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5 Scents men love, all under $40

Crystal Patriarche is the Director of Parenting Content for SheKnows and oversees the SheKnows Book Lounge. She's a mother, a life-long book lover, an Arizona State University journalism and public relations graduate and entrepreneur. ...

The scent of a woman

Is it true men love the smell of pumpkin or home cooking? Which smells get their pheromones flowing and make them want to devour you? We asked a panel of guys to share their favorite scents on a woman - and we've got the scoop on five beauty products that meet your man's aromatic needs and where to find them for under $40.

Aquolina Pink Sugar To Go

One of our male sources told us he loves it when his wife smells sweet. What better way to tease your man than to conjure up what you were like as a sweet girl?

This perfume's lively scent will take him on a journey through the pleasures and flavors of childhood, where he might have chased you around the playground to steal a first kiss. Pink Sugar is a mischevious and playful blend of vanilla and caramel, raspberry, cotton candy, licorice, musk, wood and powder. Also comes in a shampoo, shower mousse and more. $28, www.Sephora.com.

VS Booty Parlor Naughty Bubbles

Bill, another guy on our panel, told us, as a Latino, there are lots of smells that get his blood pumping. But one of his faves is when a woman lathers herself in Booty Parlor Naughty Bubbles from Victoria's Secret. So before your next hot night out… or in, try these liquid bath bubbles that scent your skin with tuberose -- and leave it with a sexy, pearlescent sheen, to boot. $22, www.victoriassecret.com.

DKNY Be Delicious

Guy had no problem listing off what scents drive him crazy. Among his many favorites: fruit. "I like lotions that smell like pears," he said. His favorite perfume comes as no surprise, then. DKNY's Be Delicious is a modern feast for the senses. It's a juicy fragrance that combines the smell of apples, exotic flowers and sensual woods and comes in a sleek design -- an apple bottle. $40, www.dknyfragrances.com.

Rain Amazing Shea Hand & Body Cream

Christian told us he wasn't particulary attracted to his wife when they met at their first job. "She wasn't my type really," he said. "But God forbid I end up in the same elevator with her. Her scent nearly made my knees buckle."

Her secret? Rain. This Terra Nova African Shea butter for hands and body is infused with coconut oil, antioxidants vitamin E, grapeseed, bee pollen and soy - leaving skin looking super smooth, young, hydrated and glowing. Rain is a crystalline scent with notes of green clover, lily of the valley and sheer musk, creating the sense that it was derived from nature itself - and apparently has the power to make men fall to their knees. Also comes in perfume and body lotion. $23, www.amazon.com.

Aveda Rosemary and Mint Shampoo

It may come as a surprise, but most men told us they like just plain natural scents and the natural way a woman smells. "I am a simple man," said Danny. "I like the basic smell of shampoo and body wash. I really just like the natural smell of a woman."


Joel agreed, "I like natural scents like lavendar." To honor this love of going au naturale, try Aveda's popular Rosemary and Mint shampoo. It's formulated with peppermint to awaken the senses and rosemary to help protect from environmental damage. Its pure plant aroma naturally energizes and motivates the mind and body... and may just motivate your man. $9.50, www.aveda.com.


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