Anyone with a few miles on the clock should be well aware that, when it comes to sex, the most important part of the body is the brain. The body follows the mind and it’s in the head where it all begins. What can be overlooked though is how important our sense of smell is when it comes to triggering romantic impulses. Our sense of smell is directly linked to the parts of our brains that deal with our feelings and emotions, and scientists have discovered a great deal about the effect that pheromones have on the attraction between men and women.
But while pheromones are mostly undetectable, certainly in a culture where hygiene standards require daily scrubs which massively reduce their influence (compare your partner’s smell after a shower, when pheromones have been washed away, to after a work-out where a fresh and healthy sweat will inundate your brain with all sorts of naughty ideas), there are still many scents and smells which invoke similar emotional responses.
As individuals we’re likely to come to associate sexy feelings with a particular scent through our experiences. Perhaps your first true love was a lumberjack and the scent of freshly chopped wood continues to get you going long after you swapped the swarthy woodcutter for the reliable accountant – you know, that kind of thing.
There are, however, many scents which are known to encourage romantic feelings and this is the primary reason colognes and perfumes are so popular today. Aromatherapy uses different scents for different purposes but the main one has always been relaxation. There’s no bigger hindrance to sex than stress, so using relaxing scents that aromatherapists recommend is crucial to setting the scene for an evening of sexy fun.
Scented Candles for Romance
We can also create a romantic atmosphere which promotes sexual stirrings by using incense sticks or scented candles which let off particular smells which encourage a sexually awakened state of mind. But which scents should we utilise to create this romantic atmosphere?
Ylang Ylang is known to increase the libido of both men and women and encourage the attraction between lovers. It is often used in aromatherapy as it has many relaxing qualities, but the sexually energising scent has long been associated with love-making for its potent aphrodisiacal influence on our senses. Try using the Pintail Scented Candle Cube, Rose Ylang Ylang to energise you and your partner’s sexuality.
Musk is closely associated with the male pheromone, androstenone, and because of this it is considered to be one of the most arousing scents for a woman. It’s also one of the most popular ingredients in men’s cologne products for the same reason and, while the effects on individuals will vary, it should definitely be experimented with to see if your wife or girlfriend is one of the many whose brains can’t help but become aroused by the manly aroma of musk. For a musk scented candle product, we recommend the Seda France Classic Candle Tin, China Musk, which is a self-contained travel candle so you can create that musky ambience wherever you go.
Vanilla is a surprisingly aphrodisiacal scent due to its sweet, refreshing scent. The smell of vanilla can activate the libido, increasing the sexual stimulation for both sexes. Invest in a couple of St Eval Vanilla Scented Candle Tins to give your home that sexually welcoming atmosphere which all our brains need to get in the mood.
Patchouli is another popular scent that many experts believe has the power to unlock pent-up sexual energy. So if you’re hoping to get your lady in the mood for a bit of boisterous bonking then light a Patchouli Scented Candle which has the added bonus of mixing in a bit of that manly musk so many ladies love.
Other scents which have arousing qualities are Jasmine and Peppermint, with the former thought to access the sexual reactors in our brains and he latter known to keep us alert and ready for a lovely long night of rampantly ravishing each other.