Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with just a couple of weeks to go until the romantic celebration, now is the time to start planning how you’re going to celebrate.

Whether you’re coupled up, looking for love or happily single and looking forward to Galentine’s Day, we have no doubt you’ll be planning your look from head to toe. Even if you’ve already settled on your romantic-themed makeup and have a knockout outfit ready to go, there’s one thing you might not have thought about; your perfume.

Although you may have a signature scent that you go to time and time again, there’s nothing better than a new fragrance to boost your mood, and there’s one perfume that’s going to be firmly on our radar this February.

Yves Saint Laurent's Black Opium is now available with cherry notes

Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium perfume, £73.60 here (was £92), has long been a cult-favourite amongst shoppers, and now it’s been given a romantic upgrade with a hint of juicy cherry that’s put it right at the top of our VDay fragrance list.

The original Black Opium has opening notes of pear accord and mandarin essence, with notes of black coffee and cedarwood and a vanilla and white flower pairing that has built up quite a fan base thanks to its contrasting combination of light and dark scents.

The new YSL Black Opium has notes of coffee, vanilla, jasmine and cherry

Even if you’re a die hard fan of the original, the new YSL Black Opium Over Red still has the original’s much-loved scent of roasted black coffee, floral jasmine and sweet vanilla, but the added dash of cherry gives it an added fruity note that lifts and brightens the fragrance, taking it from a sugary sweet scent to a zesty, seductive perfume that’s perfect for date night.

One reviewer even wrote: “The cherry is complimented by the coffee perfectly. It's not overpowering like some reviews claim. I hope this stays around as I have a new favourite.”

The bottle has even been given a red Valentine's Day-worthy makeover

The YSL Black Opium Over Red is available in three different sizes, with a 30ml bottle costing £68, 50ml costing £96, whilst a hefty 100ml bottle will set you back £131 here. Even the bottle has had a romantic makeover, swapping its signature black bottle for a deep red glossy finish for a jewel-inspired look – what could be better for Valentine’s?

If you prefer a more woody, heady scent, Kayali Lovefest Burning Cherry, £73 here for 50ml, combines similar juicy cherry notes with zesty, sweet berries and sets them against a more aromatic fragrance of patchouli, spicy wood and vetiver. It’s official – cherry is this year’s fragrance of Valentine’s Day, and we’ll immediately be adding a cherry-scented perfume to our next date night outfit.

By Editor