Tis' the month when love takes center stage, and whether you're celebrating with partner, friend or just focusing on self love goals, we've got some cute beauty things lined up for that occasion. And how did we make the selections? They've all got aphrodisiacs in them! And what exactly are aphrodisiacs? Think them as the wingmen of the food and scent world. They're believed to amp up your libido and spark sexual desire. The science behind it is a bit fuzzy, but that shouldn't try to stop you from trying it for yourself and finding out. These ingredients often sneak into the skincare scene with a bit of a romantic reputation. And here are some you can gift your partner, or self, a bit of romantic persuasion.
Hydrating, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this super floral is known for its many benefits for skin. There's a reason why rose has been a mainstay in Ayurvedic and Indian beauty formulations, it's a nutrient powerhouse. It's seductive prowess kicks in when the scent, which has long been associated with love and romance, is featured heavily in a product. So keep some refreshing rose water handy on your date night to stay prepared and prepare more for later too!
Moisturising, antiseptic and balancing, jasmine has made a name for itself in being able to nourish your skin from deep within. Its sweet and exotic fragrance is also believed to have mood-enhancing and aphrodisiac effects on some. Reach for a deliciously scented body lotion to prepare for your weekend away with bae.
An ingredient that has for ages not let down generations of DIY beauty lovers, sandalwood is known to offer anti-ageing benefit and calm an angry skin. Known for its warm and woody scent, sandalwood is sometimes associated with relaxation and an overall sense of well-being. Prep for a date night with an at-home sandalwood-infused facial or get together with your girls for a Galentine's night of beauty!
This one is a no-brainer. The sweet and comforting scent of vanilla is believed by many to be closely associated with lust and desire. And it makes sense; if you smell like a snack, you'd be treated like a snack too. So a heady, vanilla-scented lotion that turns you into a glazed donut is just what you need for any and all V-day plans!
A natural astringent that offers toning benefits to the skin, the earthy and musky scent is also linked to sensuality and has been used in perfumery for its unique aroma. We've added a pick for the men too so that they can come prepared with their share of exposure to aphrodisiacs.
Known to enhance skin elasticity and offer UV protection, the scent of cocoa, associated with chocolate, is often considered comforting and can evoke positive emotions. Combine it with a formulation that basically doubles up as body makeup, lather yourself from head to toe in this shimmery body butter before you head our bar-hopping.
Known for its sweet and floral fragrance, ylang-ylang is often linked to relaxation and sensuality. In skincare, it can offer excellent sebum regulation for your skin, keeping your complexion clear and blemish-free for Valentine's week.