What are Love Potions?
Love potions... call it magic, call it a clever composition of fragrance notes based on scientific research. We don't care. Because whatever you call it, it all comes down to the same thing: increasing your attraction to others based on how you smell with perfume.
People have been looking for love potions for centuries. There are many historical theories of herbal blends that have been used to find a lover. In Ancient India people used Kama Sutra, a remedy made from butter, honey, sugar, milk and liquorice. In Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra used a mixture of cardamom, cinnamon, and basil to seduce her worshipers.
Love potions are also known as aphrodisiacs. This word comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She was the goddess of beauty and love according to Greek mythology. It is said that by wearing aphrodisiacs you not only increase the attraction, but that the opposite sex can even fall in love with you. Interesting...
Rumour or "true story"
But is it really true that a fragrance extract can make someone fall in love? Yes and no. Love is an emotional, cognitive process based on memories and feelings. Much research has been done on aphrodisiacs and the effect of fragrance extracts on human, physical reactions. It showed that there are actually scents that can potentially increase someone's appeal. This is because smells are linked to memory and emotion, stronger than any other sense.
Which notes have which effect?
Research has shown that the following fragrance extracts can have the following effect. Women wearing the fragrance extract of pink grapefruit are estimated to be 6 years younger on average. This might come in handy for women who want to relive their younger years. Roses act as anti-depressants and increase self-confidence and fertility. Rose extract can also make you more sensitive to touch. Jasmine's aroma has been used for centuries to increase libido and promote intimacy, making it one of the more well-known aphrodisiac scents. Peppermint extract increases alertness and stimulates the brain, making someone pay more attention to you. This, too, can come in handy if you want to make someone feel attracted to you.
Suppose you want to try the mysterious mixture that Cleopatra used, then unfortunately we cannot help you with that. However, we have listed a number of perfumes for you that have at least one fragrance extract with aphrodisic effect.