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John William Waterhouse - Ophelia, 1889
Why Perfumes Fail
John William Waterhouse - The Shrine

The key to using oils as pheromones is to put them into contact with large areas of your body.

Then the heat of your body biochemically alters the odors and blends them into your overall pheromone signature.

Your personal pheromone "odor signature" is a complex mixture of pheromones, body oils and fatty acids, sweat, and hormones such as androsterone secreted onto the skin from your apocrine glands.

In addition, the 40 million skin cells that you shed each day add to your pheromone signature.

Perfumes that are dabbed on a small area - such as the wrist - do not effectively mix into your overall pheromone signature.

Thus, they exist as a separate smell and do little to change your total pheromone signature. Furthermore, the mixing of many different scents in perfumes produces a confusing pheromone signal.

William Bouguereau - A Modest Proposal

Studies by Alan Hirsch and Jason Gruss (Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation, Chicago, Illinois and University of Michigan) found that expensive perfumes are much less effective than many essential oils and common foods.

They studied the effects of many different scents on sexual arousal of males and females by comparing their blood flow in sexual-aroused tissues while wearing scented masks and while wearing nonodorized, blank masks.

Expensive perfumes increased blood flow by only 3%. In contrast, the combined odor of lavender and pumpkin produced a 40% increase and many other scents worked better than perfumes.

While these results are for men, the researchers reported that women also responded poorly to expensive perfumes.

While these scientists tested lavender, which has a reputation as a mild attractant, they unfortunately did not test many other pheromones with reputations as bonding smells such as ylang ylang, Asian oud and others.


Hirsch postulates that scents may act on the brain by

(1) reducing anxiety, which inhibits natural sexual desire, or

(2) increasing alertness and awareness, making the subjects more aware of sexual cues in the environment around them, or

(3) acting directly to the septal nuclei, a portion of the brain that induces sexual arousal.

Effect of Perfumes and Scents on Blood Flow in Male Sexual Tissue

Item Median Percentile Increase in Penile Blood Flow
Lavender and pumpkin pie 40
Pumpkin pie and doughnut 20
Orange 19.3
Black licorice and cola 13
Black licorice 13
Lily of the Valley 11
Vanilla 9
Pumpkin pie 8.5
Lavender 8
Musk 7.5
Peppermint 6
Cheese pizza 5
Roasting meat 5
Rose 4
Strawberry 3.5
Oriental spices 3.5
Expensive perfumes 3
Chocolate 2.8

 

John William Waterhouse - Decameron

Women - Effect of Perfumes and Scents on Enhancement of Vaginal Blood Flow

Item Median Percentile Increase in Vaginal Blood Flow
Cucumber and Good and Plenty™ (Licorice candy) 13
Baby powder 13
Lavender and pumpkin pie 11
Charcoal barbequed meat Inhibited - Anti-arousal
Cherries Inhibited - Anti-arousal
Expensive men's colognes Inhibited - Anti-arousal

 

 

 

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