A perfume can trigger and evoke a lot of emotions and sensations with just a sniff. The refreshing smell of orange blossom when you dab on Miss Dior’s Blooming Bouquet can relax you. The woodsy scent of oak moss, patchouli, and bergamot can evoke feelings of being in the outdoors and is best encapsulated by Salvatore Ferragamo’s Signorina Eleganza. So it comes as no surprise that a perfume can be used as a potent come-on towards the opposite sex.
A perfect example is the mysterious and alluring smell of Shalimar by Guerlain, which can provoke feelings of heightened sensuality. A perfume heightens the sensation of smell and brings with it various emotions that one would normally attempt to hide, such as desire. With just a whiff, a perfume can bring out inhibitions out into the open.
Want further concrete proof that a perfume can evoke such feelings within us? Well, here’s one. Gleeden.com, a European online dating site that caters to married people, recently surveyed 1000 of its male members and 1000 of its female members and came up with the following figures.
No wonder, this is the top choice. Consider the meaning of Shalimar in Sanskrit, which literally means “temple of love.” Its creator, Jacques Guerlain, was inspired by the Indian emperor Shah Jahan’s devotion to his wife that resulted in the creation of the Taj Majal. The scent has a top note of bergamot which then gives way to iris, jasmine, and rose, and leaves a lingering scent of vanilla and Tonka bean.
Introduced in 2001, this perfume is described as “daring and bold, yet sensual and elegant.” With such description, it’s not surprising that it is the perfume of choice by those in love. Keira Knightley is the celebrity endorser of this perfume.
Created by Jacques Polge, this perfume starts off with hints of orange, bergamot, and grapefruit. Then followed by the fruity-floral scent of lychee, Italian jasmine, and rose. The perfume ends with notes of Indonesian patchouli, Bourbon vanilla, white musk, and vetiver.
The flacon that holds the scent is endearing – a frosted glass that slowly fades from black to pink, encrusted with a little black dress silhouette. This is the perfect scent for the romantic at heart. Black cherry and almonds will be the first thing you would smell after a whiff. Next, you will notice traces of rose and then it will leave you with the scent of liquorice and black tea.
Described as a woody musky scent for men, this perfume was created by Anne Flipo, Dominique Ropion, and Pierre Wargnye. The first things you will smell are ginger, bergamot, and lemon. Then you will notice a tinge of spices, such as white pepper and basil, as well as the smell of violet leaves. Then it will leave you with a lasting impression of Tonka bean, Tahitian vetiver, and cedar.
This is a woody oriental scent for men created by Christophe Raynaud, Michel Girard, and Olivier Pescheux. With its bottle designed like a gold bar, this perfume gives off the impression that its wearer leads a lifestyle in pursuit of decadence and seduction.
The perfume will surprise you with peppermint, grapefruit, and blood mandarin. Then it will hook you in with rose, cinnamon, and musk. To emphasise its masculine appeal, it will leave you with the smell of leather, Tonka bean, and amber.
Bottled in a dense, solid blue-black glass, this perfume strikes a fine balance between woody and citrusy. Your journey with this perfume starts with notes of citrus accord, pink pepper, and vetiver. You will then experience hints of grapefruit, cedar, and labdanum. The final whiff will be that of frankincense, sandalwood, and ginger.
Just a quick disclaimer. Wearing these perfumes does not make one a cheater. However, this survey does show that wearing perfume can improve your chances of making an impact towards the opposite sex. Remember that smell can trigger emotions and feelings. As such, you have to make sure you are wearing the correct perfume that will fit both who you are and what you are trying to project.