Baked goods, candy, fruit—skip the musk: it's these scents that really make men drool. The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation (say that 5 times fast) sniffed out the smells that attract men most. The surprising finding? It wasn't just perfume that they loved: it was the scent of some common yummy foods that got the guys aroused. But, short of rubbing pastries all over your body, there are plenty of perfumes that make the most of men's tastes.
Here, the scents that got guys going, and where to find them in the perfume aisle:
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1. The Scent: VANILLA. It's long been believed that vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac: as early as the 1700s, physicians recommended it to male patients to ensure potency. And the guys at AskMen.com say the sweet, welcoming odor has a euphoric effect that sets the sensual mood.
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The Perfume: SHALIMAR BY GUERLAIN. This powdery vanilla scent is sexy and all woman, not candy-sweet. Inspired by the love of an Indian Emperor for his wife (for whom the Taj Mahal was built), this delicious fragrance starts fresh and light, with lemon and bergamot, and reveals itself to be sensual and soft, with base notes of vanilla and incense. Male Poll: What Is Your Favorite Scent On A Woman?
2. The Scent: DOUGHNUT & BLACK LICORICE. This sweet combination increased arousal in more than 30 percent of men studied by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. We don't blame them: we have a complicated relationship with Krispy Kreme too.
The Perfume: DEMETER FRAGRANCE LIBRARY'S LICORICE. This library of singular scents (everything from fresh laundry to Hello Kitty-inspired fragrances) has something for everyone, including your guy. Not sure you want to douse yourself in licorice? Lather up with the licorice bath & shower gel, or add a few drops of the ANGEL FOOD bath oil to your next bubble bath. Combined with your favorite perfume, the subtle smell will drive him crazy.
3. The Scent: PUMPKIN PIE. The scent of pumpkin pie (especially when combined with the smell of lavender) increased arousal in 40 percent of men. The Foundation theorized that the men in their study may have reacted to the vanilla and cinnamon in the pumpkin pie, both of which have been claimed to have aphrodisiac qualities.
The Perfume: Lather up with BATH & BODY WORKS SWEET CINNAMON PUMPKIN. This sweet and spicy collection includes shower gel, body lotion and a body splash, and combines pumpkin and cinnamon with apple, cranberry and clove, for a subtle, light scent that's sexy, not Thanksgiving. 4 Sexy Date Night Perfumes