Can Scent Get You in the Mood?

Is it true that scent can get me in the mood for sex?

Scent certainly can help. Scent is the only sense out of the five that can bypass the rational brain and go straight to the limbic system, which is also in charge of your memory and emotions.

That means you have a cache of ‘scent memory’ which has the power to trigger and pull you through a past event, eliciting the same guttural emotional response. It’s these scent memories that can have a beneficial effect on your arousal. Here are some things we know are scientifically true about scent:

  • No two people smell the same odor the same way.
  • A person never experiences one smell the same way twice.
  • Your ability to detect odors changes daily and depends on your physiological condition.
  • You have the ability to distinguish 10,000 individual scents.

Scientists have been studying scent and found the winner for men was a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie, producing a 40 percent increase in arousal. Women preferred baby powder and a combination of Good and Plenty licorice candy with cucumber.

Great sex tip Why scent works to increase your libido is a little fact and a little hocus-pocus. If it gets you jacked up and good to go, that’s all that really matters.

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Trina Read
Trina Read is the founder of VivaXO.com and Eat Drink Love and CBC radio Relationship Expert. She is a leading relationship and sexual health expert and educator; and  is a best selling author, media expert, syndicated blogger, international speaker, magazine columnist, and spokeswoman. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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