There are many thoughts that may run through a person’s mind when they think of a sex toy. How do you use it? Does it vibrate? How big is it? Is it discrete? Silent? One thing that most don’t think about however, is the smell.
But if you really think about it, why wouldn’t you want a scented sex toy? With all the intimate body parts, bodily fluids, and action that it sees, a hint of scent could really go a long way. That’s not to say that scented sex toys are designed to cover any natural smells, it’s the combination of pheromones and scents that can heighten a sexual experience.
On the other hand, scent is one of our most important senses. The smell of something familiar can take you back to pleasant memories, and different kinds of essential oils have the ability to induce a relaxed state.
And let’s not forget the power of pheromones—a chemical we excrete that has the ability to create a social response or attraction from the people that we meet. This chemical stimulates our nasal receptors, which then plays a big role in communication, attraction, and reproduction.
Pheromones are so powerful in fact that it’s the reason why women’s menstrual cycles tend to sync up. A study called the McClintock Effect was undergone at the University of Chicago and found that when women spend a considerable amount of time with each other or live together, their pheromones can either speed up or slow down their menstrual cycles.
In short, a scent can be very influential. Just take a look at aromatherapy, for example…
The Rise in Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a kind of healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts (essential oils) to promote health and well-being.
It works via our sense of smell and skin absorption, and can be administered via massages, diffusers, bath salts, body lotion, masks, and more.
Essential oils have also been said to increase intimacy. Some may even trigger an erection or encourage orgasms during sex. Some popular essential oils for the bedroom include clary sage, lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang, carpolobia, ginseng, and yohimbe.
Depending on which you choose to use, you could benefit from an increase in blood flow, relaxation, better erections, boosted performance, or higher levels of desire.
Smell Influences Sexual Arousal
The endless power of scent also goes way beyond aromatherapy. In a 1999 study, levels of arousal were measured in 31 American men. These men took part in question-based smell tests while the amount of blood flow to the penis was measured.
The result? The most arousing scent for these men, which saw a 40 percent increase of blood, was a mixture of lavender and pumpkin pie. Second in line was the combination of black licorice and donuts. The least sexually arousing scent was that of cranberry, which contributed to only 2 percent blood flow.
Despite the odd results, it was found that these smells were often associated with positive experiences and nostalgia for the men. For example, being reminded of a sexual partner’s favourite food.
As for non-food odours, lavender effectively lowered levels of anxiety in the men, which aided in being more comfortable thus an increase in penile blood flow.
The conclusion? The way to a man’s heart is almost definitely through his stomach. Moving on…
Now that we’ve covered the importance of smell when it comes to mood, sexual arousal, and communication, we’d like to introduce you to LILY 2.
This sleek, sexy, curved number is one of LELO’s most sensual toys. And not only is it discrete, it’s also scented!
There are three different colours to choose from, each colour has a signature scent which has been chosen based on aphrodisiacs and romantic stimuli.
This perfumed toy, while being entirely delicious, won’t irritate your intimate parts though, nor will it change the taste or smell because the scent has been sealed within the silicone.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at the different scents you can expect when you purchase a LILY 2 massager…
The Lavender LILY 2 scent is a mixture of lavender and Manuka honey. Why these two?
Lavender, as previously mentioned, has the ability to lower levels anxiety and to induce a feeling of calmness and relaxation. This is because it can reduce the release of cortisol (the ‘stress’ hormone).
Honey is considered to be an aphrodisiac because it contains boron, a mineral that regulates hormone levels released into the blood during arousal. The scent of Manuka honey pairs with the lavender perfectly, enhancing the effect of being calm and relaxed, and gives off a natural, earthy and herbal aroma.
The Pink LILY 2 scent is a mixture of rose and wisteria. Why these two?
Rose scent is associated with fertility and libido. It helps boost confidence, and regulates our nervous system which, in turn, makes us more responsive to touch.
Wisteria is a delicate flower that gives off loving energy, and is well-known for its ability to help women overcome problems with their femininity and sexuality. It induces a feeling of comfort and sensuality, and increases the ability to enjoy physical and emotional intimacy.
The Plum LILY 2 scent is a mixture of Bordeaux and chocolate. Why these two?
Bordeaux is any wine, usually red, that’s been produced in the region of Bordeaux in France. Wine in general is classically romantic, while red wine in particular is known to increase levels of intimacy in women. And did you know that the scent of wine replicates human pheromones?
Chocolate, on the other hand, is synonymous with love and intimacy. It’s something that’s sweet, delicious, craved, and enjoyed. It’s also something that’s gifted to romantic partners on holidays like Valentine’s Day. Not only that, but cocoa has been said to increase blood flow, which can aid in better and longer lasting intimacy.
Intrigued to smell the intoxicating combinations of scents in these three sex toys? Which one are you pining for?