5 Irresistible Fragrance Pairings for You and Your S.O.

Amanda Montell

Because our sense of smell is so physiologically tied to memory, our romantic relationships are always linked to the fragrances that backdrop them. When my partner and I first started dating, he wore Armani Code ($68); and now, whenever catch a whiff of that scent, I am immediately catapulted back to 2010, him in a crisp white T-shirt, me with shoulder-length black hair, riding shotgun in a BMW convertible. *Le sigh.*

Smell also plays a big role in initial attraction. Studies show that vanilla is one of the most appealing scents to both men and women, though everyone's personal tastes differ slightly. (Anecdotally, I can tell you I immediately perk up around people who smell like whiskey and smoke.)

With Valentine's Day around the corner, lots of us have romance on the brain; and whether you've been with your S.O. for a million years or are going out for the first time, smelling fly is a pretty good way to seal the deal. To help you (and your date) smell your best, we put together the following list of romantic fragrance pairings. (They could even work for you and your best friend!) Pick out one of these products for yourself and gift the other to your date. These fragrances smell good on their own, but they smell even better together.

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