If there's anything we learned from
10 Things I Hate About You, it's that even the most cynical people go fucking wild for a good love story. In fact, some of the best things in life come from one: your go-to Whitney Houston karaoke song, the rom-coms you binge-watch on Netflix, those beauty products you keep on your vanity table...
You read that right. Some of your favorite fragrances, bath bombs, shower gels, and more were merely the byproducts of romance epics so good, they could rival the biggest Meg Ryan tear-jerker. Grab your tissues, people — we're rounding 'em up, ahead.
The fragrance itself is sweet — thanks to the burst of rose, raspberry, lychee, and jasmine — but the story behind it is even
sweeter. The name Love Relentlessly was directly inspired by Tory Burch's actual parents, whom she tells us are "the most romantic couple I have ever known." Her father would write love letters to her mother in the "wanted" section of the local newspaper, ending each note with "Love, Relentless." I mean, step it up, people. Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Eau de Parfum Spray, $86 for 1.7 oz, available at Tory Burch.
This scent (the brand's most popular fragrance since 1994) was also inspired by a romantic gesture. "My husband gave me a surprise almond cookie as a gift one day and said it was 'just because,'" Lisa Price
wrote on her website. "This soft, warm and soothing scent captures the feeling you get when someone surprises you just to let you know you’re loved." Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie Cleansing Gel, $10, available at Carol's Daughter.
'Dear Polly' may sound like a 1950s advice column, but for Vilhelm Parfumerie, it represents the beginning to a love letter. Founder Jan Ahlgren concocted the perfume for (and with) his wife, capturing the scents she loves most — like black tea. "That's her favorite drink — she loves that moment where she takes her tea," Ahlgren told
"We also created it so I would have it when I travel and we're never apart." Harper's Bazaar. Swoon. Vilhelm Parfumerie Dear Polly Eau de Parfum, $245, available at Barney's.
Remember the phrase, "he loves me; he loves me not?" It actually comes from
Geoffrey Griggson's book, "The Englishman's Flora," which coined the term "tisty tosty" — an old English word for token of love which you say while plucking (then tossing) rosebuds into bath water. This adorable Lush bath bomb is the fizzy version of that. Lush Tisty Tosty, $6.75, available at Lush.
All of manicurist Deborah Lippmann's colors are named after songs that inspire her. But Hey Jude was dedicated specifically to her husband and business partner: "Jude is my husband’s name," she
told . "Having him a part of my life, my business, my everyday has made it better, better, better, better." Nail It magazine Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Hey Jude. This product was limited-edition is no longer available.
This floral fragrance became an instant crowd favorite when it launched back in 2003, but for Narciso Rodriguez, it was meant to be a declaration of love — to women everywhere. "I think [the scent] is such a great reflection of women who are feminine and sensual,"
he told us. "I dress that kind of woman, so there is an overlap." Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau De Parfum, $97, available at Sephora.
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