Letter from the Prez:
Valentine’s Day is very close now. Don’t forget to remember the ones you love!
Good News: Along with the scented men’s and scented women’s Scent of Eros, we now carry the much demanded unscented unisex Scent of Eros. If you are among the many who have enjoyed the proven potency of the men’s SOE but aren’t too keen on the fragrance check out Love-Scent.com and pick up a bottle.
Bad News: Our highly qualified (apparently overqualified) replacement editor for the Pheromone News got a better job before completing even a single issue, so here I am, back in the saddle again. For better or worse, I remain.
IN THIS ISSUE OF Pheromone News:
*pheromone Q and A
*Feature article: Will You be my Motivational State by James V. Kohl
*This month’s “Free pheromones” Survey/Contest
*New Products –
*User Corner – Reader pheromone Stories
Q and A:
Q: I have problems with not being in the mood for romance. I am curious about pheromones, but do not understand the way they work. If I want to be more in the mood do I get it for myself ( a women) or do I get it for my husband the scent and his scent will put me in the mood. Thank You, JK
A: Either should help put you in the mood (ie: your husbands male pheromones or your own female pheromones), but I suggest you get something for yourself. My years of marriage have taught me that when in doubt, take responsibility yourself, and by the way, we give away a free women’s herbal supplement with the women’s products. This supplement has been known to increase libido (being “in the mood”). Also, search our forum and check out discussion on the machine known as “the slightest touch”. We don’t sell anything like that, but folks that have them seem to be getting good results. Also, we sell a great video for helping put excitement back in a marriage. If you can talk your husband into watching that together with you, I have a feeling that will help quite a bit. Last but not least, don’t hesitate to see a competent physician if you think there might be some medical problem causing your low sexual energy level.
Q: Do pheromones have a smell. I thought they were scentless?
A: Anyone who owns a bottle of Primal Instinct or NPA (New pheromone Additive) can tell you that if you get a good nose full of androstenone that it has a smell. It is a musky smell that some customers have even described as “BO”. That is what one particular pheromone (androstenone) smells like. The “scentless” claim just means that pheromones are effective at levels undetectable with our normal smelling system. The magic mood-lift and attraction that users report comes as the result of the activation of a special set of organs in the nose, called the VNO (vomeronasal organs) not our normal sense of smell. So, the real pheromone effect happens subconsciously, and doesn’t require that others get that musky smell. It’s like the subliminal message on self-help tapes. The sound is there and you can hear it, but it slips in underneath other sounds on the tape. The pheromone smell is there, but you don’t really notice it, because of other smells. That is why many people use a good cologne (or naturally scented oil) with unscented pheromone products like Primal Instinct or NPA. It blends with the pheromone smell and makes it more pleasant. Also, if you are wearing a sexy cologne or perfume, it will wake up the sense of smell of your target, he/she will intentionally make an effort to get a good whiff of you, and then the pheromones go to work. The fragrance works as a carrier for the pheromones.
Legal Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and therefore none of the information contained in this newsletter should be construed as medical advice. It is only my personal opinion based on research papers and books I have read on pheromones, my own personal experiences and those of others who have written to me.
Feature Article: Will you be my Motivational State or how about my Valentine?
–James V. Kohl
Do male marmosets think about the scent of an attractive potential mate? Do men? According to a recent report, male marmosets are similar to humans when it comes to sexual responses. Olfactory cues correlate with high levels of neural activity important to decision-making and to sexual arousal, and this neural activity is linked to cognitive control. Evidence from functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI) studies shows that “like humans” non-human primates make careful choices when confronted with the scent of an attractive female. (1) Other primate evidence shows that the development of trichromatic color vision led to decreased use of olfactory cues in primate mate choice. (2) Thus, we have disparate findings from recent research. One primate uses olfactory input in cognitive choice. In theory, other primates rely more on visual input, though the neural activity link from visual input to cognitive choice is not clear. In any case, studies 1 and 2 (above) extend a non-human animal model of sexual selection to humans. One links olfaction; one theoretically links color vision.
A casual reading of either study report might cause some people to think that human males rely more on visual input than on olfactory input in mate choice, or vice versa. A casual reading of both study reports might cause some confusion. Fortunately, there are significant differences between the biological evidence that indicates male mate choice is based on olfactory input, and the evolutionary theory that male mate choice is based on visual input. However, the difference between biological evidence and the evolutionary theory may need clarification.
The first report mistakenly noted that “This is the first time anyone has imaged an awake nonhuman primate in response to emotionally arousing stimuli; it is also the first link between external sexual odors and the internal sexual arousal system.” That statement is, at best, misleading.
Positron emission tomography (PET) imagery has been used to link external sexual odors (e.g., putative human pheromones) to the internal sexual arousal system of men and of women. Though this PET imagery was not done on nonhuman primates–it was done on humans; it is misleading to say that this MRI of nonhuman primates provides the first imaging evidence that external sexual odors affect the internal sexual arousal system. Indeed, the PET imagery made clear that sexually relevant odors are processed differently in the human male than in the human female. (3) This sex difference in signal processing is important to the sex difference in the response. The difference in processing occurs via activation of the hypothalamus, which modulates the hormones of the sexual response cycle in all mammals, not just nonhuman primates.
Sex differences in hypothalamic activation by odor offer a physiological substrate for behavioral response that is different in men and women. This response begins with a change in hypothalamic gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) pulsatility. The GnRH pulse alters the entire hormonal “nature” of the sexual response cycle during the development of sexual behavior. This sexual response cycle to sensory input from the social environment does not require cognition. Other animals, including non-human primates, do not need to think about their response. But now we are being led to believe that male marmosets and male humans consider whether the scent of the female is attractive before initiating sexual behavior. Is this belief anthropomorphic, or is it anthropocentric?
We may continue to have difficulty understanding human sexuality if we continue to believe in the evolutionary theory that visual input is more important to male human mate choice, when nearly all, if not all, biological evidence supports the assertion that olfactory input conditions the visual response. (4) Given the different approaches in the two aforementioned studies, it is becoming more important to determine whether non-human animal studies are relevant to the understanding of human sexuality. (5) If they are, then both biologically based evolutionary theory and human imaging of the brain should inidicate the same thing. From a biological perspective, love is more likely to be an animalistic motivational state than an emotion. (6)
This does not mean, however, that it will ever be appropriate for a man to send his Valentine a card that says: “Be My Motivational State.”
Sorry! No new survey again this month. We will be publishing results of the last survey over the next few months.
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On sale at Love-scent.com, *unscented* Scent of Eros is the latest addition to the Scent of Eros line. The expectation with SOE was that it would always come with a fragrance, but the pheromone formula proved to be mightier than the fragrance, so under a rising tide of public outcry, an unfragranced Scent of Eros has been released. Furthermore, though theoretically the formula is that of the men’s Scent of Eros, women have numbered heavily among even the scented SOE’s users and were a major portion of the voice demanding this unscented version, so as you probably now can guess this product is officially branded “unisex” even though the pheromones are identical to the scented men’s product.
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(RE: Alter Ego for women)
Exactly! You WILL be noticed. It’s like all of a sudden you become the most sought-after person of the day. You feel like you look great even if you’re wearing sweats and a t-shirt. You’ve got confidence and style. Guys make it a point to stop and talk, and stay longer than they need to. Then they call later on in the day for no reason than just to see what you’re up to or if you wanna go out and do something. Everybody you see is SOOOOO happy to see you–men and women alike. Lots of joking around and laughing and flirting–like a -nol OD but better.
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