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£190 Psychedelic Love perfume could help find you love

Esther, 30, from Newcastle has been single for 18 months
£190 Psychedelic Love contains hedione to a..

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  • Esther, 30, from Newcastle has been single for 18 months
  • £190 Psychedelic Love contains hedione to activate brain's pleasure centres
  • Blended with rose and vanilla extract heliotropin, it promises 'obsession'
  • Road tested Psychedelic Love on a London night out to see if it's worth the price

By Esther Beadle For Mailonline

Published: 02:55 EST, 22 December 2017 | Updated: 02:58 EST, 22 December 2017

If someone could find a scientific formula to guarantee sexual attraction, it would certainly make life a lot easier for single people than spending hours swiping on Tinder only to put up with being ghosted.

Now, perfumers Initio reckon they've cracked that very formula with a new £190 fragrance called Psychedelic Love, liberally laced with the pheremone hedione, which has been scientifically proven to activate brain regions linked to libido and pleasure.

Derived from the Greek word hedone, meaning pleasure, it was first used in Christian Dior’s Eau Savage 50 years ago, but the makers of Psychedelic Love are confident that blending it with notes of rose and heliotropin, derived from relaxing vanilla, is the winning formula for sexual attraction.

The fragrance promises that when 'confronted with this diabolical indulgence, no one is safe from an olfactory obsession', but before you rush off to Harrods, can Psychedelic Love actually live up to its promises?

Esther Beadle, 29, from Newcastle, who has been single for 18 months put the perfume to the test on a night out in London to see if it could help her find a prospective Christmas love interest.

Here, she tells FEMAIL whether Psychdelic Love really is bottled sexual attraction or just leaves a bad smell…

Esther Beadle, 29, from Newcastle put Initio's new fragrance Psychdelic Love, £190 from Harrods, to the test to find out if it can really make you irresistible 

Esther Beadle, 29, from Newcastle put Initio's new fragrance Psychdelic Love, £190 from Harrods, to the test to find out if it can really make you irresistible

Despite my best, and let's face it, frantic efforts, no one has been willing to meet me under the mistletoe this year.

After 18 months of single life I'm resigned to the sorry fact the only overnight guest I'll be getting this December is a jolly fat man with a white beard wearing a plush red suit.

Although desperate for some flirty festive frolics before the month is through, I'm at a loss, feeling I've used all the tools in my seduction arsenal without success.

So when I heard about a new perfume that could potentially help me to spritz my way out of the single market, I just had to try it.

Would-be lovers, hungry for love, have long turned to the power of scent to snare their future beaus. Cleopatra was said to soak the sails of her ships in heady perfumes so Mark Anthony's inner fire would be kindled even before he laid eyes on her.

Psychdelic Love is the third in a series called 'Carnal Blends', and ensconced in a plush flocked purple bottle, accented with intricate golden detail, it certainly looks sexy.

THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHEDELIC LOVE

A pheromone is a chemical factor that's secreted or excreted by the body , triggering a social response in others.

And the pheremone hedione is what's at the heart of the Psychedelic Love formula.

Experts from Germany's Bochum University have shown that hedione can activate the part of the brain that gets our mojo working, so to speak.

By sparking up the region in our minds that kickstarts out libido, the theory is this should develop into impulse of attraction.

It's these compounds that form the foundation of Initio's Psychedelic Love. The French-made eau de parfum is crafted around three main ingredients: rose, hedione, and heliotropin.

Rose are certainly romantic. And if the hedione wasn't enough, Initio claims heliotropin 'goes even further'. In 'overdoses' it's a psychoactive substance.

Psychoactive substances, also known as psychotropics, are substances that change brain function and alter mood. For context, alcohol is one too.

Perfumiers have used heliotropin since the early 1880s, mainly to add a vanilla character to their concoctions.

Psychedelic Love contains the pheremone hedione, romantic rose and heliotropin derived from relaxing vanilla Psychedelic Love contains the pheremone hedione, romantic rose and heliotropin derived from relaxing vanilla 

Psychedelic Love contains the pheremone hedione, romantic rose and heliotropin derived from relaxing vanilla

There's a classy boudoir vibe to the packaging and I don't think it would look out of place on the dresser of some saucy Parisian courtesan.

A neat little card hidden away in the box tells me that 'wild nature and the science of pheromones fuse deeply together within the formulas working their magic imperceptibly… this is where it all begins.'

Retailing at a hefty £190 exclusively at Harrods, something had better begin. Let's hope the resulting aroma isn't as eye watering as the price.

As I douse myself, I'm taken aback by its heady vanilla notes. There's plenty of sandalwood and it's quite heavy and thick. Normally I'd go for something a bit fresher. There's a powerdy, talc-like undertone, which might be the rose. It's certainly potent, noticeable, but it is quite classy – and a bit saucy.

As I hit the streets with poofs of this supposed love potion trailing in my wake, the fragrance's strength is certainly giving me confidence, but will it work its magic? I'm not sure.

'I would ask for your number': Finance student, Mike Bejjani

Esther with finance student Mike Bejjani, 22, who said he would ask for her number after being lured by the aroma of her pheremone perfume  Esther with finance student Mike Bejjani, 22, who said he would ask for her number after being lured by the aroma of her pheremone perfume  

Esther with finance student Mike Bejjani, 22, who said he would ask for her number after being lured by the aroma of her pheremone perfume

On Kensington High Street there's a flower stall where Meghan Markle has been seen picking up the odd bouquet. Maybe I can nab own my Prince Charming here?

I meet finance student, Mike Bejjani who is out celebrating the end of exams and we get chatting.

'Normally I'm quite shy asking for numbers. I guess I'm a gentleman,' he tells me. 'But I think I would ask for your number now. It's such a sweet smell.'

An enthusiastic admirer

I head to a city centre bar and find myself nursing a glass of house white.

Without warning, there's an arm round my waist and a 'wahey!' in my ear.

I don't know who this older gentleman is, but here he is leaning in to drop a kiss on my cheek.

This is certainly a result, but I'm not sure I want to be wearing intoxicating chemicals when I can't control who might just be this susceptible.

So far it seems that a strong, sweet perfume can definitely get men chatting, but it hasn't resulted in any numbers being exchanged yet.

Esther went along to Soho bar Chatto Matte to see if anyone would approach her as she drank her wine alone Esther went along to Soho bar Chatto Matte to see if anyone would approach her as she drank her wine alone 

Esther went along to Soho bar Chatto Matte to see if anyone would approach her as she drank her wine alone

Esther was approached by a rather enthusiastic admirer out of the blue Esther was approached by a rather enthusiastic admirer out of the blue 

Esther was approached by a rather enthusiastic admirer out of the blue

'I'll give you my number': Barman Emmanuel Alemaani

I settle myself in a little coffee place, Bar Italia, to consider my fate and chat to barman Emmanuel Alemaani, 20, from Sicily.

'Elegance is important. This is elegant,' he says of the perfume. 'It smells like it could be for an older woman or a younger one. It's nice for everyone.'

I laugh over my coffee and I think it endears me to him.

'Perfume is the first thing you notice about a woman, that or their look. Out of 1,000 women in the street, if you walk past her and you can smell how good she smells… yeah, I'll give you my number.'

As he scribbles it down I stare at my notepad in disbelief. His boss glances over with a hearty chuckle and invites me round the counter to pose with Emmanuel and the rest of the crew.

Posing for family snaps only five minutes after meeting is maybe a bit too successful.

Coffee bar worker Emmanuel Alemaani, 20, from Sicily gave Esther his number after being impressed by how elegant she smelled Coffee bar worker Emmanuel Alemaani, 20, from Sicily gave Esther his number after being impressed by how elegant she smelled 

Coffee bar worker Emmanuel Alemaani, 20, from Sicily gave Esther his number after being impressed by how elegant she smelled

Within minutes of meeting Esther, Emmanuel was keen to document the moment with a photoWithin minutes of meeting Esther, Emmanuel was keen to document the moment with a photo

Within minutes of meeting Esther, Emmanuel was keen to document the moment with a photo

'Your perfume attracted me and my brain': Radiotherapy physician Ali Husaykhan

After bidding farewell to my new Italian folks I attend my first ever singles night.

Bad Santa is an event that's been organised by Social Concierge, London's only invite-only dating club. They gather together successful, beautiful people, get them to mingle over cocktails in exclusive venues and let the magic happen.

Anticipating the place will be heaving with eligible bachelors, I hot-foot it down there with a renewed vigour.

I top up my scent. After three hours or so since first application, it's settled into a much milder, fluffier sweetness – like candy floss – than the loud brash redolence of fudge and vanilla that followed me round earlier.

Esther decided to road test the fragrance at her first ever singles night, Social Concierge's Bad Santa party Esther decided to road test the fragrance at her first ever singles night, Social Concierge's Bad Santa party 

Esther decided to road test the fragrance at her first ever singles night, Social Concierge's Bad Santa party

As I wander around the room, reactions are mixed. Unlike many perfumes, I don't forget I'm wearing Psychedelic Love. There is no denying it is strong stuff.

Not too encouraged, I make my way home, stopping off for one more glass of wine in a local pub. Barely three minutes after I sit down, the perfume scores its first real triumph of the night. At first I think he's wanting to borrow a chair, but instead the man who approaches me tells me smelled me from the bar about five metres away.

'Your perfume, it's amazing. It's really attractive. It attracted me and my brain,' says radiotherapy physician Ali Husaykhan. 'What are you wearing? Can you type it down for me? Can I get your number? I'd like us to have some good experiences and stories to tell.'

Who would have thought a scent alone would be so beguiling?

Ali Husaykhan was very taken with Esther's alluring perfume and said it had attracted his brain Ali Husaykhan was very taken with Esther's alluring perfume and said it had attracted his brain 

Ali Husaykhan was very taken with Esther's alluring perfume and said it had attracted his brain

'I passed you just before, and I wanted to talk to you': Julien

The next day, despite a good wash and change of clothes, the scent is still hanging on my skin.

Later ona, as I stroll through the station to make my way back to Newcastle, suddenly there's a hand on my arm and I hear someone say: 'Excuse me?'

I swing round, spilling my coffee, and stood there is the most strikingly beautiful guy. His eyes are twinkling, he has a little gap between his front teeth and he's smiling bashfully.

'I hope you don't mind, just I passed you just before, and I wanted to talk to you. So I decided to turn round and, well, I mean, you only live once'

He's French. He's called Julien. Turns out he's quite nice. Turns out he wants my number.

I explain that I live about 300 miles away. And I'm getting my coach. But he's undeterred and insists on taking it down and keeping in touch anyway.

As I type my number into his phone, I get another whiff of the leftover perfume. Maybe it has worked some magic after all.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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