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IN THIS ISSUE OF Pheromone News:
*pheromone Q and A
*Odor Sensitivity and Romance by Bruce Boyd
*This month’s “Free pheromones” Survey/Contest
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*User Corner – Reader pheromone Stories
Q and A:
Q: When I first started using pheromones, I got fantastic results, but as time went on, they didn’t seem to work as well. What is up with that?
A: It could be a problem of pheromone build-up. Experience has shown me that when body heat and bacteria have a chance to work on pheros, they seem to morph into other things, which often don’t smell very good. Hygiene is sometimes more important for the phero-cologne user than for others. Just like taking a shower to remove natural pheromones after they become a bit too “ripe”, I generally look forward to washing off the store-bought pheros too. In particular I have noticed that if you put a spray of a concentrated (unscented) pheromone on each armpit first thing in the morning, you will really need a shower by the end of the day; more so than you would otherwise. I feel great all day, but by the time I get home in the evening, I want a hot shower. Others may not have that experience, but I do.
There are probably hundreds of thousands of human pheromones in nature; some smell good and attract others, some smell bad and repel them. Some have no noticeable smell but still seem to work there magic on the human psyche.
In addition to giving your pheros both natural and synthetic a good scrub at the end of the day, I also recommend taking a break from pheromone products for at least a day every week. This should help discourage any distractive pheromone build-up.
Q: I ordered the New pheromone Additive on my initial order and didn’t get any response what so ever. Is there another/better pheromone you can suggest I can try? One that you’ve tried that attracted lots on women?
A: The NPA you have is top of the line, but some younger guys say it is too strong, and since there is no added fragrance, you can over do it sometimes. Scent of Eros might be a good alternative, and you wouldn’t be in danger of OD-ing on that stuff since it has a fragrance of its own.
It is important to try the mixtures a good number of times before you give up on them though. Especially with products like NPA, you are working with the receptivity cycles of the women you are trying to attract. Research has shown that some women may even be repulsed depending on the part of their monthly cycle they are in. Also, married and otherwise attached women may find male pheromones an invasion in their space. It is always a crap-shoot with romance and you have to play the odds. pheromones do not make women go insane. That is a bunch of marketing hooey propagated by unscrupulous pheromone companies that probably don’t even bother to put enough pheros in their products to get an effect anyway. Good products like NPA will clearly give you some extra “chemistry” with women who are receptive to pheromones. It can take a good couple of weeks of steady experimentation to get a handle on how it is working for you.
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.
Odor Sensitivity and Romance
By Bruce Boyd
(with special thanks to James Kohl and his invaluable book, The Scent of Eros)
When I started writing this article, I thought I had a pretty clear idea on the subject, but I am still in shock from what I found. Probably anyone reading this article is aware of and concerned about the effects on their love-life of the scent they give off, but what about the effects of your own ability to *perceive* smells? How does this affect romance?
Those of you who have been following the Pheromone News for a while will remember the reader survey we had last October (results posted in the November issue) concerning the importance of scent on sexual arousal and “falling in love.” Readers rated their feelings about the importance of scent on sexual arousal, giving it an 8 out of 10, and the effects of smell on “falling in love” only a 6. Well, after posting those results, I received an e-mail from pheromone researcher, James Kohl who says science begs to differ. If fact, there is scientific evidence that it is virtually *impossible* to fall in love without a sense of smell. Shocking as it may seem, individuals born with the genetic defect known as Kallmann’s Syndrome are unable from birth to smell anything and apparently as a result show no interest in either sex or romantic love. In the animal world, experiments have been done in which the VNO (part of the smelling apparatus that perceives pheromones) is destroyed at birth in subjects who are otherwise completely healthy. When these animals reach adulthood, they quite simply do not mate. If the VNO is destroyed *after* sex has been experienced, the animal may continue to show interest in mating, but without that initial experience, romance, at least for a male pig, does not happen.
At first it is difficult to believe that we are so entirely dependent on our sense of smell for sexual arousal and the experience of romantic love. Imagine that you are completely alone in your home, sit down in a comfortable chair and pop an x-rated film into your video machine. No pheromones, no smells, just naked bodies and well…sounds. For most of us, (and there is even research to back this up too) the reaction is powerful. How can this be, though, if sexual arousal depends on smell. Hold onto your chairs folks, but after reading research on the subject I am convinced that this arousal based on visual and auditory stimuli is 100% caused by conditioning. Just like Pavlov’s famous dogs, that salivate to the sound of a bell, porn movies turn us on because of earlier associations between visuals and the smell of sex pheromones. Individuals who are born blind or deaf can and do lead normal sex lives, but individuals born without a sense of smell (anosmia) do not.
What does this mean to the vast majority of individuals who have a “normal” sense of smell? Quite a bit more than you would think.
#1. More than 1% of those you run into on the street, in clubs or wherever you go, can not smell anything. This means that no matter how low-cut your dress or tight your pants, they don’t get it, or have to depend on their memory to understand the implications.
#2. Our sense of smell is not just strong or weak, each individual has an entirely unique smelling ability grid. According to a survey conducted by National Geographic, individuals vary greatly as to what they can and can not smell. Normal healthy individuals may be able to detect certain smells accurately, and be completely unable to detect other smells. For example, half of all women surveyed were unable to identify the smell of a banana without visual cues. Men, what this means is that half of all the women you run into on the street are completely unable to tell whether you have a banana in your pocket or are just glad to see them! [
Sorry. I just had to say that] No, really that doesn’t mean anything, but what does mean something is that only 71% of the women surveyed and 67% of the men could detect the sex pheromone androstenone. So no matter how “ripe” you are scent-wise, 30% of the folks you run into aren’t “getting it”, at least not very loud and clear. Ready for another shocker? The ability to detect androstenone, which is already starting to look like an indicator of how heavily “sexed” we are, varies not only from individual to individual, but from country (culture) to country as well. For example 75% of Latin American men can smell androstenone loud and clear, compared to only 63% of the men living in the US. Surprised? No? OK, and who ranks number one world-wide in the ability to detect androstenone? (envelope please…) Africa, with a 78% detection rate for men and a whopping 85% for women! One more interesting point though. What 3 countries (cultures) do you think have the widest gap between men and women in the ability to detect pheromones? (ie: frustrated women living with guys who don’t “get it”) And the winner is…..Asia, the Caribbean and the UK!!!!! Hey, I’m not making this up, so no angry letters please. I’m just writing down the statistics. You draw your own conclusions.
One thing I have to say in defense of the sexuality of my native USA, in regards to these results, is that as a nation we must be the most paranoid about body smell, (with the probable exception of Japan, the country I live in now), due undoubtably to the marketing efforts of antibacterial soap and deodorant companies. I have on a number of occasions gotten angry letters from the US complaining that pheromone products containing nothing more than synthetic androstenone and androstenol smell like “BO.”
#3. Our sense of smell goes through a strength curve similar to that of our sex hormone levels, which peaks out around the age of 20 and fall very quickly as we hit old age. Science shows us that this loss of smell in and of itself, diminishes our interest in sex and romance! By the way, this gradual loss of smell is not completely unavoidable. A number of environmental factors are likely involved. At the forefront being tobacco smoke and prescription medications, but I would guess a whole host of air pollutants both indoor and outdoor are to blame. Some caution might be advisable.
But just in case, don’t forget to smile!
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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