The Sexiest Scents, As Proven by Science

by Lovehoney

on Jun 17, 2018

Sexiest Scents As Proven By Science

Have you ever caught a whiff of someone, and suddenly they’re really attractive to you? You’re not alone: there’s a link between seduction and smell that’s as old as civilisation itself.

The sciencey bit: When an odour stimulates the receptors in our nose, they pass electrical impulses (or patterns) to our brain which the brain interprets and perceives as a smell. Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any of our other senses, and recognition of smell is immediate.

Psychologists believe that the area of the brain that processes scent is also the part that processes emotions — and certain odours can make us feel stimulated, aroused, and excited.

With that in mind, here are some of the sexiest scents, as proven by science, guaranteed to get you in the mood and more.


Coco de Mer Roseravished Massage Candle 200g

Roses contain a chemical called Phenylethylamine, or PEA.

PEA contains amino acids which slow the breakdown of our happy hormones, effectively helping us remain happy and promoting feelings of love.

Combine it with one of the most potent natural aphrodisiacs in aromatherapy (sandalwood) and you get this luxurious Roseravished massage candle from Coco de Mer.


Vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac. Heliotropin – a key chemical found in vanilla – is appealing to both men and women.

Vanilla has a comforting, sedative effect, causing people to feel relaxed and loved up.

This Lovehoney Oh! Vanilla Massage Bar will nourish and soothe skin as well as lift your lovemaking sessions.

Amplify aphrodisiac effect with a Lovehoney Oh! massage candle and bottle of massage oil.


Earthly Body Trio 3-in-1 Mini Massage Candles (3 x 57g Pack)

Fruity fragrances and in particular – citrus scents – are believed to boost energy and alertness.

A Japanese study found that smelling citrus for 10 minutes, helped to boost people's moods for up to 30 minutes.

Enjoy hours of happy humping with this trio of mini massage candles from Earthly Body, which includes invigorating citrus as well as exotic guavalava.


WET Synergy Cool Tingle Lubricant

Not a scent you immediately associate with sexiness, peppermint is an overall energising scent that induces feelings of excitement.

Use during nipple play for tingly, minty sensations.


Like roses, chocolate – one of the most craved foods on the planet – also contains PEA, which explains why we can’t get enough of it.

Although the smell of chocolate didn’t trigger overly high sexual responses from men or women in studies, its powerful effects are most potent when eaten.

Chocolate was the love tonic of Montezuma who drank around fifty cups a day before visiting his harem of six hundred women. If it’s good for Montezuma, it’s good for us.

Try Shunga Deluxe Edible Body Paint for a deliciously good time.

Using the scents you love can boost your confidence in and out of the bedroom, making you all the more attractive. What scents do it for you? We'd love to read your comments below.

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Originally published on Jun 17, 2018. Updated on Aug 5, 2020