What is love?
Aside from the vigorous and catchy euro-dance song from the 90’s, I’d like to ask you in all seriousness, you who are reading this, what is your definition of love?
You think this would be something easy to answer, but I assure you it’s harder than you think. I’ve asked this question before to a group of people and not one person could answer. Can you?
Before you roll your eyes and make the quick assumption that this post will turn out to be some over-sentimental, sugary narrative, read on.
If you were to search Google for the definition of What is Love?, one will come across a deluge of related questions asking this, but in different shapes and forms.
How do you know you’re in love?
How to fall in love again?
Why do I love ________?
True Love vs. False Love
When love brings pain
Why I love my cats so much (seriously saw this…)
Types of Love
English novelist Iris Murdoch, cited by the great Milton Glaser in How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer said this:
“Love is the very difficult understanding that something other than yourself is real.”
In dispersion through the surfeit of love quotes and sometimes peculiar definitions, this has got to be one of the ones that truly stood out to me the most.
Aside from the expression of affection towards others (like your partner or child) or pleasure towards something (like a decadent chocolate cake), the word “love” also expresses a human virtue that is based on compassion, affection and kindness. This is the purest form of Love.
Love to me isn’t just about the relationships between two people, or the relationship between a parent and their child. Love is not an emotion.
Love is the connection. Your feelings are a reaction to the quality of that connection.
Connection is key word here.
You know when you listen to the radio and an absolutely beautiful song plays that you’ve never heard of and it evokes positive sentiments? There was a connection there.
The same connection you felt when you tasted a dish that had your senses tingling and satisfied or when you smell a fragrance and it brings warmth and makes you feel fabulous and pleasant?
I always tell my friends and family that when they purchase anything for themselves, whether it’s new furniture for the home, a new car, or a new book to read, to find the connection.
And if the connection is felt and induces happiness, than it’s only fair to say that you’ve found love.
Scent is a powerful apparatus when it comes to love.
The distinct scent of your spouse or your child that you can sniff out with a blindfold; the smell of your favourite childhood comfort food that transports you back to your moms kitchen table — it’s all connected and it just makes you feel so good.
Precisely why I pick and choose fragrances to wear that resonate with me and make me feel contented.
Valentine’s Day is only weeks away and I always think it’s a nice time to show those you love, how much they mean to you.
As cliché as perfume may be, I always tend to gift this to my nearest and dearest.
Because like I said, I just truly believe a beautiful essence is a gracious and thoughtful present when thought out well and selected with care.
L’Occitane is one of my favourite brands when it comes to fragrances because they always create solid, refreshing compositions for every style and taste.
What I love most is that their fragrances are so wearable, even when applied liberally, and are never weak, watered down nor headache-inducing.
Their Collection de Grasse collection is my favourite overall because of their light, crisp and clean scents that take you back to nature.
Perfect for Spring and Summer, but also lovely for the cooler months (although they may not last as long), La Collection de Grasse fragrances would make perfect gifts this Valentines Day as the warmer months of Spring bloom (hopefully) in the weeks to follow.
Two favourites in particular is Arlesienne and Jasmin & Bergamote.
Arlésienne is a warm, graceful and sweet floral and quite possibly a top contender for all-time favourite scents for me. And that’s a huge deal considering I own so many perfumes! It’s certainly a CAC fave.
It has a sheer and shimmering zest that is intoxicating and not to be forgotten.
Jasmin & Bergamote is perfect for anyone who wants a hearty and woody green floral without a complete citrus overload. Both smell so lovely even after a few hours, especially Arlésienne.
Providing a feeling of serenity, these two scents would be really beautiful (and not to mention a safe choice) for gifting.
I get compliments on both these fragrances every single time I wear them or spray them in my home. It’s no wonder both were Canadian Fragrance Award Winners!
As for the man in your life, another “safe” scent and one that I think he will enjoy (as much as you will) is L’Occitan Eau de Toilette. Classic, unique and masculine.
It’s a very distinctive scent of masculine lavender with woody notes that’s very calm and sensual. I find the lavender to be of high quality and the longevity is excellent on the skin, but especially on clothing.
It’s a wonderful scent for him; however, I can’t promise you can keep your hands off him afterwards.
One of my readers will get a chance to win a special His & Hers L’Occitane Fragrance Set which includes a bottle of l’OCCITAN for him and a Arlésienne for her.
To enter, leave me a comment below answering this one question: What does love mean to you?
Contest is open to Canadian Residents only. Ends 1/24.
Provençal Love L’Occitane Valentine Giveaway