Seduction Through Scent


Outside of obviously sexual products, one area of mainstream production that has arguably been most erotically presented is perfume. Perfumes power is not based on titilation and saucy adverts. There is actual science to help explain it’s potency. Of all our senses, smell is the one most linked to memory. Olfactory nerve (the one associated with smell) is connected to Amgydala, the area of brain linked to emotional memory. So when one catches a whiff of say roses or a certain kind of soap, we do not absorb the smell alone. We associate smells with people and times of our lives so when we breath in the scent of say, Gardenia. We go back to time when we first smelt it, where we were, who’s garden it was etc. So to say that perfume is power in a bottle is pretty accurate. So what is the ultimate power one can possess? Sex appeal, animal magnetism, wanton desire, carnal lust. Who would not wish to spray (or drip) a potent liquid that would ensare anyone who was close enough to breath in your pheromones and bottled allure?

The ancient Egyptians used Civeat oil (secretion from a Civeat cat) as  an aphrodisiac for thousands of years. Thankfully a decent synthetic is now available so Civeat Cats no longer need to be interfered with. More recently Coco Chanel understood the link between sensuality and fragrance, when asked where a woman should apply perfume her reply was spot on. ‘Wherever one wants to be kissed’. As to what scents are the most traditionally arousing are Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Ginger and Black Pepper. Personally I adore Jasmine, the odour of Jasmine can only be unleashed at night (the idea of an intoxicating aroma that can only be awakened at night is erotic in the extreme). If you are lucky enough to take in the natural perfume, you will never want to lose it again.

Perfume ad tabu

Weil Vintage ad perfume


sensual lalique

lalique erotic

erotic lalique

Lalique 'Le Baiser' bottle



  1. I have a very good nose and scents throw me back into memories – hard. It’s kind of amazing…ok, really amazing.

  2. Oh yes, scent is a potent stimulant !!!!!! Great post 🙂

    1. Thank you kindly x

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