Scents are mystical — it’s almost like you can relive a memory through a scent. Remember wearing a pullover spritzed with your first love’s cologne — how you clung to it? Sometimes — you’re in a mall, and, then, you’re seventeen again in your room watching ‘She’s All That‘ with them. Suddenly, you’re back in the mall, and Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’ is playing in your head. It’s all because a passerby’s cologne felt a little familiar — that’s the power of a scent. And while scents bottle nostalgia and memories, they’re equipped with other abilities too.
Sometimes, a scent makes someone so much more attractive. And, no, I’m not talking ‘girls following a man around because his cologne transforms him into a ‘lady-magnet’. You know what I mean. But, yes, a fragrance can change the way you look at someone. It’s possibly because they’re wearing a scent that’s aphrodisiac in nature — something that sparks arousal, and heightens your senses. It’s a fact that scents are linked to sensuality; but which ones do it best? Find out, and look out for perfumes, oils, and shower-gels that emulate these waves of pure decadence.
6 Scents That Will Get You In The Mood, According To Science
Roses have been exchanged; strewn over duvets; and wedged between pages of a book for years. This flower has embedded itself in relationships of all kinds — whether nascent or years-old. Roses are inherently romantic, and though these flowers are coveted for their rosy-red aesthetic, their sensorial appeal isn’t lost upon givers and receivers. A rose’s scent is said to boost confidence, fertility, and libido, and proponents claim that the flower helps regulate the nervous system — making us more responsive and sensitive to touch.
Jasmine is regarded as a ‘perfume of love’ amongst Hindus and Muslims, and is extremely sensual, rich, and delightful. The scent is said to promote romance, closeness, and intimacy; alleviate stress and anxiety; and has been proven to improve mood and increase alertness. With many variations of the scent emulating an animalic musk, Jasmine is claimed to be one of the strongest aphrodisiacs out there.
It’s believed that Madame du Barry, the last maîtresse-en-titre of King Louis XV of France, served ginger to her lovers to set the mood. Ginger is warm, sharp, and spicy, and has been said to increase arousal and libido naturally. The consumption of this herb has been linked to better performance thanks to its aphrodisiac abilities. It’s just as earthy as it is musky, and it’s perfect to weave into date-night. This aphrodisiac’s essential oil, in particular, is said to be energizing and uplifting.
Sandalwood is sensual, masculine, and rich — men, take notes. This scent is composed of woody creamy, and seductive undertones that evolve slowly, and elevate your mood almost instantly. Ancient Hindu texts define sandalwood as the perfect scent to massage your partner’s body with to enhance pleasure.
Vanilla is one of the most comforting scents out there — it’s light, sweet, and sugary, and accounts for one of the most carnal ingredients in fragrances. This scent can relax and soothe effortlessly. Science suggests that the slow-releasing nature of vanilla makes it just that much more sensual — vanilla evaporates slowly, and lasts longer than most scents.
This one’s a no-brainer — musk is one of the most sultry compositions in perfumery. It’s earthy, woody, and warm, and it’s versatile in that it smells different on different people.
Okay — spill. Which scent are you wearing next?
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