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IN THIS ISSUE OF Pheromone News:
*Last Month’s Survey & Contest Results
*pheromone Q and A
*Research: Female Sex Hormones and Related pheromones
*This month’s “Free pheromones” Survey/Contest
*New Products – EW (essence of a woman)
*User Corner – Reader pheromone Stories
LAST MONTH’S SURVEY & CONTEST RESULTS
There were about 50 surveys sent in again this month, so we picked out two winners, one man and one woman. They have been notified by email
Joseph and M.L.
each win a $30. gift certificate at Love-Scent.com ——————————
What wisdom can you shed on starting a conversation with a stranger in a public place?
— Start a conversation with a stranger in a public place. I’m a naturally shy guy and have found this to be somewhat of a handicap in approaching women. But as I have aged I’ve learned that they hardly ever bite, and the ones that make eye contact and smile NEVER bite. In fact, they like to be approached.
— There are two possible courses of action when you see someone you’d like to talk to, as I see it.
If you’re lucky, you will be struck by a question or comment about the person that you’re interested in, or the environment you both find yourselves in. For instance, you are standing in line, and the person in front of the line is taking a long time. If you’d like to start a conversation with the person in front of you, you could say, “the person in front seems to be having trouble (a hard time, a hard day, etc.) You want to come off as sympathetic, and observant. Another tack is to notice something non-sexual about the person, so you could say, “Great shoes! Are they new?” This can be somewhat dangerous, because you need to restrict yourself to asking about items that are not particularly near the person’s secondary sexual characteristics – you don’t want to be thought of as staring at her breasts when you say, “Nice shirt.”
The safer, and really more honest way is to say, “Hi, my name’s . I think you’re very attractive and I wanted to meet you.” The first five seconds will tell whether or not the person is interested in talking to you.
The moral is: don’t try to beat down the door, just knock politely.
— I have found the best way to pick up a girl is to 1st make eye contact and smile. If she smiles back do not, I repeat, do not hesitate to walk over and talk to her. On the way over notice what she is wearing or what she is doing and compliment her. Then go from there. Hope that helps someone out.
— This is easy: just be nice. Get your mind out of the gutter. Quit the animal instinct to bed someone and be genuine and concerned. Want to break the ice? Pretend the ice doesn’t exist (it doesn’t). Be sincere be nice. Above all do as Bruce says: Smile.
— If they have children ask them something about their children. If they have a pet there ask them something about the pet if they are just there alone start with a question asking if they are from the town you are in. you can break the ice by asking them something about their favorite subject themselves or their family.
— To gain confidence talking to new people i would suggest you start small. Start to increase your communication with everyone you meet and greet people with a warm smile. If you say “Hi” to someone working at the checkout as you pay for your goods, tell them to “have a nice day” when you leave, or at least look them in the eye and give a warm “thankyou”. Don’t linger, or force conversations, just be polite and give slightly more than you usually would. Just these little things will make you feel better, eye contact and a warm smile whilst speaking will always get you off to a good start
Once you have that comfortable confidence, you will be more attractive to her and that puts you on an even better grounding for talking, joking, and flirting
— However, if they had smiled back at you earlier, then it’s probably easier to start a conversation. At least you know she isn’t totally turned off by you. Without a smile, it’s sometimes difficult to gauge their attitudes towards you.
— I prefer someone who comes on in a more casual way. It gives me a chance to get a feel for the person. If someone comes on too strongly, it is usually not the only time they do so. Some women may like that in a man, but I prefer a more even keeled person to share my life with.
— I usually let a guy know I am interested by making coy glances at him. Corny, I know, but he gets the message. IF I am feeling bold, I just glance him up and down and smile sexily. Never fails. He will come over and introduce himself!
— When I was single, if I saw a guy I liked, I would watch him ’til I caught his eye. If I got a smile then that was my clue he might be receptive.The next step would be to find a reason to move closer to him. If it were in a store, I’d just watch where he went & then come around from the other side.
— After making eye contact, if you are recieved by a smile, feel free to say hi. We won’t bite your head off! Try to find something, anything to talk about. Worry if you say something obnoxious or stupid, but don’t worry if you talk about something a little far fetched: it just shows us that you really want to talk to us, even if you have nothing to talk about and that’s sweet.
If you’re still too shy, walk around for a bit and then casually come back and say “Hello again!” with a smile. Then find something to talk about.
— Some of the nicest conversations I’ve ever had was with strangers on an airplane or a train. It’s easy to make an opening comment on the beautiful scenery (or clouds), lovely traveling weather, food being served, etc.
— It is usually much easier to start a conversation with a woman than most men imagine. In the grocery, library, laundromat, you name it. There is always some generic topic (preferrably non-offensive) that can make an approach easier. I find that most men needlessly fear approaching a woman in public.
Q and A:
Q: How is testosterone and androstenone related? Does cardiovascular exercise raise pheromone levels? Or just weight bearing exercise? Could I just work out minimally and still expect pheromone spikes? Or do I have to work out hard to expect anything?
A: There is almost certainly a strong relationship between your testosterone level and the rate at which your body produces either of the two “andro” pheromones, as it is testosterone that breaks down into these pheromones on the skin. Exactly how long that takes or if there really are spikes of pheromones is hard to say. I don’t think any research has been done on that. There has of course been lots of research done on the effects of exercise on not only testosterone but growth hormone and a number of other factors. I’m sure that if you look around you will find mountains of information about how the various types of workouts affect testosterone levels. I am convinced that you have to go for quite a good burn and get quite pumped up to get some real results, as is the case with almost everything in life. I work out 4-5 days per week, and lift fairly heavy for 40-60 minutes and then jog or ride a bike for 15 minutes or so. Then I sit in the jacuzzi or sauna for a while and then eat and eat and eat. I have a feeling that a good workout raises your pheromone levels, but, in any case, highly recommend it for general health and sense of well-being. Make sure you eat well. You can’t produce anything on junk food.
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.
Research: Natural pheromone levels and sexual Stimuli
NOTE: The following article is the second and final part of a series reprinted from the August and September, 1999 issues of the pheromone Research News.
Female Sex Hormones and Related pheromones
In last month’s Pheromone News I wrote about some interesting research done by Astrid Jutte on the effects of sexual stimuli in the form of porn movies on the testosterone levels of both male and female subjects. Although testosterone is known primarily as a male sex hormone it is, in fact, the controlling factor of the sex drive of both men and women. When we are exposed to sexual stimuli of any kind, our testosterone level increases and with it we experience the feeling of sexual desire. Conversely, as we get older and produce smaller amounts of testosterone we experience the well-known general diminishment of the sex drive. There are a number of things we can do to prevent that from happening, but that is a story for another day, because one alert reader who is also a nurse would like to know what is up with the female sex hormones and their corresponding pheromones.
While the testosterone-linked “andro” pheromones are produced by both sexes and effectively give others olfactory (smell) information about our testosterone level and therefore our probable interest in sex, the primarily female sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) are producing pheromone-like substances that give information to others not about the owners interest in sex, but in the likelihood of producing offspring, which biologically is the “reason” we have sex (by the way). As everyone knows, when female animals are at the optimal point in their menstrual cycle for producing offspring (point of ovulation), there occur changes in their vaginal secretions that have a dramatic effect on the sex drive of males of their species that are in the immediate area. These changes are controlled by the normal cyclic changes in female sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) within the body and work their romantic magic on nearby males, at least in part, by increasing male testosterone levels dramatically, merely by giving them a whiff of the pheromones contained in their vaginal secretions! This phenomenon has obviously been of very big interest to scientists in the fragrance industry and has resulted in the discovery and isolation of the exclusively female human sex pheromone known as “copulins”, which occurs naturally in the vaginal secretions of women. It has been shown in scientific studies (Jutte) to drive male testosterone levels through the roof (150% of baseline), and almost undoubtably has major potential as a part of the romantic arsenal of any woman interested in getting a rise out of her romantic partner. I have also heard from reliable sources that copulins is being evaluated for its potential use by body builders, who are always interested in the anabolic (muscle increasing) effects of high testosterone levels.
Other research (Michael et al, 1975) has demonstrated that the composition of the female human pheromone, copulins, varies in close coordination with the varying levels of estrogen and progesterone in the female body, which in animals produce such an obvious behavioral effect in dogs and cats. (ie: the female goes into heat and every male in the neighbor is willing to dodge rush-hour traffic to get near her)
The Jutte study shows us two things about humans:
#1 When males sniff the female pheromone copulins their testosterone level jumps to a towering 150%, which scientists agree increases the sex drive.
#2 Males will rate photos of females higher if they are secretly given a whiff of copulins.
THEREFORE, all other things being equal, we can guess that men will like women who emit the scent of copulins better than they will like women who don’t *and* they will be rendered “horny” by that whiff of copulins.
ALSO, the Michael study tells us that the composition of a woman’s copulins changes according to the phase of her monthly cycle, and this we know is part of the biology that is driving male dogs and cats completely insane to get at ovulating females.
UNFORTUNATELY though, the Jutte study was unable to show any relation between the type of copulins (ie, which phase of menstruation it came from) and the amount of attraction it stimulated in male subjects. In other words, males find women wearing all types of copulins equally attractive. What researchers are looking for, of course, is human males being more attracted to ovulating females than to non-ovulating females as is the case with our pets, but were unable to find it. That doesn’t mean that the effect doesn’t exist, but they were unable to detect it with this type of test. There is some evidence from another study (name escapes me at the moment) that pheromones produced by females with high progesterone levels (commonly found during menstruation and pregnancy) have the effect of *reducing* testosterone levels in nearby males, which would of course reduce their sex drive.
So, we’re getting thumbs up on copulins as a sex pheromone, but the jury is still out on the effects of ovulation on its attractive powers.
But just in case, don’t forget to smile!
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THE SEPTEMBER SURVEY:
This month’s survey was also inspired by some interesting discussion on the pheromone Forum. The question was “What is Love?”
Here are some answers from kids reprinted from an unknown source on the internet:
WHAT IS LOVE???
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”
Rebecca – age 8
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
Karl – age 5
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
Chrissy – age 6
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
Terri – age 4
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
Danny – age 7
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
Bobby – age 5
“There are two kinds of love. Our love. God’s love. But God makes both of them.”
Jenny – age 4
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.”
Noelle – age 7
“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.”
Tommy – age 6
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”
Mary Ann – age 4
“Love is when mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.”
Mark – age 6
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”
Jessica – age 8
THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:
What is love?
Keep it short and sweet… like the kids did.
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Essence of a Woman (known as EW) is not actually a full-fledged product yet, but is destined to be released as one not too far down the road. It is an entirely copulins based product engineered to make use of research demonstrating the effects of human vaginal secretions at the time of ovulation on the testosterone level of nearby males. Informal study of the product is in progress now with results being posted on the pheromone Forum.
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“I have been using pheromone products for about 6 mo. When I have it on I notice a small difference in the way my girlfriend reacts to me. She seems more physical, wanting to touch and be close. This works especially well a week or so before her period begins when she is naturally more receptive. She is not as receptive when I do not use the pheromones. I put it high on my shoulders and face (on my shirt) where someone standing next to me is most apt to smell it, or when my girlfriend kisses me she is best exposed to it. I put a couple drops in my hand and a little cologne and rub it on. I do not mix it, which may be a waste. I have noticed that some other women seem to be more receptive also.”
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