Letter from the Prez:
Three issues in a row… on time! Almost not news anymore.
The world’s first pheromone trade show, Pherocon 2003, in Las Vegas last week was a roaring success in terms of the program itself. We could have used a few more folks in the audience, but those that made it had a great time. Personally, I had a great time talking to forum members and customers, and of course getting to spend some “quality time” with the likes of pheromone author James Kohl and CEO of Stone Labs Phil Stone.
Hope to see more of you out there next year.
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IN THIS ISSUE OF Pheromone News:
*Last Month’s Survey & Contest Results
*pheromone Q and A
*pheromones in Context (part 4) by James V Kohl
*This month’s “Free pheromones” Survey/Contest
*New Products –
*User Corner – Reader pheromone Stories
LAST MONTH’S SURVEY & CONTEST RESULTS
Everyone who sent in a complete survey last month will be getting a prize this time around! We are still going through the results which will be posted in next month’s issue, but sample packets will go out to everyone.
Q and A:
Q: I am a new customer, and just received my TE/w (the Edge for women) the other day. I couldn’t really smell anything, but maybe I am one of the 25% of ppl who cannot detect “mones”?
A: According to the results of a study conducted by the National Geographic Society, an astounding 25% of US males are not able to detect the smell of the potent pheromone androstenone. Androstenone generally has a very strong smell of musk, body odor, or urine depending on who you ask, but strange as it might seem to those of us who couldn’t possibly mistake the odor, one out of four males can not detect any smell whatsoever from even a strong sample of androstenone. Women are quite a bit more likely to be able to smell the pheromone, but even among their ranks, many can not detect a smell.
Androstenone is probably the main contributor to the natural smell of the product you mention (Edge for women) but there are other ingredients each with its own distinct odor, and it has been brought to my attention that some pheromone users can detect no smell in androstenone, yet can detect the fragrance of other pheromone chemicals. As of today, I have not seen any statistics on ability to smell phero-chemicals other than androstenone, but I suspect there is something in there that you *can* smell if you conduct a suitable test.
One thing to keep in mind in determining your ability to detect the smell of pheromones, is that these products often contain alcohol, which can override the smell of the pheromones when sniffing directly from the bottle. Therefore, to accurately assess your pheromone smelling ability, it is necessary to apply a good amount to a piece of cloth and wait several minutes for the alcohol to completely evaporate before sniffing. Try that and I think you will find you can detect some smell there, even if very slight.
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.
pheromones in Context- part four
By James Vaughn Kohl author/creator: The Scent of Eros
Sex differences in the sense of smell develop before birth. These differences help to ensure that boys and men respond differently to the pheromones of girls and women, as compared to how they respond to pheromones from other males. The reverse scenario also is true: women and girls respond differently to the pheromones of boys and men, as compared to how they respond to pheromones from other females.
Anything that affects the sense of smell, especially sex differences in the sense of smell, can be expected to affect behavior; ie: the response to pheromones from the opposite sex. For example, one scientific study reported that men who were born with no sense of smell lacked interest in sex. Merely reporting this study has subjected me to very nasty letters from people born with no sense of smell, who argue strongly against the study findings. Several people have commented that they never had a problem falling in love, but others have thanked me for helping them to understand their problem with loving relationships. The initial report needs to be replicated on a larger number of people before any conclusions can be drawn. Still, we know how important the sense of smell is to our sexuality from studies on other animals.
If sex differences in the male rat’s sense of smell are incomplete, the male will exhibit bisexual behavior: he will respond to the odors of a female by mounting her; he will respond to the odors of a male by exhibiting a posture that allows the other male to mount him. Homosexual rams sniff the genitals of other rams before mounting and copulating. The hormone response that typically occurs when rams are exposed to fertile females, does not occur in homosexual rams. This hormone response to pheromones from the opposite sex is now known to occur in men and women. There was never any reason to suspect that men and women would respond differently than other male and female mammals. Still, most people wanted proof, before extending what we know about pheromones in other animals to explanations of human behavior.
So, a recent report (March 2003) that pheromones from men alter levels of a hormone in women that is linked to reproduction and to sexual behavior was big news, internationally. But even bigger news was the fact that men’s pheromones also altered the mood of women who were exposed to the pheromones. I say exposed to, because the women could not smell the pheromones. Why did mass media reports of these findings generate so much attention? Finally, we know that the pheromones of the opposite sex affect us, whether or not we smell them. We also know that our response to pheromones of the opposite sex is the same response exhibited by all other mammals that have been studied.
Studies of other mammals are routinely used in therapeutic drug development, with the intent of marketing the particular drug to humans. Typically, a study begins with a rodent: rats, or mice, but may also begin with mammals higher up the evolutionary ladder: sheep; cows; horses. The results from studies of other animals determine whether drug development for humans continues. But, when studies of the way other mammals communicate with pheromones are compared to the way humans communicate with pheromones, there’s trouble. If pheromonal communication in humans influences behavior in the same way pheromonal communication in other animals influences their behavior, we are readily linked to the animal kingdom, and our behavior begins to appear too animalistic for some people to bear. Where’s the romance in an animalistic behavioral response to pheromones? Aren’t we better than other animals? These are questions that will continue to be asked as more and more studies report on human responses to human pheromones.
As many of you know, I’m convinced that what you find attractive in a member of the opposite sex results from a pheromonal association with that attractive feature. For example, women and men differ in fat distribution, as noted in the waist to hip ratio. (Measure your waist and divide that measurement by the measurement obtained when you measure your hips to get your waist to hip ratio or WHR.) The most attractive WHR for women is 0.7; the most attractive WHR for men is 1.0. This simply reflects the fact that levels of hormones make women slimmer at the waist and wider at the hips as compared to men. Estrogen determines fat distribution in women; testosterone is largely responsible for fat distribution in men. Estrogen and testosterone also contribute to sex differences in pheromone production. A fat man has higher levels of estrogen, because fat tissue converts testosterone to estrogen. We can expect a fat man to produce a more feminine pheromone signature. So, is the fat man, with the higher WHR, less attractive because a woman sees the fat, or because a woman’s hormone levels are unconsciously influenced by his more feminine pheromone signature? Is a fat woman less attractive because a man sees a higher WHR, or because he unconsciously associates fat with a more masculine pheromone signature? The answer to these questions is becoming easier to explain, since we now know that the pheromones of other people, especially the opposite sex, affect our hormone levels. People have known for many years that hormone levels are the strongest of all possible influences on our sexual behavior.
By the time we mature enough to become attracted to a member of the opposite sex, we have been conditioned by repeated exposure to the pheromones of other people, and we respond with different hormone-determined behaviors. This conditioning occurs from birth and throughout our life, resulting in preferences for the different physical features of other men or women.
Homosexual men report that they somehow “know” they are different by an early age. Could the difference be determined by the way they respond to the pheromones of other men and women? If pheromones are used to explain heterosexual behavior, they must also be used to explain variations of sexual behavior such as homosexuality. I have detailed the scientific support both for the pheromonal determination of heterosexual male and female behavior, and the pheromonal explanation of homosexual male behavior, in articles that are meant to be read by other scientists. No one else has ever attempted to explain how a man becomes visually attracted to another man.
When news is released that homosexual men and women produce odors that are different than odors produced by heterosexuals, and that homosexual men and women prefer the odors produced by other homosexuals, you may or may not see my publications used to explain the findings. However, these publications are currently available through links from my web site: pheromones.com. News about the odor production and preferences of homosexuals should be available through the mass media sometime in April. If, for some reason, you don’t see the reports, check on my web site for additional details. But remember, you first saw this news about homosexual pheromones in The Pheromone Newsletter. Both heterosexual and homosexual behavior are conditioned by hormonal responses to pheromones. Still, you can expect lots of debate over such an animalistic explanation of human sexual behavior. I hope to provide more information about this explanation in future issues of The Pheromone Newsletter.
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I have had some strange reactions to TE (The Edge). Strange, but in a good way.
The only cologne I have is CKB. Its a bottle from around 1997, and I don’t even know if they make it anymore. However, its all I had when I got my bottle of TE. (unscented pheromone concentrate)
Well, when I mix it on my body (three sprays of TE and one of CKB to my chest, then two more sprays of CKB to my outer shirt), hot only was the ‘bull pee’ smell covered, but I’ve gotten several compliments about how good it smells. Every woman from my boss, teacher, classmates, and Fiance (the only one that matters) is always smiles around me when I ware this combination.
As a matter of fact, when I was at a party with my boss, she actually grabbed my shoulder, smelled my neck, and said something along the lines of “Hey! What do you have on? That smells really good!” And insisted that other girls at the party smell me. They all liked it. When they asked what it was, I said it was a knock off I got at a car show. Didn’t want to give away my secret!
When I wear this combo around my fiance, she is constantly smelling me, and kissing my neck.
To describe the smell these two make, I think a musky Polo Sport. I would actually wear this even if it wasn’t a lady catcher.
What’s really interesting is that I haven’t had TE mix well with any other cologne that I’ve come across. So I guess CKB is just magic or something.
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