If you’ve been looking for an edge in dating, you may have encountered pheromone perfumes and colognes once or twice before. These fragrances contain amounts of pheromones, which are said to have a noticeable impact on sexual attraction. However, is there any truth to the effectiveness of such perfumes and colognes? Do they really make you become more sexually attractive or are they the equivalent of placebo sprays?
What Are Pheromones?
Pheromones are chemical substances that trigger a social response within the same species. They are secreted and once detected, can trigger responses of alarm, indicate a food trail, or trigger sexual attraction. According to Wikipedia.org:
“Their use among insects has been particularly well documented. In addition, some vertebrates and plants communicate by using pheromones.”
However, it’s a different story among humans. Pheromones are believed to be detected by the veromonasal organ, which can still be observed in the human fetus but becomes too atrophied in adults to be of any obvious use. According to Wikipedia.org:
“It has been suggested that in the evolution of unicellular prokaryotes to multicellular eukaryotes, primordial pheromone signaling between individuals may have evolved to paracrine and endocrine signaling within individual organisms.”
Do They Have an Effect Among Humans?
While their effect on humans is still disputed, there have been a number of studies aimed at determining their effectiveness, if at all. WebMD.com discusses one such study:
“In 1986 Dr. Winifred Cutler, a biologist and behavioral endocrinologist, codiscovered pheromones in our underarms. She and her team of researchers found that once any overbearing underarm sweat was removed, what remained were the odorless materials containing the pheromones.
Dr. Cutler’s original studies in the ’70s showed that women who have regular sex with men have more regular menstrual cycles than women who have sporadic sex. Regular sex delayed the decline of estrogen and made women more fertile. This led the research team to look for what the man was providing in the equation. By 1986 they realized it was pheromones.”
In a straightforward test that had two sets of identical twins attending a speed dating event, they were given a scent for each individual, but only one of each twin had a fragrance with pheromones with it. ABCNews.com tells the story:
“They went on 10 dates each lasting five minutes. The daters then filled out forms stating which of the people they would like to see again. At the end of the night we tallied the results: Nine men wanted to see Sarah again and five men wanted to see Bridget again. As for the guys, 10 women were interested in Dave and only six women were interested in Paul. Sarah and Dave were wearing the pheromones.”
Are the Effects Significant Enough for Pheromones to be Used as a Sexual Attractant?
While there is a gap in our knowledge as to how pheromones impact sexual attraction among humans, there’s no denying that they indeed have an impact. However, they aren’t the sole reason for sexual attraction, just mood enhancers. Still, if you have been having an average dating experience and sex life, pheromone infused fragrances can be just the thing to help you take your game to the next level. Or if you have little to no experience at all, the effects of pheromones can at least get your foot in the door with women who wouldn’t ordinarily take notice of you.
That’s the beauty of pheromone fragrances. Because pheromone odors are already undetectable, they can easily be added to perfumes and colognes. In fact, companies already synthesize pheromones for exactly this purpose. However, don’t rely exclusively rely on pheromone fragrances to do the work for you as there is only so much they can do.
Make sure you still take the time to groom and dress yourself properly. After all, pheromones are detected through smell, and if you’re coming from across the room, or even just several feet away, the person you’re trying to go for will see you coming and will make a judgment right then and there before the pheromones can help get your feet in the door. In such a situation, grooming and dressing properly will be the determiner as to whether you will hit it off on the right note with them or not.
Pheromones also shouldn’t be solely responsible for keeping your date engaged. Let’s say you’re able to get close enough where the pheromones can take their effect. If you’re unable to hold a conversation and keep their interest, it would just be another lost opportunity.
Then there’s the problem that not all pheromone products are created equally. Some products are infused with more pheromones than others. And freshness is a factor too. Make sure you buy from a trusted brand and supplier that is able to keep their stocks fresh.
Still, pheromones do work, but they’re not the magic potion that the pheromone perfume industry is trying to make them out to be. They can enhance your sexual attractiveness, but not make women perceive you as the second coming of Brad Pitt.
Also, scents can be perceived differently among different people. The difference may be subtle, but it can be enough that pheromones can make you slightly attractive to one person but especially attractive to another. And if we leave our own natural scents to do the work, we smell best to those who are most genetically compatible to us. According to an article on WebMD.com:
“If you’re looking for the man or woman of your dreams, unsuspecting pheromones in your body scent are most likely playing a large and very clever role in mate attraction. According to an article in ‘Psychology Today,’ how our body odors 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.”