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Valentine’s day is just around the corner and love is in the air – time for all the guys out there to show your flair for choosing gift(s) your girlfriend will love!

Roses may be a go-to gift option, but they wither quickly and are extra expensive this season. Other than giving her bragging rights, flowers are not quite practical as a gift!

We suggest these alternative gifts for you to consider, because we know we will appreciate them better.

Show her you care how tender she is with her skin

Shea Butter is incredibly nourishing to the skin, protecting it from environmental damage and containing vitamins that make it softer, even healing pimple scars!

This multi-beneficial nut fat is used as a key ingredient in L’Occitane’s Shea Butter skincare products and the new Shea Butter Comforting Foaming Cleanser from the range, when used with a Japanese foaming net, makes for an incredibly tender cleanse that requires no harsh rubbing of the skin. She’ll love how soft, comfortable, and hydrated her skin feels, reminding her of your tender love!

The L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Foaming Cleanser is priced at SGD33 for 125ml. It’s sold at all L’Occitane boutiques.

Infuse her senses with romance

For its aptly named The Love Potion Series, Mt Sapola released their Verbena Rose Beeswax Candle and Verbena Rose Essential Oil in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The Verbena Rose scent is an infusion of verbena lemon and rose that evokes the vivacity of romance. Her atmosphere will be filled with the bright, flirty scent as she lights her candle or diffuses the essential oil with a nebuliser (discounted with purchase of the Verbena Rose Essential Oil).

The Verbena Rose Beeswax Candle costs SGD55.90 for 200g, and the Verbena Rose Essential Oil costs SGD29.90 for 10ml, $119.90 for 50ml, and SGD198 for 100ml (comes with a free pouch).

Surprise her with “flowers”

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SANDOME Cura’s natural artisan soaps are made entirely of top-grade aromatic natural oils such as Mandarin, Palmarosa, and Lavender and to celebrate lovers, they have launched their “Petals” series of soaps that are essentially rose-shaped bath soaps that come in pink, blue, and white.

Apart from the aforementioned natural oils, each swirl of rose petals is infused with rose essence which reduces redness and irritation while hydrating even very dry, sensitive skin, giving her a most pampering, aromatic bath experience!

These Valentine’s Day special bath soaps are available in sets of three for SGD12.90 and sets of 16 for SGD23.90 on Sandome Cura’s online store.

Give her the gift of youth

…because defying age is something you do together!

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream (SGD95 / 50ml) heals and revitalises facial skin with the help of New Zealand Manuka Honey and Korean Red Ginseng Root. Its 99.6% naturally-derived formula nourishes and comforts the skin, aiding it in resisting hydration loss, as well as healing existing skin damage, this revolutionary facial cream will help her skin regain youthful radiance, softness, and smoothness. This is available at all Kiehl’s boutiques.

Estelle & Thild facial oils are certified organic and serve three different anti-ageing purposes.

  • The Biodefence Multi-Nutrient Youth Oil (SGD81) is antioxidant-rich and full of vitamins and essential fatty acids that altogether helps combat premature ageing, and protects and deeply hydrates skin, helping her regain smooth, soft, and supple skin.

  • The Biocalm Optimal Comfort Rescue Oil (SGD63) absorbs easily and deeply into dry, sensitive skin to hydrate, condition, and calm it, while ingredients of organic oils enrich skin with vitamins, so that her skin gains a boost of youthful glow.

  • Lastly, the Super Bioactive Repairing Oil Complex (SGD106) repairs ageing skin and protects the skin from harmful UV rays with antioxidants and Marine Microalgae, giving her youthful luminescent skin.

These three facial oils are available at Sephora stores.

IDS Skincare boasts a range of highly efficacious skin care products that deliver beneficial active ingredients deep under the skin’s surface, treating its different layers appropriately. It’s star product, Rejuvenating Complex (SGD245 / 30ml) delivers anti-ageing results by remarkably accelerating and improving the production of elastin and collagen, the two sentinels of youth, thereby drastically diminishing wrinkles and fine lines.

This is available for purchase on the IDS Skincare website.

Support a charitable cause with her

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Kiehl’s is supporting the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) in Singapore through a campaign called “New Year, New Skin, New You” by donating $2 to the CCF with every purchase of limited edition moisturisers. The brand’s well-loved Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream (SGD49 / 50ml), Ultra Facial Cream (SGD49 / 50ml), and Super Multi-Corrective Cream (SGD95 / 50ml) are each decorated with an artistic design by Ginette Chittick on the face of the cap with a life-affirming message to children with cancer. These would be the perfect moisturiser gifts to signal that this relationship is built on all-inclusive compassion and love.

These are available at all Kiehl’s boutiques for a limited time only.