Better than Chocolate: Valentine's Day Treats You'll Both Enjoy

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From silky skin to custom fragrance to a sexy nail-polish application à la a sweet 2006 romantic movie called Something New (starring Simon Baker of "The Mentalist"), these are outside-the-chocolate-box ideas for your lovey-dovey day.

LoveFresh Body Goodies Hand and Body Wash in Lemon Verbena ($18) gives a shower for two an extra stimulating zip. It's paraben free and Canadian, too.LoveFresh.com for retailers.

Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm ($28) which promises it to come in handy for 22 different skin wants. The formula is emollient with organic cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil and apricot oil, all of which are rich in all the best-for-skin vitamins. As for the 22 uses, have fun figuring them out. RevolutionOrganics.com for retailers.

Linden Leaves Aromatherapy Synergy In Love Again body oil ($39.80) soothes and smooths dry skin with essential oils including neroli, vanilla and sandalwood, for a massage with benefits.LindenLeaves.com for retailers.

Kérastase, SEAH Hairspa and Shu Uemura Art of Hair in-salon rituals all incorporate substantial moan-inducing head massages in hair-type specific treatments, which start at about $45 depending on the brand and salon. Moans are good Valentine's Day gifts, aren't they?Kerastase.com; SEAH Hairspa, 1-800-463-3081; Shu Uemura Art of Hair, 1-866-537-2782.

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Butter London Nail Laquer in Knees Up ($17), a sassy, metallic red, requires an explanation: "knees up" is Brit slang for a dancing good time. Chanel Nail Lacquer in Particulière ($26) will impress too; it's the hottest shade of the season.ButterLondon.com for retailers; Chanel counters.

Aromachology custom fragrance (from $70) can help a fella look like a Valentine's Day superstar: with just a few questions, the counter staff will help create a just-for-her scent based on her personality.MyAromachology.com for locations.

The Body Shop Maca Root Wash Off Shave Oil ($10) makes for an easy-glide shave for face or legs, and a wondrously smooth finish your honey will thank you for. Enjoy.TheBodyShop.ca; The Body Shop stores.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar ($49) and Guerlain's Cherry Blossom eye shadow quad for Spring($64) are beautiful last-minute choices that don't look so last minute. Holt Renfrew; Murale.

Now. Where did I leave my chocolate?

A version of this story appeared in today's Metro News.