Modern aphrodisiacs

Published September 9, 2020

People have been using scents to improve their love life for thousands of years, long before the word “perfume” was even invented. Instead they called these love bringing substances aphrodisiacs after the Greek goddess of love and beauty: Aphrodite. These scented substances were however quite often of a questionable origin and effect. Ingredients such as frog juice or whale guts maybe aren’t the most effective way of heating things up.

Surprisingly, modern science actually proves the existence of aphrodisiacs and keeps on studying them. If you want to test the effect of aphrodisiacs yourself, try out these scent notes and discover which results they bring.


The flower’s scent has been proven to relax and arouse at the same time, which is a wonderful way to set the mood. Try niche perfume “1725” by Histoires des Parfums if you search for a not-so-classic lavender with a twist (BTW, it’s inspired by the great seducer Casanova).

Histoires de Parfums

Vanilla, Lavender, Almond

Studies show that women who wear the scent of pink grapefruit are perceived to be six years younger on average. Okay, maybe this is not so aphrodisiacal per se, but still worth trying! “Cologne” by Etat libre d’Orange will be a great choice: prominent grapefruit here is complemented by jasmine (another aphrodisiac) and sensual leather. Fresh but tempting.

Made In Pigalle

Grapefruit, white flowers, Blackcurrant leaf

Researchers found that the scent of cinnamon increased sexual function in aging male rats, suggesting it might be an aid in erectile dysfunction. We don’t think that you’re going to date some aging rat, but sensual and very cinnamony “Blomma Cult” by Room 1015 will 100% raise your mood and put a smile on your face. BTW, it’s dedicated to the sexual revolution in the 60’s!


902 EdP

Bon Parfumeur

Tobacco, Cinnamon, Armagnac

Maya Njie

Tobacco, Vetiver, Cinnamon

The scent of the controversial candy has been shown to increase arousal in men by 13 percent. Niche perfume “Myrrhiad” by Pierre Guillaume Paris is a VERY delicious black candy in a format of perfume. 100% worth trying, especially if you’re dating in Sweden.

Pierre Guillaume Paris

Vanilla, Black tea, Licorice