Smell is the most evocative of our senses and can be very powerful in changing moods and bringing back memories. We each have our own personal scent just as we have unique fingerprints, with no two being the same.
Women tend to have a sharper sense of smell, especially when ovulating. Some women find the smell of a man’s sweaty body offensive, while others find they are aroused by it, and scents that are similar to a man’s sexual musk can also be highly arousing to women. Pay attention to any reaction you have to certain smells. Is the clean fresh morning smell more appealing to you than the smell after a hard day at work?
The most important sex organ is the brain. That’s where our sex drive and reproductive behaviour are programmed. When it comes to sex, the most important sensory organ may be our sense of smell. Decades of research demonstrates that in our mating behaviour, humans tend to follow their noses.
Aromas, fragrances and scents have been used for centuries to enhance the experience of seduction and lovemaking. The sense of smell in the body is actually linked to a part of the brain that handles emotions and feelings. So, when you associate a smell with an erotic feeling, that smell can stimulate a sexual response.
The male pheromone, androstenone and the female, androstenol are subtle, undetectable scents that cause some men and women to feel attracted to each other, while other match ups are repelled by these same scents. Because Western culture is overly focused on being hygienic, many of the sexually charged pheromones are washed off, causing this innate power of sexual attraction to be muted.
Pheromones are activated at puberty and produced by glands in the armpit and around the genitals. These scent messages are delivered by our sense of smell to the limbic part of the brain which governs the most basic human emotions such as anger, joy, love, hate and sexual arousal. While we aren’t consciously aware of another person’s pheromones – we can’t “smell” them in the traditional sense – they do have a major impact on us. They ignite the sex drive, increase fertility and help regulate women’s menstrual cycles.
After menopause we stop producing pheromones, but this doesn’t mean your sexual desire has to dwindle away, or your partner won’t find you attractive anymore. As we have said before, our brain is the most important sex organ, and you are in control of programming it. Certain smells and fragrances can still make you feel aroused.
Legends have it that Cleopatra used a special blend of rose, cardamom, and cinnamon to seduce Marc Anthony to her boudoir. This spicy blend is often replicated in perfumes and colognes. Ancient Arabic books on sex often refer to the scent of black pepper for its sensual qualities.
Sandalwood oils are used in Tantric sexual practices as they stimulate the second chakra and a sexual response. Lovers that light sandalwood incense and use scented oils are thought to have more powerful orgasms.
According to Harvard research, scents seem to be responsible for sexual responses more than any other sense in the body. That means that you might look good, but what you smell like is even more important.
Pleasant fragrances on post-menopausal women have been shown to have a beneficial effect on their emotional well-being. Feeling good about one’s sexuality despite any physical changes in turn may make them more attractive to their partners.
Nostalgia can create a strong connection between scent and sexual response. If your partner wears the same cologne or perfume that he or she did when you first began to date, it will remind you of how you felt for each other in the beginning, giving you the perfect opportunity to recapture some of that passion.
Adding scents to sex can change the overall experience. Burning scented candles with exotic fragrances and oils can impact mood and receptivity. By blindfolding a partner and having them smell different fruits, candles, incense, etc, you can create a more intense orgasmic response. Apply different fragrances to your body and have your partner guess the smell. Try rubbing a little vanilla oil onto your nipples for example and put them very close to his nose, feel is warmth breath on you as he tries to work out the smell, if he gets it right, he can be rewarded with a small taste! Have fun using different edible oils on different parts of your body.
Certain aromatic plants exude oils similar to our own sexual secretions or pheromones. Wearing cinnamon and vanilla blends increases the presence of pheromone-like substances and dramatically increases attraction.
Fragrances and perfumes can heighten the pleasure of sex by a large extent. Use scented candles and body perfume before you have sex.