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!”


Samir Nassir
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks I will try.

paul m.
paul m5 years ago

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

Butterfly K.
Butterfly K6 years ago

Lovely, thanks for the recipe.

Naomi M.
Naomi Miskimins6 years ago

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

Alexandra C.
Past Member 7 years ago

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

Anso B.
Anso Bradley7 years ago

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

Alex P.
Alex P.7 years ago

dont use perfume!

Kim Stueck
Kim Stueck7 years ago


Ashley J.
Ashley J7 years ago

I love the smell of vanilla.

Robert O.
Robert O7 years ago

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