Let’s not be modest — when a man walks past and wafts an alluring cologne, or a woman is seemingly always smelling of an aroma you find absolutely irresistible, it can seem impossible not to notice your sudden change in thoughts and emotions.
“Oh wow! That smells amazing!”
It’s the kind of feeling that causes a husband to get lost in the scent of his wife’s hair, or a woman to bury her face into her boyfriend’s worn t-shirt whenever he is away. These are smells that make you swoon and wish for more.
Some scents are quite simply intoxicating; they can directly affect emotional states and infuse your senses. Because of this, humans have been harnessing the power of aromatherapy for centuries, and it has deep roots in romantic history. Ancient civilizations used fragrances to cultivate desire and influence behaviors. The Egyptians, for example, enjoyed aromatic baths to make a more sensual environment for intimacy.
Then there are the accounts of the legendary seductress, Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, that claim she carpeted her throne room floor with rose petals and massaged her body with a custom blend of rose, cardamom, and cinnamon oils to seduce Marc Antony upon his arrival. She would even order the sails of her ship to be doused with the fragrant oils to attract his attention further and awaken passions . Additionally, the alluring characteristics of fragrance are also mentioned in the Bible, in Song of Solomon: “His cheeks are like beds of spices, mounds of sweet-smelling herbs. His lips are lilies, dripping liquid Myrrh” (Song Sol. 5:13 English Standard Version).
History tells us that smell has been long known as a central element of attraction, but what does modern science say?
You probably guessed it: Certain aromas really do work within the mind and body to spark feelings of sensuality and love. This is because smell links to the limbic lobe of the brain and activates the hypothalamus. Since the hypothalamus is the hormone control center, it regulates and stimulates sex drive, energy levels, and healthy hormone productions. According to Psychology Today, “Some researchers think scent could be the missing factor that explains who we end up with. It may even explain why we feel ‘chemistry’ — or ‘sparks’ or ‘electricity’ — with one person and not another.” 
Scents can operate so subtly they may be hardly detectable, and even the faintest fragrance can encourage thoughts of positivity and passion. When this happens, your sense of desire is heightened from the positive influences on your mood. If you’re ready to dive into the romantic qualities of aromatherapy, the essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood, and Clary Sage are well-known to add to the desired ambiance. 
Or also, try Plant Therapy’s Sensual Synergy Blend, which was created by our Certified Aromatherapists to create an exceptionally romantic aroma. It’s perfect for those more intimate moments with your loved one.
Want a couple more ideas? Check out these recipes and get ready to open your heart up to some love and romance!
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 oz. carrier oil
- 12 drops Sandalwood Australian
- 5 drops Ylang Ylang Extra
- 5 drops Vanilla Oleoresin
- 1 drop Cinnamon Leaf
- 1 drop Jasmine Absolute
What you’ll do:
- Add ingredients to a 2 oz. bottle,
- Mix well by rubbing bottle between palms
- Enjoy this very sensual blend of essential oils with your sweetie!
Beloved Beach Rose
What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
- Use a personal inhaler or aromatherapy jewelry and sniff to experience the aroma.
- In a 10 mL roller bottle, dilute to 1% with your favorite carrier oil and apply to your wrists
How do you like to use essential oils to enhance the romance in your life? Enter a comment and let us know!
 Moeran, B. (2010). A history of fragrances. Household and Personal Care Today, 6-8
 Svoboda, E. (2008, January 1). Scents and Sensibility. Retrieved Jan 20, 2018, from http://psychologytoday.com/articles/200801/scents-and-sensibility
 Worwood, V.A. (2016, November 15). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 25th Anniversary. New World Library. Pg. 432