If you think you’ve gotten sudden attention from the opposite sex, it’s only instinctive to wonder what caused the reaction. But before you credit this new attention to your new stylist or personal trainer, keep this in mind: your appeal could be an entirely chemical one.
Humans Emit Pheromones
Your body inadvertently secretes chemical substances known as pheromones which perform a profound role in sexual communication. We rely on cells inside our nose to detect pheromones. Described as the vomeronasal organ, these cells identify pheromones and transmit the information straight to the brain. Even animals and insects emit pheromones – which most likely explains how they manage to procreate without verbal hints.
Pheromone Perfumes Attract
Still, the science behind pheromones is open for discussion – particularly when it comes to determining what men find attractive about a woman’s smell. Thanks to free will, it’s difficult to test whether pheromones alone perform a critical role in mate selection. But don’t tell it to perfume manufacturers or the firms that advertise their scented products; they’re locked into selling the sexiness of scent. Unfortunately, it turns out a woman’s pheromone-induced perfume may affect her more than it does the male for whom she means it.
For example, women who apply musk-type perfumes to attract men are actually making themselves more turned on. This is because a woman’s sensitivity to musk is 1,000 times greater than a man’s sensitivity – and she may send off a host of nonverbal hints which give off a “come hither” vibe.
So, if you think perfumes don’t really do the trick for men, what then? Try some good old-fashioned pumpkin pie. Researchers discovered more male erections when the scents of pumpkin pie, doughnuts, lavender or cinnamon rolls were blowing through the air. Nevertheless, prior to you set a lavender bouquet on the kitchen counter and start baking, note this: The jury’s Still out on whether other variables, such as a partner’s perfume, made the men more receptive to these encouraging smells.
Pheromone Perfume Sprays Work Best
Of course, you could always opt for an over-the-counter man-made pheromone spray. These odorless sprays are advertised to subconsciously attract potential mates by helping them sniff you out, thanks to the vomeronasal organ in your nose. Moreover, scientific evidence is building up that these pheromone-infused aerosols actually work and you’ll most likely have better luck simply selecting a pleasant-smelling perfume and combining it with pheromone-laced scent. It may not directly attract a male, but if you think the scent makes you feel more sexual, it can’t hurt.