Perfumes as an aphrodisiac

5 perfume notes with a positive effect on sexual attraction


The month of love is already here! February may be short but it is full of pleasant emotions with St Valentine’s Day. Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, the small gestures you make to surprise your partner shouldn’t be restricted to this day only.

Everyone feels special when their partner surprises them from time to time with gifts and gestures of attention that say, “I love you”. The most often given presents as a romantic gesture on Valentine’s Day (and not only then) are flowers, chocolate, wine, cards, teddy bears, jewelry, and perfumes, of course.

What is an aphrodisiac?

Most people know that some perfumes act like an aphrodisiac. But what does aphrodisiac really mean?

An aphrodisiac may have different forms (it could be a smell, a food, etc.) but what they all have in common is the ability of this substance to boost libido and get people in the right mood for romance and pleasure.

The word “aphrodisiac” originates from Greek and has to do with the goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality, Aphrodite.

A lot of foods, drinks, flowers, oils, smells (and even behaviors) have been considered powerful aphrodisiacs and used for their positive effect on sexual attraction in the history of mankind. Here’s a list of the most popular aphrodisiacs you may come upon:

  • Maca
  • Cacao
  • Cannabis
  • Magic mushrooms
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Hot chilly
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Oysters
  • Red wine
  • Salmon
  • Almonds
  • Dates

Aphrodisiacs and branded perfumery

What do aphrodisiacs have to do with perfumes and branded perfumery? Since perfumes have a lot of perfume notes in them, it is considered that some of them have the properties of an aphrodisiac. The scents that are most often connected with this are vanilla, sandalwood, jasmine, lavender, and ylang-ylang.

When it comes to perfume notes that are also aphrodisiacs, it’s good to know that, generally, men are attracted to floral, spicy, fruity, and musky notes while women are seduced by fresh, woody, musky, spicy, and citrusy perfume notes.

Here are 5 perfume notes that enhance attraction and allure:

  1. Vanilla

Vanilla has a comforting milky warm smell that many people connect with cherished childhood memories. Widely regarded as one of the most pleasant smells on earth, vanilla has the power to reduce stress and anxiety, and recreate the feeling of happiness. It is one of the most famous natural aphrodisiacs and serves as a sexual potency booster primarily in men.

If you want to stimulate the sexual propensities of your boyfriend, husband, or lover, here are some perfumes with vanilla perfume notes in them that will have a euphoric effect on him:

Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme EDP for women

Dior Poison Girl EDP for women

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP for women

Thierry Mugler Angel EDP for women

YSL Black Opium EDP for women

  1. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is a typical oriental perfume note with a rich sensuous warm smell of smoky wood. Sandalwood has been used since Antiquity and today its scent is used for many men’s and women’s perfumes (mainly as a base note). The aroma of sandalwood reduces stress levels and is great for creating a romantic atmosphere. Buddhists even use it in Indian tantric practices.

Here are some perfumes with the perfume note sandalwood in them. We’ve included both men’s and women’s fragrances here as the aphrodisiac qualities of this sweet-spicy note have a positive effect both on men’s and on women’s libido:

D&G The One Desire EDP for women

Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria EDP for women

Burberry Weekend EDP for women

Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops EDT for women

Narciso Rodriguez for Her EDP for women


Chanel Bleu de Chanel EDT for men

Dior Fahrenheit EDT for men

Armani Eau Pour Homme EDT for men

Carolina Herrera CH EDT for men

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male EDT for men

  1. Jasmine

Jasmine is another perfume note that has an impact on the sexual arousal of both men and women. Its aphrodisiac properties have been known since Antiquity and it was widely used for its erotic properties in Asia. A flawless female libido booster, the intoxicating smell of jasmine elicits a great sexual response in men as well!


If you want to take advantage of jasmine’s aphrodisiacal properties, you can try any of these perfumes with the powerful note jasmine in them:

Michael Kors Glam Jasmine EDP for women

Armani Acqua Di Gioia Jasmine EDP for women

Iceberg Eau de Iceberg Jasmine EDT for women

Thierry Mugler Alien Oud Majestueux EDP for women

Chloe See By Chloe EDP for women


Amouage Beloved Man EDP for men

Tom Ford Noir Extreme EDP for men

Armani Acqua Di Gio EDT for men

Paco Rabanne Invictus EDT for men

Hermes Le Jardin de Monsieur Li EDT for men and women

  1. Lavender

Lavender is a powerful aphrodisiac both for men and for women. Did you know that Cleopatra used the delicate floral scent of lavender to seduce both Marc Antony and Julius Caesar? The smell of lavender has a proverbial relaxing action. It reduces the levels of emotional stress, alleviates headaches, and improves the quality of sleep.

If you want to help your partner relax and enhance attraction and allure in them, here are our perfume picks that both men and women would be attracted to:

Bottega Veneta Knot EDP for women

Roberto Cavalli Paradiso Azzurro EDP for women 

Lalique Living EDP for women

John Galliano EDP for women

Burberry Brit Rhythm EDT for women


Dior Homme Sport EDT for men

YSL La Nuit De L’Homme EDT for men

Armani Code Profumo Parfum for men

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme EDP for men

Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Eau de Parfum EDP for men

  1. Ylang ylang

Ylang ylang is probably one of the most powerful scents when it comes to aphrodisiac properties. Not so commonly used in the perfumery, it is believed to increase libido and sexual energy between lovers. It is especially famous for increasing women’s libido as women simply cannot resist its divine smell.

If you want a smell that will attract ladies and will get women around you aroused at the smell of your perfume, try these men’s perfumes with the note ylang ylang in them:

Cerruti 1881 Pour Homme EDT for men

Lacoste L 12.12 Blanc EDT for men

Amouage The Library Collection Opus X EDP for Men and Women

Amouage Dia Pour Homme EDP for Men

Whether you buy a perfume as a gift to your partner or you buy it for yourself, have in mind the power of these perfume notes as an aphrodisiac. Perfumes that feature vanilla, sandalwood, jasmine, lavender, and ylang-ylang are very appropriate for a romantic date, a St Valentine’s gift, or just for inflaming the passion between partners!

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