Spice Up Your Love Making With Aphrodisiacs

Anne Alloway

Posted on November 09 2022

couple kissing with tongue
Mia Harvey ​​

What's the deal with aphrodisiacs anyway? 

Keeping a relationship fresh is paramount if both partners are going to feel fulfilled and amorous for the long haul. From ancient times to present day, both men and women have sought out ways to enhance their (or their partner’s) sexual desire, attraction, performance and pleasure. Enter Aphrodisiacs. Named for the Greek Goddess of Love Aphrodite, these substances are thought to increase sexual behavior through a variety of biological triggers. Aphrodisiacs come from a variety of plants, foods, spices and even synthetic chemicals—so there’s sure to be one that will work for you. Not sure where to start? We’re including a run down of our favorites and why—just pick what sounds most intriguing to you and let the magic of the aphrodisiac take care of the rest! 

1. Strawberries

Strawberries have long been considered an aphrodisiac, going all the way back to the days of Ancient Rome. This bright red, juicy fruit was considered to be the symbol of Venus, the Goddess of Love, and quickly became known as a must-have accompaniment to any rendezvous. Legend has it that when two people share a strawberry, they will fall in love. This is why the chocolate covered strawberry is synonymous with lovers and love. 

Our favorite product that taps into the seductive power of the strawberry is Intimate Earth Fresh Oral Pleasure Glide in Wild Strawberry. The flavor is pure deliciousness—light strawberry flavor without any chemical aftertaste. The texture is smooth and slippery, making it the perfect addition for all of your oral endeavors. 

Another must-have item in the strawberry aphrodisiac category is the Strawberries and Champagne scented candle by Smitten. Not only is this product chock full of that delicate strawberry scent we’re after, it also contains pheromones to heighten the chemistry with your partner even more. We love that this candle not only provides a romantic ambience, it’s also made from natural soy wax, making it the perfect massage oil to get you in the mood for love. 

ripe red strawberry
Allec Gomes/Unsplash​​

2. Alcohol

Speaking of Champagne, alcohol is yet another well-known aphrodisiac. Not only does it increase sexual desire and arousal, it packs the double benefit also helping to lower your inhibitions. (It is important to note that excessive alcohol use can have the reverse effect of hindering sexual performance, so easy does it, okay?) 

We think the answer to incorporating the aphrodisiac properties of alcohol without getting totally toasted is these delicious Champagne flavored gummies by Vinoos. These surprisingly gourmet grown up gummies bring the perfect amount of sweetness and pair it with a hint of Champagne flavor. Even better, they have no artificial colors and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans too. 

If Champagne is not your thing, consider grabbing our fan-favorite Ma Cherie box which contains a delightful Cherry Blossom Elixir perfect for adding a little je ne sais quoi to your cocktails. Made from real flowers and botanicals, this delicate elixir has a sweet, citrus balance which lends to the aphrodisiac properties of your favorite adult beverages. Add to your favorite spirits for a floral twist on cocktails or to soda or tea for mocktails and simply wait for the spirit of Venus to move you. 

Alcohol being poured into a glass
Charles "Duck" Unitas/Unitas Photography​​

3. Vanilla

Another natural scent that has stood the test of time when it comes to creating feelings of attraction and sexual desire is vanilla. Throughout history, and especially amongst royalty, vanilla has been the preferred scent for perfumes, lotions and potions. In fact, it was once widely believed that bathing in a tub sprinkled with vanilla would awaken the body’s sexual desire. Additionally, indigenous peoples in Mexico would often mix vanilla with cocoa drinks to increase their sexual performance. (Probably had something to do with the one-two punch of chocolate—another revered aphrodisiac—mixing with the delicate scent of vanilla!) 

Since few things set an amorous mood better than the sensual glow of a flickering candle, we had to include the stunning Double Wick Blushed Vanilla Sugar Shimmer Candle by SOI. Featuring premium soy wax and hand poured into a beautiful 15 oz. Diamond cut glass vessel, this romantic blend of Tahitian Vanilla, White Musk and Bergamot will add a sexy scent that’s sure to get you lucky. 

vanilla beans intertwined
Jocelyn Morales​​

With so many delicious options for increasing your sexual desire and wooing your lover, it can be hard to know where to start. We suggest starting with a monthly subscription to the Heart + Honey box. After all, when you pair the element of surprise with erotic toys and enticing accessory items, you’ve got everything you need for a night you won’t forget. 


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