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Valentine's - Melt someone's heart this year with our sensual guide.

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For the past couple of years certain circumstances have helped to derail many activities, including Valentine’s Day, resulting in Cupid’s arrow turning rusty due to lack of use. Perhaps it’s just my ‘glass half full’ outlook, but I’ve got a feeling the rosy-cheeked cherub should put in some target practice ahead of this February 14th. And although we ought to celebrate love 365 days a year, Valentine’s is the perfect excuse to go that extra mile.

Pull out all the stops with our handmade collection of Valentine's inspired gifts. We strongly recommend ordering before 8th of February to avoid disappointment, or you can visit us at Altrincham Market and build your own bespoke gift set.

Whether you’re planning on a cosy night in or going out out; make a day of it, as the most important Valentine’s gift you can give each other is spending some quality time together. Whatever you decide to do this year, plan something special to make a day worth remembering.

Fall in love all over again and sweep them off their feet with our sensual guide.

Anticipation: Plan ahead; your romantic night starts well before the sun goes down. Kick off the day with a little surprise, something you know they will love. It doesn’t have to be a huge, elaborate gesture, just enough to make them smile and leave them thinking all day about the evening to come. A beautiful card with a handwritten poem inside is a nice way to start things, along with breakfast in bed. And if they’re out for the day they’ll probably really appreciate a shoulder rub on their return, along with a bubble bath enhanced with essential oils and a handful of tealights.

Then, later on, it’s all about letting the sparks fly! Here are our tips to inspire and help you get in touch with all five of your fabulous senses...

Sight: Let the alluring flicker of candlelight set the scene by softly illuminating your surroundings, creating a warm and welcoming ambience for the perfect night ahead. You can never have too many candles, so dim the lights and let them play a starring role in your evening.

Smell: The aromatherapeutic properties of essential oils are well known; at flo we create beautiful blends that evoke the senses. Research has shown that essential oils, including those in candles (beware of artificially scented, chemical-based candles) can help get you in the mood. Our Allure scent has been created using an opulent blend of oils designed to seduce and entice the senses, as well as our Embrace fragrance with its soft, flowery fragrance, which includes essential oils regarded by many as an aphrodisiac.

To make your life easy, so you can focus on the romance, we offer free gift wrapping and personalised handwritten notes with your order.

Hearing: "If music be the food of love, play on." - Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.  A study by McGill University in Montreal found that the euphoria we experience while enjoying music is triggered by the same neurotransmitters that give humans pleasurable feelings associated with sex, recreational drugs and food. So our handpicked selection of the best romantic music around for you to immerse yourselves into might be worth a listen. You’re welcome…

Taste: If you’re staying in or going out, a great way to start the evening is wowing your date with your mixology skills, aka Tom Cruise style (showing my age now!) creating your very own cocktail or mocktail. There are some brilliant online courses and many local independent bars offer classes. Our good friends at Amos Owen have some gorgeous vodka cocktail recipes to try and there some really talented mixologists on TikTock to whet your appetite and provide some inspiration, such as @likeablecocktailsOr if you’re anywhere near Manchester we can highly recommend Grub in partnership with Didsbury gin are running a masterclass. Early booking recommended.

When it comes to food there are 19 foods you should have up your sleeve to include which are proven to ignite romance, including chili peppers, avocado, chocolate (obviously!), bananas, honey, coffee, watermelon, strawberries, figs, cherries and whipped cream. 

If you are going out, and want to try somewhere new there are some great guides for local independent restaurants and street food pop-ups to try. 

Staying in, let your imagination run wild, be that a carpet picnic in front of the fire or a home cooked dinner for two. If you’re looking for inspiration BBC Good Food have some great plant-based suggestions or check out a few of Jamie Oliver’s tips to get you started.

Touch: We’ll leave that to you… but just remember those erogenous zones.

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Happy Valentine’s

Love

Flo x

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