You may have noticed this already: a fragrance changes depending upon who wears it. That’s why it’s a good idea to test a scent on your skin before you purchase it.
This is why many people tend to stick to the same fragrance when they find something that works.
This close relationship of your skin chemistry with scent occurs because you have your own unique personal odor that is yours alone. Your personal scent is as individual as your fingerprint.
Your sense of smell is one of the most “scents-ual” things about you.
It’s a way of attracting a partner….or at least flirting with them in a “primal” sort of way!
The tiny glands that release this personal scent are scattered all over your body – your face, nipples, anal and genital regions, armpits, ears, eyelids, and scalp.
What causes all the “sniffing excitement” are strongly aromatic hormonal substances that these glands release.
Called Pheromones (Greek for excitement) – which are activated by adrenaline, the hormone that rushes through your body whenever you get excited, to fuel your excitment and also make you hyper-alert.
Pheromones go into swing when you reach puberty.
Womens pheromones can actually affect the menstrual cycles of other women with whom they live or work – so that eventually they menstruate together.
Thanks to pheromones, birth control may be only a sniff away. Scientists are currently working on an alternative birth control, by developing nasal sprays that regulates the menstrual cycle.
Because scent plays such an important role in the “mating game”- many elderly people (male and female) find that they’ve lost the appetite for sex – do to the fact that our ability to perceive smell decreases as we age.
After menopause or a hysterectomy, a woman’s ability to detect odors declines, unless she is taking hormones.
~My Own Observations~
~Being someone who works very closely with scent – I have discovered that many women enjoy wearing a man’s fragrance and several men (if not too floral) enjoy wearing a woman’s fragrance. Maybe it’s because the fragrance invokes “scents-ual” feelings of the opposite.
~I’ve also noticed that “couples” enjoy selecting fragrances for each other, claiming that they are the ones who are going to be reminded of it.
~On a subliminal level, maybe pheromones have something to do with whether we like or dislike someone.
~Pheromones may also be the reason why animals sniff one another upon meeting!?!
All this research has led me to a very interesting understanding.
I guess there’s more to sex than meets the eye……
Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Aromatherapy for Dummies” – Kathi Keville