Letter from a reader: Which scents will boost my and my wife’s libido?

by | Feb 4, 2011 | Health & News

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Subject:  A Little Help Please


I am asking for a little help in boosting my libido, and helping my wife get in the mood through fragrances in the bedroom.  Any advice or ideas would be appreciated.  Thank you.


Hello W –

Thank you for your email.  I’m glad you wrote as I do have some suggestions that I think will help you and your wife…

Researchers at the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation in Chicago have conducted trials to gauge women’s sexual response to certain scents.  By measuring the blood flow to the vagina, various odors were tested to evaluate arousal.  You might be surprised at what they found!  Among those scents found to increase vaginal blood flow the most were:

  • Licorice, particularly Good & Plenty candy/cucumber combination
  • Pumpkin pie scent/lavender combination
  • Baby powder scent
  • Good & Plenty candy/banana nut combination
  • Baby powder scent/chocolate combination

So remember to keep a bowl of Good & Plenty candy next to your wife’s side of the bed!

For you, other scents have been found to help men heighten their libido.  Among the scents that the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation found increased penile blood flow were:

  • Pumpkin pie scent/lavender combination
  • Cinnamon doughnut/black licorice combination
  • Pumpkin pie scent/cinnamon doughnut combination
  • Orange
  • Buttered popcorn
  • Black licorice/cola combination

Additional information regarding scents which increase sexual desire can be found in my book Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You; What Your Libido Reveals About your Life.

Thank you for writing in!

– Dr. Hoppe