Matching Japanese scents for every couple this Valentine’s Day.

Compared to what we capture with all of our other senses, scent hits the emotional part of our brains faster and lingers longer. Have you ever caught a subtle whiff of a familiar scent and stopped dead in your tracks as you suddenly relished a long- forgotten memory? Do you want a signature scent that will have your lover pining for you when it unexpectedly wafts past them in your absence? Lucky for you, we’ve selected the best Japanese fragrances that pair beautifully with each other. And don’t worry—following in the true Japanese way of being discreet, these subtle fragrances won’t hit you like an olfactory bomb.


For the classic, timeless couple


L’Eau d’Issey: Eau de Toilette 100 ml | $120

L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme: Eau de Toilette 125 ml | $99

L’Eau d’Issey and L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme embody the “fragrance of water” by Issey Miyake. Fresh and subtle, this pairing is perfect for the sophisticated and sensual couple who relishes understated elegance.

Available at Sephora and Hudson’s Bay

For the peace-loving, artistic couple


Zen: Eau de Parfum 100 ml | $88

Zen for Men: Eau de Toilette 100 ml | $85

Shiseido’s Zen and Zen for Men are all about being free-spirited and authentic, and they’re made with aromachological ingredients that are stress-relieving. Perfect for the couple that enjoy spa days together or debating metaphysics by the fire.

Available at select Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom and Shoppers Drug Mart locations where Shiseido is sold


For the “opposites attract” couple


BUTTERFLY: Limited Edition Parfum 100 ml | $175

HiM: Eau de Parfum 100 ml | $107

BUTTERFLY (Limited Edition) and HiM by Hanae Mori embody femininity vs. raw masculinity. Her scent will tease with notes of strawberry, jasmine and French peony while his is reminiscent of a majestic grove of white cedar, teak and fir trees.

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