Throughout history, our sense of smell has been a key ingredient in courtship traditions. Scents are deeply linked to our emotions and can evoke physiological effects.
A scent can make your other senses more vivid, open your heart, invite relaxation, or sharpen your focus. Some scents are known for increasing feelings of intimacy and connection between people.
So when we think about getting romantic on Valentine’s Day it makes sense to think of essential oils and their intense aromas. Choosing the right oils to diffuse into your space, to scent your bath, enhance a massage oil mixture, or to wear as a perfume will boost the romance factor of your day while setting the perfect mood.
The 5 essential oils featured in this article are the A-team for getting romantic and warming up your Valentine’s Day ambiance. Try our romantic diffuser blends or make your own sensual couple’s massage oil to really heat things up. Use some trial and error and find the essential oil scents that stir your soul and inspire your heart.
Rose Essential Oil
The rose is known as the “King of Flowers,” and its essential oil is the “Queen of Essential Oils.” Throughout history both have been used and loved by royalty. The oil’s properties include boosting positive emotions and inducing relaxation. The familiar, intoxicating aroma is as beautiful as the flower and brings your emotions in tune with nature. Rose oil is often used for meditation and prayer. Try rose oil when you want to encourage patience and love.
This oil boosts happiness and can help balance hormone fluctuations while lifting spirits and mood. It has a sweet aroma that encourages peaceful feelings, repels negative energy, and boosts focus. It is considered by some to be a mature scent that is suitable for mature hearts and minds and is not appropriate for the uninitiated and inexperienced in love and life. Use this oil to evoke pleasant memories, to create a welcoming, calming atmosphere, and as an aphrodisiac.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine oil is a favorite due to its exotic, floral, sultry aroma. It makes a great natural perfume and is sometimes called the “perfume of love.” The scent is described as alluring and romantic and is great for wearing or diffusing.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
The Clary Sage essential oil has a bittersweet floral aroma that can be described as earthy with hints of fruity, floral, nutty, dry, and musky. The oil is prized for its soothing, balancing, calming, and relaxing effects. A bit of this oil will be useful in managing highly emotional situations, and it has been reported to enhance dreams.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
This oil is known for its sweet, romantic aroma and excellent moisturizing properties. Ylang Ylang is often used in skincare products and as a top note in perfumes. The scent relieves stress and erases tension while boosting feelings of connection between people. Some refer to it as the oil of the inner child and inner truth, since it relaxes the body and soul and “opens the heart.” Use this oil to induce warmth, sensuality, and joy. It is also reported to be a potent aphrodisiac.
Diffuser Blends for Connection
Combine the perfect diffuser blend with romantic lighting, soft music and someone special for a date night to remember.
Romantic Night Diffuser Blend
- 3 drops Rose EO
- 3 drops Jasmine EO
- 3 drops Sandalwood EO
Sparkling Romance Diffuser Blend
Sensual Massage Oil
Get intimate with your special honey using a sensual massage oil blend to heighten your senses, deepen feelings of connection, and make the outside world fade away.
- 4 oz dark amber glass bottle
- 4 oz carrier oil (sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil)
- 3-5 drops Ylang Ylang EO
- 10-12 drops additional essential oils (mixture of your favorite scents: Jasmine, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Geranium, Clary Sage or Rose)
Mix all ingredients in the glass bottle. Use for a romantic couple’s massage.
Personal Fragrance for Romance
For your own romantic signature scent, place a drop of essential oil onto each of several pulse points: inside wrists, behind ears, nape of neck, or behind knees. Some recommended oils that are safe to use undiluted include: Lavender, Neroli, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rose, and Ylang Ylang. If you have sensitive skin you can dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba.
You can also scent your hair: simply work several drops of your chosen oils into your damp hair then style as usual. Adding several drops of your favorite oils to your bath is another great way of scenting your skin with an alluring signature scent for a special day.