The fifth sense (the sense of smell) is a powerful one, which is why the fragrances you wear can be such a defining feature, and the scents you smell can often be an important factor when forming opinions.
Fragrances can evoke strong emotions in people; a smell instantly drawing you back to past time-gone-by with it's nostalgia-enhancing qualities, or perhaps a comforting scent that reminds you so strongly of a loved one, or simply the 'smell of home'.
They can also be incredibly alluring - filling up your senses with pheromones of the opposite sex and drawing you to them inexplicably, or vice-versa. Never underestimate the power of a sexy fragrance and the power it can unwittingly wield on others.
From Chanel to Tom Ford and Robert Piguet, we've rounded up 10 of the sexiest fragrances you can possibly own. With descriptions like "pure sex in a bottle" and "sweetly seductive", these musk-drenched scents are sure to get the juices flowing...
Reinvented for 2018, Chanel's intense new version of Mademoiselle had us at hello.
If ever you’re flagging, but need to pull it out of the bag for a party or big event, wear this. You’ll be able to face anything.
Coco Mademoiselle, £82
Red’s editor-in-chief describes this as ‘pure sex in a bottle for mavericks and intellectuals’ and it’s hard to think of a more seductive, more sensual, more flirty, more daring scent.
When you Google sexiest fragrances of all time (please don’t, though – we want you here!) this always features first.
Tuberose is one of the most heady, carnal ingredients in perfumery and Fracas is oozing it in its butteriest, most inviting form. You’ve been warned.
Fracas by Robert Piguet, £155
Experts often claim Orientals say ‘Eat me’ and no combination of vanilla and spice is more elegantly edible than this '20s classic. Spray it on and everyone will be wondering what your exotic secret is. Absolutely irresistible.
Musk amplifies the smell of anything you put on afterwards, but crucially it exalts the smell of skin itself.
Spray on Kiehl’s version and you immediately evoke skin and sin in equally joyous parts. Feeling a little bit naughty, dirty, even? This is the one.
Musk EDP, £42
Musk, we’ve seen, is a seriously sexy ingredient, which explains why this musk-drenched fragrance is, to paraphrase perfume expert Raymond Chandler, a scent ‘to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window’.
Since its launch in 2003, thousands have fallen under the spell cast by creamy vanilla, heady orange blossom, sultry patchouli and, of course, lashings of sexy musk.
For Her, £62
This is intended for men, but on a woman, the notes of vetiver, iris, incense and musk assume a sensual vegtal animality that’s highly spirited and deeply feminine all at the same time.
Consider this your inner Jeanne Moreau, gallivanting through the streets of Paris, bra-less in a man’s jumper and drawn-on moustache, with not one, but two, men at her side.
French Lover, £120
Perfumer Azzi Glasser says a chypre is one of the sexiest, most alluring perfumes you can wear and Bandit is a brilliant, subversive iteration.
The intense combination of exotic leather, spice, oakmoss and musk evokes haute sophistication and naughtiness, ensuring Bandit is the perfect perfume for making mischief and love.
Everything Tom Ford has sex as an undertone, but if you want something less full-on than his classically sexy Black Orchid (£102 for 100ml) and more sweetly seductive, this could be for you.
Velvet Orchid, £57.50
The name says it and the juice doesn’t disappoint. This sharp, woody fragrance laced with jasmine and magnolia oil evokes seedy Soho boudoirs in the most glorious possible way.
Spicy and seductive this perfume never fails to inspire compliments but more than that, it sinks into the skin beautifully leaving a trace of its deep, smoky sweetness and magical spice lingering on your wrists the next morning.