carry the watch, call 1-800-MERCIER.
Robed in silk
Women shouldn't be the only ones showered with sensuous lingerie for Valentine's Day. La Senza proposes a long, luxurious Hugh Hefner-style silk robe, like this one in indigo ($99), complete with shawl collar, pockets and double-stitch detailing for your best guy. Pair it with silk check boxers in periwinkle blue ($20). Playmates not included. At La Senza stores across Canada. Call 1-877-644-0551 or visit www.lasenza.com for information.
Forget those dainty solitaires. This knuckle-duster - a sculptural heart made of 524 diamonds totaling 4.65 carats and 18-carat white gold - called the Hollywood Heart is a loud way to pronounce your love. It blends classic pavé with a little bling-bling ghetto-fabulousness. The $27,265 ring is available at Royal de Versailles, Toronto. 416-967-7201.
This chrome-plated quilted compact mirror will silence all foes of public lipstick application when she pulls it, Grace Kelly-style, from her handbag. The chunky compact is $70 at Birks stores across Canada. Call 1-800-682-2622 or visit www.birks.com for information.
Danier Leather is one step ahead of jewellery buyers this Valentine's Day with this red leather heart-shaped jewel box. Lined in beige velvet and closed with a button snap, it's an elegant, tidy way to store baubles, preferably new ones that are tucked inside. The box is $19 at Danier stores across Canada and comes with a little gift card and red ribbon. Visit www.danier.com or call 1-877-932-6437 for locations.