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The Sexiest Scent: Pumpkin Pie and Lavender

By March 29, 2022 April 6th, 2022 No Comments

People, it’s time to take your dating game up a notch because we’ve found a secret that can make your date more fired up. You must surely be familiar with aphrodisiacs, or substances that enhance sexual attraction. Turns out, pumpkin pie and lavender combined can turn on men like nothing else. The seductive nature of these two scents will definitely intrigue your senses, so we decided to do some research on it. Here’s what we found out.

The study by Dr. Hirsch

Although lavender perfume is something we’re all quite familiar with, pumpkin pie is definitely not a smell that we’d associate with perfumes, let alone sexual attraction. So we decided to dig into some scientific research and discovered a book titled The Real Science of Sex Appeal by Dr. Alan Hirsch.

Dr. Hirsch began researching the connection between scent and sexual attraction when he found that around 20 percent of his patients who had lost their olfactory senses were also suffering from sexual dysfunction. Noticing this, he recruited people for a study measuring sexual responses to certain smells.

According to the study, Dr. Hirsch found that the smell of pumpkin pie increased the penile blood flow in men by at least 40%, stimulating high levels of sexual arousal. Lavender had the same effect on men, increasing their sexual arousal drastically. These scents were followed by a combination of licorice and doughnuts and a combination of pumpkin pies and donuts.

What about women?

As part of the same study, Dr. Hirsch surveyed around 30 women and discovered that women too were turned on by the smell of pumpkin pie. But more than this, women were sexually aroused by the smell of licorice candy “Good & Plenty” and popcorn.

What can we infer from this?

How is a dessert that we traditionally see at Thanksgiving able to stimulate men more than say, Chanel or Versace? Experts suggest that the reason lies in the zinc present in pumpkin seeds. Zinc is an excellent booster for the testosterone hormone. As the level of testosterone in our bodies becomes higher, our sexual desire also increases. Psychologists also opine that pumpkin pie and lavender trigger happy memories within men, thereby putting them in a good mood and creating a setting for sexual activity. For people who think Thanksgiving is the pattern here, it’s not true, because cranberries only elicited a 2 percent increase in libido.

Things to keep in mind

If you really want to keep your man on his toes, then simply putting on this scent is not enough. Here are some things you must keep in mind before using pumpkin pie and lavender scent.

1. Don’t overdo it

When it comes to pumpkin pie and lavender scent, even a small amount would work wonders. However, too much of a powerful scent might also turn off your guy.

2. Don’t use it all the time

To keep your scent distinctive, use it only when necessary, aka when you’re looking to spice things up.

3. Keep the suspense

If someone asks you why you smell great, let it remain an intriguing mystery. There are other things you can talk about than the scientific reason behind your fragrance.


If you’re looking for a seductive perfume to wow a man the combination of pumpkin pie and lavender is hands down the best choice. However, don’t limit yourself to this scent alone –  keep trying different fragrances as well.


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