Whilst everyone in the northern hemisphere is picking out there floral perfumes for summer, what’s left for the rest of us in winter? We have hand-picked some of the best winter perfumes – albeit with a touch of musk – that are appropriate for both day and night.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Rollerball, $35
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have nailed their first perfume which is available in both white and black scents. It is the perfect blend of violet, sandalwood and rich vanilla for any time of the day. Keep the rollerball handy in your clutch or wallet for a quick touch-up throughout the day.
Marc Jacobs Mod Noir, $130
A new Sephora exclusive by Marc Jacobs brings the classic scent of gardenia with a modern twist. The cute packaging just confirms that this is one of the most stylish perfume launches of 2015!
Byredo 1996 Inez & Vinoodh, $158
A label which is synonymous with it’s minimalist packaging, this woody scent is perfect to add into your collection for winter. Strong scents of patchouli and black pepper gives it a mesmerising aroma which lingers all day long. Available in a 15ml spray to keep in your clutch for nights out.
Stella by Stella McCartney, $92
If you’re into warmer floral scents, Stella is the perfect match for you. The scent is not completely overwhelming and with warm amber notes, it’s perfect for the day time.
Philosophy Pure Grace Fragrance, $60
For a neutral scent that won’t change on the skin, Pure Grace is one of the best value for money perfumes. The musky tones are balanced out by fresh notes which smell just like crisp, white sheets.
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If you are always on the look out for new ways to improve your sex life, you really need to be in on the secret of sexual scents. Those in the know have been sniffing their way to great sex for years and it’s about time you joined them! Much like gender specific pheromones which attract the opposite sex, different fragrances, aromas and scents do much the same thing and are well known natural aphrodisiacs.
It’s important to know the basic science behind scent and sexual enhancement to make it work best for you. Particular scents provoke memories. This is because these systems in our brains are interconnected. It’s the memories which can put us in a positive or negative mood. If a woman is in a positive mood, she becomes more receptive to attraction and advances. Simple isn’t it. The same can be said of men, plus some scents promote blood flow which improves sexually physical responses, like erections. Obviously it’s much more involved, but that’s the basics.
Now, before we go into which smells are recommended, please keep in mind that a bulk of the research is out of the USA. This may explain why Pumpkin Pie seems to rate so highly. If studies were confined to Australians smells like the beach maybe more prevalent. That’s why understanding the science can help you tailor particular aromas which work better for different people.
First up we have a gender divided chart created by Dr Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist. He operates the Smell & Taste Research and Treatment Foundation in Chicago and also developed the science of aromachology, which is the study of how odor impacts mood and human behavior.
For women, Hirsch recommends the following scents in order of potency:
Licorice or cucumber
Lavender or pumpkin pie spice
Baby powder and chocolate
For men, Hirsch recommends the following scents in order of potency:
Lavender and pumpkin pie spice
Licorice and doughnut
Pumpkin pie spice and doughnut
Lavender and doughnut
Licorice and cola
Doughnut and cola
Now, Hirsch is an American researcher. Notice the items on these lists are related to his culture which may provoke positive memories as well as enhance blood flow? It’s not that his list isn’t valid to Aussies, but be mindful of how scent effects memories, emotion and sex.
Below are more generic scents which can be found world wide. If you are after a particular sexual response like assistance maintaining an erection or making sex last longer, use these specific scents and try them out.
Black Pepper is meant to increase stamina and strength. Great for anyone wanting their man to last longer.
It has a musky, woody, sweet scent which is especially helpful for women with sexual dysfunctions such as low libido, as it reduces anxiety, increases energy and desire. It’s sexual healing properties, are also used for men.
A spicy wood aroma, this scent mimics sex hormones and therefore has powerful aphrodisiac properties. It is also known to relieve anxiety and depression. Often depression can reduce libido, so having this scent around should help.
Ginger and cinnamon
Spices which produce a heat when you eat them, often increase vitality and libido. Plus, a small drop of cinnamon on the genitals can induce sexual stimulation.
Is a strong scent which invokes strong emotions, strength, warmth, lasting affection and connection.
In every sense lavender is a winner. It reduced anxiety which can lead to performance anxiety and decreases blood pressure. Like rose, it has properties which produce positivity and it excellent for both men and women.
Awakens the senses, opens communication channels, eases anxiety, adds a lightness in the air.
Musk is likened to testosterone, so it’s a winner with the ladies.
Some people liken patchouli to snuggling in the forest or the scent of the sixties. If you are from that era, it might evoke some strong memories of the free sex days to light your fire! It has a deep sweet earthy scent , which will be more popular for the ladies.
Much like the effects of Lime, providing a lightness in the air, but peppermint is so much better! Pure peppermint is essential, because anything else will have little effect.
The smell of roses makes a person feel positively, soothed, calm and relaxed. Therefore, they are offered as an aphrodisiac. Men have been bringing women freshly picked roses for centuries and now you know why!
This is more of a man’s scent and has been proven to work wonders with impotence and anxiety. It is also said to induce sexual urges.
For men and women. It is calming, soothing and relaxing, which removes tension and lowers inhibition.
Is similar to patchouli with a hint of lemon. It has a very strong scent which can produce powerful emotional reactions and has properties which can remove the sense of fear. This is excellent for anyone who has experienced sexual trauma.
Is a powerful aphrodisiac. It increases libido, energy, attraction, emotion and reduces anxiety.
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Whether you’re in the market for a new perfume, it’s always best to understand the science behind some of your all-time favourite fragrances. Oriental perfumes are some of the most classic scents since they are distinctly feminine and linger on the skin all day long. Below are some of our top 5 oriental fragrances that you really can’t pass-up.
Tom Ford Fleur de Chine 50ml, $299
A classic oriental fragrance which is for the woman who wants to make a statement with her choice of perfume. Released in 2013 and a little on the pricey side, this fragrance is packed with magnolia, exotic floral notes, hinoki wood and jasmine for a truly individual scent.
L’Eau Diptyque 50ml, $120
Launched in 1968, L’Eau is a unisex scent which is both spicy and soft at the same time. Featuring cinnamon, rose, geranium and sandalwood which easily makes this one of Diptyque’s best sellers.
Coco Mademoiselle EDT 50ml, $159
If you’re looking for a touch of floral in your fragrance, definitely try Coco Mademoiselle. Not only does this fragrance have classic oriental notes but combines a fresh floral scent which isn’t too overpowering either. Featuring patchouli, bourbon vanilla and light musk.
Byredo Black Saffron 100ml, $229
Launched in 2012, this signature fragrance is your classic oriental-spicy perfume with a touch of raspberries in the base notes. Featuring chinese grapefruit, saffron and leather which is perfect for both men and women.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium EDT, 50ml $120
A must-have oriental fragrance if you want something classic and long-lasting. More than just a household name, Opium is filled which patchouli, carnation and vanilla which makes it a one-of-a-kind scent to have in your collection.
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