Ever take a sniff of yourself after applying a fragrance and thought ‘damn, I smell sexy AF’? You might just really like how it smells. But it *might just* be that your signature scent contains perfume notes that are tried-and-true aphrodisiacs. Sure, scent may be a subjective experience, but there is still science behind why men and women are triggered by certain aromas. So if you want to make sure that you stand out for all the right (ie triggering desire in your crush), then here are six perfume notes to look out for. You can thank us when the dates start rolling in.
Jasmine – which is known as the ‘perfume of love’ in Hindu and Muslim cultures – might, according to a 2015 study, be one of the strongest aphrodisiacs in the world. The delicate, sweet floral scent has over 43 varieties that mimic animalic musk, so a few spritzes can ignite your (and his) ‘animal urges’.
Rose scents might remind you of your grandma, but it contains the fragrance molecule known as indole, which is a byproduct of decomposition. This doesn’t sound sexy, but it adds a certain grit that gives it aphrodisiac properties. Rose oil also acts of a stimulant for men and women and also lowers inhibitions.
The same 2015 study showed that the aroma of vanilla can induce horniness. This is likely due to it being a nostalgic and comforting scent that can make you feel at ease. This easy-to-pull-off sweet, sugary fragrance will also make you smell like a total snack, and, as the old adage goes, the way to a man’s (or woman’s, tbh) heart is through his/her stomach. Who’s hungry?
You might love smelling like a bunch of peonies because who doesn’t love a fresh, floral finish? But tuberous roots – which is the category that peonies fall into – have actually been proven effective in enhancing male arousal. So if you’re on the hunt for a new man – or want the current one to stick around – this scent could be your secret weapon. That, and hopefully your radiant personality.
Sandalwood has been a staple in Ayurvedic practices for centuries, but a 2006 study confirmed what anyone who loves to light up some incense already knew: That this scent has the power to make clothes come off. It has also been proven to elevate your mood, which will come in handy on your next date night.
This spice already has plenty of great credentials, and is reported to improve mood and keep your blood sugar in check. But a 2013 study indicated that this sweet, smoky scent can also activate arousal, so if you are looking to score this weekend, a perfume containing this spicy note will stand you in good stead for a night of passion. Hot!
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