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Aphrodisiac Perfume Formula

Aphrodisiac Perfume Formula

My favorite all-natural perfume maestro, Mandy Aftel, has an entire chapter of her book Essence and Alchemy (Gibbs Smith, 2001) devoted to “Perfume and the Boudoir.” I love this book. It details the natural history of perfume and scent, and also offers some truly sensuous and lovely perfume formulas that you can make at home.

She says that in memory, erotic scent, which is founded on the specificity of the beloved’s body, at last assumes a life independent of the body. As Casanova observes in his Memoirs, “There is something in the air of the bedroom of the woman one loves, something so intimate, so balsamic, such voluptuous emanations, that if a lover had to choose between Heaven and this place of delight, his hesitation would not last for a moment.”

The book has two formulas for aphrodisiac perfumes, the one below is based on essences that conjure up an edible aroma.

15 ml perfume alcohol or jojoba
15 drops black tea
10 drops vanilla
8 drops cognac
12 drops rose absolute
2 drops champa
2 drops ginger
8 drops blood orange
3 drops pink grapefruit

Mix together ingredients in a glass jar, and store in a cool dark place. Rub perfume wherever you like. Remember the words of Coco Chanel when asked where to apply perfume, “Wherever one wants to be kissed!”

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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2:17AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Thanks I will try.

6:44AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Well if you get fed up wearing it, you can all ways drink it..!!,,I'll have the Brandy..!

3:48AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Lovely, thanks for the recipe.

12:27AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Well, I'll have to try making it; I'm looking for a new scent

11:17PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

hard to find some of the ingredients...but it's worth trying. thanks!

10:40PM PDT on Sep 20, 2010

i havent even heard some of these ingrediants. haha but going to try it.

11:45AM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

dont use perfume!

11:35AM PDT on Jul 28, 2010


5:25PM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

I love the smell of vanilla.

2:47PM PDT on Jul 14, 2010

I'm not one for aphrodisiacs, but interesting to know what's in a recipe for one.

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