Here are my thoughts and reviews about some of the scent mixes recommended over the Internet. Links have been provided to the original recipe and my adaptations follow the original.
As I’ve written before scent is a very personal thing. You would do well to experiment with these combinations by using cotton balls and see if you and your lover find them appealing before mixing a huge batch and finding out you don’t like them at all! I’ve also found that the original scent changes quite a bit before it settles so give your test a day or so for all the scents to age into each other.
Original: Sandalwood and Jasmine recipe at Aroma Web. I actually needed something else to tone down the floral as Jasmine often gives me a headache at full strength. You can choose one of the following: Black Pepper (1), Clove (1), Myrrh (1), to slide the scent towards a more masculine appeal; or Clary Sage (2), Rosewood (2), or one of the Oranges for a more fruity uplift.
2 ounces Massage Oil
Sandalwood (12) ~ you can exchange for Cedarwood
Bergamot (8) ~ exchange with Rosewood, Clary Sage or one of the Oranges
Myrrh (2) ~ you can exchange with Cinnamon Leaf, Cardamom, Black Pepper or Clove Bud
Mood for Love by Birch Hill: Sandalwood (3) to Rose (2) added to 2 Tbps (or 1 ounce) of Massage Lotion. Again, floral scents way overpower me. A little goes a long way.
Romantic Encounter (Birch Hill) has a combination of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Bergamot. Since those two floral scents together would have blasted me away (not in a good way) I didn’t try that one. If you really like florals, it might be worth your experimental effort.
Romantic Massage #1 (Birch Hill) combines equal parts Cedarwood (2) with Clary Sage (2), adding Orange (1) and Vanilla at 10% (5 drops) to 1 ounce massage oil (btw you don’t have to use Almond and I recommend you don’t if you have a nut allergy). Sounded good but as always I can’t stop from meddling.
2 ounces Massage Oil
Cedarwood (8) ~ alternatives would be Sandalwood, Frankincense and even Myrrh.
Clary Sage (8) ~ exchange with Bergamot
Vanilla at 10% (6)
Orange, Neroli (4) ~ if this orange is too sweet for you, exchange with sweet orange.
Romantic Massage #2 (Birch Hill) is the same as the basic Sandalwood/Jasmine mix but at equal drop amounts. Added to the blend is Ylang Ylang and Orange. Because of Jasmine’s strong floral I would actually reduce the Jasmine amount in this recipe by quite a bit. The same goes for Ylang Ylang. Because most of these scents were not my favorites, I didn’t try it but if you like florals a lot go for it!
Aura Cacia has a lot of online recipes for romance. Most of their recipes are variation on the same theme: Vanilla Essence at a high drop dosage, with added Cardamom and Orange. Or Vanilla with some sort of floral scent (Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang etc..). Probably my favorite was this Chocolove that I made some small changes too:
Vanilla at 10% (16 drops)
Rose Otto (3 drops)
Sweet Orange (2)
Peppermint, Chocolate (2)
1/4 cup Aura Cacia Cocoa Butter
Vanilla at 10% (20 drops)
Orange, Sweet (2)
Clove (2) for masculine/spicy OR Rose Otto (2) for feminine/floral
Spicy Seduction combines Vanilla, Rose and Clove.
Subtle Seduction has Jasmine, Patchouli and Vanilla. Not a big fan of the first two and knowing how strong Jasmine and Patchouli are, I would doubt this seduction is anything but subtle. LOL!
Rise to the Occasion
To make it easier for everyone to know how I do my own work (of course feel free to develop your own method!), I’ve put together this post: Blending a Massage Oil with Essential Oils (photos now added). For my blog, you can click the category Essential Oils & Herbs located on the right and it will show you a directory of posts of all the essential oils I’ve explored on the blog.
NOTE: I’d recommend being very careful and not use this in the genital area. Really, when it comes to anything in the tender spots, it’s best to use plain old oil (if you really are rambunctious I’d recommend unscented Canola or Olive oil and lots of it). You never know how those sensitive tissues will react to essential oils. And they could react very, very unpleasantly. Your night of passion could end you up in the emergency room instead.
WARNING: If pregnant, some of the above are not recommended so do your research beforehand. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t poisonous or toxic! Research and inform yourself! Always do a test on your skin with the diluted massage oil to confirm you and your partner have no issues with the essential oils you have used.
BTW I don’t have sensitive skin, health concerns, not using prescribed or recreational drugs, no allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you.