When it comes to creating the mood for a romantic evening with this special person in your life, nothing compares to the perfect blend of essential oils.
Choose your favorites from this list of the most romantic essential oils.
Use of these essential oils
These sensual essential oils are best used in a massage oil blend that can be applied to your partner’s or partner’s skin. Read our guide to blending essential oils here.
Mix the essential oils you want to try following the directions in the article above and dilute them in a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or one of them) in a ratio of no more than 2%.
Read our essential oils safety guide before using essential oils.
Allspice oil is distilled from the berries Pimenta dioica (aka. Pimenta officinalis.) This fresh, warm, spicy and sweet heart note gives your oil blend a hint of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
Allspice goes well with essential oils of black pepper, coriander, ginger, neroli and ylang ylang.
2. Atlas Cedarwood
Atlas cedarwood oil is distilled from the wood Cedrus atlantica Tree. This base note has a rich woody and balsamic fragrance.
Atlas Cedarwood is traditionally used for relaxation and as an earthy undertone in perfumes. This relaxing oil is also known for its regenerating and detoxifying properties.
Mix Atlas Cedarwood with essential oils of clary sage, jasmine, neroli, rosemary, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Cinnamon bark oil is distilled from the dried inner bark Cinnamomum verum (aka. Cinnamomum zeylanicum.) This warm herbal spice can be used as a middle or base note depending on the properties of the oils with which it is mixed.
Cinnamon bark is traditionally used for its antiseptic properties and as a popular culinary spice. The oil is also a powerful stimulant and digestive aid.
Cinnamon bark oil can be mixed well with essential oils from ginger, rose, vanilla and ylang ylang.
Coriander oil is a sweet, spicy, woody and slightly fruity heart note, which is distilled from the seeds Coriandrum sativum (also known as coriander)
Coriander is a popular culinary spice that has long been used in the fragrance industry for its stimulating properties. The oil also improves digestion and detoxifies the body.
Coriander seed oil blends well with black pepper, cinnamon, clary sage, ginger, jasmine, neroli, nutmeg, sandalwood and ylang ylang essential oils.
Davana oil is distilled from the leaves and flowers Artemisia pallens and adds a rich, sweet and fruity base note to oil blends.
Davana is traditionally used for religious offerings and is still considered a symbol of spirituality alongside its magnificent aroma, which is said to develop in response to the individual body chemistry of the person wearing or smelling the oil.
Davana goes well with black pepper, jasmine, neroli, rose, sandalwood, vanilla and ylang ylang essential oils.
Ginger oil gives a mixture a warm, fresh, slightly sweet and woody aroma. Distilled from the root of Zingiber officinalethis oil can be used as either a middle or top note.
Ginger oil has traditionally been known for its ability to aid digestion and relieve a sick stomach. It is also very stimulating and is often added to fragrances because of its deep earthy undertones.
Ginger oil blends well with essential oils made from cedarwood, coriander, jasmine, neroli, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Rich, floral jasmine oil is one of the most popular of all sensual flower oils. This warm heart note is distilled from the blossoms Jasminum grandiflorum.
Jasmine is traditionally used to give perfumes their sensual floral fragrance. It can also be used to calm the nerves and relax the body.
Jasmine oil blends well with essential oils from clary sage, coriander, ginger, neroli, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Mace oil is distilled from the Ariles of Myristica fragrans (The same plant from which nutmeg is harvested.) This heart note gives an oil mixture a bright, warm and spicy aroma.
Mace has a long history of use as both a culinary spice and as a popular ingredient in fragrances. The oil is also very stimulating for the body and mind.
Mace oil blends well with essential oils from clary sage and neroli.
Nutmeg oil is a warm and spicy heart note, similar to Mace, and is distilled from the seeds Myristica fragrans.
Traditionally, nutmeg is used in cooking to give scents a warm, nutty undertone. Nutmeg stimulates both body and mind. The spice and oil are said to produce vivid dreams when used just before bed.
Nutmeg goes well with essential oils from clary sage, coriander and rosemary.
Depending on the mixture, neroli oil can be used as either a middle or top note. This oil has the light, sweet fragrance of Citrus aurantium (aka.Bitter Orange) flowers from which it is distilled.
Neroli is traditionally used to calm the mind and relieve tension. It is also known for its ability to heal the skin and promote a more youthful appearance.
Neroli oil goes well with clary sage, coriander, ginger, jasmine, rose, sandalwood and ylang-ylang essential oils.
11. Black pepper
Black pepper oil is a strong and spicy heart note, which is distilled from the dried fruit Piper nigrum. This oil gives a mixture a dry and spicy kick.
Black pepper is traditionally known as a culinary spice and digestive aid that stimulates both the mind and the body.
Black pepper oil goes well with essential oils from clary sage, nutmeg, rosemary, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
12. Pink pepper
Pink Pepper Oil – although in no way related to that of Piper nigrum – has a similarly spicy aroma. Distilled from the seeds of Schinus molle (also known as the Peruvian pepper tree), this oil also has sweet and fruity properties.
Pink Pepper can be used almost interchangeably with Black Pepper and has many of the same effects, including use as a digestive and stimulant.
Pink Pepper Oil goes well with essential oils from clary sage, nutmeg, rosemary, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
13. Bulgarian rose
Bulgarian rose oil is distilled from the petals Rosa damascena (aka. the damask rose.) This floral heart note is very rich and sweet with just a hint of spice.
The Bulgarian rose has traditionally been used to inspire sensuality and relax the mind. The oil is a popular ingredient in perfumery.
Bulgarian rose oil goes well with essential oils from clary sage, ginger, jasmine, neroli, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
14. Chinese rose
Chinese rose oil has a soft and sweet floral aroma with hints of spices and honey. This rich heart note is distilled from the petals Rosa rugosa (aka.Ramanas Rose, Japanese Rose.)
Rosa rugosa has a hypnotically sweet fragrance, which makes it an excellent addition to sensual blends. The oil is also a popular ingredient in perfumery.
Chinese rose oil can be wonderfully mixed with essential oils from coriander, ginger, jasmine, neroli, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Rosemary oil is distilled from the flowering tops Rosmarinus officinalis. This heart note has a strong and fresh, woody, camphor-like aroma.
Rosemary is a traditional symbol of love and marriage. It is also known for its digestive and stimulating properties.
Rosemary oil can be mixed well with essential oils from black pepper, cedarwood, cinnamon and clary sage.
16. Clary sage
Clary sage oil is distilled from the leaves and flowers Salvia sclarea. This heart note gives a mixture a dry, musky, bittersweet floral aroma.
Clary Sage has traditionally been known for its ability to clear up blurred vision and revive tired, tense eyes. It is also known for its ability to calm nerves and create a warm, slightly euphoric environment.
Clary sage oil goes well with black pepper, cedarwood, coriander, jasmine, rose and sandalwood.
17. Australian sandalwood
Australian sandalwood oil is distilled from the roots and heartwood of the Santalum spicatum Tree. This base note gives oil mixtures a soft, earthy, woody and slightly balsamic undertone.
Australian sandalwood is known for its calming and relaxing properties. Because of its subtle yet persistent earthy aroma, sandalwood is a favorite among sensual oils for both genders.
Sandalwood oil goes well with vanilla. It can also be mixed well with essential oils from black pepper, clary sage, jasmine, neroli, rose and ylang ylang.
18. Winter savory
Winter Savory oil is distilled from all parts of the world Satureja montana Herb. This heart note has a strong green and somewhat medicinal herbal aroma.
Winter Savory is traditionally known for its digestive properties. This stimulating oil is also popular in fragrances.
Winter Savory Oil blends well with citrus and other green herbal essential oils like rosemary.
Vanilla oil is distilled from the seed pods Vanilla planifolia Orchid. This base note is wonderfully rich, creamy and sweet with a hint of floral aroma.
Vanilla is traditionally used in fragrances and to create a sensual atmosphere.
Vanilla oil goes wonderfully with sandalwood. The oil can also be mixed well with essential oils from jasmine, rose and ylang ylang.
20. Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang oil is a rich, sweet, floral base note that is distilled from the flowers of the Cananga odorata Tree.
Ylang Ylang is traditionally used in fragrances. The oil is also known for its relaxing and mood-enhancing properties.
Ylang Ylang essential oil goes well with almost anything.
Sources of supply for essential oils
Plant Therapy is our recommended provider of essential oils. You can browse their entire selection on their official website here.
All oils are tested for quality and purity by third parties. Shipping and returns are free and they contain all the essential oils you can imagine.
Here you can buy essential oils for plant therapy.
Precautions for essential oils
For safety and health reasons, keep in mind that some essential oils can be dangerous People with liver or kidney problemsas well as for those with sensitive skin or plant allergies.
Always perform a skin thinning test with low dilution before using essential oils externally.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women Avoiding essential oils is recommended as many of them can negatively affect the development of fetuses and young children.
Please note that most essential oils are for external use only. Even when given as food grade, eating essential oils can be very dangerous or even fatal in certain circumstances. In doubt, Always consult a doctor before using essential oils for a specific purpose.