Tension-relieving and antidepressant, rose has been used since ancient times for love potions, sensual elixirs, and sexual tonics. Cleopatra is said to have bathed in rose water and covered her bed in the soft, pungent petals. The allegedly tempting Egyptian queen didn't know it but rose contains phenylethylamine – the same chemical produced by the brain when you're falling in love, that helps to reduce stress and anxiety, calming negative emotions that can get in the way of arousal.
The Victorians were wary of the mellow sweetness of tuberose because they thought it was a racy scent, capable of inducing spontaneous organsms in young, impressionable women.
The spicy aromatic frankincense is distilled by hand in copper from the papery bark of the Boswellia Sacra trees in the Sultanate of Oman. Frankincense essential oil has been used in rituals, cosmetics, and perfumes for thousands of years and is known to be an aphrodisiac because it helps to balance hormone levels and reduce mood killing anxiety and fatigue.
Black pepper is known to increase blood flow and heart rate and to release endorphins because it contains the compound capsaicin.
Throughout history cinnamon has been valued for its medicinal benefits. Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, the delicate but complex spice can also aid the body as a natural aphrodisiac, with subtle warming effects and as a natural source of manganese, a nutrient essential to sexual health and the overall wellness of skin, bones, metabolism, sight, hearing, and the nervous system.
Sensual, woodsy patchouli has been added to the blend because it is a beloved aphrodisiac purported to stimulate hormone receptors.