When it comes to aphrodisiacs, love is literally in the air!
From scented candles, massage oils and more, it’s not hard to find a variety of products that are scented specifically to spark romance. They might smell irresistible, but inquiring minds want to know: how do they actually work?
The science of desire
Desire is all in our heads. Ok, not entirely, but it does start in our brains. It’s triggered when we see, hear, think about, smell, taste or touch something that stimulates our senses. Once that happens, signals are sent from our brains through to our nervous systems and BAM! We're overcome with desire.
What are aphrodisiacs?
For centuries, a variety of foods, perfumes and essential oils have had a reputation for increasing our libidos. These aphrodisiacs come in many forms, but the scent of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, lavender, rose and jasmine are said to really get our motors running. But what is it about them that actually spark romance?
Love dark chocolate? From its taste to its aroma, this sensual treat has been associated with love and passion since the time of the Aztecs. It’s believed that just the scent of chocolate can cause a spike in dopamine and beta-endorphins, which increase feelings of pleasure. It’s just one of the reasons you’ll find it in our Dirty and Soft Coeur massage bars – so grab a partner and get hands-on.
When it comes to intoxicating scents, vanilla is at the top of the list – it’s no wonder you’ll find it almost everywhere from candles to soaps and body washes! This natural mood enhancer contains heliotropin, which is said to have a euphoric effect on your brain to make you feel oh-so-good. Just work a little Sympathy for the Skin Hand and Body Lotion all over your body and find out for yourself.
Spicy and stimulating, it’s no surprise to see this one on the list. Cinnamon has a long history as an aphrodisiac. According to a number of studies, cinnamon has been measured to increase sexual appetites when consumed. It literally heats up your body (and, thus, your sex drive) making it the perfect addition for a date night. Add a little “heat” to your evening with the Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar. Made with cinnamon leaf oil, you and a partner are sure to turn up the heat with this warming bar.
You might think of lavender as a relaxing scent and you’d be right! In fact, it’s one of the main reasons we use so much lavender essential oil in products like our Twilight Bath Bomb and Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion, which are made to help your mind and body feel soothed and relaxed. However, this beautiful fragrance has also been touted as the “herb of love” for centuries. Throughout history, humans have used sprigs of lavender and lavender oil to give clothes, linens and more a sensual fragrance. Just one sniff can help relax the mind and stimulate your senses, too.
An ancient symbol of love, roses have been getting us in the mood for centuries. The flowers contain a chemical called phenylethylamine which is partially responsible for its distinctively beautiful aroma. After just one whiff, roses immediately make us feel happier, more relaxed and amorous. Lather up with Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie and test it out for yourself!
Sweet and warm, jasmine has a floral, heady aroma that’s long been associated with intimacy and romance. Its powerful scent is said to help give your libido and self-esteem a boost. No wonder it’s such a popular choice in the perfume industry! Spritz yourself with our scintillating Lust Perfume to feel sexy for a night out on the town, or if you’re spending the night in with a special friend.