Aphrodisiacs 101

Aphrodisiacs excite the senses and stimulate desire. The word aphrodisiac comes from a Greek word meaning “pertaining to Aphrodite,” the Greek goddess of love. Aphrodisiac scents and foods have been used for thousands of years to enhance intimacy.

Good Clean Love’s aphrodisiacs are made with pure, high-quality essential oils that make touching, kissing, and smelling each other better than ever. By stimulating your desire for each other, they heighten the physical and emotional connections between you and your partner.

Love Oils, Organic Coconut Pleasure Balm, and Myths + Legends perfumes are great for sensual massage, aromatherapy, bathing, kissing, moisturizing, and more — the uses and possibilities for aphrodisiacs are limited only by your imagination!

How do Good Clean Love’s aphrodisiacs work?

Good Clean Love’s aphrodisiacs are formulated to activate the arousal mechanism in the brain through scent. By enhancing your natural pheromones and stimulating the limbic center of the brain where sexual arousal begins, aphrodisiacs help create and enhance physical and emotional connections between you and your partner.

You can read more about the role of scent in arousal on our blog, Making Love Sustainable.

Aphrodisiac Love Oils

I just bought a bottle of Love Oil. Now what?

Lucky you! Try this: open up the bottle and then dab a little bit onto your wrist. Smell it. You’ll find it smells different on you than in the bottle. Now, dab some on your partner’s wrist. Smell different again? It is not something wrong with your nose! Scent is one of our most powerful, yet underutilized, senses. The Love Oil smells different on you than it does your partner because your body chemistries (i.e., pheromones) interact differently with the scent. Cool, no?

Now, put your wrist next to your partner’s wrist. Take turns leaning down to smell the oil again, this time a combination of the two of you. See how it changed again? That’s because your body chemistry combined with your partner’s body chemistry creates a completely unique scent. This scent cannot be replicated.

Intrigued? Step into the bedroom and put a dab of the oil on your lips. Then have your partner put some on their lips. Now, lean in and inhale. Let the scent make its way up to the limbic brain — this is the part of your brain that controls sensuality, memory, and emotion. After a moment, give in and kiss your partner and experiment with kissing the rest of your partner’s body with the oil. See how the scent changes again? That’s because the body’s chemistry is different on different parts. Notice how fun it is? Mixing scent into intimate time allows you to slow down and enjoy your partner in a new way.

This is the way we have designed Love Oil to work, but it’s not the only way to use it.

What is Love Oil used for?

Think of it as an enhancement of your touch, letting you leave traces on your partner’s body everywhere your hands have been. Really, the uses and possibilities for Love Oil are limited only by your imagination! Here are some suggestions:

  • As a massage oil: Okay, so there are a ton of other massage oils on the market. That doesn’t mean that your Love Oil can’t play double duty. Plus, who says no to an intimate massage before the act begins?
  • As a perfume: We make perfumes too, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use Love Oil as a completely natural perfume that doesn’t contain the fixatives of store bought perfumes. Not to mention, wearing a perfume with a scent completely unique to you is pretty cool.
  • As a bathing oil: People have been using essential oils for centuries, so who’s to say putting a few drops in your bath is wrong?! Did you know Cleopatra used to have shiploads of rose petals brought over whenever Mark Antony sailed in? A few drops of that lovely Caribbean Rose oil of ours in your bath just might have you feeling like royalty the next time you take a relaxing bath.
  • As a moisturizer: Oils can be really nice moisturizers for a whole body rub down after your relaxing oil-scented bath.
  • As a diffusing oil: If you have one of those at-home diffusers, place a drop or two in your diffuser. Instant air freshener! Try our Origins oil for a totally grounding experience at home.

Can Love Oil be used internally?

Yes, Good Clean Love aphrodisiac Love Oils and Coconut Pleasure Balm can be used internally as a way to spice up oral sex, and are safe if ingested.

Are your aphrodisiac Love Oils totally organic?

Whenever possible, yes, our Love Oils are made from wildcrafted and organic essential oils. We are always looking out for the best ingredients — we use our products, too, and we want the best as much as you do. Read more about our ingredient philosophy.

I just bought some Coconut Pleasure Balm. How do I use it?

Coconut Pleasure Balm is great to have in the bedroom for moisturizing and lubrication — just be sure not to use it with latex condoms, because it’s oil-based, and oil weakens latex. Coconut Pleasure Balm is an aphrodisiac. So, like our Love Oils, it is great for setting the mood with massages and aromatherapy. As you probably already know, coconut oil is a great moisturizer, so Coconut Pleasure Balm will leave your skin feeling supple and smooth. Unlike the coconut oil you can buy at a grocery store, our Pleasure Balm is blended with essential oils that give it a subtle tropical scent.

How are Myths + Legends different from other fragrances?

Good Clean Love aphrodisiac scentsUnlike most fragrances, which are synthetically produced, Myths + Legends are made with ancient aphrodisiac essential oils including East Indian Sandalwood, Omani Frankincense, and Bulgarian Rose, and contain no fixatives or petrochemicals. Synthetic fragrances are largely produced with 95% petrochemicals including acetone, phthalates, and many endocrine disrupters. We didn’t put any of those in our fragrances.

Myths + Legends contain no fixatives — why is that important?

Fixatives keep fragrances from changing in response to the changing conditions of your body. Changes in body temperature, sweating, getting anxious or aroused — all of these can affect how the fragrance you’re wearing smells, if there’s no fixative keeping the fragrance the same.

Because Good Clean Love’s fragrances contain no fixatives, they respond to the unique body chemistry of the wearer. This means that the same fragrance on you will smell different on your partner. It can be fun to notice this difference — for a full day, wear the same fragrance as your partner, and then at the end of the day, do a sniff test to compare.

Are Myths + Legends for men? Women?

We think they’re both for whoever wants to wear them. Both have unique qualities; it doesn’t seem fair to say one is for men and the other is for women. So, rather than describe them in terms of gender, we describe them like this:

Myths™ is rooted in passionate desire, reflecting the mystery and power of the divine feminine. Alluring, intuitive, and intoxicatingly sensual. Balanced and evocative.

Legends™ invokes a deep arousal, capturing the magnetic presence of masculine energy. An iconic scent of the hero. Inspired, confident with enduring strength.