Be My Valentine

Seduce… to win over; attract; entice.

It’s Valentine’s Day.  What better day to seduce yourself or your beloved?

This Valentine’s Day, I gathered three compelling, beautiful women I so admire and asked them to share their aphrodisiac expertise.  Tata Harper, Julie Elliott of In Fiore, and Heather Pierce entrusted me with their pampering, seduction secret weapons this love holiday.  Since that last sentence may have already won you over, let’s go straight to the seduction goodies…

 

Tata Harper lets us in on one of her seduction secret weapons. 

Tata Harper’s Revitalizing Body Oil contains sandalwood, which has been considered an aphrodisiac since ancient times due to its ability to relax and soothe, enticing the senses. It also helps prevent dryness and aids in moisture retention.

Tata’s Body Oil also contains rose, a universal symbol for love & Valentine’s Day! Rose is said to calm anxiety connected to sex; Cleopatra was known for taking milk baths with roses. Rose has the beauty benefits of helping to improve the appearance of wrinkles and skin elasticity.”

Truly a GH favorite after bathing and as fragrance throughout the day. This oil not only seduces but creates beautiful sheen on legs for evening. Truly sexy.

Julie Elliott of In Fiore shares with us her ode to the Maharani with an elegant, seductive bath soak and oil to win hearts over (yours included).

“Warm 2-4 cups fresh goat milk and infuse with a pinch of saffron (4 threads). Stir 1/4 cup of honey into the warmed milk and add 2 tablespoons of rose water. Pour mixture into a warm bath and luxuriate for 20 minutes. After bath anoint with your favorite oil or balm. Or make this soothing and seductive blend…”

True decadence doesn’t end in the bathtub…there is an appetite to satiate and tease…

Heather Pierce of Go Feed Yourself indulges us in one of the most satisfying aphrodisiacs known to Beauties…chocolate.  

“Oh, chocolate.

Chocolate’s Greek term, theobroma cacao, literally “food of the gods”, drops a nice hint of its divine nature.  A quality piece of chocolate helps release serotonin and endorphins – relieving anxiety and giving you feelings of pleasure.  It boasts powerful anti-aging antioxidants (the same you find in red wine and green tea), heart-healthy flavanoids, beautifying vitamins and minerals, and makes blood vessels more flexible.  But all antioxidants aside, how could you not have a sexy glow when kicking back and indulging in something that literally melts in your mouth?
Just be sure to go for the good stuff to reap chocolate’s true benefits: 70% cocoa or more.  No convenience store imposter will deliver you to the same state of heavenly bliss.

 

Here’s the basic formula for making your own dairy-free dark chocolate truffles:

Directions
1.  Heat non-dairy milk in a double-boiler over medium heat.
2.  Turn off heat and immediately add chocolate to the milk, stirring until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
3.  Pour chocolate into a heat-proof medium-sized bowl, cover the top with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for about an hour until it sets.
4.  Fill a small bowl with cocoa powder (sift it with a mesh strainer if there are any chunks).
5.  Remove chocolate from fridge.  Using a melon baller or teaspoon, scoop the chocolate and roll into a small ball between your palms.
8. Gently roll the truffle in the cocoa powder and place on a plate.  Serve or store in the fridge or freezer, covered, until you are ready to take that first, seductive bite.Or get creative by infusing your truffles with your favorite indulgent flavors.  Here are my two favorites:

Jasmine Green Tea-Infused Dark Chocolate Truffles
(Jasmine has long been considered a top aphrodisiac scent.)
Steep 1-2 jasmine green tea bags in the rice milk for 5-10 minutes before adding the chocolate.

Orange-Coconut Dark Chocolate Truffles (photo)

Switch the rice milk over to coconut milk.
Grate 1 tbsp of the zest of an organic orange into the milk and let it infuse for 5 minutes before adding the chocolate.”

 

Last, but not least let me show you how to seal it with a kiss…

Love letters…a true aphrodisiac.  Some will say a lost art.

Write yourself and your beloved many love letters throughout the years.  To make your love note stand out, seal it with a dab or two of your favorite essential oil.  You may have already guessed that I dab mine with black coconut oil.  Simply dab back of the note or the inside of the envelope with your finger or dip a clean, slim brush into the oil and paint on the edges to create a longing impression.

Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, sing to me,

xo

GH

Comments

  1. A seductive Rose and Jasmine oil is enough to seduce even myself. My gawds does In Fiore get it right.

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day Mo!! Love this – good for the soul, skin and stomach! Luxuriate, beauty!