You might think Valentine’s Day is all about getting the perfect gift (for him or her) and scoring that impossible-to-get-reservation well in advance, which sure, but what about what comes after dessert? If a Valentine’s date night goes well, chances are no one is going home alone that night, so you might as well be equally prepared for that, too. Solid music choices and a few candles will always hit the spot—trust us! So go ahead, do your homework and have a special Spotify playlist (Sex, Love, and Water is a favorite) and a mood-setting candle ready to go as soon as you walk through the door.
For those finally bringing a long-standing crush home, Boy Smells’s Rosalita candle or Overose’s Nudesse both help provide a sultry, mysterious feel to the air. If a more romantic evening is in the cards, Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge candle might be the one to light for a surprise V-Day proposal. If florals are your thing, go with Kate Middleton’s favorite scent, Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom—on her wedding day, she made sure to have those candles inside Westminster Abbey—or Diptyque’s new Paris En Fleur candle, inspired by the City of Love. And, if you find yourself all by yourself later this week, do as we would and fire up Byredo’s Loveless candle, slap on a face mask, and binge watch the first and second seasons of Netflix’s Sex Education, which frankly, sounds like the perfect way to spend a cold February night, too. Below, ten candles that will always help set the mood.