Have you ever caught a whiff of someone’s cologne and immediately felt a tingly sensation? It’s not uncommon! Certain smells trigger a strong response because scientists believe that the area of the brain that processes the sense of smell is also the part that helps process emotion.
Science has also proven the link between scent and seduction. And feisty females have been using this fact to their advantage for years. History has shown that many women have used sweet-smelling concoctions to drive men to their knees (Cleopatra, Helen of Troy anyone?).
Ladies, in honor of Valentine's Day (and the movie Fifty Shades Darker), now is the time to experiment with the power of fragrance in the bedroom. Here is a rundown of the highly sensual scents that are sure to kick the romance up a notch any time.
Amber Lights Laguna Vanilla Heaven Scented Candle (P599), available at Alabang Town Center
Pop culture has led us to believe that vanilla is plain (Hello, Fifty Shades!), but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, the sweet scent of vanilla is a well-known natural aphrodisiac that induces euphoria and relaxation. So pop on the vanilla scented cologne or light up that vanilla candle for some happy, relaxed, and sexy euphoria on V-Day!
A no-brainer, the link between sex and musk is as straightforward as it gets. According to science, musk is the most carnal of all fragrance ingredients and conveys strong sexuality and primal attraction. Ahem!
When used as a massage oil, this light woody aroma is a staple in Tantric sexual rituals for hundreds of years. Sandalwood is said to trigger your second chakra and heighten your sexual response. Hey, the best way to test sandalwood's potential is slathering it on your skin, and see what kind of reaction it triggers!
L’Occitane en Provence Jasmin & Bergamote (P3,500)
Diptyque Jasmin Candle (P3,250), available at Rustan's
This beautifully scented floral scent is an aphrodisiac in more ways than one! Sweet and tantalizing, this beautiful floral note contains indole, an aromatic compound also found in abundance around -- wait for it -- human genitals. It is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.
Linger Perfume Whiff x Love Marie (P1,650), available at Whiff Perfume
In the early 20th century in France, it was customary for men to show their love by giving bunches of lilies of the valley as tokens of affection. This floral scent is a delicate one that is said to be quite a turn on for men.