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Explore the phenomenon of aphrodisiacs in perfume and whether such molecules/materials exist, and if yes, what do they smell like?
The general public, scientists and big pharma companies have been asking those questions for quite a while now. So far no research, experiments or tests have revealed any molecules, compounds or mechanisms in humans that act like, for example, pheromones in insects (where you wear them and potential partners start queueing and buzzing around).
We will repeat: molecules that one can put on ones’ skin and become more sexually attractive do not exist for humans nor have they been discovered yet.
What can be counted as inhalable aphrodisiacs then?
This edit explores perfumes as messages and suggestive context: pulse quickening spices, animalic (dirty&naughty) notes, relaxing vanilla, suggestive patchouli, indecent smelling leathery irises and artistic experiments with an orgy or intercourse ambiance. However, all of that will be our imagination rather than actual libido enhancing molecules.
For outright dirty thoughts try the civet note in Civet. The civet cats produce that powerful secretion to mark their territory and to attract potential mating partners. People of course have tried civet on themselves to see if it will work as an aphrodisiac. The civet scent is a complex voluminous combination of layers of fecal, honeyed, ambery, chocolate and feral nuances. Sensual? Yes. Provocative? Oh, yes.
Try this perfume for a sensual soft amber nuance. The classic formula has been slightly updated by the perfumer and all conventional ingredients of an amber recipe have been swapped for lighter options: labdanum became opoponax, vanilla became tonka and patchouli became a smoother cleaner mix of verbena and sandal.
Try this sensual perfume for an irresistible vanilla and iris combination. Vanilla was deemed to be an aphrodisiac since antiquity and modern research revealed that breast milk naturally has a vanilla-like scent/flavor. So for us humans, it is a relaxing agent, subconsciously related to comforting tactile sensations and sense of security. The aroma of the iris butter also often represents an idealized scent of naked human skin in perfumery. In PG21 both of these references are mixed for the maximum sensual allure.
This perfume is centered around a tropical plant which smells somewhere between divine and rude: it hesitates between the most delectable amber and horse stable reek. This is the smell of costus in short. It’s further enhanced by strong tobacco absolute and patchouli. A messy pleasure.
It’s called A Fling (une amourette in French) for a start and the perfume is a union of an intense indolic (fecal) floral theme and a fine fraction of patchouli oil (aka akigalawood), quite fascinatingly with mostly dry incensy nuances. It feels a bit like wearing a tight fitting leather dress against naked skin.