The Scent of Valentine’s – Part Two

In Part Two of our series on Valentine’s Day Scents, we look at the most seductive of fragrances for men and women.

When it comes to love, for millennia, we have used scent to enhance our experience of all things erotic.

Amongst the remnants of Pompeii, in chambers chosen for sexual were found jars carrying perfume jars were preserved in the chambers designed for sexual affairs. Ancient Egyptians dipped in baths perfumed with essential oils before rendezvous of the romantic kind and the ancient texts of the Kama Sutra hold references to the use of essential oils.

Add to that the fact that food and sex are our two primeval desires, and there is no surprise that, as seen in our last blog, the most sensuous and erotic of fragrances are those which hit us with both. Such as cinnamon and the favourite of all, vanilla.

Pheromones

Pheromones are airborne chemical signals released from the body through, say, sweat and urine, which have an effect on another member of the same species either physically or emotionally. They are found throughout the world of wildlife and are a primordial way of communication. Whether or not humans actually emit pheromones is up for debate, however some studies have found that we can use our sense of smell to detect whose genes complement our own to ascertain their compatibility as a partner who will give us healthy babies.

And smell has a deep access to our perceptions and emotions like none of our other senses. This is because the olfactory bulb, a structure located in the fore-brain, directly links to the limbic system, the part of the brain associated with motivations, emotion and behaviour and the area from which sexual thought and desires originate.

So, as you can see, the first part of our bodies to receive a signal from our nose, before the rational part of the brain even gets a look in, is this primitive, sensual response limbic system. No wonder perfume can have such an effect!

Why do we wear perfume?

Of course, the reason that we wear perfume isn’t only to boost pheromones and attract someone we desire, surveys have indicated that people feel more confident when wearing a perfume, or that the scent completes their persona or look, or, simply, because they love the smell.

That said, if we did want to attract someone, wearing a delicious scent that captures all those aphrodisiacal fragrances, wouldn’t hurt!

The Sexiest Perfume

So, we looked at the sexiest perfumes of all time and picked one for men to wear and one for women to wear.

Apparently, if you are a woman and wishing to attract a man, the sexiest fragrance of all time is Shalimar by Guerlain.

The scent is heavy on vanilla, but not too sweet. It is fresh with a light citrus beginning, however, as the wearer becomes warmer, it becomes more sensual and soft, with darker, deeper notes of spice coming to the fore.

And, if you’re a man, hoping to attract a woman, the all-time perfume to wear is Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage.

The reason? It contains hedione.

And what is hedione? Derived from the Greek “Hedone” (known as Voluptas in Roman mythology), who is the goddess of pleasure – more specifically sensual pleasure – and the daughter Eros and Psyche, Hedione is also known as methyl dihydrojasmonate and is a diffusive aroma compound created by French perfumer, Edmond Roudnitska.

So,what does hedione smell like? Well, fresh and floral – like jasmine with a hint of citrus. Just look back at our last blog on the 25 most aphrodisiacal scents to see how well the smells of jasmine and citrus did – we should have known!

The World of Wills

With all this perfume and seduction, it is unlikely that anyone will be giving a thought to the World of Wills, however, don’t forget that, first and foremost, the reason behind Valentine’s and love is, of course, to have children.

If you do have children (or if some are likely) then the easiest way to ensure that they will be looked after if something happens to you, is to name Guardians in your Will.

The Will writing process doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated, so, if by February 15th you think that the naming of Guardians might be something you should begin to think about, please do give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Our number is: 020 8920 3360 and our email: info@twb.org.uk, or you can visit our website: http://www.twb.org.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you – after Valentine’s Day!

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