Who was St Valentine?
Valentine’s Day history is shrouded with mystery. One of the theories involves a Roman emperor who banned marriage as he believed it had a negative effect on his soldiers. A priest named Valentine found this unfair, so began to carry out marriages in secret. When the emperor found out, Valentine was jailed and sentenced to death. Before his death (on the 14th February) he’d fallen in love with the jailer’s daughter and left her a message “from your Valentine”.
The Origin of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s day is thought to have descended from an old Roman festival called Lupercalia, celebrating the start of spring. Traditions evolved over time to include the celebration of St Valentine. Valentine’s day is now used to express love towards significant others on February the 14th in many places around the world.
Giving Flowers for Valentine’s
Roses are often given on Valentine’s Day as have been used a symbol of secret love since ancient Greece. The Latin expression ‘sub rosa’ actually means something told in secret. It’s worth noting that the colours of roses are associated with various meanings such as; red roses signify passion, yellow for friendship, pink for appreciation, orange for desire and purple for enchantment.
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If your Valentine enjoys fragranced body care, here’s our top 10 suggestions of gifts from the Somerset Toiletry Company, all for under £12:
- Heart Shaped Luxury Soap – Rose Petal
- Naturally European Hand & Foot Collection – Rose Petal
- Floral Bouquet Luxury Soap – Red Rose
- AAA Bath & Body Collection – Rose Petal
- Tropical Fruits Body Scrub – Strawberry & Papaya
- Naturally European Natural Candle – Rose Petal
- Naturally European Rollerball Perfume – Exotic Pomelo
- Naturally European Lip Balm – Pomegranate
- Naturally European Toiletry Bag (available February 1st)
- AAA Toiletry Bag (available February 1st)
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Valentine’s Gifts for Him
Don’t forget the man in your life. Often men can be difficult to buy for, so why not try a little luxury this year with a touch of humour. We have extended our MR soap range to include a heavy-duty wash bag and a handy mug, both available from February 1st. Available in two options; MR Perfect and MR Manly, these make perfect Valentine’s gifts for men under £12.
Valentine’s Gifts for the Young at Heart
If you are a doting dad or a loving mum and want you children to enjoy Valentines, explore our cute new animal inspired coin purses. Animal-lovers of any age will appreciate these adorable gifts for under £5, or combine with our matching luxury triple milled Animals Shaped Soaps. Available in four designs; The Cat in a Hat, The Dapper Pig, The Wise Owl and The Playful Pup (available from February 1st).
Homemade Valentine’s Gifts
Typically, romantic gifts today include fine dining with flowers, jewellery or perfume, which can be expensive. However, if you’re on a budget we believe a little effort goes a long way and it’s true what they say, it’s the thought that counts! A token gift with a homemade card and some heartfelt words should melt any heart. Alternatively, offer your partner some well-deserved pampering with a candlelit bubble bath. Whilst they relax, prepare a home-cooked meal and enjoy with some romantic music. What more could anyone ask for?
We hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day, however if you’re still yet to meet that someone special purely treat yourself this year!