Scents and sex – one can’t exist without the other. Our sense of smell is a massive part of any relationship, otherwise you’d have no desire to huff your boyfriends’ flannel shirt or wear it when he’s off at work, right?
Or when your man’s eyes glaze over and he asks you what you’re wearing. Having a guy you’re into notice your new look or scent is a pure Hallelujah moment.
So when it comes to sexy time, you want to make sure he’s paying close attention, and a powerhouse perfume can definitely help with that.
But not everyone has the same idea about what true sexiness is, and trying different perfumes for different intimate moods is a fun way to spice things up. Or even applying several scents on your body can be an exotic way to express your sensual side.
Whatever your idea of sexy is, there’s a perfume to create just the right ambiance. Here are a few of our favorites, which all feature their own unique ways of setting a mood.
Vanilla is a guaranteed aphrodisiac. For some women, anything with a vanilla feel to it is an instant must-have, and if you’re one of them, you can very quickly build a library of intoxicating, sweet, and sensual perfumes all based around this note.
Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Vanille Coco is about a decadent a vanilla scent as you can find. It begins with bananas and whipped cream as top notes, with delicious doses of coconut in the heart and base, along with the vanilla. If you want to transform yourself into a sexy dessert, one or two shots of this will do the trick instantly.
Rose perfumes have always been romantic, for as long as women have worn perfume. And just like with vanilla scents, rose can go literally anywhere your sensual side wants to take it.
Juliette Has a Gun’s Lady Vengeance takes its inspiration from the heroines of Shakespeare, so it might suit you if you love poetry, fresh flowers, and if a sophisticated turn of phrase turns your head as much as his body does. It’s made from rose, vanilla and patchouli, so it’s doubly potent juju on the skin.
Spices and musks have been totally sexy since Cleopatra’s time, when legend has it she saturated the sails of her personal sailing ship with deep, intense musks to announce that she was going to see about a guy.
Alaia’s Paris plays it both hot and cool with pink pepper notes, warm freesia, and some animalic musk in the drydown. When you want to show your lover many different sides of yourself, this scent is your partner in crime.
From small talk over dinner to later on when no words are necessary, Alaia’s Paris can shift the mood from cool conversation to searing, “soak the sheets” hot at just the right time.