Smell Your Way to Love!

Dear Vera,
I’m single and dating and was recently shopping. I sampled some perfume that sort of claimed to have ingredients that would make me more attractive to men. Is that for real or bogus?
Seductively Scented

Dear SS,
The concept of a human pheromone, or sexual scent of attraction, has been debated and researched for years.

The relationship between pheromones and mating in the animal kingdom is straightforward. Human pheromones, on the other hand, are highly individualized, and not always noticeable to the human nose. In 1986, Dr. Winifred Cutler (biologist and behavioural endocrinologist) co-discovered pheromones in our underarms. She and her team of researchers found that once any overbearing underarm sweat was removed, what remained were the odourless materials containing the pheromones.

If you're looking for the partner of your dreams, unsuspecting pheromones in your body scent are most likely playing a large and very clever role in mate attraction. Whether a lab and a perfume can contribute to that role is another question.

According to an article in Psychology Today, how our body odours are perceived as pleasant and sexy to another person is a highly selective process. We usually smell best to a person whose genetically-based immunity to disease differs most from our own. This could benefit you in the long run, making for stronger, healthier children.
Seventy-four percent of the people who tested a commercial pheromone called Athena, developed by Dr. Cutler, experienced an increase in hugging, kissing and sexual intercourse. But there is a lot of contradictory evidence out there on this topic.

Here is where I sit on the fence regarding this issue:

  • 1st School of Thought “They really don’t know! Insufficient clinical studies on humans were available.”
  • 2nd School of Thought“ Lab produced Pheromones do in fact do ’something,' to some people, but they really don’t know to what extent, or why some people seem to respond to them and others do not.”

Maybe the best advice while looking for a mate is for you to take a good long sniff and if they smell yummy to you...as the saying goes…follow your nose!


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