It’s 1week away and for those of you like myself that need to forward plan any special event around work, kids and the rest, here are a few tips on how you can create an impressive, stylish romantic setting in your home with minimal fuss and cost.
Please check my previous post for Valentines menu’s, though here you can find:
- Table settings and centre piece’s
- Playlists for background ‘set the tone’ music idea’s
- Romantic home fragrance tips
- Gift idea’s
So, first of all…you want to really impress! This post is aimed at anyone and I mean ANYONE that is planning an at home Valentine’s extravaganza and if you’re stuck for visuals, you need to get your visual clear first of all…after that, the rest is just simply putting it all together.
TABLE + ROOM DECOR
For table / room decor, here are a few really simple + stylish idea’s that can really add touch to your occasion:
From table centre pieces, flower idea’s, homemade craft idea’s, lighting and candles…here’s a visual feast of all things pretty and romantic that can be adjusted to suit each individual style!
VALENTINE’S CRAFT PROJECTS:
Be mine embroidered table runner!
Girly shabby chic heart bunting
TABLE CENTRE PIECES + TABLEWEAR:
Mini centre piece candy bowls with heart tags!
Heart candy platter with mini tea light hearts!
Ribbons and flower jars!
Chiffon flower fairy lights!
Candle + flower decorations:
Frosted votive jars and rose petals!
Red+white selection. Simplicity!
Flowers and ribbons again!
I hope there’s something there to start you off with your theme planning! Once you’ve got that nailed down, you might want to head to the shops and stock up on some little extra’s that will make your chosen theme really pull together!
Essential oils that are made for seduction:
Essential oils have the quality to improve circulation, promote hormonal balance or increase hormone production, or affect the nervous system. Another notable characteristic of these essential oils are to influence the state of mind and the emotions. It helps induce warmth, intimacy, enforce spirituality and feeling of euphoria.
Aphrodisiac are substances believed to influence increase sensual and intimate feeling towards anybody. Aromatherapy has a variety of essential oil products that is claimed to have this effect; According to Cooksley, Patchouli, Myrrh and Ginger are few of those that exhibit this quality. The use of these essential oils will release any inhibitions increasing intimacy.
The sense of Olfaction plays a major role in increasing sensual experience. It is also noted that decreased sexual interest is due to the hypo production of the necessary hormones by the pituitary gland.
This master gland is the one that helps regulate the production of all the other hormones in the body. Essential oils like Clary sage, Ylang-ylang, Patchouli and Jasmine have the quality to stimulate the pituitary gland. Aphrodisiacs stimulate the brain part that is the seat of all emotions and carries the level of intimacy to a new level, a higher mental state beyond just physical connection and pleasure.
There are essential oils that deliberately raises the body temperature and aphrodisiacs does that. With a similar effect you can hone the right warm up before a stage for the perfect performance is set. Stimulating scents such that induces increase in libido are those oils with rich, warm mostly originated from certain flora and spices. and here are few aphrodisiacs essential Oils that we know:
- Clary sage , This has a sensual property and compound similar to estrogen that helps regulate hormonal balance. Notably this oil has a euphoric property as well.
- Jasmine , The scent of this flora is seductive, warm and inviting. This oil has been used by Indians to rouse sexual feeling.
- Rose , This flower being notably appealing to women triggers a response of desiring and romance.
- Ylang ylang , This oil is extracted from a flower native to the Philippines. The petals of the flower is scattered on newlywed’s bed. The scent of this sweet and exotic flower rids inhibition and calls forth desire.
- Patchouli This has a sensual property that helps ease felling of anxiety
- Vanilla, The scent of vanilla invites warmth and passion. This specific type of aroma also has properties similar to aphrodisiacs.
- Ginger, The ginger essential oil is warm and soothing. Also with the right application, it promotes proper blood circulation.
- Sandalwood A perfect blend to Ylang ylang. This having reputed to be an aphrodisiac gives an exotic atmosphere favorable for making-love.
These aphrodisiacs essential Oils may be used for massages. Massage intensifies romance due of contact and the stimulating scents used. Any of these oils may be infused with carrier oil then applied as a to skin for that purpose.
A well-rounded aphrodisiac is well balanced and is carefully constructed considering the user’s preference in intensity and combination. All these factors melted together will create the perfect ambiance and mind state when love-making is your end goal.
If dilution is too much it may result to a loss in interest or decreased intensity in the experience. If the essential oil proportion is too great it can irritate and may result to repulsion instead of intimate contact.
Jasmine absolute is one of the most preferred perfume additives because of its erogenous effect to the human psyche. Similar to this is ambrette and angelica. Aphrodisiac effects can be attained with the use of essential oils due of its influences to the emotional and mind state.
How to use aphrodisiacs essential Oils
We communicate by touch in many ways we barely notice. The use of essential oils implored by the sense of touch through baths (sauna, Jacuzzi, shower), and massages are few of the great ways to enjoy its benefits.
Other than massage there are various other ways that these oils may be used:
- Bath oils
For inhalation. Before going to sleep you may also sprinkle a couple of drops of your desired essential oils on bed sheets and also you can utilize candles and other diffuser types to apply these natural gifts.
Using aphrodisiacs essential Oils for bath:
Cooksley devised 2 bath formulas that will encourage intimacy and increase intensity of attraction:
- Love Potion Bath is a blend of essential oils; a drop of sandalwood, 2 drops of clary sage and three drops of ylang-ylang. You can use candles to set the ambiance as a stage in preparation for an intense passionate love making.
- Nostalgia Bath (good for Baby boomers) is a blend of essential oils consisting of 3 drops of patchouli and 4 drops of Ylang-ylang. You may also light some patchouli incense to add to the candles you already have placed as an added stimulant.
or if you want to use singly, you may add any of those aphrodisiacs essential Oils above to warm water with five to ten drops. And on the tub you may scatter petals as an added effect.
Using aphrodisiacs essential Oils for massage:
For massages here is a very suitable formula of essential oil blend that will inspire intimate contact. This recipe is for a full body massage and the dilution of the essential oil is at 2%. The essential oil to be used in this formula must be warmed first to increase absorbency.
4 formula of essential oil blends as Aphrodisiac:
- First is 6 ounces of any carrier oil. Ten drops of each- Jasmine and Mandarin essential oils and then 5 drops of nutmeg essential oil.
- Another formula consists of 4 tablespoon of sweet almond oil as the carrier oil, you can also use safflower oil. 10 drops of Sandal wood essential oil, 4 drops of clary sage essential oil and then 6 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil.
- In 50 ml carrier oil, like apricot, grapeseed or sweet almond oil infuse rose or ylang ylang, and bergamot essential oils with five drops each and then ten drops of sandalwood essential oil.
- In 50 ml of carrier oil infuse clary sage, ylang ylang with two drops each and patchouli and sandalwood with five drops each.
Mix the ingredients in a shallow dish. This massage blend may be used on all the body parts except for the face and the genital area. The topical application must be with small amounts only.
Using aphrodisiacs essential Oils for oil burner:
For oil burners we recommend a blend of sweet orange, ylang ylang and sandal wood that may be diffused into any room with a sprayer after diluted in water. And this blend is perfect for the moments you want memorable and so you will need to forge an ambiance that encourages contact and the passion of sex.
Not losing the sense of arousing once sexual desire is a key to a lasting relationship. It keep the attraction alive and with the use of aphrodisiac essential oils it may just be the best way to enjoy that mutual feeling of happiness, a bonus of extraordinary fusion of nature’s gift and the ultimate expression of your need for each other.
MUSIC IS THE HEART OF OUR SOUL:
So, I’m a big music lover and my husband and I have very VERY different takes and tastes on what we like but I’m wise enough to appreciate what’s good for what occasion, even if I wouldn’t specifically chose to listen to a certain type of music doesn’t mean I won’t give it a chance or allow it be the leading part of our event. So, please appreciate that music you don’t already have on your playlists could be the perfect accompaniment to your perfect evening..Think: romance..Think: Soft, soulful vocals and rythmic instrumentals that relax and harmonize your environment!
Here are some great idea’s for downloads:
Diana Krall – The look of love
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Je t’aime…moi non plus
Roberta Flack: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Exile: Kiss You All Over
Nocturne No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Liebestraum (Love Dream), Op. 62 Chopin (Adorable)
Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 78: II. Romance
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Elton John – Your Song
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Ron Pope – A Drop In The Ocean
Blink 182 – I’m Lost Without You
Al Greene – Let’s stay together
Stevie wonder – signed sealed delivered
Stevie wonder – You are the sunshine of my life
Tony Bennett – I wanna be around
Natalie Cole – unforgettable
Frank Sinatra – I’ve got a crush on you
Ella fitzgerald – My funny valentine
OH WOW! I could go on forever with the songs, artists etc…but at least there’s a few very different ideas that you can check out..and just a few from each artist to mention…If you can download albums, you obviously have more of a selection but thought I’d name the good ones! Hope you find some that can set the tone for all to enjoy!
I’m not a big believer in spending money on this holiday as I think the practical measures display more importance and meaning that gifts but, understandably I’m probably in a minority there…hehe..so, I gathered up a few of my friends, all with very different tastes to decifer what the best gift options were..BOTH FOR MEN AND WOMEN: and here goes:
GIFTS FOR HER:
Personalised sterling silver rings bracelet:
Beautiful sterling silver rings bracelet with a sterling silver toggle fastening and a sterling silver heart to be engraved with the inscription of your choice. A very special gift.
An enduring piece of jewellery to be treasured forever.
This beautiful bracelet can be engraved with up to 10 characters on each side and will make a treasured gift.
Bracelet length: 19cm.
FRESH ROSE HEART
Fresh pink roses and ivy in a vine weave heart, with lavish hanging ribbon.
This stunning heart wreath will grace any door inside or out and is a beautiful addition to any mantlepiece.
Roses are embedded in damp oasis and should last up to seven days with no further care needed. The vine weave heart is reusable and very pretty hung just as it is after the blooms have faded. Available in medium 220 x 220mm at £60.00 and large 280 x 280mm at £75.00
Perfect for a loved one near or far!
Cotton Wrap Over Kimono in Blue Beautiful
A fantastically easy to wear, cotton wrap kimono in our sell out in our Blue Beautiful print. This is such a versatile garment – can be worn round the house as a dressing gown, at the swimming pool or beach over swimwear and is the perfect travel companion. An ideal birthday or Christmas gift and comes in a variety of exclusive Caro London prints.
Sizes S/M (10-12) Length 110cm or M/L (14-16) Length 112cm.
Details: Has ¾ length sleeves, 2 patch pockets and soft tie belt, belt loops and back neck hanging loop. Fabric: 100% Cotton printed cambric and poly taffetta trim.
Our garments are made with french seam construction.
Care: Machine wash 30 degrees, Warm iron
Little Hearts Framed Picture
Original and handmade framed picture. The item will be personalised to your required initial(s), date(s), name(s) or word(s) and it comes in four different colour options.
Initials, names of you, your partner
Names of your children or their date of birth
Date of their wedding or anniversary
Favourite place, place you got married, place you met
Important days in your life
Say thank you to someone special
Keep it simple, just hearts …..
HOW TO :
* limit of printed personalised hearts for small pictures is 4, for large pictures is 8
* words up to 8 characters can be printed in hearts (max. of 8 characters per heart)
* if you want a sentence to be divided into single hearts, please write a comma between the words
‘Apple Tree’ Overnight Bag
This fabulously funky fruit tree range is a wardrobe essential for all ladies with a keen eye for fashion . Has adorable juicy pattern and is a definite head turner!
Fruit Tree Overnight Bag with Apple design on. This striking bag is ideal for weekends away, has a sturdy top zip with a cute apple zip pull, plus an inside zip pocket and mobile phone holder. The bag has leather look handles, base and trim. The inside lining is cream with red dots.Dimensions: 46x30x15cm
PVC with Cotton Lining.
Will make a lovely stylish gift!
ALL GIFTS CAN BE PURCHASED AT http://www.notonthehighstreet.com
GIFTS FOR HIM:
Handmade English Leather Belt:
This classic belt is traditionally hand stitched with waxed linen thread, the leather is J and E Sedgwicks first selection English bridle butt with a solid brass buckle cast in England, which is also available nickel plated. The leather is usually used for making bridles so it is strong but at the same time it will supple up and age beautifully.
This belt is 1″ wide and come in six colours and a variety of sizes, it comes with one plaited and one plain belt loop.
Bergamot ‘bathe’ Gift Box
A Men’s gift ideal for shaving and bathing.
Infused with the uplifting Bergamot and Amber fragrance, each product is at least 98% natural. This exceptional fragrance is an aromatic blend of fresh mandarin, mysterious bergamot and rich amber.
The gift box contains the following items:
150g handwrapped Bergamot and Amber wash bar: made with 98% natural ingredients including Glycerine and Cucumber extracts, famed for their astringent qualities to clarify and cleanse.
300ml Bergamot and Amber Bath Soak in a frosted glass bottle with ribbon and tag: this bath soak contains extracts of Aloe Vera, Lavender Oil and Patchoul Oil to create a harmonious feeling of well-being for body and mind.
100ml Bergamot and Amber Facial Moisturiser with Aloe, Shea Butter, Waterlily, Glycerine and Myrrh: this wonderful combination helps to soothe, re-hydrate and improve flexibility and suppleness.
The gift is complete with a wooden nail brush.
All packed into a beautiful pinstripe box with foil blocked detail on the lid… who needs wrapping paper?!
Silver Charm Friendship Bracelet
A shiny 1.5cm solid silver charm on a lovely plaited brown or black leather bracelet with a magnetic sterling silver clasp.
The charm, which measures 15mm in diameter, can be engraved on one side and is fully hallmarked on the other side.
Available in 4 sizes, 19cm (extra small), 20cm (small), 21cm (medium) or 22cm (large).
‘Save Water Drink Beer’ Apron
The answer to your prayers, something original, witty and useful…
A deeply butch apron pour homme ‘Save Water Drink Beer’.
Designed by Catherine Colebrook, made in Nottinghamshire and then printed in-house.
Good quality 100% cotton canvas apron – a generous 71x94cm with pocket and adjustable strap.
Our aprons will arrive wrapped in tissue paper.
Personalised Love Slate
Express your love with a slate tile engraved with your choice of names and a heart eg: ROBERT (heart) WENDY, WE (heart) DADDY. Choose from natural stone, or highlighting the heart with gold or silver.
The tiles are 4″ square (10cm x 10cm). All letters are engraved as capitals – a maximum of 10 letters per name. If you just want one name and a heart, please include a customer message on checkout which explains what you want eg: blank (heart) WENDY. We do not automatically engrave I or WE above the heart – you must let us know what you want.
We can also engrave a date under the last name if you’d like for an additional £3 eg: ROBERT (heart) WENDY 14.05.10.
DELIVERY Delivery is by First Class Royal Mail. Gift Boxes are available – 12cmx12cmx4.5cm in soft white embossed card tied with ribbon.
Please note – this product is made by hand using a natural material, so differences in the stone (such as texture, cut and smoothness) make each one unique. The photographs are examples only.
Well, I hope you have found this post useful, inspiring and that there have been at least a few tips pointing you in the right direction! So from me, I wish you all the most romantic, delicious, sensual and momentus Valentines ever! Enjoy…
“A simple I love you means more than money.” Frank Sinatra
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” – Sophocles
“Here are fruits, flowers, leaves, and branches, And here is my heart which beats only for you.” – Paul Verlaine
Viva la romantica!