Why lavender was the sexiest scent in Queen Victoria's day

Jackie French
November 5 2023 - 5:00am

Forget the flagrant seductiveness of rose and gardenia perfumes: a couple of hundred years ago, lavender was the sexiest scent, possibly because it was stored with sheets and undergarments to keep away the moths, so the scent was associated with bedrooms, beds, and sex.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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