Certain scents can turn men on—and we’ve got the science to prove it.
What trait do these fragrances share? According to researchers at Chicago’s Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, they all put men in the mood. In a recent study, men aged 18 to 64 sniffed 30 different scents while scientists measured fluctuations in blood flow to their nethers. While all the aromas (including peppermint, chocolate, pink grapefruit, and florals) enhanced arousal, orange, vanilla, musk, and lavender got the biggest rise out of the guys. Researchers believe these smells increase the production of alpha brain waves, associated with a more relaxed state. According to study author Alan Hirsch, MD, reduced anxiety and inhibition lead to increased arousal. Ready, set, spritz!
1 Missoni Acqua Eau de Toilette Spray
A flowery fusion of blue freesia, peony, and iris, with a splash of bergamot. $60; nordstrom.com
2 Roger & Gallet Citron Cédrat Fragrant Water
Fresh grapefruit and musk meet citron essential oils, cedar, and vetiver. $54; shoplondons.com
3 Sean John Unforgivable Woman
Diddy’s scent unforgettably blends bitter orange, grapefruit, and vanilla. $75; seanjohnfragrances.com
4 Sarah Jessica Parker Covet
A mix of lavender, chocolate, and musk, with a chaser of fresh Sicilian lemon and honeysuckle. $68; macys.com
5 Stila Mandarin Mist Eau de Parfum
Bright and citrusy, with exotic notes of orange and yuzu fruit. $35; sephora.com