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At first scent: exposing the secrets of chemical attraction

OK if you love those trashy romance novels (come on, you know you love them!)  then you’re familiar with chemical attraction – that unmistakable yet intangible sensation when your body recognizes your soul mate. Yes, it’s such a cliche statement but they’re based on real-life reactions our bodies have to pheromones.

Want an insight into how humans react to the scent of pheromones, read on….

What are pheromones?

We breathe them in, and our olfactory system takes these scents (which we don’t even know we’re smelling) straight to the brain.

In other words, people give off these super subtle messages which our nose takes to our brain for interpretation.

We have hundreds – possibly thousands – of different pheromones. They’re transmitted through our skin; since we each have a unique genetic epidermal composition, our pheromones “smell” different.

Did you know that pheromones are naturalaphrodisiacs?

Throughout history, people have used aphrodisiac scents to set the mood. Ancient Indians mention using certain oils and spices in the Kama Sutra and Egypt’s famous Queen Cleopatra is said to have used perfumes to seduce her lovers. Even the word itself is linked to love; “aphrodisiac” is derived from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

Despite some scepticism around the use of aphrodisiacs, studies show that many of these aromas do work — they can be easily incorporated into anyone’s fragrance routine. Check out our list of scientifically proven aphrodisiac scents below.

Sandalwood
Jasmine
Rose
Ginger
Lavender
Vanilla

In short, pheromones work. science proves it.

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