If you’re wondering which amongst vanilla, rose or sandalwood are aphrodisiac fragrances, then here’s the good news–all of them. Although perfume is the most subjective field there is, some olfactory notes are unanimous when it comes to attraction. Two people are aroused in the same way, or by the same things, so there’s no one-size-fits-all aphrodisiac scent that will work for everyone. That said, experts agree that some fragrances are better at setting the mood than others. Based on scientific data, combined with consumer ratings on the Fragrantica website, the experts at OnBuy Women’s Perfume have compiled a ranking of the most aphrodisiac scents. But be prepared, the list of aphrodisiac fragrances has its share of surprises.
1) Pumpkins smell fabulous, because they are Paco Rabanne.
At the top of the podium, pumpkin, with its sweet accents that evoke a certain comfort, is the favorite olfactory note for men. Combined with lavender, it even increases blood flow by 40%. Pumpkin combined with sandalwood and vanilla – the two other most used scents in the Fabulous Me scent by Paco Rabanne – gives this perfume a sensual dimension.
2) Yves Saint Laurent Opium Eau De Parfum Spray – Cinnamon
A touch of cinnamon can go a long way, and this particular scent is no exception. According to experts, the warm and spicy aroma of cinnamon is an instant aphrodisiac, Mysterious and spicy, cinnamon is a signature of oriental fragrances, perhaps the most bewitching. A good example: Opium, by Yves Saint Laurent, as controversial as it is successful, in which cinnamon blends with rose, jasmine and vanilla.
3) Dior Eau De Parfum by J’adore
The sweet notes of champaca, a flower related to magnolia, give perfumes containing it a touch of luxury and exoticism. From Dior J’adore, the scent emanates, permeating an elegant bouquet of flowers (ylang-ylang, jasmine, and rose) with radiance.
4) Guerlain Shalimar Eau De Parfum – Vanilla
Vanilla, the fourth-most famous note for aromatherapy, is also one of the most provocative smells in the world of perfumes. As can be found in overuse in Shalimar, its vanilla creaminess also is one of the most erotic fragrances. “To wear Shalimar is to let your senses take over,” said Jacques Guerlain.
5) Eau de parfum Lavender Extreme by Tom Ford
The scent of lavender is associated with freshness, natural chic, and cleanliness. All of these characteristics are found in Tom Ford’s Lavender Extrême, a chilly, almost sanitised interpretation of lavender.
6) The Burgamot – Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Di Eau De Toilette Spray
Bergamot evokes warm rays on the skin, sun-kissed fruit on the beach, the idleness of vacation: in short, it’s the energy of summer in a bottle. It opens with a zesty and fruity burst that smells like oranges and lemons, then settles down into floral notes that are light and breezy. Its aroma is perfect for those who want their perfume to be crisp and clean, but still have an element of warmth. Bergamotto di Calabria by Acqua Di Parma condenses all these emotions into one bottle.
7) Sandalwood – Le Labo Santal 33
Sandalwood is the ultimate mystical scent. Enchanting and super chic, it is the source of Le Labo’ s best-selling Sandalwood 33, an extremely elegant blend evoking the warm breath of the desert, a scent New York women have embraced since its launch.
8) Rose – Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents
In tenth place, the rose, symbol of sweetness and femininity, of which there are a multitude of interpretations. The Louis Vuitton rose perfume, Rose des Vents, glorifies the classical and vibrant qualities of the queen of flowers via a blend of garden rose, May Rose, and Ottoman Rose.