The Most Seductive Scents (As Proven by Science)

Updated 09/23/16

There’s no denying the powerful connection between scent and mood, the way a single whiff of a particular fragrance can elicit a ridiculously strong reaction (see: the pungent smell of Acqua Di Gio you’ll forever associate with your high-school boyfriend). Fortunately, not all scents are quite so off-putting. In fact, some have the opposite effect, drawing others in, making them swoon.

With this in mind, we set out to uncover the most seductive scents, the ones that have been proven to allure, enchant, and entice. All in the names of research, of course. And because we may or may not have a (slinky, provocative) opening in our fragrance wardrobe.

From warm vanilla to beguiling musk, keep scrolling for the six most seductive scents!

Dior Diorissimo Eau de Toilette $75
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Stella McCarnety L.I.L.Y $60
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Byredo Parfums Inflorescence $220
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Diana Vreeland Perfectly Marvelous Eau de Parfum $185
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Serge Lutens Clair de Musc Eau de Parfum $130
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Jo Malone Iris & White Musk Cologne Intense $155
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Diptyque Eau de Lavande Fragrance $98
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Philosophy Pure Grace Fragrance $46
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Christian Dior Eau Noire $300
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Prada Candy $64
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Pure Vanilla Fragrance $58
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Thierry Mugler Angel $49
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Acqua di Parma Colonia $96
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Atelier Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue $105
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Coqui Coqui Orange Blossom Eau de Cologne $62
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Le Labo Santal 33 $240
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Régimes des Fleurs Freeworld Eau de Parfume $165
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Chanel Bois Des Iles Parfume $200
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