From sandalwood to ylang-ylang, fragrances have been used as aphrodisiacs for centuries. Men and women are vastly different, though, and, as such, are attracted to different scents. Read our guide to see which fragrance is perfect for you this Valentine’s Day.


Devil’s Eyelashes – From lingerie to fragrances, Agent Provocateur knows a thing or two about seduction. Its most complex and exquisite fragrance to date, the oriental Petale Noir, includes a floral extract which heightens sexual pleasure and increases stamina and libido . Use the brand’s Luxury Body Elixir along with its Petale Noir fragrance for a full experience. – Lotion, $53. Fragrance, $115

Vanilla – Sweet and simple, vanilla is a classic scent which men find irresistible and is commonly found in perfumes, candles and lotions. It is enhanced with the warmth of Indian sandalwood in Byredo’s Seven Veils perfume, inspired by the biblical tale of Salome’s dance of seduction. – $220 

Ylang-ylang – This flower is used to symbolize love in marriage ceremonies in many Asian countries, and its fragrance is known to uplift emotions and fuel sexual desire. It is considered one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs. Try the luxurious new classic, Black Orchid by Tom Ford. – $105


Ginger – Zesty and fresh, ginger is a pleasantly spicy scent that has aphrodisiac properties and increases sexual prowess. YSL’s L’Homme Cologne Gingembre combines Chinese ginger with woody notes to create a uniquely sensual fragrance. – $72

Jasmine – This scent is equally appealing to both men and women, a sensuous classic that has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. It is one of the fifty notes found in the very masculine and addictive Hanae Mori’s HM. – $95

Sandalwood – Sandalwood is arguably the top aphrodisiac scent a man can use. The reason behind it? Scientists have discovered that it produces something similar to androsterone, or man underarm perspiration…you can’t get more macho then that! Try Creed’s powerful Santal Imperial. It uses the most high quality Sandalwood in the word from Mysore in India. $175