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6 Sexy scents for Valentine's Day

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Romantic and sexy fragrance notes

With Valentine's Day around the corner, we thought we'd share some of the more romantic and sexy notes to look for when choosing a perfume. Or you can opt for an essential oil in one of our sultry picks to really make your man stand up and take notice.
Romantic and sexy fragrance notes



There's nothing like spicy, exotic-smelling ginger to make you feel sexy. Try this fragrance if you're feeling low energy and need a bit of warmth to spice up your mood. We found this one to be a better cool weather scent and really liked how its spicy notes lingered, making it a great Valentine's Day pick.



While rose can be thought of as boring or something reserved for your grandmother, it may surprise you if you give it a chance. Even though rose is a scent we're all familiar with, it's actually more romantic than you might think. As an essential oil, it's luxurious and sweet with intense floral notes. It has soothing properties that can help you relax after a long, stressful day. Rose can also make you feel both frisky and feminine. Sign us up.



Lavender has long been used for its calming properties but that doesn't mean it can't also be sensual. The fragrance is fresh with a hint of spice and can be used to help relax either you or your partner after a long or particularly stressful day. If you're feeling tense on Feb. 14, lavender can help ease anxiety and make room for romance. Yes, please!


Ylang Ylang

This is a highly sensual and exotic scent with heady, floral notes – which couldn't be more perfect for Valentine's Day. The exotic aspect of Ylang Ylang makes it a sexy choice and one that offers a good balance between feminine and masculine scents. This is a good option for when you're already feeling frisky but want something to give you even more allure.



Bringing to mind long walks in the woods, sandalwood is a relaxing, sensual scent with sweet, woody notes reminiscent of log cabins and sexy, muscular lumberjacks. This scent works well in the fall and winter meaning February is a great time to use it.



Jasmine has a rich floral scent that brings to mind lush, tropical locales and beachside cabanas. This is a good scent to bring out in the winter, when romance can cool off. There's no better way to warm it up than with a sexy, tropical fragrance. This one has the power to make you feel particularly enchanting.

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