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Ask E. Jean for DearSugar: Aphrodisiacs That Work?

Dear E. Jean and DearSugar,

What’s a good aphrodisiac ... for a good girl? Please don’t tell me to drink wine. It gives me a headache! — Miss Morph

To see E. Jean's answer,

Morph, My Young Minx:

Having eaten ALL the Snickers I bought yesterday for the trick-or-treaters (and I’m not talkin’ the mini Snickers; no no, honey, I’m talkin' the honkin’ large Snickers), I can swear to you on my left bra strap that chocolate is a big, big aphrodisiac. It contains phenylethylamine, and according to the illustrious Dr. Helen Fisher, the Rutgers University anthropologist, phenylethylamine is one of the neurochemicals that causes feelings of elation, exhilaration, and euphoria ... i.e., chocolate literally stimulates you. (But you must eat a lot of it for any significant concentrations to reach your pumpkin.)

Other aphrodisiacs:
Starbucks Coffee
Long naps
Any food served on a blanket in the woods when picnicking with the man you love

I’m certain the commenters on Dear Sugar (Aphrodite has nothin’ on wild Sugar goddesses) can add to the list ... right, my dear friends?

To see more advice from E. Jean visit Elle Magazine and

AmyLizK AmyLizK 9 years
CHEESE, real cheese, from a block, cheddar I hear is one of the better ones, but yes cheese, which is delightful for me I swear it. (And yes grass makes you want the ass ;) ) I'm sorry that's awful but I had to... hahaha
Sabrina-L Sabrina-L 9 years
E. Jean, you are a HOOT!
shugahxnxspice shugahxnxspice 9 years
all the more reason to eat chocolate!! ;)
kbienen kbienen 9 years
oysters are definitely an aphrodisiac
tbgallagher tbgallagher 9 years
Oh you learn a new thing every day. My caffeine hit is gonna try starbucks! As for aphrodisiacs try wearing very pretty silk underwear and it will make you feel like a goddess all day, which means the night will be fun :)
EJean EJean 9 years
My darlings, Starbucks would pay me NOT to mention them. The caffine is v.v.v.v. high in Starbucks' coffee. Coffee is a stimulant. Stimulation is sexy.
forlikeever forlikeever 9 years
how about peanut butter? (because i can always use another reason to eat peanut butter. love it!)
elmendoa elmendoa 9 years
lol. beram. haha.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I think it comes down to you. From personal experience think about what you like? What you crave? What makes you feel good? Aphrodisiacs are no good if you don't like them in the first place. What ever makes you feel really good is the best thing for you to indulge in.
laura6567 laura6567 9 years
I could see the Starbucks being legit, since they are known for having very high caffeine levels. Their coffee has up to 2 times the caffeine of other places (this article cites the wall street journal about halfway down: and caffeine IS a stimulant.
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
just Starbucks coffee?? How about Coffee Bean? Or Seattle's Best?
swtsunkisses88 swtsunkisses88 9 years
chocolate :) i love when that's an answer for anything though! haha :)
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
I ate way too much chocolate last night.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
I'm with alltherage. Starbucks? Did you get paid for that plug or is there something in Starbucks coffee that is extra special?
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
Mangos? who woulda thought.. :innocent:
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
onesong - yes, thats very true. I don't partake in mary jane anymore, but when I did...ohhh man...look out haha
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 9 years
There's a book one of my friends gave me for my wedding called "Inter Courses" it's a bunch of recipes that are supposedly good for that sort of thing. I've never really cooked anything from it, but it's a thought
onesong onesong 9 years
it might not be your bag, but i've...ah..."been told" that mary jane is a great aphrodisiac.
alltherage alltherage 9 years
coddswaddle coddswaddle 9 years
Scientifically, the trace chemicals that could be considered aphrodisiacs are in such tiny amounts in food that you would have to gorge yourself to have any effect. And then you're bloated and horny. Try to stimulate the largest erogenous zone: your mind. Read something sexy, talk dirty (or in that direction), dress in soemthing you feel sexy in, etc etc. You may even feel silly at first, that's okay. Sometimes getting turned on is a "fake it till you make it" sort of thing. Think about what YOU consider sexy, and do that. Don't worry about what will turn your partner on, because ain't nothin' hotter than a sexually empowered lover.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Aren't oysters some too...? Correct me if I'm wrong...
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