Valentine’s Day: Roses are red, violets are blue, let me make you a perfume
JEDDAH: red roses, amazing gift wraps, treats, surprises, confessions of love and more. Valentine’s Day is back and couples all over the world, as well as in Saudi Arabia, are looking for something special to express their love for their partner.
They can buy them a present, take them to a restaurant of their choice, or do some kind of activity together.
A Riyadh perfumer invites couples to experience an immersive Valentine’s Day with a difference.
Reem Saleh, who has nine years of experience in making perfumes, told Arab News that she sees perfumes as a great way to express love. She therefore decided to dedicate a full session of perfume making to the couples of Riyadh, so that they can live the day to the full.
“The world of perfume is full of memories and romance. The special part of the brain is responsible for smell. It’s called the limbic system and it’s responsible for memories, places and people. When you tune into a smell, your memory can remind you of great days, people, places, or even countries you’ve visited.
“When we think of romance in a relationship, our brain immediately remembers the associated scents,” she added. “The heart note of romantic perfumes often falls into the category of floral notes such as orchid, violet, jasmine and citrus, combined with a small powdery and musky note.”
The experience she offers is called “Create your special perfume with the love of your life”. It includes a Rolls-Royce van to drive couples from their homes to all the places they will visit throughout the day.
It offers a selection of 60 quality fragrances, notes and oily fragrances to help couples create their special fragrance blends.
They receive a Valentine’s Day themed apron and at the end of the session, they leave with the blends they have made with their names engraved on each bottle.
The experience includes a meal at Mizo, a gourmet restaurant that offers an international menu. During dinner, couples will be offered the opportunity to choose their favorite playlist.
Maha Abukhalil, happily married for 27 years, enjoys celebrating Valentine’s Day with her husband every year. She told Arab News that she is a fan of perfumes.
“Nina Ricci Love in Paris launched in 2004 and Diva for Women by Emanuel Ungaro, Eau de Parfum Spray launched in 1983 are my two best perfumes. The notes of these two fragrances really take me back to our incredible and unforgettable first moments together. I use them every day and my husband always makes sure to bring them to me.
Abdullah Shaheen, a 31-year-old married Saudi engineer, is in love with perfumes and perfume-related gifts. He told Arab News: “I like the blends of perfumes made in Riyadh in the Al Zel souk. My wife makes sure to surprise me with one of my favorite scents there. It’s a very generous and loving gesture, and I wish her and all the couples in Saudi Arabia a happy Valentine’s Day.